Homeschooling with Minecraft

My kids are serious Minecraft maniacs. As are most in the US today, it seems. I am seeing more and more and more businesses related to Minecraft popping up. Especially of interest to me are the sites that integrate Minecraft with education!

Our favorite is was Minecraft Homeschool. (Which is now GameED Academy.) My kids have been taking took classes there and we LOVE it! loved it but now I won’t pay them money, on principal. See below…

So it’s got me looking for more ideas for using Minecraft and homeschooling….Googling is turning up a lot of ideas!

This page is a place for me to save all the links I’m finding around the net for homeschooling with Minecraft. Enjoy! And if you have any more to add, please leave a comment below!

  • Homeschool with Minecraft–Online classes–NO ridiculous body shaming dress code! I checked! (Just no nudity…I can get behind that, LOL!)
  • Minecraft EDU–bringing Minecraft to the classroom
  • Skrafty Homeschool Minecraft classes–Online classes (This is a religious based server…I have heard there are religious elements here and there. But I have never experienced it first hand.)
  • Ideas for Minecraft across the curriculum–page of links
  • GameED Academy–online classes that I no longer recommend…not because they are not good…they are…but because the owner enforces a dress code that I would deem body shaming. Check out this quote from her:

“(GamEd Academy) requires all players to wear fully dressed and appropriate skins. No blood is allowed and skins that represent something known to be scary are not allowed.
All players must have both shirt/top and pants/trousers.
The main body square must be fully covered; no tank tops and no bellies showing.
Shorts and skirts are allowed, but there must be at least 5 rows of coverage from the top of the legs down.
Fun skins like bananas, animals, etc. are fine as long as they are not considered scary and fully cover the body.This is a school environment and as a parent of four little girls and a handsome young man, I personally believe in wholesome dress in real life. I have modeled that belief in our school dress code and am sorry if it offends others with dissimilar beliefs.”

We’re talking about BLOCKS, people. I get naked and blood. But tank tops? (Oooooh, those sexy shoulders! BLOCKY shoulders, no less!) No bellies showing? Moderating the length of shorts and skirts? Seriously? On BLOCKS?? What the heck is going to show on a BLOCK PERSON?? This is more than a little extreme, in my opinion.

And it does make me wonder what ELSE is this lady this extreme in in her business, if she’s that hung up on blocky clothing on blocky people.

Y’all get to decide for yourself and your own children, of course.

14 thoughts on “Homeschooling with Minecraft

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      Hello, I am completely new to the minecraft/coding world for homeschool but I am very interested in it for my 7th grade daughter who loves computers and minecraft. I looked at the recommended GameEd Academy but wondered if you would tell me which would be the best course or program for a 7th grade student. Do you recommend this as a computer type class for the homeschool student? I’m sorry my questions are vague. I am just trying to understand what type of class this would fall under. Thanks for your reply and insight! Much appreciated. 🙂

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        I actually no longer recommend GamED Academy since I learned they are run by evangelical Christians that enforce a ridiculous dress code on the characters of the game…specifically targeting girls in what I would deem body shaming, outlawing tank tops and enforcing a strict ruling on the length of skirts. On blocky images! Completely ludicrous in this type of a game, in my opinion, and not something I want my children exposed to.

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          Wow, good to know! We tried gamedacademy once last year, with in 5 minutes my son was tired of the boring video. Good thing we got a refund and didn’t go back. If they are evangelical Christians, then that means religion will be sneaked into their classes and I don’t want that! We are going to be using homeschool with minecraft website… Do you know if they are Christian based?

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            It is not Christian based. Whether the owners are Christian or not, I don’t know, but after the GamED Academy debacle, I asked her specifically some questions and got this response: “I include no religious content, except for Story of the World. Story of the World is a Christian based History curriculum. So there is references in there. I also present both a secular and Biblical view on dinosaurs in the Magic Tree House dinosaurs class. I tried to present both views out of respect for both ways of thinking.” She also doesn’t care about skins other than straight up nudity, she says. So no body shaming.

            I can say that my kids participated briefly in one of her self directed classes (each) and weren’t hugely impressed. Though it was ONE class each, and probably not representative of what she offers as a whole…so we will be giving her more of a chance. She definitely doesn’t have the same level of quality as GamED Academy…but I could be ok with that if it’s “good enough” and I’m not supporting something that goes against my values.

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          Haha, luckily they can’t judge what we wear through computer screens 🙂

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      Youth Digital offer a great Minecraft mod design online course. Highly recommended! We got a greatbdiscount througg Homeschool Co-op website.

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      Thank you for this list! I appreciate it. Even GameED Academy… She has some great options and we are totally okay with the modesty part 🙂

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      Which minecraft are you using for homeschool? I purchased Minecraft Pocket Edition, however, it is not at all what I thought it would be. I think I may have purchased the wrong edition.

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        Yeah, Pocket edition is not the full version. You have to go to the Minecraft website to purchase the full version for your computer. That’s the version we use, the pc version. Pocket edition is for mobile devices, and I’m told by my kids it is missing a lot of features.

        Here’s an article that compares the 2 a bit: http://www.learningliftoff.com/better-minecraft-pocket-edition-minecraft-pc/

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          When you order the PC version is it for only one person? Or is it like the xbox version where multiple people can have a profile? I have 4 kids and that could get expensive.

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            I checked with my 17yr old daughter whose been playing Minecraft since she was quite little, and here’s what she says:
            “Yes, the pc version is just for one person… If multiple people want to share an account you can create separate worlds and each person can have their own world, but you’ll have to share a username and skin. And if they want to play together with each other on a server, you’ll have to have an account (and computer) for each person. You can change your skin whenever you want, but you can only have one skin at a time. Multiple kids on one account, would all be wanting to swap out their skins all the time…and they’d have to decide on one username.”

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        If you can get the Education version of Minecraft (hard as you have to buy it in volume from Microsoft) then the game comes with much more content, like chemistry & physics. Check it out as its mind blowing and the kids are glued to it and are being taught without even knowing!

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      Hi we’ve just started on GamED Academy and finding it really good so far – the vids are a bit patronising but we’re getting used to them and the info is sinking in. The dress code applies to boys as well as girls, so I don’t feel that it’s body shaming girls in particular – though I’m not that in favour of any ‘uniform’ whatsoever over self expression. The Science class so far includes digging for fossils and bones and nothing Creationist…as yet….will be keeping en eye out for anything evangelical snuck in though!

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