MinecraftEdu is Coming To Schools Near You

Play Minecraft in school and learn with MinecraftEdu

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44 comments
Sinisevil
Sinisevil

Is that true? Because if it is, that might be fun.

707107
707107

If it is so easy to connect to the teachers minecraftEdu servers then if they don't set the server properly random greefers will enter the server and mess it up.

 

wasdf111
wasdf111

For those of you who have no clue how Minecraft can be education there are many purposes.

 

3d structures (like basic x,y,z graphs) (or complex 3d fractals) can be seen much more easily thanks to the beauty of the Minecraft 3d engine

 

Redstone in minecraft is quite literally electricity (in a rather simple form)

 

But sadly this will not become the medium or even close to a common practice. There are enough of "games" out there for educational purposes like bridge building

moc5
moc5

I just have one question... how can they propose this idea to schools with a straight face?

Sturmfuehrer_
Sturmfuehrer_

Wow. Now I'm expecting a state financed Call of Duty PEE (Politics Education Edition) to be released and introduced in every school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The world is getting more retarded by the minute.

Kain0067
Kain0067

First of all, you people are all assuming this is a replacement for traditional education, which it clearly is not. It's an excellent supplement to build engagement, enhance creativity, and use a different learning style to reach more students. 

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Sounds interesting, but I'm not sure if it will take off. Most schools are strapped for cash right now, and whether or not it is a good teaching method, trying to get a school to purchase a game as a teaching tool is a tough sell.

GYIYGABITE
GYIYGABITE

It's an interesting concept, and it may actually make an excellent tool for students, if it can inspire them to be creative.

Jaga_Telesin
Jaga_Telesin

Attempting to impart knowledge by "dumbing down the teaching medium" is not anything remotely related to smart, unless you are dealing with a 6 year old.  Any teacher or educational institution using this is actually teaching kids that "shortcuts are always okay", and working hard to achieve one's goals is undesirable.

 

There is a time, place, and format for using virtual scenarios and environments to teach - Minecraft for history is not one of them.

Rox-pox
Rox-pox

This is lame. All I need is a charismatic teacher.

MilkyChocolate
MilkyChocolate

This is taking it WAY TOO FAR. Games are solely for entertaintment. No, please. Keep EDUCATION away from ENTERTAINTMENT. You'll give idiots a false sense of intelligence.

Plataea
Plataea

Great idea, but I don't see teachers having the time to build stuff themselves.

keyb0red
keyb0red

I still dont get it, how is this educational?

kierwinyoung
kierwinyoung

Wow, That's very smart use for Minecraft. Maybe this changes Most people's opinion upon video games.

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

Wow thats a really cool use for Minecraft, if my teachers used that I would gladly do homework any day.

awwitz
awwitz

This is an amazing development in the world of gaming: involvement in education. Incredible stuff. And who were those who said that games can never be called art?

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

"Today, class, we will be reenacting Lord of the Flies.  I built this small island over the weekend, and I will lock you in here in classes for the next month."

Syph26
Syph26

The best use for this in a classroom would be to teach creative thinking. Especially with redstone and pistons. If you doubt that, go ahead over to youtube and search for "Minecraft redstone creations" and look at a few of the results.

 

McMuffin9000
McMuffin9000

And then the the well-meaning science teacher finds a gigantic dirt d*** hanging over the Roman Colessium.

Redd1994
Redd1994

I think this is a great idea :)

Codester_41
Codester_41

I think it'd be wicked to do some scavenger hunts in this stuff! I believe this is really cool.

 

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

ya I love Minecrafty but this is ridiculous.... sorry but blocks don't teach you anything about what ancient Rome actually looked like....kids are ganna screw off .... not go straight to info blocks and learn.... wish they had this when I was in school though 

funkymonkey4710
funkymonkey4710

Or you could look at paintings, pictures, and read books you know stuff that actually teaches stuff. This is just an overly creative way to use powerpoint in my mind. Why look at boring slides when you can fly through environments. The only real practical teaching method I could see is having students play together and use a foreign language. It would teach them to use their language on the fly, but there are still better methods for this.

Drake2013
Drake2013

Why didn't they do this when I was in school. I mean I am in school, but I'm in the 12th grade, I'll be gone:(

RJnumba1
RJnumba1

Would most teacher's know even know how to do this? Really? Would they?

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

See class this is how the Romans built their cities....Billy stop trying to flood the streets......thank you.

In ancient China.....WTF, the place is on fire! Alright who poured lava on the buildings? Anyone?? Detention for everyone......

Griefers, will always grief......

Zonno
Zonno

I really don't know what to say about this.

Minecraft is a sandbox game, not a virtual classroom. Garry's Mod would be way better for educational purposes.

ilantis
ilantis

A game that can teach a lot about history and culture is Civilizzation Revolution IMHO. Not only you can associate great discoveries, scientist and other things to different cultures, but you can also get deeper into a specific subject by accessing the in-game ecnciclopedia that also has videos, images and stuff. It actually helped me writing an essay about war and nuclear weapons. But minecraft ? I think that this is just screwing around. Not only that, but computer games designed for learning already exist, they aren't even all that boring, but the truth is that teachers don't give a damn about those things.

bmart970
bmart970

How would this ever help learning?

 

iluvOP
iluvOP

Good idea all in all...I guess, but with minecraft? Im not sure what to feel about this. No wait, this is stupid, I just cant believe that this will work or get popular in schools. Atleast not outside the US.

707107
707107

 @moc5 Yeah especially if they don't know about minecraft and think your talking about WoW

Sturmfuehrer_
Sturmfuehrer_

 @Kain0067 How could humanity ever survive and prosper without educational video games?!?! Thank god we have Minecraft! Now our kids can really shine!

707107
707107

 @kierwinyoung yes it will.

it will kill educational games and probably kill minecraft.

707107
707107

 @amdreallyfast That would be awsome. they could play it on Hardcore. THOSE WITH DIAMONDS WILL LIVE.

707107
707107

 @uglypinkmoose no,no,no see the teacher would just have a sword.

See where I'm going with this?

TheLingo56
TheLingo56

 @funkymonkey4710 Yes there are better methods but the idea is to get students excited to get into class and kids can relate more to minecraft and would want to learn more if they knew they were learning with minecraft. This doesn't make it any easier for teachers but makes it more interesting and fun for kids. I actualy made 2 or 3 history projects in minecraft.

JusticeCovert
JusticeCovert

 @iluvOP I might be wrong, but I think I read somewhere that it's already very popular in Denmark.

Hirezi
Hirezi

 @Sturmfuehrer_ I agree with Kain. Educational films, take-home projects and review games are all implements that are streamlined into education and seem "normal" to be there. However, they all are  designed with the same tools as an educational video game is, i.e. interactivity, trail-and-error, maintaining an interest, creativity, application of material and possibly group work. I believe it is important to have a good grasp of these skills, and playing educational video games is no more viable than watching a Bill Nye video. So to entertain your sarcasm Sturm, humanity CAN survive and prosper without anything - even textbooks and classroom education - but it is always nice to complement and approach our educations in different ways. Humans learn better from interest and variation anyways.