5 Epic Examples of Minecraft in Schools

Why Minecraft in Schools is the Modern Marvel: 5 Epic Ideas

History, literature, and math teachers are desperate for easy ideas to engage kids. We want kids to be excited about our subject, and we want to use technology. But we don't want anything really hard. What can we do? Well, today's guest Lucas Gillispie has something you can do that might be much easier than you think. He runs on of the largest implementations of Minecraft of any school in the world. He should know.

MInecraft in schools

Important Takeaways

  • Easy ideas for every subject area using Minecraft
  • How hard is Minecraft anyway?
  • Ideas for convincing parents and administration of the value of Minecraft in schools.

Why Minecraft in Schools is The Modern Marvel

Did you play in a sandbox as a child? You took the sand and built castles. You might have had a bulldozer drive through the sandbox making “brrrr” noise as you scooped up sand and pushed it to the far ends of the box. Or, on the beach, you built a sandcastle, frantically deepening the moat so your sandcastle won't wash away in the incoming tide. Playing in the sand is a child’s game, but now we have a game that all ages are playing. A sandbox game.

What is Minecraft?

Split it into the two words: Mine and Craft.

  • Kids mine for all kinds of things in the game.
  • With the minerals and wood and items they mine, they can craft things.

Minecraft is a game where kids build and create. The boxes are exactly square, so Geometry and Math are easy to teach in there. History and literature work too because kids can make the ancient wonders of the world or the a street in Paris just prior to the French Revolution.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Judy Dubois October 20, 2015 - 7:37 am

I’m currently using Minecraft to teach a French native speaker English. He knows the game in French and is happy to explain things to me in English. If other teachers are doing the same, I’d love to hear from you.

Vicki Davis October 20, 2015 - 11:33 am

How amazing! I would like to know too! This is awesome!

Lucas Gillispie October 22, 2015 - 3:51 pm

That’s a fantastic use of Minecraft. I think that virtual worlds and game environments like Minecraft can provide a meaningful and relevant context to overcome language barriers as well as helping in new language acquisition. Keep us posted on how it goes!

Vicki Davis October 24, 2015 - 7:24 am

And now I’m reading how parents are using Minecraft to help with reading! That is awesome!


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