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!

My kids have taken classes at both GamED Academy and Homeschool with Minecraft and loved it!

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–“Each week, your student will receive a lesson that includes pictures, facts and video links.  All the information is laid out “textbook” style for them.  No work for you.  There is either comprehension questions or a quiz to complete, depending on the class you are taking. The student will also receive weekly building assignments on the server and full access to playing with the other students online.  The server will be up 24 hours a day for your child’s use.  As long as they are following server rules, they can play and do school assignments on the server with no restrictions.  Our server is set up in creative mode for the building assignments, making those grieve proof.  But we also provide themed portals in survival for game play.

    Live classes meet weekly for about an hour.  We do class build together projects.”

  • GameED Academy–“Exciting Academic Curriculum, Safe & Monitored Minecraft Servers, Voice Chat with Peers, Growing Social Skills, Team Building, Creativity and Fun! With courses in History, Science, Creative Writing…“
  • Minecraft EDU–bringing Minecraft to the classroom. You have to have an Office 365 Education account for this. But I hear amazing things about Minecraft EDU, if you can get into it!
  • 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

15 comments

  1. 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. 🙂

    1. 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.

      1. 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?

        1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.”

    1. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. GamED Academy isn’t as bad anymore and the old owner left, the newer owner is much more laid back and doesn’t really care about skins as long as they aren’t naked or bloody.

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