I did a LOT of research before I let my kids join in on the Minecraft fun and what really sold me is the Minecraft educational components that you don’t even realize you pick up on! Not only are my kids learning basic coding, cause and effect, building skills, and other survival skills but it is just stunning what they have come up with in their virtual worlds! I definitely can see how you could spin this into history and engineering lessons but I’ve found that we also have to set strict guidelines for how much my kids play because it becomes obsessive quickly! 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.
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