After three consecutive snow days starting last Friday, we’re finally back to school this week on Wednesday and my STEM class will be exploring MinecraftEDU a second week. With the help of my 16 year old son, who is a Minecraft expert, I created three different challenges for students to try based on their past experiences and skill levels with Minecraft. Some of my students are experts, while others have only played Minecraft the 40 minutes we spent in the program last week. I added links to these resources on the MinecraftEDU page of my STEM curriculum resource site.
All three of these challenges are available as a three page, printable PDF file. I’ve embedded the YouTube videos I referenced in the basic and advanced challenges below. I converted each PDF page to images so they can be more readily embedded and viewed in this blog post. I created the first video with the help of my son, for the basic challenge. I completed this “basic” challenge but needed MUCH more time than he did, so I used a screencast recording of his Minecraft gameplay and I provided the voiceover narration. The second video is one I found online.
Please use, modify, and share these MinecraftEDU challenge lesson ideas with others, and let me know if you have suggestions for how they could be even better.
I’ll also be sharing these lesson ideas in the Minecraft in Education Google+ Community and Minecraft Teachers Google Group. I’m eager to see how my students enjoy and are able to complete these challenges this week. Hopefully many will be able to post screenshots of their completed work on our class KidBlogs, which are linked at the top (under each grade level) on stem.wesfryer.com.
If you’re interested in learning more about what my students have been doing with Minecraft, join me this coming Saturday (December 14, 2013) at noon EST on Classroom 2.0 Live for a free webinar titled, “Coding & Games with Kids: Hopscotch, Scratch and Minecraft.”
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