Kids love Minecraft! My kids love Minecraft!
Microsoft has now come up with an educational version of Minecraft just for schools to link learning to the game kids love. Minecraft: Education Edition is available for purchase by schools, libraries, museums, and participants in nationally recognized homeschool organizations. Teachers have to use their school accounts to verify their status, but then can sign up for information. There are lesson plans, environments and tons of other resources. I found it especially interesting that they have a set of lesson plans for ‘learning’ empathy. As a parent of an ASD kid, this seems like a useful skill for kids to learn. There are boolean logic, urban planning and more as other plans.
What a great way to get kids excited about learning, but playing a game that they enjoy!