Learning how to play minecraft was a lot of fun in EDCI336. It was a unique experience having middle school aged children facilitate the lesson and provide guidance during the tutorial and free play time. It was quite bizarre but also a great reminder that we can learn so much from our students and that the teacher is not always the expert. I felt that the 2+ hours of playing around made me relatively competent with the gameplay and potential uses of minecraft in a classroom. I enjoyed hearing about the build competitions and replication of biomes that best matched those of early civilizations. It was a very collaborative experience having all the learners in the same gaming world and created several dynamics. There were groups building projects together, individualized expansions, survival against hunger and wild animals, as well as people running around reeking havoc.
Here is a popular Minecraft Channel on Youtube – Click
As well as a Beginners Tutorial Guide