Here at my school, we have clubs the last period on Friday. We change by trimesters, and this trimester I officially offered a Minecraft Club. We’re using MinecraftEdu. I stumbled and fumbled and tried to do a Linux install and was rescued by “Magic Mike” Schmelder, my IT head, who installed it on a Windows server.
I will now say that in all my years of teaching (lots), I have NEVER seen kids as excited about anything as Minecraft. Seriously. They literally run into the room, log in, and then start running in Tutorial World (the world we’re currently using), exploring everything, shouting to each other, talking to the screen, even jumping across the room to show a fellow gamer something. Now we did have to have a little chat beforehand about setting some guidelines, and they agreed that we would have two: no inappropriate in-game chat, and no griefing. Once we settled on that, I let them go.
There are 15 in the club, mostly hardcore MC fanatics, but also several noobs (I’m one of them). The vets are generally being generous with their knowledge, even though it takes precious time away from what they are doing. That’s a good sign.
And since there were quite a few more who wanted to be in the club but didn’t make it, I have offered to do an after-school club for them. Amazing response! I’ve had one student ask if he could build his house up during study hall (uhhh, no). I am very interested in curricular applications, since it seems a shame to waste all this enthusiasm!
And I am really a terrible player, so far. But that’s OK. I’m learning.