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Hibsman Discusses Educational Benefits of Minecraft at CUE Conference

Tim Hibsman (English) presented his paper “Minecraft Madness: Educational Benefits?” at the 2014 CUE conference in California.

Abstract:

Minecraft has the possibility of huge educational benefits for children; it can help teach numerous subjects both with and without adult involvement. Learning in Minecraft could be faster than traditional methods of education, as children are often far more motivated, get more practice, and feel that what they are learning is useful. Also various negative aspects, such as overuse, will be presented.

Furthermore, there will be a demonstration of the product showing how the various skills are used in the game. This session will provide an overview of the multiple skills that can be enhanced by playing Minecraft.

Reading skills are enhanced by reading wiki and online guides, as well as understanding item descriptions and inventory lists. Writing skills are enhanced by using the Book and Quill option within the game to keep a log. Players can also write informational texts in a collaborative, multimedia environment. Math skills are enhanced by using the “crafting system” that teaches basic math and transitions into multiplication. The Minecraft world is made up of cubes thus providing a basic understanding of volume and area, which ties into geometry. The player can utilize LANs (Local Area Network) and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) to play with others in the same room, building upon social and team-building skills. In addition to these skills, there are many other skills (problem solving, music, basic computer, etc.) that are utilized throughout the game.

CUE (Computer Using Educators)

Mission:

CUE provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community.


CUE is a nonprofit, educational corporation founded in 1978. CUE’s goal is to advance student achievement through technology in all disciplines from preschool through college. With an active current membership of thousands of educational professionals, CUE supports many regional affiliates and special interest groups. CUE conferences are California’s premier educational technology events. CUE is the largest organization of its type in the west and one of the largest in the United States.

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