Count my kids among the legions addicted to Minecraft, or as we call them, Minecrackheads. Some may say it is bad, but I have to admit that I don’t entirely mind their interest in Minecraft. For one, part of what they enjoy is the process of creating objects and worlds together. Brilliant B in particular is quite the creative designer. If you think about it, they are really learning a lot about spacial relationships, architecture, 3D design, and computer assisted design principles.
I am just learning about servers with classes that use Minecraft, and B is currently enrolled in a class about fractions at Skrafty since the timing happened to match up with where we are in our curriculum right now. In addition, she also plays on a server that has a themed build every week. Two weeks ago the theme was “books”. We have been reading the House of Power, and she decided to build the House of Power as she envisioned it. Take a tour of B’s House of Power (and her little brother L running around inside the house):