The power of using Minecraft for education comes with from the game’s malleability and open world concept. By now, you would have seen different examples of teachers using Minecraft to deliver lessons, to create collaborative projects, to allow for roleplaying, to create an area for exploration and discovery, and to bridge different disciplinary areas together to engage students of all types and interests in ways not possible using more traditional approaches.
What is often difficult to see firsthand however, is the work required of instructors to learn Minecraft, to find, and adapt game resources appropriately to teach on a level appropriate to their needs. At the end of the day, Minecraft is a game – with its most popular player base in the elementary school age.
After all that you have seen, as an EVA, do you believe MinecraftEDU, and by extension, the game based learning opportunities offered within, to be a valuable educational tool worth investing time and effort in?