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Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool ~ NY Times

Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Teachers and parents are using Minecraft, a video game popular with children, to help teach science, history, languages and ethics.


by Nick Bolton


"A study by S.R.I. International, a Silicon Valley research group that specializes in technology, found that game-based play could raise cognitive learning for students by as much as 12 percent and improve hand-eye coordination, problem-solving ability and memory.


"Games like Minecraft also encourage what researchers call “parallel play,” where children are engrossed in their game but are still connected through a server or are sharing the same screen. And children who play games could even become better doctors. No joke. Neuroscientists performed a study at Iowa State University that found that surgeons performed better, and were more accurate on the operating table, when they regularly played video games.


“Minecraft extends kids’ spatial reasoning skills, construction skills and understanding of planning,” said Eric Klopfer, a professor and the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Scheller Teacher Education Program. “In many ways, it’s like a digital version of Lego.”

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Transforming the Way We Learn: Four New Ways Kids Can Learn with Minecraft ~ thinkTANK12

Transforming the Way We Learn: Four New Ways Kids Can Learn with Minecraft ~ thinkTANK12 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Ashley MacQuarrie


"We wondered if there were even more ways to engage kids in game-based learning with Minecraft, and it turns out, we had just scratched the surface. Creative parents and educators have found so many fun opportunities for learning in this virtual world.


"Here are a few of our favorite ways that kids can learn with Minecraft."  

"For even more ideas, be sure to check out our previous post – Transforming the Way We Learn: Why Minecraft is an Amazing Learning Tool.

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