Minecraft

Using the education edition of Minecraft can be a lot of fun, but it’s important for students (and teachers) to understand that this version of the game is not just about escaping from zombies in survival mode or building/destroying random content in creative mode. This version of Minecraft is about learners developing their critical thinking skills, agency in learning and code building skills.

On Friday 8th of June 2018, James Merlino (Minister for Education) made an important announcement that included the following statement…

“Every government school student will have access to Minecraft: Education Edition as part of a new partnership with the Andrews Labor Government to give students access to the very best digital and science technology.”

Since the Ministers’ announcement, the education edition of Minecraft has been available to all Victorian government schools, students and staff. It has been implemented in hundreds of schools around the state and is widely considered one of the best educational games in the world.

If you would like to download and explore Minecraft: Education Edition in your classroom, check out our helpful infographic (for Victorian teachers only) to assist you to sign-in and download the software.

Once you’ve got to grips with the software, here are a couple of free lesson plans we have developed for you in line with the Australian and Victorian Curriculum to download.

Grade 3: To download House of the Future lesson plan, follow the link: Minecraft: The Education Edition Lesson Plan – House of the Future

This lesson was designed by Rob Kelly in 2019 for Berwick Lodge Primary School using the Victorian Curriculum as a framework. 

Grade 3: To download The World Around Us lesson plan, follow the link: Minecraft: The Education Edition – The World Around Us

This lesson was designed by Rob Kelly in 2019 for Berwick Lodge Primary School using the Victorian Curriculum as a framework. 

Additional Content:

Grade 5: To download the free Planet Theme Park lesson plan, follow the link: Minecraft: The Education Edition – Planet Theme Park

This lesson was designed by Rob Kelly in 2019 for Berwick Lodge Primary School using the Victorian Curriculum as a framework. 

More to come…