Beyond the Glass

Reflections on education in a connected world. Jackie Sakatch

Minecraft

on October 27, 2013

Minecraft Screenshots

I have wondered awhile about the game Minecraft.  Last Christmas my son was planning Minecraft on his iPad when my sister, who is a high school administrator expressed concern that we were allowing him to play Minecraft.  I was confused from what I had seen watching Ben play he was using blocks and materials to build a community in a virtual world.  It seemed to me it was like portable LEGO.  My sister explained that in her experience teens can become obsessed with the game and not think of anything else.  Ben described to me the two mode creative and survival and we agreed that he would only explore in the creative world.

Alec Couros challenged us to participate in Open Access  week so I planned to participate in this Connected Educators experience:

Minecraft Open House (ISTE, Games MOOC, rgMOOC, Inevitable Instructors)
1 PM – 3 PM ET.  Minecraft Open House.  Minecraft is a simple, easy to use virtual world that has been unlocking higher order learning skills in kids (especially creative skills) at an ever-accelerating rate, providing outlets for students who were falling by the wayside, and was one of the most popular applications at the most recent ISTE conference.  We’re honored to have ISTE’s virtual worlds group, as well as several other games in education movement leaders, join us today for an open house where you’ll get a chance to explore the environment, ask questions, and discuss it with experts in the field.

Unfortunately our van broke down and I was not able to be at home during the live event.  On the positive side I was able to watch the  video.

The people in this video made Minecraft look so easy.  The video outlines a Minecraft challenge website.  I enjoyed listening to the mother of two twelve year old girls talk about the different modes in Minecraft and the responsibilities of parents.  The girls talked about how they would love to use Minecraft in their classroom to complete assignments and explain their thinking.

I was curious about connects to a grade one/two classroom.  I visited the Minecraft teacher blog after reading the article How Minecraft is being Used in the Classroom by Andrew Webster.

I then bought myself the Minecraft app and tried it for myself.  Ben was very excited that I was interested in exploring Minecraft.  He sat beside me as I created my first world.  The next thing I know Ben had clicked on the egg a bunch of times and their were ducks everywhere.  Then he showed me how to make them disappear.  He showed me how to move around the world and how to access the resources I had available.  Once I was left to my own devices I somehow managed to get stuck under the ice and water.   I tried again and was able to create this structure:

2013-10-27 16.18.48

I will admit that Minecraft is not the game for me and I am not really interested in experimenting in this environment.   I think that it is a fine game for Ben to play.  For now I will continue to ask that he play in creative mode.  If a student in my classroom wanted to show me their learning in Minecraft I would accept their assignment and ask them to explain share how they used Minecraft to help them.

I am wondering if anyone has experimented with Minecraft in their classroom.  I am also wondering if you have concerns about Minecraft what your concerns are.

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5 responses to “Minecraft

  1. Kyle DuMont says:

    Hey Jackie,
    This was a very interesting read and I am going to try to find the time to sit and watch the video that you have linked to your blog. As a middle years teacher I have a growing number of students that are highly engaged in minecraft and some are very obsessed with it. There came a point last year that the students were printing the 3D minecraft buildings, characters, trees, etc. during class time and quickly grabbing them off the printer before we were noticing what they were printing. This was then accompanied by the students asking to stay in during recess to “finish” assignments and naturally we were OK at the beginning because, of course why wouldn’t we want our kids to do a little better quality work. As the assignments were coming in at the same/lower quality, we began to notice the lack of focus on given tasks. To start this year it was very similar but we were able to notice the minecrafting much quicker and unfortunately we have asked the kids not to use minecraft at all during school. I would like to know how I could incorporate it into an assignment or a concept we are working on. I am hoping the video is able to give me some guidance.

  2. This website might help Kyle http://minecraftedu.com/page/. I would love to hear about about your experiences if you decide to incorporate Minecraft into an assignment.

  3. […] talk to kids about Mindcraft and other games that are important to them and try to include the things that kids learn from games […]

  4. […] Minecraft –  I was curious about Minecraft and wanted to know more about how to play and how violent the game was. […]

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