STEM – Coding through gaming. Using MakeCode in Minecraft.
Most of today’s students will have to succeed in future jobs that don’t yet exist. Educators around the world are working hard to equip their students with skills to meet this challenge. Minecraft: Education Edition is a powerful tool they are using to achieve significant students outcomes. https://education.minecraft.net/impact/
A study of elementary students tracked students from 3rd to 6th grade using Minecraft in school. 98% of teachers surveyed cited problem solving as the top skill their students learn from Minecraft. In a study by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, 71% of teachers using digital games like Minecraft reported subsequent improvement in students’ numeracy and computational thinking. 40% of jobs in growth industries require soft skills, those fostered by social and emotional learning (SEL). According to teachers in 11 countries, surveyed by Getting Smart, teachers cited problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration in addition to decision making and communication as top skills cultivated by Minecraft.
In this two hour session teachers will learn how to apply tools to teach coding through gaming lesson plans.
Student Skills: independence, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, Social and emotional learning.
Theme: Coding through Gaming
Products: Minecraft: Education Edition and Code Connection for Minecraft
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