I have recently been exploring Minecraft in the Classroom lately! Our district has Office 365 and Minecraft Education Edition is included. I knew how to play Minecraft, but needed to learn about how to incorporate it and manage it in the classroom.
Did you know that there is an online course where you can learn how to use Minecraft and manage it in your classroom? Check out “My Minecraft Journey” to learn more. I recently completed the course. It’s amazing how many different concepts students can demonstrate in Minecraft.
One class at my school has a financial literacy project coming up. The original project has students creating a restaurant on paper and calculating area. Students are also to order from the menu at the restaurant. Students calculate profit and more in this unit. I suggested that the students create their restaurants in Minecraft Education Edition. Our plan is for teams to plan the restaurant on paper (dimensions, tables, ordering counter, menu, etc…) including which player will build which item. Then, students will use their blueprints to create in Minecraft. When the restaurants are complete, students will have their Minecraft character visit other restaurants and order from their menus with the chat feature. Students will keep track of orders on paper to calculate profit at the end of the business day. They can also take screen shots or use the Minecraft camera to document their activity and learning, as well.
I’m excited that one class can be in the same Minecraft world that the teacher can manage. The teacher can customize world settings, locate players, and can communicate with students using the chat feature. There are so many possible learning opportunities!! Share ways your students are using Minecraft in the classroom in the comments.