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Minecraft: Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. On Minecraft: Education Edition, we’ll talk to experts about how they’re inspiring students with Minecraft in the classroom and at home. We’ll take you through some of the most asked questions about Minecraft: Education Edition and help dig up the answers.

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Bees! | Bee Girl Organization's Sarah Red-Laird

I love that you can open up Minecraft Education Edition, ask yourself “What do I want to learn today?” and find something. This is just another way that the power of Minecraft and what’s been built to support Education Edition shines. When you take the best selling game ever, engage passionate people to create amazing content, and then put that content in the hands of students, you have  - in my opinion - the most powerful tool for teaching and learning that exists. I didn’t know what to expect when I spoke to Sarah Red-Laird from Bee Girl. The bee content in the game is great, but as you’ll hear, Bee Girl took it and turned it into something with meaningful learning experiences for every student.Bee Girl Organization: https://www.beegirl.org/ Sarah Red-Laird on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahBeeGirlJoin the Minecraft Education Challenge! This virtual build challenge invites students around the world to learn about issues related to sustainability and inclusion, then design solutions with Minecraft: Education Edition.Create your own prompt that invites students to address a local issue impacting your school, community or region. This could be something like designing a more accessible version of your classroom in Minecraft. Think about people with different learning styles and disabilities, so the space is a safe and inspiring environment for everyone to be healthy. Or build a more sustainable version of your school in Minecraft. Consider a holistic definition of sustainability, which may involve rethinking energy systems, recycling, transportation, and how nature plays a role.Share progress and stories of your Challenge experience via Twitter and Facebook, and tag us using our Twitter handle @PlayCraftLearn and the hashtag #MinecraftChallenge, and then post your results on the Minecraft Challenge Flipgrid page.There is, within Minecraft, an incredible opportunity to build an immersive world and bring it to life with animals, plants and trees and even NPC’s with diologue. I would challenge every educator out there to think big. Imagine the worlds you would want to build for your students, and then go and do it. I have little doubt Minecraft will help your vision come alive.

23mins

11 Aug 2020

Rank #1

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Minecraft and Esports | Liminal's Carrie Linden & Will Partin and Stephen Reid

On today’s show… Esports is exploding in popularity all over the world. We’re going to talk about how educators are using esports to engage students and how you can use Minecraft Education Edition to do that. Two groups playing a big part in how the future of academic esports unfolds are Liminal Esports, and Stephen Reid and Immersive Minds. I spoke to them both about their work in academic esports.Explore Esports with New Minecraft: Education Edition Lessons and Teaching Guide: https://education.minecraft.net/blog/explore-esports-with-new-minecraft-education-edition-lessons-and-teaching-guideBring esports to your classroom with new Minecraft: Education Edition esports worlds, lesson plans and an educator framework created by Immersive Minds: https://education.minecraft.net/stem-esports-challengesWith Minecraft: Education Edition, Microsoft Looks To Blend Esports And EDU: https://www.forbes.com/sites/robsalkowitz/2020/06/29/with-minecraft-education-edition-microsoft-looks-to-blend-esports-and-edu/?fbclid=IwAR0NIN4pIj448ak4mzMGVgs48ylNuvVuBSrNDiVYeHJVi5jqLBh4jB4u7DU#42394e1b5138Join the Minecraft Education Challenge! This virtual build challenge invites students around the world to learn about issues related to sustainability and inclusion, then design solutions with Minecraft: Education Edition.Create your own prompt that invites students to address a local issue impacting your school, community or region. This could be something like designing a more accessible version of your classroom in Minecraft. Think about people with different learning styles and disabilities, so the space is a safe and inspiring environment for everyone to be healthy. Or build a more sustainable version of your school in Minecraft. Consider a holistic definition of sustainability, which may involve rethinking energy systems, recycling, transportation, and how nature plays a role.Share progress and stories of your Challenge experience via Twitter and Facebook, and tag us using our Twitter handle @PlayCraftLearn and the hashtag #MinecraftChallenge, and then post your results on the Minecraft Challenge Flipgrid page.

35mins

24 Jul 2020

Rank #2

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Writers of Worlds | National Writing Project's Christina Cantrill & Jo Dillon

On today’s show… There is, within Minecraft, an incredible opportunity to build an immersive world and bring it to life with animals, plants and trees and even NPC’s with dialogue. I would challenge every educator out there to think big. Imagine the worlds you would want to build for your students, and then go and do it. I have little doubt Minecraft will help your vision come alive.National Writing Project Website: https://www.nwp.org/Christina Cantrill on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeecantrillJoe Dillon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/onewheeljoeJoin the National Writing Project's Newsletter: https://nwp.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=74fb19be0914ed81636ed0372&id=9f9bf35629NWP's Educator Innovator Initiative: https://educatorinnovator.org/NPC’s, Signs, Boards, Posters, the Book and Quill, and Camera - these are just some of the amazing tools built right into Minecraft. There are dozens of resources available on the Minecraft Education Edition website to help you get started telling amazing stories and building immersive worlds. Visit education.minecraft.net today to learn more.Join the Minecraft Education Challenge! This virtual build challenge invites students around the world to learn about issues related to sustainability and inclusion, then design solutions with Minecraft: Education Edition.Create your own prompt that invites students to address a local issue impacting your school, community or region. This could be something like designing a more accessible version of your classroom in Minecraft. Think about people with different learning styles and disabilities, so the space is a safe and inspiring environment for everyone to be healthy. Or build a more sustainable version of your school in Minecraft. Consider a holistic definition of sustainability, which may involve rethinking energy systems, recycling, transportation, and how nature plays a role.Share progress and stories of your Challenge experience via Twitter and Facebook, and tag us using our Twitter handle @PlayCraftLearn and the hashtag #MinecraftChallenge, and then post your results on the Minecraft Challenge Flipgrid page.There is, within Minecraft, an incredible opportunity to build an immersive world and bring it to life with animals, plants and trees and even NPC’s with diologue. I would challenge every educator out there to think big. Imagine the worlds you would want to build for your students, and then go and do it. I have little doubt Minecraft will help your vision come alive.

22mins

10 Jul 2020

Rank #3

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Custom Content Creation | Whetu Paitai

On today’s show… I spoke to Whetu Paitai about his beautiful Nga Motu world. We talked about world building in Minecraft and how an immersive world can be used as a powerful tool for students to make connections to their culture and history.Wheti PaitaiTwitter: https://twitter.com/whetupaitaiThe Custom Content Creation Kit is designed to provide instructional designers and curriculum directors with a framework to design and plan customized instruction with Minecraft: Education Edition. It includes best practices for developing custom Minecraft curriculum, information about recommended Minecraft build partners, lesson templates, rubrics and other supporting materials for getting the job done. https://aka.ms/meecustomcontentJoin the Minecraft Education Challenge! This virtual build challenge invites students around the world to learn about issues related to sustainability and inclusion, then design solutions with Minecraft: Education Edition.Create your own prompt that invites students to address a local issue impacting your school, community or region. This could be something like designing a more accessible version of your classroom in Minecraft. Think about people with different learning styles and disabilities, so the space is a safe and inspiring environment for everyone to be healthy. Or build a more sustainable version of your school in Minecraft. Consider a holistic definition of sustainability, which may involve rethinking energy systems, recycling, transportation, and how nature plays a role.Share progress and stories of your Challenge experience via Twitter and Facebook, and tag us using our Twitter handle @PlayCraftLearn and the hashtag #MinecraftChallenge, and then post your results on the Minecraft Challenge Flipgrid page.

22mins

2 Jul 2020

Rank #4

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Making The Case | Merry Hofmeister

On today’s show… We can talk about engagement, and how much, quote - unquote “fun” our students are having all day, but in the end we need to be able to tie using Minecraft to achievement and demonstrating results. We need to make the case. This episode, we’ll talk to Merry Hofmeister about how her district made the decision to use Minecraft, how they brought it on board, and how it was received.Merry HofmeisterTwitter: https://twitter.com/TheMerryHofEducators around the world use Minecraft: Education Edition to engage students across subjects. Learn how Minecraft ignites learning in K-12 and higher education. https://education.minecraft.net/impact/Join the Minecraft Education Challenge! This virtual build challenge invites students around the world to learn about issues related to sustainability and inclusion, then design solutions with Minecraft: Education Edition.Create your own prompt that invites students to address a local issue impacting your school, community or region. This could be something like designing a more accessible version of your classroom in Minecraft. Think about people with different learning styles and disabilities, so the space is a safe and inspiring environment for everyone to be healthy. Or build a more sustainable version of your school in Minecraft. Consider a holistic definition of sustainability, which may involve rethinking energy systems, recycling, transportation, and how nature plays a role.Share progress and stories of your Challenge experience via Twitter and Facebook, and tag us using our Twitter handle @PlayCraftLearn and the hashtag #MinecraftChallenge, and then post your results on the Minecraft Challenge Flipgrid page.

17mins

22 Jun 2020

Rank #5

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Language Learning with Minecraft | Glen Irvin

On today’s show… Minecraft is a powerful tool for learning, and language learning is where that power really shines. We’re going to talk about how Minecraft can be used to help you deliver amazing language learning lessons.  You can build a world, craft a story and then live in that world while you learn. We’re not just talking English either. We’ll talk to Glen Irvin this week about how he used Minecraft in his Spanish language classes to provide that same deep, meaningful experience.Glen IrvinTwitter: https://twitter.com/irvspanishNPCs are humanoid characters in Minecraft that can be used to provide ambiance, fun interactions and communications related to lessons, directions or dialogue. To create NPCs, open your inventory (type E) and add a Spawn Egg to your inventory. Place the Spawn Egg to create an NPC. To program an NPC, right click the NPC to bring up the customize screen. In this screen, you can change the name, displayed text and skin. You can add URLs and special commands in Advanced Settings. World Builders can re-access this menu repeatedly to edit it. The name of the NPC will remain visible from a distance, even through walls. When an Operator or non-World Builder right clicks on an NPC, they will see the displayed text. For more information visit our Minecraft: Education Edition knowledge base.Using Minecraft in ESL with young learners: https://education.minecraft.net/blog/using-minecraft-in-esl-with-young-learnersMinecraft: Education Edition for English Language Learners: https://education.minecraft.net/blog/minecraft-education-edition-for-english-language-learnersJoin the Minecraft Education Challenge! This virtual build challenge invites students around the world to learn about issues related to sustainability and inclusion, then design solutions with Minecraft: Education Edition.Create your own prompt that invites students to address a local issue impacting your school, community or region. This could be something like designing a more accessible version of your classroom in Minecraft. Think about people with different learning styles and disabilities, so the space is a safe and inspiring environment for everyone to be healthy. Or build a more sustainable version of your school in Minecraft. Consider a holistic definition of sustainability, which may involve rethinking energy systems, recycling, transportation, and how nature plays a role.Share progress and stories of your Challenge experience via Twitter and Facebook, and tag us using our Twitter handle @PlayCraftLearn and the hashtag #MinecraftChallenge, and then post your results on the Minecraft Challenge Flipgrid page.

38mins

13 Jun 2020

Rank #6

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Dive Into Coding | Steve Isaacs

On today’s show… We know Minecraft can be used for building, and you’ve heard on previous episodes about how educators are using it to help students make connections around the world. We’ve talked about building great lessons too. Did you know you can also code with Minecraft?! We’ll be talking to Steve Isaacs about that and more.Steve IsaacsTwitter: https://twitter.com/mr_isaacsHour of Code is an easy way to take your first steps in coding. It is 100% self directed, and anyone can do it with no prior knowledge of coding. https://education.minecraft.net/hour-of-codeIf you’ve already done the Hour of Code, we have a new set of extension activities that pick up where the fun left off. Code Town is part 2 which picks things up right where students left off. Find it under Computer Science in the Minecraft: Education Edition Library or on the web: https://education.minecraft.net/lessons/minecraft-code-town/If you’re an educator looking to teach coding to your students we offer over 50 hours of coding curriculum that is based on CSTA standards on our web site. Computing with Minecraft is for beginners and Coding with Minecraft covers topics such as conditionals, functions, and coordinates. Both courses are free to download in OneNote. https://education.minecraft.net/class-resources/computer-science-subject-kit/Educators who want to learn more about coding in M:EE can take the Building Blocks of Code online professional development course on the Microsoft Educator Center: https://education.microsoft.com/en-us/course/7dd3d540/overviewJoin the Minecraft Education Challenge! This virtual build challenge invites students around the world to learn about issues related to sustainability and inclusion, then design solutions with Minecraft: Education Edition.Create your own prompt that invites students to address a local issue impacting your school, community or region. This could be something like designing a more accessible version of your classroom in Minecraft. Think about people with different learning styles and disabilities, so the space is a safe and inspiring environment for everyone to be healthy. Or build a more sustainable version of your school in Minecraft. Consider a holistic definition of sustainability, which may involve rethinking energy systems, recycling, transportation, and how nature plays a role.Share progress and stories of your Challenge experience via Twitter and Facebook, and tag us using our Twitter handle @PlayCraftLearn and the hashtag #MinecraftChallenge, and then post your results on the Minecraft Challenge Flipgrid page.

19mins

10 Jun 2020

Rank #7

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Building Great Lessons | Ben Spieldenner & Trish Cloud

On this episode of the Minecraft Education Edition podcast we’re talking lessons! We’ll talk to two amazing educators and get their best advice on how to build great lessons. We’ll also share some resources so you can get started yourself. Our guest(s) this week are Ben Spieldenner and Trish Cloud.Ben SpieldennerTwitter: https://twitter.com/BenSpieldennerWebsite: https://www.crosspond.net/Trish CloudTwitter: https://twitter.com/trishcloudCheck out the Minecraft Library in the game and on the web at aka.ms/minecraftlibraryYou Can Create Lessons In Minecraft: Education Edition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uuJxSjmiaoThere's even a lesson about how to create a Minecraft lesson, created by a member of the teacher community: https://education.minecraft.net/lessons/teacher-training-basic/Join the Minecraft Education Challenge! This virtual build challenge invites students around the world to learn about issues related to sustainability and inclusion, then design solutions with Minecraft: Education Edition.Create your own prompt that invites students to address a local issue impacting your school, community or region. This could be something like designing a more accessible version of your classroom in Minecraft. Think about people with different learning styles and disabilities, so the space is a safe and inspiring environment for everyone to be healthy. Or build a more sustainable version of your school in Minecraft. Consider a holistic definition of sustainability, which may involve rethinking energy systems, recycling, transportation, and how nature plays a role.Share progress and stories of your Challenge experience via Twitter and Facebook, and tag us using our Twitter handle @PlayCraftLearn and the hashtag #MinecraftChallenge, and then post your results on the Minecraft Challenge Flipgrid page.

43mins

4 Jun 2020

Rank #8

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World Connections | Benjamin Kelly

Minecraft isn’t just a game you play on your own, it’s a powerful tool to make connections with students and teachers all over the world! On today’s show, we’ll talk about how one teacher, Benjamin Kelly from Canada, uses Minecraft in his classroom and works with educators around the world to teach students about the sustainable development goals.Benjamin KellyTwitter: https://twitter.com/BBTNBWebsite: http://www.bbtnb.com/Check out the Minecraft multiplayer guide to learn how you can bring students together whether they’re across the room, across town, or on different sides of the planet. Visit  aka.ms/multiplayerguide to learn more.To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, energize your students with new Minecraft worlds and lessons created by EIT InnoEnergy and Blockworks! https://education.minecraft.net/earth-dayIn partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), we bring you a new interactive curriculum now available for all Minecraft: Education Edition users, called Extinction! A Biodiversity Crisis. https://education.minecraft.net/blog/we-teamed-up-with-world-wildlife-fund-for-an-interactive-science-curriculum-on-biodiversity/Explore two years worth of Sustainable Development Goals solutions from students of all ages around the world. Then, have your students add solutions! https://education.minecraft.net/lessons/the-sustainability-shuffle/There are a number of schools holding events in Minecraft (graduations, proms, etc.). Learn how to hold an event in Minecraft here: https://minecrafteducation.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360042923551-Hold-a-Digital-Event-in-Minecraft

29mins

29 May 2020

Rank #9

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Remote Learning with Minecraft | Becky Keene & Chris Burica

In this episode of the Minecraft: Education Edition podcast we’ll talk about how this is all going to go down. We’ll share some great tips on how to use Minecraft with your students, and our guest(s) this week are Becky Keene and Chris Burica.Becky KeeneTwitter: https://twitter.com/BeckyKeeneChris BuricaTwitter: https://twitter.com/C_BuricaThe Minecraft Multiplayer Guide is a PDF with information about how to set up synchronous multiplayer games.To help teachers and students stay connected to the classroom, Minecraft: Education Edition is now available through June 2020 for all educators and learners who have a valid Office 365 Education account.Not sure if you have access? Fill out this form to verify your account and request access to Minecraft.The Minecraft Remote Learning Toolkit includes more than 50 lessons, STEM curriculum and project-based learning activities so educators can use Minecraft: Education Edition with their students whether they are in school, at home or in another remote learning environment.Students can use tools like the Camera and Book & Quill to take screenshots, write about their work and export their in-game portfolios as PDF.If you head over to the Minecraft Marketplace, you will find some of our favorite lessons from Minecraft: Education Edition in a brand new Education category. These educational worlds can be played on your own, with your kids, parents or friends. From the comfort of your home, you can tour the International Space Station or even explore the inside of a human eye. We’ve also included ten worlds from our Marketplace creator community! All of these worlds are free to download through June 30, 2020.The Hour of Code is a fun accessible gateway for students to learn coding.Join the Minecraft Education Challenge! This virtual build challenge invites students around the world to learn about issues related to sustainability and inclusion, then design solutions with Minecraft: Education Edition.Share progress and stories of your Challenge experience via Twitter and Facebook, and tag us using our Twitter handle @PlayCraftLearn and the hashtag #MinecraftChallenge, and then post your results on the Minecraft Challenge Flipgrid page. We’re excited to see what you build!

41mins

20 May 2020

Rank #10