How educators worldwide use Minecraft as a teaching tool

09/16/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The video game Minecraft, which allows users to build structures in a virtual environment, is being used as a teaching tool in schools worldwide. At a school in Stockholm, Minecraft is required for 13-year-old students, helping them learn about city planning, the environment and other topics. A history teacher in Australia also used the game to let students go on "quest missions" and explore ancient worlds, while an English-language teacher in Denmark used the game to help students practice their oral and written communication skills.

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