Over the past six months, my 10 and 13 year old sons have spent more time playing a game called Minecraft then they probably have spent at school. The other weekend when we were visiting my brother and his family in Ottawa, the entire conversation at the Easter dinner table was about Minecraft. The kids, all four of them, were incredibly enthusiastic and confident in explaining how the game works. My little 9 year old niece was the exception… but listened and learned along with the four other adults. We were asking questions and finding out how this game could be so commanding of our boys’ attentions for hour and hours on end.
Upon further research, I’ve discovered something that is quite exciting and in line with what I do with http://www.Techmobeel.com… engaging children with educational technology. Now, some could argue that Minecraft isn’t exactly an educational technology but in the following list there is clearly a case for why you should be okay as a parent, for your children to play Minecraft.
Here is a wiki about Minecraft in education: http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Minecraft_in_education
Hacker in residence at UPEI, Peter Rukavina, is hosting an open Minecraft Lab which is AWESOME!! Free. http://hacker.vre.upei.ca/minecraft-april-27
I’m looking into putting a summer week long camp for Minecraft lovers.
Anyway, as a parent or grandparent, use your children’s enthusiasm for Minecraft as an excuse to connect with them and encourage their foray into learning, and their development of skills that they don’t even know of! That’s my advice 🙂