In this session, you'll learn how to design work in virtual worlds like Minecraft: Education Edition. Participants will also experience PBL lesson-based design opportunities.
Game-based learning is the actual inclusion of video games in a classroom. These games are usually educational in subject matter, engaging and motivating the students to learn. Rather than adding a layer of badges and rewards, game-based learning uses the advantages of video games to teach a subject or skill itself. By using games as an educational approach, students are more encouraged to think critically and solve problems for themselves. (Source)
Game-Based Learning Strategies
- Align game types with learning outcomes. Analize game and think about how to use it depending on each situation and the learning outcomes.
- Turn learning and knowledge into the clue. When the gamer receives a positive output by using his knowledge, it is more probable he will use it again in the game.
- Apply proven effective instructional strategies to design the game. Some of proven instructional strategies are:
- the use of graphics instead of only text,
- let learners self-asses their knowledge instead of just answer a final test and
- use scenarios that are easily transferable to the daily life of the gamer.
- use self-explanation questions and meaningful feedback.
- Guide the gamer to achieve goals. Explain the goal of each scenario and what the reward is in return. You can use different strategies to explain this: text on the screen, a character that talks to the gamer, etc.
- The game must be immersive. If you want them to transfer the knowledge acquired, the scenarios must be similar to the ones in the real life.
- It must be challenging. Neither so easy nor extremely difficult. The key is to increase the difficulty while playing.
- The game must be reliable. If the audience of your game are students they expect to obtain knowledge, skills and abilities in order to construct learning or a product that reflects that learning.
Minecraft is extremely popular with students but how can educators introduce this effectively into the classroom.
Microsoft's Minecraft: Education Edition (MCEE) provides for access to resources.
Getting to Know Minecraft: Education Edition
- Access Minecraft: Education Edition resources
Share Article Take-Aways via Padlet
Teaching & Learning with M:EE Videos
Add to Your Favorites
- Minecraft: Education Edition site and the Get Started! link
- Create a Profile: To support the community, you are encouraged to create an account and your very own profile on the site.
- Start a Conversation: Check out the Discussion Board, featuring Community Resources, Feature Requests, General Discussion, and Technical Support. Feel free to ask questions, make suggestions, and reach out across the community.
- Create a Lesson: While our team will be adding roughly 25 lessons to the database shortly, the most authentic learning experiences come from all of you. Create your own lessons, our team will edit them and publish them on your behalf. You’ll also be able to “rework” lessons and adapt your colleague’s work to a different subject or grade level.
- Report Issues: If something is not working as expected, if you have questions, if you need assistance, we are here to support you. Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with the issue, and I will do my best to help you resolve it. Thank you in advance for speaking up!
- Get the Classroom Companion app for Windows 10 or Mac OS. It allows you to setup a server on your local area network (LAN).
- Knowledge Base: Answers to many questions you may have!
- Guide to Crafting: Helps you figure out what items to put together to get a tangible item.
- Watch the Case Study and Minecraft: Education Edition overview
- Hour of Code Minecraft
- Videos of Student Creators via Wes Fryer
- Minecraft:Pocket Edition - Check out this 15 minute guided tour of some AMAZING Minecraft Creative Builds by Edgar, a 4th grader in Mrs. McAlister's class!
- This Space Shuttle and Galley Ship were built by Shon (4th grade) in Minecraft Pocket Edition.
- Check out Rachel Fryer's YouTube Channel
Activity: 3 Little Pigs
A little pig family has found itself under attack by a pack of wolves in the neighborhood. Not being architects, the pigs are at a loss of what kind of home they want.
In your team, please create several models of houses that pigs can live in comfortably. Your constructions should reflect a variety of budgets. As architects/builders, you will design new homes for the pigs. Be prepared to share some facts about the pig home(s) you construct.
Note: Include a bed, chimney, doors with levers, fence, and 3 pigs and 1 wolf (or more)
What Questions Do YOU Have?
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) from Texas school district personnel. Responses are current as of 10/28/16. That means they are subject to change pending the November 1, 2016 announcement.
- How is licensing handled?
- Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE) will charge $5 per student account. Volume licensing agreements for 20-25 schools and up may be available. These volume licensing agreements will become available (Subject to change)
- "School districts and municipalities with a Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions volume licensing agreement may add Minecraft: Education Edition to their agreement which will give them access across their organization. Schools interested in this option should contact their preferred education reseller for pricing" (Source: MS Minecraft:EE FAQs).
- What are the machine requirements for running Minecraft: Education Edition in my classroom?
- Office 365 account for each student seeking to use M:EE
- Windows 10 or Mac OS "El Capitan" for each device
- Windows 10 Hardware requirements (get details here):
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
- RAM: 2 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 64-bit
- Hard disk: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
- Graphics Card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display: 800x600
- Are mods supports in Minecraft: Education Edition?
- Mods are modifications to Minecraft, available through a number of third-party websites. They can add or remove content to the game, or change how it is played. Mods are not currently supported in Minecraft: Education Edition.
- What are some of the new features that Minecraft: Education Edition has?
- Secure student login IDs, editable boundaries, and a tutorial for first-time educator use
- Educators can manage world settings
- Student communications are possible
- Educators can give items and teleport students in the Minecraft:EE world.
- Educators can get a list all students in the world
- World management settings are available with chat window
- Leads and horses
- Additional player skins
Check out ISTE's Minecraft: Education Edition webinar on Thursday, November 2nd at 5:00pm (Central Time). From their web site:
Free webinar - “Boost critical thinking and problem solving with Minecraft: Education Edition.”
The 2016 ISTE Standards for Students expect learners to produce creative artifacts, make meaningful learning experiences and solve problems by designing new, useful and imaginative solutions.
Minecraft: Education Edition allows students to meet those standards using a platform they love.
Join the Microsoft Minecraft Education team and two classroom educators who will demonstrate how they use Minecraft to build critical thinking skills, promote digital citizenship and provide robust opportunities for creativity, problem solving and innovative thinking — all within a collaborative, immersive environment.
Even More Minecraft Goodness
(not necessarily Minecraft: Education Edition related)
- Listen to 8th Grade Students Share about Minecraft in Education
- How to Build a Cabin
- Wes Fryer's Minecraft Resources - These were created for Minecraft EDU but surely, some great inspirational ideas remain and can carry over!
- Connected Camps Videos and Site