Gamification and project-based learning have jumped into the 21st century at the Viktor Rydberg school in Stockholm, Sweden where all 13-year-old students must now take a manadatory course on Minecraft. For those not familiar, Minecraft is a video game that lets you use blocks to build up just about whatever you want in a virtual world. You can then show off, share, and learn from what others are building in a safe and virtual environment.
‘They learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future,’ Viktor Rydberg teacher Monica Ekman told English-language newspaper The Local. ‘It’s not any different from arts or woodcraft,’ she added.”
It’s like getting students to become ‘makers’ (another popular buzzword these days) while leveraging a tried-and-true virtual game that’s popular around the world.
Here are a few of the lessons learned in the course (first few from Gizmag):
- City planning
- Environmental issues
- Getting things done
- Planning for the future
- Safe online habits
- Building and making objects using your creativity
- Computer skills