The MinecraftEdu Twitter account retweeted a link to a student English paper about how Minecraft is being used in education. Great read from a student perspective, good source list at the end of the article. Always interesting to hear what students think about games in the classroom – I think we should be spending as much time talking to them about the future of games and education as we talk to teachers.
A sample from the paper:
I tried imagining how I would use Minecraft in a science class and thought of when my 7th grade earth science class. We were learning typography, both on land and in water, but were limited to sharing the only 3D model available among the twenty-five of us. If we’d hadMinecraft back then, even with only the teacher’s computer and projector available, I think we would’ve definitely benefitted from having a more “to scale” model to use. For math, the blocky composition of Minecraft’s terrain and materials could have provided an amazing challenge in geometry during high school; I can picture the frustration of trying to make an acceptable circle. Granted I feel this frustration when I try to make circles in the game nowadays, so it wouldn’t be too different. My high school physics class would’ve probably used it the most, though; having our circuitry labs with the ability to construct functioning ones, without the loss of materials, would’ve made my teacher hop for joy! So, is that a shining hypothetical of Minecraft’s potential to teach engineering, too? Turns out, hundreds of schools have been using MinecraftEdu to teach these subjects to higher-level classes already.
Well worth a read.