Introducing Minecraft for Collaborative Problem-Solving and Coding

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In this hands-on session, learn the basics of Minecraft: Education Edition, become a virtual space construction worker, and learn how to manage your students.

Participants will also learn how coding (e.g. Tynker, MakeCode) can be used to modify virtual space in Minecraft.

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1. Why Minecraft:EE?

3. PBL & Active Learning


1. Why Minecraft?

Learning happens on the messy journey from problem to solution. The benefits of engaging, active learning include:

  • Open-ended questions or tasks
  • Authentic applications of content and skills
  • Student independence and inquiry
  • More multi-faceted and involved than traditional lessons or assignments

Wrinkly vs Smooth Brain

Human beings have wrinkly brains, but rats have smooth ones. Wrinkles increases the brain’s surface area for neurons, which is a good thing apparently.

What Kind of Brain Does Your Lesson Fall Into?

“Is my lesson wrinkly or smooth, multi-faceted or traditional?” Introduce students to MCEE as a way to externalize their knowledge and information processing. MCEE serves as an excellent way for students to develop future work skills (read the research report)

Getting to Know Minecraft: Education Edition

2. Hands-On with Minecraft

Are you a Minecraft: Education Edition digital native? If so, do we have a treat for you! Explore the Tutorial World, which will guide you through basic steps. When you think you've suffered, er, learned enough, try out the PBL & Active Learning module.

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3. PBL & Active Learning Connection

“Active learning is generally defined as any instructional method that engages students in the learning process.

In short, active learning requires students to do meaningful learning activities and think about what they are doing” (Source).

4. Classroom Mode for Minecraft

"With Classroom Mode, you can access a range of features especially designed to interact with students while hosting a multiplayer game by managing settings from a central user interface.

Students do not need to run Classroom Mode. For options on adding additional classroom assistance to teacher’s aides or volunteers during a lesson session in Minecraft, consider granting operator status if appropriate.

Educators can use Minecraft: Education Edition and Classroom at the same time, and students can use their copies of Minecraft: Education Edition to connect to a multiplayer game and use Code Builder within it, but educators cannot use all three at the same time". (Source)

5. Coding to Create

Never coded before? No problem! Learn coding fundamentals with MakeCode's tutorials for Minecraft: Education Edition. Take advantage of block coding tools, as well as be introduced to the free Makecode curriculum. Once you know how to code with MakeCode, you'll also be ready to start using micro:bits.