Contributed by Jane Brennan, Elementary School Librarian
Today, I played Minecraft with my 9 and 10 year old sons and this caused me to think about how the game can be used in education?
The popular build-and-survive video game Minecraft could very well be the most surprising tech success of this decade. But what are our kids learning “playing” this game? Some of the things Minecraft players have built are truly staggering: massive vehicles, intricate skyscrapers, working analog computers, and even the entire country of Denmark exactly to scale.
Coming up with solutions to problems leads the player through pretty complex thought processes, the ones at the highest and most complex levels of thinking known as executive functions – memory, planning, attention, organization.