Simulating Trade and Industry with Minecraft: Education Edition

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Recently, Microsoft released a playlist of Minecraft: Education Edition videos highlighting some of the amazing learning opportunities for students using Minecraft. In this first video, NCCE’s own Bradley Smrstick is highlighted along with Guill Strougo, a social studies educator from Cherokee Country School District. Together they share how Guill teaches trade and industry in his high school AP Human Geography class using Minecraft: Education Edition. Students learn and use Weber’s model of industrial location to design a product and establish a market in Minecraft.

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Mike is currently the Instructional Program Director for the Montana Digital Academy, Montana's state virtual school. Teaching Elementary and Middle school, technology directing, grant writing, presenting, and now managing instruction at a virtual school has given Mike a wide range of experiences in the educational field. Being able to teach and lead technology integration has brought a great pedagogic balance to Mike’s facilitation/instruction. With degrees from Carroll College (Elementary Education), Boise State University (Educational Technology), and pursuing a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Montana, Mike is well versed in both content and technology integration. Mike has been honored as an Outstanding Teacher by the Helena Education Foundation and winner of the ISTE “Making IT Happen” award. Mike is a NCCE Tech-Savvy Teacher in Residence and blogs regularly at the NCCE blog.