Embracing Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Doing with Minecraft: Education Edition
National Indigenous History Month Celebration
Join us on June 8th, 9th and 10th at 1pm EDT as we bring the learning to your classroom.
Students will learn from our educators, guest speakers, and the Minecraft: Education Edition world, Manito Ahbee Aki – an authentic learning experience.
The 3 lessons celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Indigenous Peoples across Canada. Together, we’ll explore and learn more about the diverse communities within Canada and the strength of present-day Indigenous communities.
A New Lesson Each Day
Think of us as your virtual co-teacher during each 90-minute lesson. Join our facilitation team as they share stories and knowledge from communities across Canada.
We’re joined by an Elder from a different community each lesson to welcome everyone and start the learning. Each lesson focused on embracing Indigenous ways of knowing and doing while exploring the Manito Ahbee Aki world inside Minecraft: Education Edition.
Lesson 1 will focus on understanding the significance and importance of the 4 sacred medicines – tobacco, sweetgrass, sage and cedar. Students will also have an opportunity to learn about clan systems from an Anishinaabe perspective and demonstrate their learning in Minecraft by building a sustainable garden.
Lesson 2 will showcase Indigenous Peoples across Canada. Come join a fun interactive learning experience as we celebrate Indigenous success in Canada. Students will have a chance to take this learning and build inside of Minecraft to honour and embrace Indigenous knowledge.
Inside Lesson 3 we’ll dive into the amazing world of Manito Ahbee Aki and take all their learning from the past two days to explore the petraforms, explore the world and embrace Indigenous ways of knowing and being. We will first spend some time hearing about the Haudenosaunee People, talking about land acknowledgements and exploring the amazing world of Manito Ahbee Aki.
Teachers, we handle the planning and facilitation of each lesson – just like a guest speaker! You and your class will join the lesson via YouTube Live.
Your questions answered
Nope – that would be a lot of work and we’re all about saving you time!
Please just register the educators of your class (teacher, EA, support staff, etc.)
Please do not register your students.
YES! We know things change quickly in the world of educators (especially when we are broadcasting across all time zones), so all of our co-taught lessons are recorded.
Sign up for the ‘live lesson’ and you’ll receive the recording 24-hours after the lesson takes place.
Best part? You can use the recorded lesson anytime that works for you!
Nothing! We want to keep all student information private and will never ask you to share it with us.
During the livestream lesson, we’ll be using an interactive form. The form only has two questions:
- Your first name (or your teacher’s name – and optional!)
- Your answer to the question asked
This allows us to interact with your class, while keeping their personal information safe.
Each student should have:
- Access to a device with Mincecraft: Education Edition installed
- Board/District provided usernames and passwords for Minecraft: Education Edition
- Access to the internet
- Headphones are also encouraged
Please check with your school’s IT team if you have questions about any of the steps above.
What if I teach virtually?
The lessons are hosted via YouTube Live, which means all of your students can join in from their own devices and their own locations. Better yet? Your students (and you) can pause the stream at any time to give more time to solve a tech problem or to have a quick break before returning.
What if I teach face-to-face?
This will work for you too! Project the lesson (from YouTube Live) onto your classroom learning display screen. We’ll take it from there, guiding you and your students through the lesson each step of the way. If we go too fast, no problem. Pause the stream at any time to give your class more time to solve a tech problem or to have a quick break before returning.
What if I’ve never played Minecraft:EE before?
Don’t worry! You definitely don’t need to be a Minecraft: Education Edition expert. It’s almost better if you’re not as you get a chance to learn alongside your students. If you have never used Minecraft before, we do encourage you to sign up for this co-taught lesson to help learn the basics of Minecraft: Education Edition.