Minecraft as a teaching tool?

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We all know the game Minecraft as just that- a game. But some teachers are taking it a step forward and using it in the classroom as a teaching tool. Whether it's building ancient roman villages or replicating tall skyscrapers, Minecraft is definitely taking teaching to a whole new level.

More and more teachers are using Minecraft now, and there's even a website for getting your school Minecraft, minecraftedu.com.  Who knows whether Minecraft will end up just as a game to play in your spare time, or something you have to do for homework (Gosh, wouldn't that be fun!), but either way, it will and already is revolutionizing the video game field and what we think of them.

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Weston Belk
September 22, 2013 at 12:25 PM delete

I've actually used Minecraftedu for learning purposes. We created a scale model of the building we were in and competed against multiple other teams. It was a great experience, but by the end of the week nobody wanted to play Minecraft anymore.

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FruitcakeCat63
September 23, 2013 at 4:31 AM delete

"By the end of the week, nobody wanted to play Minecraft anymore"

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FruitcakeCat63
September 23, 2013 at 4:32 AM delete

I've has to use this to teach classmates about topics... (the teacher gave me minecraftedu to me and was like "here use this- make people learn!")

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September 23, 2013 at 8:19 AM delete

"I'm going to learn you guys today!"

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MikeRaven
September 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM delete

Now if only my teachers would stop making us use Google Sketchup. It's a great program but half the idiots in my tech class have no idea how to use it.

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FruitcakeCat63
September 24, 2013 at 1:49 AM delete

This still doesn't make sense.... I've been staring at it for 15 minutes....
do you mean teach? instead of learn?
confused.....

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FruitcakeCat63
September 24, 2013 at 1:51 AM delete

I feel the same way! Our school uses it and half the class I'm running around telling people how to make a cube, or draw a line, or remove the axis, or whatever.


But I'm glad someone else knows how it feels! :D

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Minecraft Addict
September 24, 2013 at 2:14 AM delete

same here

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Minecraft Addict
September 24, 2013 at 2:15 AM delete

i wish my school would get it and make it a class you have to apply for only

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Minecraft Addict
September 24, 2013 at 2:16 AM delete

or even let me teach it!!

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FruitcakeCat63
September 24, 2013 at 4:31 AM delete

OMG
i look at this
10 comments
I'm bringing it back guys!
Anybody here when me and Honeydewmelon56 were the top commenters? (We still are BTW) we had comment sessions and arguments going forever- many posts reached at least 70 comments, some even 100!

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Minecraft Addict
September 24, 2013 at 11:53 AM delete

let see if we can get it to 1337 or 77

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Minecraft Addict
September 24, 2013 at 11:54 AM delete

77 for docm77

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fruitninja2265
September 25, 2013 at 5:00 AM delete

What are the chances of someone getting their article posted?

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Aiden Brown
September 25, 2013 at 9:35 AM delete

My god, 15 comments already!?

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Aiden Brown
September 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM delete

Crap, now 17!

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Aiden Brown
September 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM delete

Well, as of this 16!

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Aiden Brown
September 25, 2013 at 9:38 AM delete

It's gonna be 19 right?

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SevoGT
September 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM delete

that is the best idea EVER

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Topcommenter101
September 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM delete

Yeah Corbin- I'm wondering if I should enter...

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Gabe Cowardin
September 29, 2013 at 9:57 AM delete

My Tech teacher used Minecraft during a summer program to build a scale model of our school. We had kids out measuring the school and doing the math to find how many feet per block and even finding details about it. Now, as after "Lego Club" is gearing up towards FLL (First Lego League, In which we use Lego pieces to build robots to perform challenges on the playing field.), we are using Minecraft to make and record a virtual flash flood (related to the theme of the FLL this year.). For more info on FLL, I will try to introduce Mr. Wheeler, the tech teacher, to this forum chat. From there you can ask him questions and such. I didn't know that using Minecraft as teaching tool was used by more people than our tech class, that is really cool.

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