MinecraftEdu Distributes the Building Blocks of Games-Based Education…

Joel Levin at the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School used popular indie block building game Minecraft as a learning tool for his second grade computer class. Now he's a part of the newly-launched MinecraftEdu, a program dedicated to spreading Minecraft-based learning to classrooms around the world. » 11/04/11 12:20pm 11/04/11 12:20pm

We Took a Field Trip to the Minecraft School

A couple of weeks ago, my colleague Matt Toder and I visited a second-grade class that is being taught—mostly during school hours—how to play Minecraft. We'd heard about it and read about it. We had to see it. » 5/18/11 1:00pm 5/18/11 1:00pm

Teaching First-Graders with Minecraft

When his five-year-old daughter built a treehouse by herself in Minecraft, Joel Levin, a computer teacher at Manhattan's Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, got the idea to try incorporating the PC game into his lesson plan at school. He worried about numerous possibilities that the game would simply be… » 4/03/11 6:00pm 4/03/11 6:00pm