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Virtual Worlds in Education - MinecraftEdu

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Published on Mar 6, 2012

Update: Well the one-year anniversary of my initial creation of this world has passed, and it has been an astounding success. It is basically an educational MMORPG that students can play from home, earning real-world rewards for exploring and learning (and just wait til the NPCs, quests, and money system is added in the next update!). Here is a new video made by a fellow teacher and his students:
http://youtu.be/NhlKF4kKzi8

And here is a new interview video with me and a tour of the world:
http://youtu.be/K5Recp9xpYY


Hello! This is a basic introduction video to a major educational enrichment activity I've been spearheading. Using the popular sandbox game Minecraft, and an education-centered modification of that game called MinecraftEdu (www.minecraftedu.com), I've created a virtual learning environment that middle school students will be able to explore, collaborate, and create within. As we all know, it's better to show than to tell... so enjoy!

I apologize for the horrible pop-up of the rendered environment at parts in this video. It's because of the video recording software using up my computer's processing power. Without the video recording software running, you can see much farther into the distance, and you don't notice stuff popping up all over the place.

I hope this becomes a trend in education, and though Minecraft is already used in many technology classrooms around the world, I feel I have a unique approach in creating a subject-themed environment of review, reflection, enrichment, and application that has not been done before.

Please post comments and questions. I will answer as I'm available. Which will probably not be much, as this is taking up pretty much every moment of my free time (which is already not that much).

Extra info: I am a 6th and 7th grade Humanities (social studies in the US) teacher at an American International school in the Middle East. Other teachers who have used Minecraft in one capacity or other have reported the highest levels of student engagement and enthusiasm they have ever seen, and I am looking forward to bringing that to our school.

MinecraftEdu Google Group:
https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=e...

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