Here at Canvas Network, it’s been a big year for Minecraft. In October, we hosted “Getting Started with MinecraftEDU,” a MOOC taught by Jason Schmidt, instructional technologist for the Bennington School District. This course was designed to help teachers learn how to set up and use MinecraftEDU servers in their classrooms for educational purposes.
But it’s a video game made of building blocks, you say. How can that possibly be educational? Minecraft is a flexible tool, and in the classroom, it can help teachers get at some of the more difficult skills to teach. When students use Minecraft, they have opportunities to solve problems in creative ways. Through Minecraft, students can learn project management skills and how to successfully collaborate with people they don’t know very well. These experiences are meaningful, and help prepare students for the real world.