There is much debate about the educational benefits of Minecraft and if it can be used as an educational tool. In this unit we explore some of the basic skills, (although you may find many pupils already have these skills from using Minecraft at home), coding and other lesson ideas. Minecraft can really capture the attention of pupils and teachers can use this enthusiasm to build in learning across the curriculum. We have therefore provided some ideas for using Minecraft to support other subjects.
What will you need?
Minecraft Education version plus student licenses and login (note this different to full version)
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Teachers can download Minecraft Education for free on Windows or Mac and then purchase licenses for pupils.
Basic Use (Computer Aided Design)
The Minecraft section of our pupil activities includes 11 tutorials for pupils (and teachers) to work through to build a house. The tutorials cover a range of skills that can then be used in other curriculum areas (see below).
Pupils could use the different coloured materials to create a bar chart of data they have collected. As shown in image below, a wall of lined blocks could be used to represent the numbers and sign post labels on the bars.
The building blocks in Minecraft are perfect for 3D shapes. Teachers or pupils could create a series of 3D shapes and pupils could then work out the area (metres)
The carpet tiles are good for 2D shapes. In order to see the tiles, you will need to change the camera perspective. To do that, go to Settings>Video>Camera Perspective.