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Minecraft video game can be used in the classroom

Credit: Kidsday illustration / Zoe Rizzo

Many people say that Minecraft is just a game, but it can also be used as a way of learning. Minecraft can be used to strengthen lessons in health, geology, geography and other subjects. I think Minecraft is much better than most other games because it is creative, fun and exciting. In a sixth-grade history class, some students used Minecraft to create a Roman stadium and theater. My history teacher said, “It is a great way for students to re-create the past in an engaging and fun way.”

Some schools in Sweden have Minecraft as an actual course! Swedish students in Stockholm are using the game to learn about city planning, environmental issues, and even how to plan for the future. Around 180 students take part in the lessons, learning how to build virtual worlds, complete with electricity grids, water supply networks and indeed anything else that may come to mind.

Many students who are into Minecraft will enjoy this new way of learning. It is a great way to incorporate technology into your classroom and have fun at the same time.


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