The most popular website at my school is Minecraft–hands down, starting in 1st grade (I’m amazed parents let six-year-olds use this sometimes violent game, but they do and students do and the mania starts). Because kids would live in this blocky virtual world 24/7, I only let them play it two lunch periods a week. Those days, my lab is always packed. Kids have no idea they’re learning math (estimation, geometry, shapes), science (geology, rocks, minerals), building, or softer skills like thinking and reasoning, problem solving, hypothesis-testing, risk-taking, and collaboration. They don’t realize they’re exercising that delicate skill called ‘creativity’ or care that Common Sense Media raves that “Minecraft empowers players to exercise their imagination and take pride in their digital creations as they learn basic building concepts.”
Posts Tagged ‘simulations’
Tags: gameplay, minecraft, simulations
Tags: games, minecraft, simulations, websites
Every week, I share a website that inspired my students. This one is a blockbuster as far as student interest, risk-taking, enthusiasm.
Tags: Math, science, simulations, websites
Every Friday, I share a website (or app) that I’ve heard about, checked into, gotten excited to use.
Tags: american history, american revolution, crown or colony, fifth grade, mission us, simulations
Every Friday I’ll send you a wonderful website that my classes and my parents love. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of your students as they are of mine.