Swedish School Now Has A Mandatory Minecraft Class

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Gamification and project-based learning have jumped into the 21st century at the Viktor Rydberg school in Stockholm, Sweden where all 13-year-old students must now take a manadatory course on Minecraft. For those not familiar, Minecraft is a video game that lets you use blocks to build up just about whatever you want in a virtual world. You can then show off, share, and learn from what others are building in a safe and virtual environment.

‘They learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future,’ Viktor Rydberg teacher Monica Ekman told English-language newspaper The Local. ‘It’s not any different from arts or woodcraft,’ she added.”

Will Minecraft and Makerbot Usher in the Post-Scarcity Economy? | Idea Channel | PBS

Another video from the PBS Idea Channel from last summer. Note – You may want to stop watching when it gets to the comments at the end about a previous episode.

Note – Sadly Gaming Week will not include a Maker Bot. Maybe next year 🙂

Is Minecraft the ultimate educational tool?

This video was posted by the PBS Idea Channel podcast recently the other day and touches on why we’re focusing on Minecraft as the primary game for this week.

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