Hey kids, what did you learn in school today?
How to shoot zombies and throw snowballs at bricks filled with TNT.
That’s right kiddies – school is about to get SOOOO much more fun! And we have Minecraft (yep, the video game), to thank.
Minecraft comes to the classroom
Starting in 2018, 10,000 students in New South Wales will be introduced to Minecraft, the Education Edition, as part of the official secondary school geography and design curriculum. The education version is similar to the original in outlay, but a lot more design-focused, with support for studies in language, arts, history and even maths.
Kids love it. Teachers love it. Principals love it. Even Education Minister Rob Stokes loves it.
Stokes admits that at first he was hesitant to bring Minecraft into the classroom. But, after watching the program in action, he can see the potential behind the bricks.
“We’re not seeing kids locked in the room by themselves in front of a computer screen,” Stokes explains. “We’re demystifying the use of technology.”
Virtual schools via Minecraft
Year seven students at Campbelltown Preforming Arts, for example, are using Minecraft to design their own virtual school. They are even using the blueprints from Minecraft to bring their designs to life. No zombies. Or TNT. No Steve, even.
The Minecraft Education Edition is actually quite a popular little program overseas with thousands of classrooms integrating it into their lesson plans. We wouldn’t be surprised if more schools across Australia get on board with the Minecraft craze in the near future.
For more innovative ideas in the classroom, have a look at this primary school using meditation instead of detention.