Before I go any further, I must admit that I am very new to the discussion about a very popular video game among many of my students — Minecraft. “First introduced to the public by a Swedish video game programmer, Markus Persson, Minecraft has become one of the most popular video games on the market today. Its popularity is so widespread that it can be played on most smartphones, home computers as well as the Microsoft Xbox system.” As I learn more about this hot new tech sensation (not so new since it has been around for two years now), I think it can’t be an accident that not only is the game being played by countless numbers of children (and adults), but that educators are now exploring the games’ influence on our students and the way we teach our students.
I’d like to begin a conversation with my team but also would love to hear if other educators/schools are having (or will have) a similar discussion. Please share if Minecraft has become all the buzz within your school. Could it become another resource tool to help teachers teach science and social studies/history? Can we use it in the classroom to teach other disciplines as well?