Block by Block with Minecraft: Education Edition

A Series for Alberta Educators and their Students

Let's dive into Minecraft together

Alberta Educators and their students are invited to join The Cobblestone Collective as we explore how Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE) can be used in the classroom – specifically in Grade 4-6 Science and Social Studies!

Through this series, you will have everything you need to start using this incredible classroom tool.

Minecraft Education
The Basics

Monday, November 21st

4 pm to 5 pm MST

Inside this educator workshop, you’ll learn the basics of Minecraft: Education Edition and how to set it up for your class.  You’ll gain an understanding of what Minecraft Education is, how to navigate the game, how to place your first block and have to share worlds.

We’ll also go over what the co-taught lesson on November 24th will look like, and what you need to set up prior to joining.  We’ll share how the lesson is connected to Alberta’s new Science curriculum in Grades 5 and 6, as well as the existing curriculum in Graded 4-6 Social Studies and Science.

Whether you’ve tried to use Minecraft: Education Edition in the past, or this is your first year exploring this classroom tool, this workshop will give you the confidence to start exploring M:EE with your class.

Exploring Biomes A Minecraft Co-Taught Lesson

Thursday, November 24th

1 pm to 2pm MST

Joining your class virtually, a Cobblestone Collective team member will facilitate this introduction to Minecraft: Education Edition lesson alongside you!

Together, we’ll explore a variety of biomes and collect our observations from each one!  We’ll look at the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem while identifying important characteristics and components inside those ecosystems.

Then, students will be asked to complete their independent Minecraft Education build challenge to create their own version of a chosen ecosystem and compare it to the one that the Minecraft Education team built!

Can’t make the live lesson time?  No worries!  This lesson will be recorded, allowing you to add it to your class schedule when it works best for you.

Curricular alignment
and Assesssment Strategies

Monday, November 28th

4 pm to 5 pm

Now that you and your students know how to navigate in Minecraft: Education Edition, it’s time we talk curricular connections!  We’ll explore how lessons and worlds inside Minecraft: Education Edition connect to Alberta’s new Science curriculum in Grades 5 and 6, as well activities that also connect to the existing curriculum in Graded 4-6 Social Studies and Science.

We will also explore the assessment tools built into Minecraft Education (book & quill, camera and portfolio) support continuous feedback and learning, as well as both formative and summative assessments.

Ideas for
Extension Activities

Thursday, December 1st

4 pm to 5 pm

Minecraft Education also supports coding and computational thinking!  Inside this educator workshop, we’ll explore coding fundamentals and our recommended worlds inside Minecraft: Education Edition to get you and your students coding!

We will also share a collaborative build challenge you can take back to your class to continue their exploration of biomes.  This will be a multi-player work, so inside this workshop, we’ll also explore how to build collaborative worlds and our best practices to support this learning inside your classroom.

Your Questions Answered

Of course!  We know how easy schedules change, and all workshops and the co-taught lesson will be recorded.  You’ll receive a link to the recorded workshop after each event.

Yes – both you and your students will need access to Minecraft: Education Edition for this series.  We invite you to connect with your school’s IT Team to see how you can get Minecraft Education loaded on your student’s devices and what your student’s usernames and passwords are.

Registration is for all 4 events – November 21, 24, 28 & December 1.   We invite you to register and attend all events!

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