Minecraft: Education Edition at ISTE20 Live

ISTE20 Live is fully virtual this year, and we’ll be right there to help educators explore ways to use Minecraft: Education Edition to support student learning across the curriculum—whether you’re teaching online or in person. We’ll be joining the Microsoft Education team to beam onto your screen with tips, tricks, and advice for game-based learning.

All of our sessions are 15 minutes long, and they’ll be taking place in the Microsoft Content Room, so all you need to do is tune into the stream when there’s a session that interests you. You’ll find sessions on topics from remote learning and inclusive teaching to computer science and digital citizenship. We’ll have moderators from our team in each of the sessions to make sure we’re answering any questions you might have. We’re excited to connect!

To make things easy for you, here’s an at-a-glance schedule of the sessions featuring Minecraft: Education Edition.

Sunday, November 29

10:45 AM PT: Nathan Richards, Remote learning with Minecraft: Education Edition
With learning models changing in ways we’ve never seen before, teachers are adapting to how students learn, connect, and collaborate with one another. Discover ways that Minecraft: Education Edition can help students explore, build, and learn together online when they can’t share the same physical classroom.

Thursday, December 3

11:30 AM PT: Felisa Ford, Good Trouble – Teaching Social Justice in Minecraft: Education Edition
Take a trip through time and across the globe with civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis to learn about people who changed the world by leading social justice movements. Students embark on a journey that includes Black Lives Matter, the US Civil Rights movement, Gandhi’s struggle for Indian independence, and more. This session unpacks the ways that the Good Trouble lesson can help students understand the impact of these movements and their leaders, and explores how learners can contribute to building a better world.

11:45 AM PT: Becky Keene, Experiencing History and Deep-thinking Skills with Minecraft: Education Edition
See how students engage in learning about history, coding, engineering, and more through the immersive experience of the World War I Toybox in Minecraft: Education Edition.

12:00 PM PT: Suzannah Calvery, Mindful Mining – Infusing Social-emotional Learning with Minecraft
We all need to build our social-emotional intelligence, and the tools available through Minecraft: Education Edition provide opportunities to build mindfulness, communication, and collaboration skills. See how the Mindful Knight lesson teaches mindfulness, empathy, self-regulation, and resilience, then discover more lessons that foster creativity and collaboration.

12:15 PM PT: Bob Irving, Promoting Digital Citizenship – Immersive Roleplay in Minecraft: Education Edition
Learn about how Minecraft: Education Edition’s new Digital Citizenship world provides an immersive tool for teaching students about digital theft, media literacy, sharing, and harassment, preparing them to collaborate successfully with peers online.

12:30 PM PT: Sarah Red-Laird, Build with Bees! STEM Lessons in Minecraft: Education Edition
Turn students’ fear of bees into feelings of fascination and fun with the founder and director of the Bee Girl nonprofit. Explore 11 NGSS-aligned STEM lessons designed to help students understand the importance of bees in our ecosystem, their biology, and how we can contribute to bee health!

1:30 PM PT: Felisa Ford, Good Trouble – Teaching Social Justice in Minecraft: Education Edition
Take a trip through time and across the globe with civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis to learn about people who changed the world by leading social justice movements. Students embark on a journey that includes Black Lives Matter, the US Civil Rights movement, Gandhi’s struggle for Indian independence, and more. This session unpacks the ways that the Good Trouble lesson can help students understand the impact of these movements and their leaders, and explores how learners can contribute to building a better world.

2:15 PM PT: James Protheroe, Minecraft Hour of Code for Elementary Students: Block-based Coding
The world of computer science can be an intimidating place for those of us who come from non-STEM backgrounds, but bringing code and computational thinking into your classroom doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Join this session to learn more about fostering your own understanding while also introducing computer science principles at a beginner level through this year’s Minecraft Hour of Code block-based coding tutorial.

2:30 PM PT: Andrew Balzer, Minecraft Hour of Code for Intermediate Coders: Text-based Python Coding
The world of computer science can be an intimidating place for those of us who come from non-STEM backgrounds, but bringing code and computational thinking into your classroom doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Join this session to learn more about fostering your own understanding while also introducing computer science principles at an intermediate level through this year’s Minecraft Hour of Code Python activities.

2:45 PM PT: Peter Doherty, Coding in Minecraft: Fun Computer Science for Middle School
Coding in Minecraft is a remote-ready computer science credential and CSTA-aligned curriculum program delivered through Minecraft: Education Edition. This curriculum immerses students in a Minecraft world to develop and demonstrate their coding skills using MakeCode and JavaScript or Python. In this session, you’ll hear from educators who are seeing success with this content.

Friday, December 4

12:15 PM PT: Steve Isaacs, Learning Through Creative Competition with eSports in Minecraft: Education Edition
With the number of eSports spectators now eclipsing that of the NFL in the US, how can educators harness students’ passion for competitive gaming to drive learning outcomes in classrooms and after-school clubs? In this session, learn about ways that Minecraft: Education Edition is entering this exciting new arena.

Saturday, December 5

10:45 AM PT: Nathan Richards, Remote Learning with Minecraft: Education Edition
With learning models changing in ways we’ve never seen before, teachers are adapting to how students learn, connect, and collaborate with one another. Discover ways that Minecraft: Education Edition can help students explore, build, and learn together online when they can’t share the same physical classroom.

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You can find all of these sessions and more in the Microsoft ISTE20 Live schedule. Come connect with us, bring your questions, and enjoy the virtual conference experience with our team! If you’re curious about Minecraft: Education Edition and want to come to the table with a few questions, explore this powerful tool for game-based learning at education.minecraft.net.

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