We are really good in compartmentalizing our ‘ornamental’ progressive talks of the trade and the ‘realities’ in daily life of teaching/learning. Deep inside, substantial number of teachers (I hope I am wrong), do not believe in the role of Educational Technology in future teaching and learning. ‘Worksheet’ culture is easy, and the “best way” in our daily life of teaching to some of us.
Recently, couple of us, the back-yard teachers, wanted to experiment with using Minecraft for Education as a tool of our trade. Our pursuit is to learn how to integrate and purposefully use it in all classrooms. This is what Microsoft claims, “Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination”. Surprisingly, one of my friends, a teacher, when she discovered that I was letting a few of my learners use Minecraft during interval, sounded alarm and reminded us that we are not supposed to play games in the computer lab. Only reason I mention this is to get us the real picture of our ‘status quo’ of educational field. We perceive games are ‘destructive’ and time waster.
Minecraft for Education can play a major role in Project Based teaching and learning. I made a video clip using Screen Cast to demonstrate some of its power and promises: feel free to watch it.