I teach classes in Minecraft! My classes are interactive online classes. They meet at scheduled times in an online classroom and on my Minecraft server.
Short classes taught through Outschool.com:
Minecraft Geography – Sessions last for three classes. We discuss longitude and latitude, explore some of the travel routes taken during the Age of Discovery and build one or more historic monument.
Minecraft Showcase – Sessions are five weeks long. The class introduces students to how they can use Spigot plugins to create Minecraft Museums showcasing their work.
Minecraft Grammar – Sessions are two classes long. In the first class we discuss the eight parts of speech – noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction, and interjections. In the second class we discuss the parts of a sentence. Students will have quests to do in Minecraft reviewing the material.
Long classes taught with Gifted Homeschoolers Forum:
Minecraft Math – Sessions are 16 weeks long. In the fall of 2017 I’m offering two sessions titled “Coordinates and Building.” My Wednesday’s class will be for younger students and my class on Thursday will be for more advanced students. In the Spring of 2018 I’ll probably be offering a “Redstone and Mathematics” class.
Minecraft Shakespeare – Cultivate a love of Shakespeare with this blend of Shakespeare and Minecraft! We’ll be doing dramatic readings, creating pseudo-Shakespearean text, writing scripts for Minecraft NPCs based on Shakespearean characters and more!
Minecraft Writing – I’ve taught this in the past, and might teach it again. The focus is on creating Minecraft worlds with an abundance of written text – special signs that can contain more text than normal, NPCs whose scripts combine to make stories.
Minecraft Blog Posts
Minecraft is an awesome program and there are plenty of ways to use it while homeschooling. It is great for writing or discussion projects, and I have a list of open-ended Minecraft questions for those willing to get their kids talking even more about minecraft.
Over the past while I’ve been working with students on practicing math skills with minecraft. You can sign up for one of my minecraft math classes with GHF Online and/or check out any of these posts I’ve written about teaching math with minecraft:
- Minecraft math: multiplication practice
- Minecraft math: Sugarcanes
- Minecraft math: negative exponents (and stairbuilding)
- Minecraft math: power rails
- Minecraft math: automatic castle building
- Minecraft math: cloning and fill
- Minecraft math: Using NPCs
- My experience and plans teaching with minecraft
Videos on using Betonquest:
- Introduction to using the Betonquest editor
- Focus on getting NPCs to do things
- Making Minecraft madlibs
- Showcase of some of the things you can do with Betonquest, NPCDestinations, Sentinel and Citizens.
Recommended Minecraft Books
I’ve had people ask me what minecraft books I recommend. My children have enjoyed using Learn to Program with Minecraft: Transform Your World with the Power of Python.