Block by Block with Minecraft Education

A Series for British Columbia Educators and their Students

Let's dive into Minecraft together

British Columbia Educators and their students are invited to join The Cobblestone Collective as we explore how Minecraft Education (MCEDU) can be used in the classroom – specifically aligned to the ADST curriculum in Grades 4-6!

This FREE series includes 3 virtual PD workshops for you, along with a virtual co-taught lesson where we’ll join you and your class, allowing you to start using this incredible classroom tool, right away!

Minecraft Education
The Basics

Thursday, March 2nd

4 pm to 5 pm PT

Inside this educator workshop, you’ll learn the basics of Minecraft Education 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 to expect during the co-taught lesson on March 9th, and what you need to set up prior to joining. We’ll also share details about how the lesson will be connected to British Columbia’s ADST curriculum in Grades 4-6. 

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

Exploring Coding
A Minecraft Co-Taught Lesson

Thursday, March 9th
1 pm to 2pm PT

Joining your class virtually, a Cobblestone Collective team member will facilitate this introduction to Minecraft Education lesson alongside you as we explore coding together!

Through coding and building, students will fulfill many of the ADST objectives found in the Grade 4-6  curriculum. The lesson will begin with basic movement techniques and then dive into some entry-level coding, making it rain chickens! Students will then be challenged to build a pen to capture their falling fowl. After planning and identifying the appropriate materials, students will construct a preliminary version of their enclosure, and reflect on any iterations and changes required to make it better.  

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

Thursday, March 9th
4 pm to 5 pm PT

Now that you and your students know how to navigate in Minecraft Education and got a sneak peek at how it can be used to help them learn coding and building concepts, it’s time to dive in to deeper further curricular connections!  In this workshop, we’ll explore a variety of worlds that will help students explore coding and other Applied Design skills found within the Grade 4-6 ADST curriculum.

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, March 16th
4 pm to 5 pm PT

Now that we’ve had a chance to dive into the coding and ADST potential of Minecraft Education, this workshop will focus on the many other curriculum connections that can be found in Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and beyond! We’ll share our favourite worlds and lesson ideas that span throughout the curriculum, 

We will also share a collaborative build challenge you can take back to your class to continue their exploration of Minecraft Education. This will be a multiplayer activity, so inside this workshop we’ll also explore how to build collaborative worlds, modify the settings and our best practices for classroom management to support collaborative learning environments 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 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 – March 8th, 15th (x2), and 22nd!  We invite you to register and attend all events!

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