Literacy through Minecraft – Lesson Design Model

I’ve been a teacher for over 20 years and I’ve never experienced a more successful unit than the one I’m about to describe. My students struggle with reading and writing. It is very difficult for many of them as second language learners and for others for lack of enthusiasm or support…

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Medieval Japanese Poetry and Minecraft

I’ve had a strong desire to use Minecraft for learning about medieval Japan for quite some time. I’ve always thought that the environments generated in Minecraft worlds often have a very Japanese familiarity to them. Last December I finally acted on my long held desire and created a unit to teach…

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Class Project: Tang Dynasty capital city build with MinecraftEdu

My students and I recently completed a project with MinecraftEdu that I am especially proud of. As a culminating project for our unit on medieval China, we recreated the Tang Dynasty capital city of Chang’an. The Tang Dynasty (7th-10th century) is considered a golden age for Chinese art, literature, and…

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