Is minecraft really educational? - Mums NI - A Hub For Parents in Northern Ireland
                         Patricia Burns

Patricia Burns

1 year ago

Is minecraft really educational?

I have a boy in P4.\r\n\r\nThe school allows him and his class friends to play minecraft as part of their education.\r\n\r\nI am not the most techical person and I've never played video games - my husband has played a bit when he was younger but he doesn't know about minecraft.\r\n\r\nI know the kids will need to learn IT skills and computers are an important part of the cariculum.\r\n\r\nBut yesterday I had the kids at a party in Lisburn Bowl and I saw that MInecraft was being played in the arcade area. I don't understand how it's educational if it's in an archade area! \r\n\r\nI'm not prudish on this stuff - I want my kids to have fun, but should an arcade game be in the class rooms? I will of course have a word with his teacher on the matter but I don't want to sound clueless! \r\n\r\nWhat is minecraft all about and how is it educational?

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Mums NI
1 year ago
My 7year old, who is in P3, gets to play Minecraft in school. I asked about this during the parent teacher meetings and have been told it is great for them to work out solutions to problems and as they work in pairs it builds up their team working skills. It also allows them to play around with their creativity as they have to build everything from scratch. As far as I'm aware, there's an educational version, so they might not be playing the regular version. My wee girl loves it. They get to play it in class for around 20 minutes, although I'm not sure if that's everyday or every other day. The one we have at home is basically her making a home/castle from blocks where she has housed her livestock (pigs and horses) to protect them from the zombies that come out at night. I am not sure if she is playing correctly but that's all she seems to do on it - quite successfully I may add :) Hopefully the school can clear it up for you or another parent can come and let us know what it's really about,
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Siobhan Scannell
1 year ago
Apparently it's great to promote early coding skills, which is basically gamemaking as far as I understand it. They get to know the computer language, though it might depend on the version of minecraft. Plus it's good for the traditional logical skills you'd be getting from building blocks, lego etc. And in some modes they can work with others to create worlds together. There's probably a place for it in a classroom but I'd imagine it's used as part of playtime?
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Patricia Burns
1 year ago
Thank you Siosca. I spoke to the teacher and she said the same thing. She just said it was only one of the tools they use for educational play. When I said about it being in the arcade area in Lisburn Bowl the teacher said that "isn't it good that we've managed to make an educational game cool?!" I laughed. I suppose it is!
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