Minecraft and (Language) Learning

By David Dodgson | A colleciton of blog posts, articles and other media about Minecraft in educational settings

Minecraft in the Classroom: The Power of Game-Based Learning

Editors Note: This post is part of a series being developed collaboratively between Minecraft EDU and Teaching Channel. A few years ago, I taught a …

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Digging Deeper: Learning and Re-learning with Student and Teacher Minecraft Communities

* * * On the Internet * * *February 2017 — Volume 20, Number 4<b>David Dodgson</b><br>British Council Bahrain<br><dave.dodgsongmail.com>The Minecraft CommunityFrom …

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3 Lessons Gleaned from My Son about Minecraft Learning

Why do some kids spend their time killing each other while others engineer epic builds in Minecraft? The educational benefits of Minecraft are …

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Minecraft’s Just a Game, Isn’t It?

I have been using Minecraft as a teaching tool in my classroom for over 3 years now, and a successful teaching tool I may add. It’s funny because …

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Educational Minecraft Activities

If you have a child or student who plays Minecraft, then you’re going to love these free <b>Educational Minecraft Activities</b>! I have a couple of students …

Reinventing the Classroom Through Games-Based Learning

Before I decided to chase a career in the high-flying world *cough* of video games writing, I used to be a teacher.<p>I taught English and IT for four …

ELT Sandbox Interviews… Saul Muscat

<i>A few weeks ago, an article entitled ‘Reinventing the Classroom Through Game-Based Learning’ popped up in my news feed, naturally piquing my</i> …

ELT Sandbox Plays… on the #EVOMC2017 Server

Last week, I spent an enjoyable evening hosted by Vance Stevens on the EVO Minecraft MOOC server. We were joined by other moderators and course …

What Playing Minecraft Has Taught Me About Learning

If Minecraft were a foreign language, I would put myself at an A2 level – a basic command and able to function in a number of situations but still at …

ELT Sandbox Reads… #Minecraft The Beginner’s Handbook

Earlier this month, I logged into Minecraft for the first time in a while to prepare for the EVO Minecraft MOOC (#evomc2017). It quickly struck me …

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Literacy Blocks – Using Minecraft to Engage and Motivate Reluctant Writers

Why Minecraft?<p>Photographs, video clips, poetry, personal experiences, objects, memories. Not an exhaustive list but a sample of some of the things …

ELT Sandbox Interviews… Rose Bard (in #Minecraft)

Earlier this year, I approached Rose Bard, a language teacher in Brazil about doing an interview about how she uses <i>Minecraft</i> with her students. As we …

Epic Classroom Examples of Minecraft in Education

Minecraft has become arguably one of the most popular games in history. This is evident not only with gaming communities but also among educators. If …

What Is The Effect Of Using Minecraft As A Descriptive Writing Prompt?

Descriptive writing of settings is one of my favourite areas to teach. I enjoy enthusing my students; trying to find ways to boost their creativity …

The Minecraft Generation

Jordan wanted to build an unpredictable trap.<p>An 11-year-old in dark horn-­rimmed glasses, Jordan is a devotee of Minecraft, the computer game in which you make things out of virtual blocks, from dizzying towers to entire cities. He recently read “The Maze Runner,” a sci-fi thriller in which …

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For the Hesitant Teacher: Leveraging the Power of Minecraft

If there’s any video game that has successfully made its way into the classroom, it’s Minecraft. There’s a small subset of teachers using all kinds …

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A guide to Minecraft: Education Edition

After months of development and testing, Microsoft has finally launched Minecraft: Education Edition, a learning-focused version of the game that’s …

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How we’re using Minecraft to engage pupils in our school

<b>“Stop throwing snowballs at those pupils or I else I’m going to have to freeze you!”</b><p>I have been teaching for 17 years at St Joseph's Boys' School, …

How to Transform your Spanish class with Minecraft: An Interview with Glen Irvin

<b>Game based learning</b> is a huge movement in the education community and with the right tools and strategy – there’s no turning back once you’ve started …

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Learning to Learn with #Minecraft – DGBL ELT Lesson Plan

• Ask your students whether or not they play Minecraft. Get them talking about why they do/don’t play and find out some basic information like the aim …

Language Learning and Minecraft

Even if you have absolutely no interest in computer games, you have probably heard about Minecraft. If you teach or have kids, you have probably …

The Elementia Chronicles: Teenage author is Minecraft star

The virtual world of Minecraft is one that many children get lost in for hours on end - but now it's coming to life in a series of books.<p>The Elementia Chronicles use the computer game as a backdrop for a story about resources and conflicts that arise over them.<p>The trilogy is written by Sean Fay …

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

<i>Every Classroom Matters Episode #180</i>History, literature, and math teachers are desperate for easy ideas to engage kids. We want kids to be excited …

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How Minecraft Teaches Kids Real-World Skills

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Time to Meet your Maker - A #GBL Preview for 2015-16

It's been a while!<p>Study (Trinity Dip TESOL), work, writing articles, and a much needed break have all contributed to an extended period of downtime …

For the Hesitant Teacher: Leveraging the Power of Minecraft

If there’s any video game that has successfully made its way into the classroom, it’s Minecraft. There’s a small subset of teachers using all kinds …

Teaching

Turkey: Ministry to investigate Minecraft 'violence'

<b>Turkey's government is looking into allegations that the popular computer game Minecraft is too violent, it's reported.</b><p>The game is classified as suitable for children aged seven and over in much of Europe, and for those older than 10 in the United States. But Turkey's family and social policies …

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