MinecraftEdu Teaches Students Through Virtual World-Building

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A New York City school teacher has crafted a version of Minecraft for schools called MinecraftEdu. Given the sandbox indie game’s simple premise — a pixelated world of blocks that users manipulate with tools — plus the ability to add customizable maps, educators can drop students into a world of ancient cultures, Chemistry, English, and more.

MinecraftEdu creator Joel Levin, who teaches second-grade computer classes at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City and runs a Minecraft club for high schoolers, has been incorporating Minecraft into his classes for the past two years.

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About a year ago, Minecraft (owned by Mojang in Stockholm, Sweden) asked him to build a version for schools so that teachers, regardless of their technical skill, can set up their own server for the game. Levin added an option to turn…

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