My School Library
• Use gamification to embed information literacy
• Allow students to lead PBL project
• Continue my research on virtual worlds in
education & libraries
• Get students excited about learning
• Use physical library as virtual “makerspace”
Why Use MinecraftEdu?
• Teach students in a way they will find fun and engaging
• Get your students excited about their History class, or their Social
Studies class, or virtually any other subject, by hosting the class in a
virtual Minecraft World
• MinecraftEdu provides great flexibility for customizing the student
experience to your subject/course material
• MinecraftEdu provides controls to prevent your students running
amok and straying off course
• Many students will already be familiar with Minecraft, reducing the
• Minecraft worlds and projects created by other teachers are
already available to download and use, making implementation
easy and cutting down course planning time
• Setup and installation is easy, and the load on your IT resources is
• Did we mention it’s fun and the students will love it?
A 3D Virtual World designed for building with cubes.
Get familiar with the game
Obtain school district approval
MinecraftEDU vs Minecraft
Understand purpose (real learning
embedded in new formats)
• Failure is acceptable! No fear of
embracing new frontiers
The desire to create resides in each of us.
“What can we make?” asks the child.
Step by Step
1. Start small (student led)
2. Brainstorm purpose (digital citizenship
was our chosen theme)
3. Regular meetings (after school club)
4. Guidance from teacher/librarian (keep
them focused but allow creativity)
5. Document progress
Listen, observe, and
allow for creativity
Interesting comments from the students:
“Stop trolling me!”
“Have you ever heard of griefing?”
“How do you (insert question here as it
was heard repeatedly through
“Will you teleport me to your house?”
The final product…
In spring 2013, we successfully created an
original video game in Minecraft. Students
who complete the challenge demonstrate
understanding of basic digital citizenship and
View our machinima on Youtube
“Digital Citizens in Minecraft”
Machinima on Youtube
The project continues.
Fifth grade videogame creators
work toward the goal of presenting
to third grade “testers”.
• Remember emerging tech trends
will continue to change.
• No one single application is
“best” or absolute for teaching.
• Collaborative, constructivist
learning is expanding as we now
live in digital participatory
• 21st Century Learning Standards
can be embedded in new
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