Minecraft as an Educational Tool?
I don’t know about you but my son loves to play Minecraft! I typically use it as a reward for a great week in school. He struggles with ADHD and is often the one one you read so many post about on Facebook about talking non stop in class, blurting out and fidgeting ALL the time lol.(Sorry teachers, I do try and stress to him that control is something he needs to work on). Anyhoo, back to Minecraft, after seeing how much my son liked to play this game I decided to look more in depth at the game itself and low and behold there are TONS of educational opportunities that go along with it!
Nothing encourages fun learning more than connecting games to educational lessons. Here are a few opportunities for Minecraft kids to learn new skills using a game they already love:
Youth Digital’s Server Design: Learn to Code with Minecraft – Don’t just play, create! Kids ages 8 to 14 will learn the basics of one of the most popular coding languages in the world as they modify real Java code to build their own Minecraft server.
Youth Digital’s Mod Design: Learn to Code with Minecraft – This is a Java class for Minecraft kids ages 8 to 14. Youth Digital’s online tech courses provide a safe, engaging learning environment for kids to master new technology skills.
Minecraft Coding Camp – In 4 weeks of this online afterschool camp, students in 3rd to 9th grade will learn the basics of coding through their favorite game.
Learn to Mod Minecraft – LearnToMod is a browser-based software that teaches students how to mod the PC-version of Minecraft®. Great for kids ages 6 and up!! More text is going to go here here here here.
All of these programs are offered on Educents at a discount. Click HERE to start shopping for your Minecraft kid.