Using Minecraft As An Educational Tool

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What do you know about Minecraft? Is it more than just a game?

Two months ago I had never heard of this virtual world and now I see it talked more and more in education circles. In Minecraft students create their own 3D virtual worlds and learn lessons about communication, collaboration, and digital citizenship through the first-person sandbox-style game.  There are many more lessons to learn as well and the problem solving that takes place is huge.  I had the opportunity to visit a class at Lakewood Elementary School in our board and was blown away by the students who were totally engaged in a number of tasks.

To give you an idea of what I saw happening take a look at this similar classroom.  This is not an exaggeration of what I saw at Lakewood.

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