Try out Minecraft: Education Edition for Game-Based Learning

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 ...

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Come and hear the Minecraft:Education Edition Guru, Stephen Reid, keynoting and presenting at the SchoolNet Conference

We are so looking forward to having Stephen Reid at the SchoolNet SA conference taking place at Brescia House School on 5 – 7 October 2017. Stephen will be doing a keynote about “Emerging Technology in Education” If you haven’t booked your spot yet, be sure to register HERE,  –http://www.schoolnet.org.za/conference2017/, by the end of August to secure the early bird rate. If you are a Minecraft: Education Edition fan you’ll definitely want to attend some of Stephen’s sessions....

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Minecraft: Education Edition – The #SmallSouthAfrica #Minecraftedu map created by Stephen Reid is finished

Recently in Joburg, the Microsoft Education Exchange (E2) Africa Forum bought together almost sixty MIE Experts and representatives of Microsoft Schools for two days of hands-on learning, networking, and trying out some of the latest Microsoft tools at the Microsoft offices in Bryanston. One of the highlights of the event was a keynote on Problem-Based Learning presented by Stephen Reid from Immersive Minds in Scotland. Stephen introduced teachers to the basics of Minecraft in the context of developing ...

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Using Minecraft: Education Edition as a tool to demonstrate the solution in a problem-based learning activity

Submitted by Fiona Beal Recently I had the privilege of attending at the amazing Microsoft Educator Exchange (E2) Africa Forum as a #MIEExpert Educator. The E2 had the theme of #Makewhatsnext and it was held at Microsoft’s headquarters in Johannesburg.  I was excited about the emphasis that would be placed on using Minecraft: Education Edition in our classrooms. Stephen Reid, the Minecraft ‘Guru’ from Immersive Minds in Scotland gave an amazing keynote on problem-based learn...

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Teachers – want to attend free Minecraft: Education Edition training? Note these opportunities in Joburg (31st May) and Cape Town (2nd June)

If you teach in the Johannesburg or Cape Town area, Microsoft and Computers4Kids are excited to invite you to a free, hands-on experience of Minecraft: Education Edition. Minecraft: Education Edition is already transforming classroom learning all over the world and these hands-on experiences will give you a taste of what this is all about. What is Minecraft: Education Edition? Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE) is a version of the popular open world game, Minecraft, specifically designed for educati...

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‘From teacher to certified Minecraft: Education Edition trainer in South Africa’ – a guest post featuring Dominique Cave

This is a guest post featuring Dominique Cave (@dominiquecave), the only Minecraft Certified Educator currently in South Africa. Dominique is a teacher with 23 years of classroom experience, teaching students from pre-school age to Year 13. Her experience has been largely in international schools – she has worked in the UK, Swaziland, Malaysia, Dubai and Kenya. Most recently she was Director of ICT at Hillcrest International schools in Nairobi. Since giving up full time teaching, she has been working f...

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Get started with Lesson planning in Minecraft:Education Edition

This is the fifth post in a series of posts about using Minecraft: Education Edition in the classroom. (The series of posts can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/2pRigwJ) In this post we take a look at lesson planning using Minecraft: Education Edition and we explore where to find ready-made lessons as well as how to create your own lessons using Minecraft: Education Edition. There is a lot of buzz about using Minecraft in the classroom at the moment. Teachers have been experimenting with different ways ...

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Minecraft Education Edition: Terminology and Tips for Educators

This is the fourth post in a series of posts about using Minecraft: Education Edition in the classroom. (The series of posts can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/2pRigwJ) In a recent post about Minecraft: Education Edition, we explained what Minecraft: Education Edition is all about and why educators should use it in the classroom. We outlined some of the benefits that teachers who use Minecraft: Education Edition have found, namely: 1) Minecraft: Education Edition promotes engagement 2) Minecraft: Edu...

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Microsoft is excited to announce the availability of Minecraft: Education Edition in South Africa!

This is the third post in a series of posts about using Minecraft: Education Edition in your classroom. (The series of posts can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/2pRigwJ). In this post we explain why Microsoft is excited to announce the availability of Minecraft: Education Edition in South Africa! We give details of why you should think about using Minecraft: Education Edition at your school, and how to go about purchasing it. Minecraft: Education Edition is a version of the popular open world game,...

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Minecraft: Education Edition – ideas from the Dubai Minecraft Training Partner Summit

This is the second post in a series of posts about using Minecraft: Education Edition in your classroom. (The series of posts can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/2pRigwJ). In this post Megan Rademeyer from SchoolNet reports back on her experience at the Minecraft: Education Edition Training Partner Summit in Dubai where trainers from around the world were certified in order to run Mincraft Education Edition training sessions with schools Between 28 February and 2 March 2017 Megan Rademeyer, ...

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