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Minecraft Lab for Kids
Balancing your child’s screen time can be difficult, especially when it comes to popular open-ended video games like Minecraft. The game offers players an exploration, imagination, and creation-focused environment, but its nonlinear game structure can mean spending a lot of time in the game. Minecraft Lab for Kids includes a variety of creative exercises that explore the game’s aspects and use them to teach fun, educational lessons. Begin the book by brushing up on some common Minecraft language and examining the four game modes: survival, creative, adventure, and spectator. Then, use this knowledge to venture off onto the six different quests that encourage child and adult participation. These “gamified” labs will allow your child to earn stickers and badges as rewards as they complete quests. You’ll even learn how to screencast and narrate your own videos to share with family and friends! Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids provides a fun, educational gaming goals that you and your child can reach together!
Giving parents a map to potential Minecraft projects gives me both the language and the direction to engage more deeply with this world that Desiree loves so much. Minecraft Lab for Kids has a simple, clean layout that is easy to follow. What an excellent resource for parents and educators alike. This book is packed with endless tips and resources to let families jump into the world of Minecraft together. Features of this book that make it a must-have include hands on activities to do with kids ‘out of the game’ that are followed by ‘in game’ challenges and experiences.
Lots of interesting projects learning about science, history and even zombie dance parties. A great way for parents to get involved in their kid’s Minecraft world! Includes family craft activities as well as game play activities, this book is wonderful for parents and kids to connect and have fun.
John Miller holds multiple and single subject credentials in history and science. He has been a middle school teacher for over 20 years and has taught every subject in grades 6-8. He also holds a Master’s degree from San Diego State University in Educational Technology and Instructional Design and is a Google Certified Teacher, San Luis Obispo County CUE (Computer Using Educators) Board President, and a CUE Lead Learner. John is a featured presenter at conferences and workshops around the country. He loves teaching 21st-century skills to his students, and his passions include student blogging, e-learning, Minecraft in the classroom, photography, Apple, and Google. John is a contributor to Minecraft in the Classroom (Peachpit Press, 10/14).Chris Scott works to design the classroom culture and environment. He is an authorized Google Education Trainer, Google Certified Teacher, President of Santa Barbara CUE, CUE Lead Learner and a CK-12 Champion. He loves using Design Thinking, Agile project management process in the class, and seeing his students enter the flow of learning. He loves to help others in their educational journey. You’ll find Chris at conferences around the world presenting on classroom culture, technology, and design.
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