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3rd Digital Learning Log (News)

February9

Minecraft As A Mandatory Subject In School? Sweet!

Hello, this is 15karunk and I have found out some shocking news!

Ever heard of the game Minecraft?  I love playing it! Well believe it or not Minecraft is actually a subject at a Swedish school! Awesome!

Sweden has to be one of the coolest places for a kid to grow up in – First, they introduced the concept of schools with no grades or classrooms, then came Monstrum’s amazing playgrounds and now, the coolest idea of all – ‘Forcing’ 13-year-olds to play Minecraft as part of the classroom curriculum.

The “spark” for this rather “crazy to some but wonderful to others” idea started when the government of Sweden organized a national school competition called ‘Future City’ for which classrooms were asked to submit their ideas about the kind of structures they imagined in the Sweden of the future.

It was such a success that educators at Stockholm’s Viktor Rydberg school decided to continue this ‘out of the box’ thinking by incorporating Minecraft into the class curriculum for 13-year-students.

According to the teachers, the game which challenges kids to use their imagination by building virtual worlds complete with electricity grids, water supply pumps and anything else they would like to see in their future, allows students to think beyond the classroom frontiers. This they believe, will help them make better decisions as adults, especially about things like the environmental impact of their actions. And while it may sound completely bonkers to most people they liken it to teaching a woodcraft class – except in this case, all the construction is being conducted in a virtual world.

So far, 180, 13-year girls and boys, have participated in this fascinating unit, which not surprisingly has been such a huge hit that the school is planning to make it a permanent addition to their curriculum. It of course augments, not replaces, core subjects like math and science. The educators say that even parents who were a little objective (so didn’t want them to) about their kids playing video games at school, are now on board and fully support this decision.

I wonder if any school in the UK will imitate this idea…

Well the real question is…

Would you want it?

Answer my question in the comments below!

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“3rd Digital Learning Log (News)”

  1. February 11th, 2015 at 4:23 pm      Reply Gabriel Says:

    i would like to mine craft as my subject in school maybe they have to do it because Minecraft is a game of Imagination.


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