As an educator at Atlanta Public School for over 27 years and a Digital Learning Specialist (Social Studies) for the past 7 years, I have supported educators in my district and beyond as they purposefully integrate technology into the classroom to promote engagement and 21St. Century skill development.
While educators have many tools and resources available to support their efforts to create a dynamic digital learning environment, one of the newest and most exciting is Minecraft Education Edition (M: EE). Popular among students (and teachers!), M: EE is a game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving in an immersive digital environment.
Here are five ways I have helped my district teachers use the M: EE classroom instruction that you can use in your teaching practice. After all, you don’t have to be a Minecraft expert to get started!
- Minecraft can be used to support instruction in any subject from ELA (English language arts), math, science, and social studies to art and SEL and more. M: EE contains numerous lessons that are readily available to help you expand student learning and make it more engaging and engaging in a game-based environment. As a former social studies teacher, I was excited about a lesson series called “Good Trouble Lessons”, which introduces students to Congressman John Lewis, who then takes students around the world to meet activists like Dr. Martin Luther King, Malala. , Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela, all of whom are in “good trouble” for standing up for the rights of others. M: EE helps educators bring historical figures and events to life in an engaging way for students. To explore more lessons like this one or the other go to Lessons in Minecraft Education Version 7