Play is a natural human instinct; where we learn communication, interpersonal skills, emotional control, resiliency and persistence, and even the basics of engineering. Game-based learning (GBL) refers to the use of games or game principles to affect positive learning outcomes. Games can offer an engaging, immersive environment for learners to experiment, try and solve challenges, and collaborate with peers in a virtual world.
Many learners are already playing Minecraft, and more and more teachers are using the Minecraft in Education Edition for game-based learning activities, to complement their STEM curriculum, hone learners coding skills and so much more. If you would like to try out Minecraft Education Edition in your classroom, why not access the trial version for free here. All users with a valid Office 365 account can access the trial version with a limited number of logins before you need to subscribe.
If your learners don’t already have Office 365 accounts, encourage them to access a Mahala account for free. Mahala is available to South African youth between the ages of 8 to 24 and can be used to access free Office 365 and the Minecraft Education. Sign up here.
If you are already using Minecraft Education Edition, or if you want to try out a fun lesson using your trial version, access the Subject Kits with pre-built Minecraft worlds and lessons. All subjects are covered from STEM to Languages and the Arts. Access the subject kits here.
Science teachers in particular are encouraged to try out the chemistry experiments in a fail-safe, simulated environment by combining elements into useful compounds and exploring all the elements of the Periodic Table. Access these resources here.