Minecraft: Community and Citizenship Course

Minecraft is an online gaming platform that is very popular with users who immerse themselves in a new, fun and interactive world.

In ScopeIT Education’s Minecraft: Community and Citizenship course, our focus is on digital citizenship within an online platform that will provide great educational benefits for students. 

The course structure will allow students to participate in engaging, hands-on challenges each week as they work through outcomes to achieve skills in collaboration, communication, teamwork, problem solving, creativity and critical thinking. 

Teachers also benefit by developing an understanding of how students use engineering, planning and teamwork in Minecraft.

All hardware, software, internet connection, lesson plans, instructors and a detailed range of assessment materials for class teachers supplied.

Course duration: 10 weeks, 40 minute lessons

Currently delivering: Years: 3-6

Subjects include:

  • Social and ethical protocols in an online environment

  • Teamwork

  • Communication strategies

  • Conflict resolution

  • Digital footprint

  • Password security

  • Devices and sleep

  • Digital commerce (in-app purchases).

Minecraft vs Minecraft: Education Edition

Minecraft - the game that children love

 

Minecraft is a popular computer game that allows players to build with a variety of different blocks in a 3D procedurally generated world, requiring creativity from players. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting and combat.

Minecraft for education - still just a game or something more?

 

Minecraft: Education Edition is a special version of the popular game developed specifically for educational use. This version adds features and controls for classrooms, specialty blocks and communication tools and if used strategically with carefully constructed lesson sequences, can be a highly valuable tool for engaging students in learning. 

Some of the features that make Minecraft: Education Edition more accessible and effective in a classroom setting, include:

Easy and safe classroom collaboration

Educators have told us that one of the greatest benefits of Minecraft: Education Edition is the ability for students to collaborate together to build projects and solve problems.

An entire classroom of up to 30 students can play together in a private world which restricts access to the students only.

Detailed control of settings

Educators can easily turn off the traditional Minecraft game elements that may distract students from the learning focus of the activity.

Examples of this include removing combat, destructive items, weapons and creatures that typically ‘attack’ players in the non-educational version of the game. More subtle controls include being able to turn off distractions such as the nighttime/daytime sequence, rain and storms. 

Camera and portfolio

When students have their own account within your school, the camera and portfolio features allow students to take screenshots of their work and document the development of their projects for assessment use by the teachers.

Non-player characters

Educators can create in-game guides for students that give instructions, provide more information and also allow educators to insert active web links to additional references.

Chalkboards

Creators can use chalkboards to communicate learning goals, provide additional information and give explicit instructions.

Allow and deny blocks

These blocks allow the educator to control where players can or cannot build.

Border blocks

These blocks prevent players from entering or leaving a specific area.

Get in touch today to find out how we can help you build your school’s digital technologies education strategy.

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