Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

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If you’ve watched past episodes of Idea Channel, you know we’re huge fans of Minecraft. This totally amazing video game allows you to build your own world from scratch, what’s not to like?!?! But it may be good for more than just fun and games. Some experts have brought Minecraft into the classroom, allowing teachers to customize lessons and students to engage with concepts in new ways. And while educational games aren’t new, Minecraft has some unique advantages that could usher in a new direction in education. In the future, students across the world may spend their class time punching trees.

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Classes using the game had significantly higher means than those classes that did not use the game:

Teachers documenting positive experiences w/ Minecraft:

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