Getting Started with Minecraft: Education Edition

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Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. It is a game-based learning platform that offers educators a transformative way to engage students using Minecraft, and ignite their passion for learning!

Chris Aviles, from Fair Haven Schools, discusses the impact Minecraft: Education Edition has had in his classroom:


Minecraft: Education Edition has a built in Code Builder that allows students to learn coding in the Minecraft universe. Michael Dezuanni, Associate Professor of Education at Queensland University of Technology, discusses student learning outcomes with the use of Code Builder within Minecraft: Education Edition:

Wealth of Resources

The education community around Minecraft: Education Edition is phenomenal! The Minecraft: Education Edition community site contains existing lesson plans on pixel art, grid paper to plan student work, and even a Minecraft world set up as a blank canvas for students to engage in creative expression. These materials are distributed to the students, and the crafting begins.

Additionally, there is ample training through video, webinars, and online courses to help get you started:

If your school or district is looking for onsite training, NCCE is here to help! One of our experts would love to come to your school to provide the following one day workshop:

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Minecraft: Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition is an open world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. During this 1-day, in-person Teacher Academy, you will receive an overview of Minecraft: Education Edition, learn to play the game, and create curriculum and classroom resources you can take back to your classroom and continue your journey. Provided resources give you a foundation on Minecraft, game-based learning, and adapting curriculum to leverage this creative platform. This workshop provides educators with an opportunity to learn about and experience the creativity, collaboration, and engagement Minecraft can provide for your students. During this workshop, you will:

  • Learn about Minecraft: Education Edition, its place in learning, and unique features suited for teaching & learning with immersive games.
  • Become a Minecraft player. Learn the controls, crafting, and game features necessary to gain confidence and lower anxiety about game-based learning.
  • Learn strategies, tips, and tricks to integrate Minecraft into your classroom. Learn what’s worked for educators successfully teaching with Minecraft, along with resources you can bring back to your own classroom.
  • Take a learner’s role through a learning experience featuring Minecraft. Then, move through examples traversing grade span and subject area, demonstrating the global applicability of Minecraft in schools.