Today, Colquitz Middle School teacher Heidi James and her students met us in the computer lab to help us discover why Minecraft is such an awesome learning tool! It was a truly wonderful experience to learn from such enthusiastic and passionate students. My ten-year-old sister plays Minecraft at home and I’ve never put a whole lot of thought into what kind of skills the game actually entails. Let me tell you, it’s a lot more difficult than I expected. Even basic movements like walking and jumping were challenging at first. The idea of building houses and worlds seemed impossible. However, with the help of Heidi and her students I finished our time together with a solid understanding of the controls. More importantly, I learned how Minecraft can fulfill and exceed curricular competencies in Math, Science and Social Studies. Not to mention develop social skills since the game is highly collaborative. Learning and playing in class today made me realize why I need to bring Minecraft into my future classrooms. I can’t wait to go home and play with my sister! Thanks Heidi and students, you rock!
Some handy resources from today include: