Jenallee was honored with the opportunity to become Minecraft Trainers!
Wow! Minecraft is simply amazing! It offers your students the ability to communicate, collaborate, create, think critically, code, and so much more! Over the past 2 days we have learned how to share this awesome edtech tool with teachers. That’s right, we are now Certified Minecraft Trainers! Not only that, we have the opportunity to offer you and your school FREE Minecraft training! Learn more about this opportunity and a few tips and tricks we learned, throughout this blog post ✨
Minecraft is foreign to many Xennials, Baby Boomers, and even some Millenials. You may be wondering where to begin when teaching with a game that our students love. Well… no need to fear! Meenoo Rami from Minecraft shared a great plan for how to get started.
First let us share the why behind learning in Minecraft.
Why Minecraft EDU?
- Easy Access.
- Inspiring Confident Exploration.
- Increased Creativity.
- Problem Solving
- Parents Can Play Too
- It Teaches Resource Management
- Geometry Skills
- Community Engagement
- Age-appropriate Content
Getting Started with Minecraft EDU
To get started the Minecraft experts suggest covering these three basic lessons:
- Introduce students to the basics of Minecraft through exploring creatively
- Explain Digital Citizenship & expectations
- Guided Practice
Starting with these lessons will offer students an understanding of the game, of how to operate in the game, and how to operate with others in the game.
Quick Tips & Tricks
Tip #1 : Don’t be Afraid😨
Remember you are a master facilitator of learning! You are utilizing Minecraft to gamify your content. This offers your students engagement, critical thinking, and the ability to create with the content and learning targets that you put into action.
Tip #2 Learn A Few Shortcuts ✂
It is helpful to learn a few shortcuts to quickly operate within the game and help your students operate. Here are a few of our favorites.
Tip #3 Download Minecraft EDU 💻🖲
**If your school district utilizes Office 365, you may have free access to Minecraft Edu! What?!? 🤯 Yes, that is right! FREE! Minecraft edu is a program that needs to be downloaded onto student devices to be utilized in the classroom. There is not a web version of Minecraft edu; however, check with your school to see if you have Minecraft in your Office365 subscription.
If each of your students use the same laptop everyday, then they will need to download the application one time. Simply search for Minecraft Edu in the Microsoft Store on your Windows 10 device.
Tip #4 Utilize Created Lessons and Worlds
Be sure to use the power of the Minecraftedu community. This community is amazing! Teachers just like you and me have created lesson plans and worlds 👉and shared these creations with us all! 🙌 Check out the Minecraftedu website to find these awesome resources!
Also, be sure to check out Phygital Labs. It is an amazing site created by two Minecraft masterminds 👉 Stephen Reid & Becky Keene! The site offers lesson plans and Minecraft worlds. Also. be sure to follow these gurus on Twitter @ImmersiveMind & @BeckyKeene to learn more about Minecraft and other Microsoftedu tech tools!
See how we are using Minecraft at EMS ISD
FREE Training Opportunity!
We have a wonderful OneNote of Minecraft introductory lessons and activities to help you get started! Not only that, we can offer you Minecraft Edu PD in person! For FREE! Yes, you read that right, FREE Minecraft training. (if approved by Minecraft, but will probably be approved by Minecraft 😊)