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Using Slack in the Classroom

Slack is a collaboration and messaging app.<p>I admit I didn’t come up with this myself. At the start of last Spring semester, we had a great Open …

25 Real Ways Minecraft is Being Used in the Classroom

It’s hard to believe that just six years ago Minecraft was virtually unheard of. It was little more than a hobby project for creator and designer …

Minecraft Trojan Horse Teaches Kids to Love Electronics and Code

Kids love Minecraft, and a clever educator can leverage that love to teach some very practical skills. The summer class offered by the Children’s …

Meet 'Medical Minecraft,' An Educational Experience Powered By IBM Watson

IBM's Watson gained global fame as a “Jeopardy!” master that beat former all-time winner Ken Jennings at his own game. While the superprogram is no …

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 …

BetterGeo turns Minecraft into an immersive tool for teaching geology

<i>Minecraft</i> may have started out as a crafting and survival game, but it’s evolved into a wonderfully complex virtual environment. Now, a team from …

Rare Earth

Recreating medieval towns – an example of why Minecraft is a great learning tool

I recently told a room full of academics interested in using videogames as a teaching tool that “to play is the biggest freedom we can have as a …

The most creative Minecraft creations from students – in pictures

Teachers showcase the brilliant ways their students have used Minecraft as a building block to learning

How 'Minecraft' Is Connecting Kids Caught Up in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

The Games for Peace project uses online multiplayer games to break down cultural prejudice.<p>"Building is our answer to murder," Israel's former economics minister and current education minister Naftali Bennett in September 2014, responding to outrage over his government's appropriation of 990 acres …

Minecraft-themed lessons are here to help your kids learn to code

Learning to code need never be boring, as the clever creativity of code.org’s annual Hour Of Code educational push shows. But this year there’s a new slant to the initiative that could make coding more fun for kids to learn than ever: Minecraft-themed lessons.<p>Minecraft is many things. It’s baffling …

Step Inside Gaming Company Razer’s Largest Concept Store To Date

If you’re big on gaming, then you’re sure to know Razer, the high-end hardware company that makes gaming laptops, Xbox peripherals, sound bars and other such products for gamers.<p>Did you know that the California-based firm has concept stores in Asia? Perhaps not.<p>The firm opened its third such store …

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Thousands attend Stampy Cat Minecraft lecture

<b>The Royal Society of Edinburgh says having YouTube star Stampy Cat deliver its Christmas lecture is the "biggest event" in the organisation's history.</b><p>Stampy - real name Joseph Garrett - gave the lecture at Dundee's Caird Hall in front of 2,000 schoolchildren.<p>The creator of the "Let's Play" videos …

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What Kids Learn When They Play Minecraft | Learning

If you have computer-savvy kids at home, odds are they play Minecraft—or know someone who does.<p>Now owned by Microsoft, the Swedish indie program has …

Student-Created 'Snowstorm' Flying Machine Takes a Passenger Aloft

Jetpacks may be cool, but they're not exactly practical. This flying machine called "Snowstorm," created by engineering students at the National University of Singapore, isn't as flashy — but it's a whole lot safer.<p>"Snowstorm shows that a personal flying machine is a very real possibility, …

CourseBuffet serves up a free DIY degree in Computer Science or Management

CourseBuffet understands that while college may be a rite of passage, it’s certainly not the only way to get the knowledge you need to succeed in the ever-changing tech or business world.<p>Look, school is expensive.<p>Even worse, we’re now finding out that the degrees that set us back years to obtain …

MolCraft – the mod that turns Minecraft into a classroom

Minecraft is beloved of fans around the world. The simple game has captured the hearts of children and adults alike. You can build whatever you want …

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Adobe finally tells developers to stop using Flash

Once the primary means of making animation, browser games and interactive visualisations for the web, Adobe Flash has been ailing for a long time. …

Woah! Minecraft's got a virtual phone that lets you make real calls

The level of creativity and innovation in Minecraft was already impressive, but now it’s been taken to a whole new level. Verizon has jus revealed that it’s created a way for users to make a working cellphone in the game.<p>Yes, you can order some takeaway, catch up with your mom, or even send a …

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Minecraft used to teach children molecular chemistry

<b>Virtual world-building game Minecraft, played by tens of millions of children worldwide, could be used in schools to teach pupils chemistry.</b><p>A group of Hull University students created an educational version of the game that allows players to explore specially created molecular structures and …

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Minecraft used to teach children molecular chemistry

<b>Virtual world-building game Minecraft, played by tens of millions of children worldwide, could be used in schools to teach pupils chemistry.</b><p>A group of Hull University students created an educational version of the game that allows players to explore specially created molecular structures and …

Chemistry

This Minecraft World Teaches Kids the Basics of Biochemistry

Enter the crazy block world where some architecture is actually made of protein blocks.<p>In the world of MolCraft, all is not what it seems. Strange formations populate this Minecraft world: These are actually molecular structures that could allow kids to have fun with Minecraft and learn about …

Hull academic recognised for Minecraft work

A University of Hull academic, who is using a virtual reality computer game to teach students, has won a prestigious award<p>Posted by Rebecca Paddick | …

Try the new Minecraft launcher for OS X

If you play Minecraft – and if you’re reading this, it’s likely that either you or one of your kids does – then you’ll know that installing and launching the game on OS X has been as awkward as a creeper with a bucket on its head.<p>That about to change! The Mojang development team has revealed that …

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Pio for iOS is the perfect audio recording app for interviews

Smartphones are great for capturing audio at lectures and interviews, but turning those lengthy sound files into usable information hasn’t always been easy. A new iOS app called Pio lets you tag key moments while recording for easy reference — making it a wonderful tool for journalists.<p>Pio is easy …

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Minecraft and The Future of Transmedia Learning

EPIC HEADSHOP: The Evolution of Minecraft<p>When my 8-year-old son typed “epic headshop at 31;65” into the command prompt, I realized the Minecraft I …

The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

How can games unlock a rich world of learning? This is the big question at the heart of the growing games and learning movement that’s gaining …