10 Ways to Use Minecraft in the Classroom
Minecraft offers a world of educational content. Kids can find so many ways to learn and master skills traditionally taught in schools, all while having fun.
- Science: Whether creating a 3D tour of the human heart or measuring gravity’s effect on sand, Minecraft can be used to teach scientific concepts and to perform experiments.
- Math: Concepts like fractions can be modeled in 3D so that students see the results of subdividing 100 square feet of land. Children can learn about structures, shapes, and angles by building them firsthand.
- English: Minecraft lets the player be a storyteller, building and shaping their own world. Students can visit or even construct their own models of the worlds they read about in novels.
- History: Students can participate in recreated simulations of famous events or engage in the discovery of ancient civilizations and history brought to life in a virtual reality.
- Art and Architecture: Sophisticated building tools and techniques can be used to design structures and landscapes, allowing the user to develop skills translatable to 3D modeling in the real world.
- Economics: In multiplayer mode, players can create complex economies, opening their own shops to sell goods. Before long, they’re learning concepts like supply and demand.
- Language: The immersive fastpaced experience of Minecraft allows users to develop language and typing skills, especially for non-native speakers.
- Social Skills: Building structures with others — whether with fellow students or students across the globe — strengthens communication skills and teaches collaboration.
- Geography: Exploring the various landscapes strengthens topography skills, and students can learn about mapping and navigation by creating their own compass and maps within the world.
- Technology: Redstone allows players to build circuit components from scratch and design complex working models of anything from a light switch to a calculator or a super computer.
Tell parents how to support students at home with these activities. Minecraft is a construction game in which players mine, break, build, and manipulate various types of blocks in a three-dimensional environment.
- Join your child online in navigating, building, and applying subtle learning techniques to their gaming experience.
- Offer assignments, like making a working house from scratch, or exploring a region in search of animal life.
- Discuss your child’s experience in the world of Minecraft, who they interacted with, what they saw, and what they built.
- Suggest keeping a daily journal to list accomplishments and goals.