Virtual worlds provide real learning experiences


Knox teachers are harnessing students’ passion for computer gaming and using it as a way to engage students in the classroom.

 Year 8 students are being introduced to Minecraft, a first-person virtual reality computer game where users collect resources and use them to craft buildings and landscapes.

The Knox students are working in teams to create a sustainable Mars colony as part of an integrated assessment task. Along the way, the boys will complete English, maths, science, languages and geography tasks.

 “We’ve found that Minecraft can be a great way to foster skills in collaboration, communication, problem solving and creativity,” said Mr Michael Beilharz, Knox Information Communication Technology (ICT) Integrator. “It’s also a good way to connect with students who might be challenged by traditional classroom learning.”

The popularity of the game has also led to the creation of an after-school Minecraft Club.