Minecraft in EDU - Build Cities in the Virtual World, Build Community in the Real World

Can we bring one of the world’s most popular games in our classroom and use it to bring our learners closer together?  In this workshop we take the highly engaging game Minecraft and see how it supports the inquiry process, and also creates authentic discussion opportunities where kids can develop empathy, democracy, and a sense of being together as a community. From building lunar bases, to creating an economically sustainable city, Minecraft is a highly engaging and powerful tool for teaching.

Target Audience

Grades 3 and up

To Bring/Important Notes

If you wish to play along, you will need either a laptop or iPad that can connect to the WiFi at the venue.  We will all need to be on the same wireless network to play together.


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • James Gill

    James Gill is a teacher in SD43/Coquitlam. Currently he teaches grades 4 and 5 in the Reggio Inspired program at Meadowbrook Elementary. Over his 19 year career, he has taught at elementary, middle, and secondary levels, is one of 26 Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellows for Canada, and has been a speaker and presenter at national and international conferences. He loves cooking, travel, fitness and family.