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How Game-Based Learning Empowers Students for the Future

Two decades in, and it’s abundantly clear that one of the most effective ways to nurture the 21st century’s trademark skills—creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration—is by creating opportunities for kids to do what kids do naturally: play. So we’ve crafted this educators’ guide to game-based learning, packed with resources for gaming gurus and greenhorns alike.

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The Big Picture

First up, we ask some big questions: How are schools and districts preparing students for future opportunities? What is the impact of game-based learning?

It’s 2019. So Why Do 21st-Century Skills Still Matter?

It’s 2019. So Why Do 21st-Century Skills Still Matter?

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Playing Games Can Build 21st-Century Skills. Research Explains How.

Playing Games Can Build 21st-Century Skills. Research Explains How.

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Gaming in the Classroom

Ready to be inspired by what’s possible? In this section, we explore how educators are using classroom gaming to reinforce skills and expand students’ learning—as well as their own.

Gamification vs Game-Based Learning

Teaching with Minecraft

It’s time to make a game plan. Below you can search for lesson plans, watch tutorials, and discover tips on teaching with Minecraft. We’ve included advice for all kinds of classrooms—including those serving English language learners, special-ed students and more.

10 Tips to Start Teaching With Minecraft

10 Tips to Start Teaching With Minecraft

My students come from a small, rural community and lack a broad understanding of the larger world around them. This inspired me to seek out a game, or ...
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Change the Game: Using Minecraft to Teach Students with Autism

Change the Game: Using Minecraft to Teach Students with Autism

I find it baffling that in 2019 I still have to explain why it’s important to play with students, especially when Fortune 500 companies are gamifying ...
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Minecraft Tutorials for Teachers

Whether you’re new to Minecraft or a longtime fan, browse these videos to find advice for playing the game in your classroom.

Find A Lesson For Your Classroom

Minecraft: Education Edition offers a vast array of lesson plans across subject areas, for students of all ages. Of course, we recognize that no single resource is one-size-fits-all. We encourage you to use this activity as inspiration, adapting the recommended lesson to suit your particular instructional goals.

1. Select A Focus

Future-Readiness
Digital Citizenship
Social-Emotional Learning

2. Select A Learning Objective

Student-Led Learning
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem Solving

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Instructional Writing Task

The student becomes the teacher in this lesson. Pairing building skills with the ability to craft clear instructions for others to follow, it requires thoughtful planning and clear communication for a variety of audiences.

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Climate City 2020

This climate-conscious challenge asks students to come up with new solutions to age-old problems. Critical thinking skills are put to the test as an oil-dependent city is transformed into one that uses alternative energy for a sustainable future.

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Empathy Education With MCEE

Students must confront real-world concerns with thoughtfulness, compassion and creativity in this lesson. How will they respond to a call for help from eight Minecraftian families in need?

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2. Select A Learning Objective

Online Community Membership
Interaction & Collaboration
Self-Monitoring

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Empathy Village

This exercise is a great way to encourage reflection on what it means to be an active member of a community—whether real or virtual. Allow your students to explore their fears and hopes along with the desire to feel connected to others.

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Create Fred The Human Body!

Students can take charge in this interactive exploration of human biology. Collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking—this is a one-stop shop for the development of critical skills.

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Essential Agreement

Turn free play into a productive tool for self-reflection that promotes evidence-based reasoning. Before collaborative play can begin, consensus must be reached among players and an essential agreement drafted to ensure fair play for all.

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2. Select A Learning Objective

Self-awareness
Responsible Decision Making
Relationship Building

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Create A 'Dream House'

This reflective activity asks students to craft a special place to store their thoughts and ideas. They will use their full toolkit of self-identity resources to design a personalized "Mind Palace" that accurately depicts their inner selves.

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Sensory Garden Project

This is an exercise in the responsible creation of learning spaces and engagement with a full community of stakeholders. Working to improve a portion of their school environment, students must consider how social and environmental factors influence design.

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Gender Equality Community

An engaging exploration of diversity and equity, human rights and civic responsibility, this activity has students examine gender roles across all sectors of society. Ultimately, their collaboration should achieve equality for all members of their community.

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