Improving spatial thinking and creativity using Minecraft: Education Edition
Game-based learning refers to the use of games for learning purposes. Games can be digital or non-digital. Current trends suggest a surge in digital games for learning.
The core aspect of any game is play. Play is essential for learning and development. Children can learn social skills and other skills like academic skills through play. Importantly, children are motivated to learn using games, which can help them to reach their full potential.
Minecraft: Education Edition is one digital game-based learning platform that can be modified to support a range of educational needs and experiences.
Minecraft: Education Edition is a game-based learning platform designed for use in the classroom.
What is Minecraft: Education Edition?
Minecraft: Education Edition is open-ended. In the game, players can move around infinite 3D 'worlds' that consist of blocks, which represent different materials and contain various geographical features. The core element of the game involves players using blocks to build structures.
Many features make the platform easy to use in the classroom. For example, students can work together to build projects in the same world, teachers can monitor students’ work within the game/turn off some settings, and camera/portfolio features enable teachers to track student progress or provide feedback. A code editor allows students to create and control features within the game.
The platform contains lessons for various subjects, which can be used to supplement the curriculum. The versatile nature of the platform allows teachers to adapt the game to fit their own needs and objectives. Last year, students from all over the island of Ireland used Minecraft: Education Edition to as part in Ireland's Future is MINE, which required them to think creatively, collaborate, problem solve and re-imagine their communities in the future. More information on the initiative can be found here.