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We love looking through YouTube to find examples of teachers using new technology in their classroom, and Minecraft, a creative building-style game, has some fascinating examples of this.
EduElfie is a secondary school teacher from Australia who has an abundance of great videos on his YouTube channel. They range from detailed tutorials for teachers looking to use Minecraft, to imaginative examples of how he uses the technology in his own classes. We particularly liked his video on Animal Cells in which he gets his students to explore the cell, and gives other educators the option of downloading a custom texture pack. His blog gives even more great tips and tricks on how to use Minecraft with students.
Possibly the most famous of all the educational Minecraft proponents, the Minecraft Teacher, Joel Levin, is a computer teacher at a private school in New York City. He has an excellent blog that details his experiences of using Minecraft in the classroom, and gives examples of how to integrate it into lesson plans. He is also the co-owner of TeacherGaming LLC, who are the creators of MinecraftEdu. His videos include instruction on using MinecraftEdu, teaching with Minecraft and a very useful series on Elementary Minecraft techniques.
James Gorcesky, a middle school art teacher, gives a different slant to Minecraft videos, by showcasing interviews with students reflecting on their use of Minecraft in art and architecture classes. It is interesting to see the viewpoint of students and how the technology is changing their way of learning and thinking.
Lucas Gillespie, who also runs the excellent Minecraft in Schools wiki (well worth a read), has some of the highest viewed Minecraft videos on YouTube, including this fly-through of Pender County Schools’ two Minecraft servers. The video shows the creations of students and teachers taking part in the Minecraft in School Project.
Some teachers who upload Minecraft videos on YouTube, don’t necessarily have a massive back catalogue but are well worth watching for ideas, tips and instruction.
Eric Walker, a 6th and 7th grade Humanities teacher at an American International school in the Middle East has a detailed 20 minute long basic introduction video, with interesting commentary on its uses and applications in his classroom.
We also found a huge range of teachers showcasing their students Minecraft creations including Sarah Toothman who shows off her students Minecraft sculptures. These are great for getting ideas for you own classroom.