Educators Shape Minecraft’s Growing Presence in the Classroom #MakerEducation
EdTech Magazine has a piece on the different ways educators are using Minecraft as a teaching tool.
Imagine learning about ancient Egypt and then being able to construct your own pyramid that is accurately scaled. Or, imagine reading Charlotte’s Web and recreating the barnyard to explore on your own.
This is the reality for the 75,000 educators and students around the world who are using Minecraft: Education Edition in their classrooms. These educators aren’t just playing around in the many worlds of Minecraft, but rather are shaping the classroom edition itself.
“We’ve been working really closely with educators who are already using Minecraft in their classroom, educators who are using other games, and educators who haven’t used games at all,” says Deirdre Quarnstrom, Microsoft’s director of Minecraft Education. “They help us understand some of the challenges in bringing a game into the classroom.”
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