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Many of our learners are highly skilled within the Minecraft environment.  Increasingly schools are exploring the possibilities and harnessing the game to impact on the achievement of children. 

Somerset schools

Presentation from Danny Houton, St Mary's Primary School who uses Minecraft PE app from Mojang with his class

Computing planning based on Danny's literacy unit

Case study: Holy Trinity Primary School, Yeovil (including description of setting up their own Minecraft server)

Selworthy Special School are using Minecraft with learners on a single PC attached to an interactive whiteboard. They have had some amazing successes so far: Becky Hughes @techibecky describes how learners, whose needs mean they find it difficult to communicate and collaborate, have worked together on Minecraft to create worlds and learn from each other. Their social interaction and problem solving skills are being developed through the software, and she has plans to teach e-safety skills through Minecraft as well as linking it to other curriculum areas e.g. building a Roman world. Becky is developing a blog to share their use of Minecraft and other technology - watch this space!

 

Online Safety when using Minecraft

What is Minecraft? - a description from Parent Zone

Staying safe on Minecraft - advice from Parent Zone

Agree your rules for using Minecraft with your children before you start.  These are the rules agreed by Year 5 at St Mary's Primary, along with recommendations based on classroom experiences.

These are the rules from Selworthy Special School, written by a learner. The 'not going far away' rule was written after learners 'zoomed out' from their world and went too high, leaving them unable to get back to the world they'd made.

 

 


 

 

Useful sites

Immersive Minds Blog is written by Stephen Reid who has inspired schools with the possibilities offered by games based learning over a number of years.  His blog provides many examples of Minecraft across the curriculum.

Interview with Stephen Reid who describes his curriculum map in Minecraft.  Watch 3 minutes 12 to 5 minutes 30 for a description of making QR codes in Minecraft - a challenge that could be set for your learners.

Minecraft in Education Live Stream most Saturdays and Wednesdays 18.00

Minecraft Edu and Computational Thinking from Barry Price CAS Master Teacher

Wonder Quest Youtube channel from Stampy and Wizard Keen - Minecraft used to create episodes for adventures with plenty of learning content.  Children maybe interested to watch the video where Stampy and Wizard Keen describe how they work collaboratively to create the episodes.