Exploring Minecraft: Education Edition

The game that I have chosen to play is Minecraft: Education Edition. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the education edition of Minecraft, this version consists of a series of  “worlds”. Each “world” is a different lesson plan and subject. The different subjects are, language arts, math, and science just to name a few. The educator is able to download different lessons. The lessons are split between different age groups and subjects. Educators are also able to upload lesson plans that they’ve created for other users to use.

The different platforms that you can play on are Windows, Mac, Ipad and Xbox. For this specific version, its not available on Xbox. I chose to play on my Ipad since my laptop is not reliable. Although I have a keyboard for my Ipad, I chose to do the touch version of the game. As a video game player, I’ve always preferred remote controls over keyboard controls because in my opinion, the keys can be a little difficult to navigate. So the touch screen aspect is closer to a remote to me.

I’ve never played Minecraft before so this was an interesting first couple of tries. Instead of jumping right into the lesson plans, I chose to do the tutorial. The tutorial shows you how to play the game. During the tutorial, they’re are no verbal instructions rather written ones that are plastered on the walls of the game. Below is an example of how the tutorial looks.

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The images in the game are highly pixelated which I believe is the aesthetic of the game. It was originally released in 2009, and the graphics back then were decent. That leads me to believe that the pixelation was intentional. The pixelation does not take away from the game play of the game. I am excited to continue playing this game and to see what the lessons entail!

 

3 thoughts on “Exploring Minecraft: Education Edition

  1. scalabrese21 says:

    Hi Briana great post! I started to play Minecraft as well but it was too confusing for me so I applaud you for sticking to it. This is interesting because I wonder if students would also struggle trying to figure it out. I also think that the game is limiting its audience by only having the directions in writing instead of an audio. If I were to use this in my class I would have to find a way to differentiate for certain students. I do think it is beneficial because Minecraft is very popular to the younger generation and if as educators we can make it a lesson they are more likely to be engaged. I hope the rest of your exploration goes well!

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  2. Blake Yoho says:

    Hey Briana!

    First off, I love that you decided to play the app using touch controls on a tablet, especially because iPads are a huge trend in education right now. It seems like it even exemplifies that “present to hand” concept, allowing students to engage physically in their exploration.

    I am also playing Minecraft, and I wonder how your experience moving around the game is with the touch controls? I found a lot of difficulty in navigating on the keyboard, so that seems to bolster your claim about the keyboard vs. touch/controller debate.

    I’m curious if you found the tutorial helpful as the teacher, and if you’d use it with your own students? Or do you think that they’d be able to jump in and explore, with some guided instruction? I’m wondering how I’d use Minecraft to allow students to explore independently while also completing tasks and interacting with one another.

    Definitely looking forward to comparing our experiences with the game– thanks for sharing!

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  3. nicholaus78 says:

    Hello Briana!
    I am impressed that you chose to explore a game that you had never played before. I think this is an attitude we should all have; an attitude to have the courage of exploring new knowledge everyday – an attitude of a teacher. I have never played the game Minecraft, but I will try to explore it and learn more about it.
    I like that you chose to use your Ipad to play it as it is more reliable. It now clicks in my mind that Ipads will be also reliable in my country Tanzania where sources of power are not reliable.
    It is a beautiful post Briana! Thanks for sharing!

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