Playing to Learn with Minecraft http://bit.ly/1BnEWFI Sit down at lunch with young students of any age and ask them what they did that morning in their classroom. They will probably give you a matter-of-fact answer, usually without much enthusiasm. But mention the word “Minecraft,” and watch them come alive. Suddenly, their eyes get big and they sit up tall; you know you have their attention.
How can we harness students’ energy for games like this and leverage it in the classroom?
A number of teachers are beginning to use Minecraft in their classrooms. Some use stand-alone apps on iPads, while others create their own Minecraft world using a desktop computer as a server. It is difficult, however, for teachers to do this without support from their district or principal.
Five secrets about five-year-old Minecraft http://quib.ly/qu/five-secrets-about-five-year-old-minecraft Five secrets about five-year-old Minecraft
Minecraft is an absorbing game in part because it is full of secrets. There is no manual that tells you how to beat its various monsters or craft the tools you need - you either have to look it up online or experiment. Even seasoned players can uncover new surprises. Here are our five favourite Minecraft Secrets.
Minecraft Facebook Account https://www.facebook.com/minecraft Mojang is an indie game developer studio and the creators of Minecraft. Mojang currently has two projects in the pipeline: Minecraft and Scrolls.
Massively Jokaydia : Minecraft Guild for Kids + Parents http://massively.jokaydia.com/ Massively Jokaydia : Minecraft Guild for Kids + Parents
Our project is designed for kids aged 4-16yrs who are interested in gaining digital media skills, exploring their creativity and developing online social skills.
We are currently using the video game Minecraft to support a safe, whitelisted server and a range of activities which encourage kids to choose their own playful learning pathways and adventures.
Our guild was founded in mid 2011 for kids and parents, using game-theory and our experience of developing communities of practice in virtual worlds. The game-world and Guild is personally funded by Jo Kay – Director, jokaydia.com, with a little help from kind donations. We have over 900 registered players from around the world.
Massively @ jokaydia runs on a whitelisted, multiplayer Minecraft server. We have several ‘maps’ for kids inworld, along with this Guild portal which provides them with both a community space and a project based learning oriented awards system.
There is no teaching or lessons allowed in the game in the way people might think about a learning game. Kids and adults are free to explore ideas following the social charter that sets out the Guild’s expectations on how to be a productive, positive player in our community.
Our server is secure and only accessible to approved players via our whitelist. We run regular supervised open sessions for ‘guests’, however at all other times players are white-listed into the game space to ensure security.
Spotlight: Minecraft Skin Scanner http://bit.ly/MVTGqz Review Video. Download App
Minecraft Skin Scanner is our awesome new app that allows you to colour in your own character skin on paper, scan it, and upload it to the game! (Compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch!)
The Justin Biebers of Minecraft http://mashable.com/2014/03/02/minecraft-teamcrafted-youtube/ The Justin Biebers of Minecraft Are Rewriting the Marketing Playbook
The eight members of TeamCrafted — a confederacy of YouTubers who record videos that mostly just show themselves chatting and joking with each other while messing around in the game’s expansive virtual worlds — are bigger than, well, just about anything.
Miners Movies https://miners-movies.com/ With Miners Movies you can record and review your Minecraft multiplayer sessions without installing any mods.
Just connect to the special miners-movies.com Minecraft Server. From there you can view and create recordings on your favourite server.
Morrowcraft is a Wiki ... http://morrowcraft.wikispaces.com/home Morrowcraft is a Wiki designed to document a Minecraft Multiplayer Server hosted by The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ.
It's a virtual world built and inhabited by EMS students and faculty.
101 Open Ended Minecraft Challenges http://bit.ly/17pbxhj 101 Open Ended Minecraft Challenges
Digging into Game-based Learning with Minecraft
This now crowd sourced set of challenges was originally designed by Bron Stuckey for the October 3D Gamelab Teacher Camp. It is made available for any teacher wanting to build a learner-centered program within Minecraft. These are offered as a set of open-ended choices for learners of any age (student or teacher).
Two quick ways to secure your Minecraft server http://bit.ly/19KXvsf Two quick ways to secure your Minecraft server
As Minecraft continues to storm through the world of gaming, education and everywhere else, one thing is for certain: everybody wants to create their own server!
In the rush to be the ruler of their own world, many gamers and teachers forget to secure their Minecraft servers from unwanted visitors who could destroy (aka grief) your builds.
Fortunately, securing your Minecraft server is as easy as activating the server white-list and installing a server wrapper, like Craftbukkit. This post will show you how to do just that.
Augmented Reality Minecraft App: Minecraft Reality http://minecraftreality.com/ Augmented Reality Minecraft App: Minecraft Reality $2
Minecraft Reality maps and tracks the world around you using the camera, and allows you to place Minecraft worlds in reality, and even save them in a specific location for others to look at.
DekkoScan http://bit.ly/15bqLns DekkoScan iOS App
This app could make it easier to recreate real-life objects in Minecraft
Buiding Minecraft renditions of real-life objects is tedious work, but it doesn't have to be. An upcoming iOS app called DekkoScan lets you create a 3D rendering of practically any real-life item, then import the model into the computer version of Minecraft.
10 iOS Apps for Minecraft Fans http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/10_ios_apps_minecraft_fans 10 iOS Apps for Minecraft Fans Minecraft is a global phenomenon spawned from a very simple indie building game. It has wowed critics and players alike across multiple platforms – including the most robust version on Mac (and PC) and a streamlined iOS release – via a LEGO-esque creation vibe tinged with zombie survival mechanics, all within a blocky 3D world of infinite permutations.
In the process, it’s spawned a cottage industry of apps and games for people looking to get more out of the experience. These 10 iOS apps are sure to please anyone entrenched in all things Minecraft.
Minecraft in Education – Dept of Ed Tasmania http://bit.ly/1989JYz Minecraft in Education – plug by Dept of Ed Tasmania
Minetest http://minetest.net/ Minetest is an infinite-world block sandbox game and a game engine, inspired by InfiniMiner, Minecraft and the like. It has been in development and use since October 2010. It is Free and Open Source Software,
Minetest is designed to be simple, stable and portable. It is lightweight enough to run on fairly old hardware. It currently runs playably on a laptop with Intel 945GM graphics. Though, as for the CPU, dualcore is recommended.
Minecraft : ActivityTracker http://www.curse.com/bukkit-plugins/minecraft/activitytracker Minecraft : ActivityTracker "ActivityTracker is a plugin I wrote as a stepping stone to an anti-grief plugin I'm working on called Heimdall, which will do hueristic analysis of player activity to automatically detect griefing behavior. ActivityTracker logs all player activities to a single log file (per player) for easy analysis, it's intended use is to be turned on for your "guest" rank so you have a single log of all activity that your guests (often griefers) perform.
To accomplish this, it has a permission list and anyone who has those permissions will be tracked, anyone who does not will be ignored by this plugin."
Jokaydia Minecraft Guild on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/massivelyminecraft Jokaydia Minecraft Guild on Facebook
Home of the Massively jokaydia Minecraft Guild - A safe Mining Community for kids and parents to learn about imagination and creativity.
Minecraft Class http://minecraftclass.blogspot.com/ Minecraft Class
Los Angeles-area middle school students use Minecraft to create a world, and in the process explore the world around them.
Flipping Roles – Learning about Minecraft http://vvrotny.org/2013/03/17/flipping-roles-learning-about-minecraft/ Flipping Roles – Learning about Minecraft
Through my research, I have found a wonderful network of other teachers developing for these worlds. One such is Eric Walker, who is a teacher at the American International School in Kuwait. He has created the Wonderful World of Humanities , a world that will allow you to explore a variety of historical areas, from the ancient library of Alexandria to ancient Greece and Rome. There are a series of challenges based material that many schools study within their curricula.
Minecraft Math http://bit.ly/Z9StO9 Minecraft Math
A few weeks ago, I searched for Minecraft and the best option for bringing it into the classroom. Keep in mind, I have no money and my team has no money and the school has no money. So, I settled on the Minecraft Demo from PCGamer.com. It's free! And timed! Fifth graders can't run off and build a castle instead of working on the project.
After the last benchmark, I needed to review our weak topics, but I didn't have to make it boring. I scoured the web for Minecraft activities, found several high school level lessons and lists for other subjects, and became impatient. So, I came up with my own activities. Six of them.
Minecraft: Pi Edition now available http://bit.ly/VTkYC1 Minecraft: Pi Edition now available, gives you something to play on your Raspberry Pi
You may already have Minecraft on your computer, your Xbox 360, and your smartphone, but now you can get a version that was specifically ported to run well on the Raspberry Pi. If you’re one of those people that really want a Raspberry Pi but have no idea what to do with one once you get it, making it a dedicated $35 Minecraft machine is now a viable option.
We Took a Field Trip to the Minecraft School http://kotaku.com/5803138/we-took-a-field-trip-to-the-minecraft-school We Took a Field Trip to the Minecraft School
My colleague Matt Toder and I visited a second-grade class that is being taught—mostly during school hours—how to play Minecraft. We'd heard about it and read about it. We had to see it.
In the video, you'll mostly see the second-grade classes, who are mostly led through the lessons. You'll also briefly see some footage of a mansion being built. That's what the fourth-graders and other after school kids made in no time flat, after voting on what to build together (technically they mashed up two ideas: mansion and water park).
Integrating Minecraft into a PYP Unit of Enquiry #21CLHK http://goo.gl/bOQL5 Integrating Minecraft into a PYP Unit of Enquiry #21CLHK
Minecraft May Be The Next MOOC https://www.edsurge.com/n/2012-12-04-minecraft-may-be-the-next-mooc Minecraft May Be The Next MOOC
FROM MMORPG TO MOOC: "Minecraft has become a kind of anarchic massive open online course (MOOC) all on its own." That's one major conclusion from Scott Smith in this Quartz feature titled, Could Minecraft be the next great engineering school?
Minecraft in School Wiki http://minecraftinschool.pbworks.com/ Minecraft in School Wiki
This wiki is devoted to hosting ideas, lessons, implementation strategies and more related to using the game, Minecraft in a school setting.
Whether you use it in a computer/gaming club, as part of your regular curricular instruction, or even at home with your own children, Minecraft's simple yet scalable "sandbox" virtual environment can be an excellent tool for engaging student learning.
The open-ended nature of the game lends it to application in a variety of subject areas. Game-based learning, virtual worlds, and simulations are emerging tools for reaching our learners.
MinecraftEdu http://minecraftedu.com/ MinecraftEdu the official version of Minecraft designed for teachers and students.
Every day, more and more teachers are using the world-building game Minecraft to engage and educate. The game is a true phenomenon and gamers young and old are using it in countless creative ways. Practitioners of Games Based Education have realized the potential and have embraced Minecraft in classrooms around the world. Now you can too!
MinecraftEdu is the collaboration of a small team of educators and programmers from the United States and Finland.
We are working with Mojang AB of Sweden, the creators of Minecraft, to make the game affordable and accessible to schools everywhere. We have also created a suite of tools that make it easy to unlock the power of Minecraft in YOUR classroom.
Our custom MinecraftEdu mod was created by teachers, for teachers. It works right on top of the original Minecraft game and is designed for classroom use. We've lowered the barriers so that ANY teacher can benefit from this amazing game. MinecraftEdu is currently in a private Beta phase It will be available for purchase to both institutions and individuals in the near future.
The Minecraft Teacher http://minecraftteacher.tumblr.com/ The Minecraft Teacher
My name is Joel Levin. I am a computer teacher at a private school in New York City. This blog chronicles my foray into using Minecraft in the classroom. The results were far from expected.