# Teaching with MinecraftEdu

## Contents |

## History and Geography

### The World of Humanities

A virtual, educational world created by Eric Walker, designed to engage students in the discovery of ancient civilizations and history.

See the Lesson Template page for descriptions and download.

## Redstone

**How to use redstone to get students to answer questions.**

**Flip-Flops (most people call them RS-NOR latches)- What are they good for?**

I have used these to help control students, mostly to stop more than one student going down the same path.

**How to use redstone to teach electrcity....**

**How to use redstone to teach basic programming....**
Using some fancy redstone wiring you can create AND gates, OR gates, IF/ELSE gates. These are basic programming language. Insert tutorial here.

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## Science

**Performing experiments in Minecraft.**

A map demonstrated here can be used to test student reaction times to various stimuli.

**Teaching about Neurotransmitters.**

A very rough implementation of an idea to teach the concept of neurotransmitters and how they cross the synapse to students.

When I teach this again it will be a much better visual.

**3D tours.**

An idea that I have not used yet. Create 3D tour maps of various human body parts, like the heart, or get groups of students to create for others.

**Gravity**

Set up an area where students can measure Minecraft gravity and determine the speed that gravity acts on sand and gravel blocks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2Ulb1dCcpc is a video showing a possible set up.

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## History/Geography

**Ancient civilizations.**

Get students to create some form of architecture from the civilization.

**Desertifcation**

Use the inbuilt map for teaching the impact of logging on reducing soil productivity.

**Tropification**

Use the inbuilt map for teaching the impact of planting trees and how it may increase the productivity of soil.

**Contour/Topographic Maps**

Using the randomly generated mountains in Minecraft, get the students to create a contour map 'from the ground up' then using the free mapping tools available on the Minecraft Wiki under 'Mappers' you can create a flat contour map that the students can 'walk' in Minecraft. A rough video explaining the concept is below.

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## Languages

## Mathematics

**Graphs**

Use Minecraft to create histograms for visual representation.

**Area/Volume**

Giving the students a set number of blocks to explore how many shapes they can make with a specific area, or volume, or surface area.

**Scale**

Using a scale like 1 block = 1m get the students to recreate something. Make it even more interesting by changing the scale.

**Probability**

Set up a probability experiment as shown in this video to explore experimental probability and theoretical probability.

**Source(s):** Teaching with MinecraftEdu