I’ve recently been working with a group of Digital Leaders in a school in Wolverhampton. The school had a trial of Minecraft Education Edition and the Digital Leaders asked if they could run an after school Minecraft club – obviously, being a big fan of Minecraft myself, I said yes!
Not long after launching our Minecraft club, the Digital Leaders were approached by a member of staff from the History department interested in using Minecraft in his lessons. After a brief consultation, the Digital Leaders offered to create a world for him based on Medieval Britain. They also offered to provide support during his lesson.
To begin with, the teacher supplied resources such as web links, books and images depicting Medieval life to help the student Digital Leaders with their build. Every few weeks the teacher would return to check on the progress of the build and suggest improvements – in essence the teacher became the client.
As you can imagine, the lesson was a huge success, so much so that the students have received more requests for other worlds from teachers in Maths and English departments.
Here are some screenshots from the final build – notice some of the detail such as working hangman’s noose (using redstone) and animals in the peasants’ houses.
To try the world for yourself, download the Minecraft world file below:
Note: Requires Minecraft Education Edition. For instructions on how to download a free trial, click here: http://education.minecraft.net/get-started