My children have been playing Minecraft on both the Xbox 360 and PC for a couple of years now. How much they use it tends to change from time to time. Sometimes they’ll play it often for weeks at a time, and then they may go for weeks without playing it any. It’s fun to watch them play except for when they destroy each other’s things. Minecraft can be a great tool to incorporate into your school day. Sometimes if I’m feeling cruddy, I’ll tell the kids to get on Minecraft and build something specific, like a functional town or something.
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!!
All of these programs are offered on Educents at a discount.
Click HERE to start shopping for your Minecraft kid. Offer valid through 10/1/15