Switched on Minecraft

Switched on MinecraftThrough step-by-step guidance and supporting walk-through videos, Switched on Minecraft will demystify the exciting world of Minecraft, enabling all children to explore the new curriculum through engaging Minecraft-based activities.

  • Engage hard-to-reach children with motivating, open-ended activities tied to the new programmes of study for English, maths, science, history, geography and more!
  • Establish a safe and secure Minecraft environment for your whole school with detailed guidance and support.
  • Ensure all teachers are confident in delivering the activities with step-by-step teacher guidance and video tutorials

Download the list of activities included in Switched on Minecraft and try a free sample activity!

What is Minecraft?

Loved by children all over the world, Minecraft provides schools with a cross-curricular, open-ended educational tool that can be used to enhance learning across all subjects.

Minecraft helps to:

  • develop problem-solving and reasoning skills
  • encourage critical thinking
  • promote collaboration and team-building skills

Co-author of Switched on Minecraft, Tracy Broadbent tells us why she thinks Minecraft can enhance your teaching. Read the article.

What's included in Switched on Minecraft?

One-off purchase!  Includes Teacher's Guide and permanent access to the digital resources in the Online Resource Bank.

Teacher's Guide

  • Complete support for setting up a safe and secure Minecraft environment in your school
  • Signposted plan for introducing Minecraft to your primary school
  • 18 cross-curricular step-by-step activities linked to the new programmes of study for English, maths, science, history, geography and more!

Online Resource Bank

  • Video walkthroughs providing short, step-by-step guidance on setting up and using Minecraft Education Edition, a school-ready version of the game, referenced throughout the guide
  • 18 activity PowerPoints providing stimulus images for lesson starters that can be adapted for your own class use
  • 18 editable Word photocopy masters that can be adapted to suit particular groups of children or school topics 

Please note: You will need to purchase Minecraft Education Edition licences in order to use Minecraft in your school - these are not included with Switched on Minecraft.  See more information about what you need to buy and getting set up to use Minecraft.

About the authors

Tracy Broadbent is the Technical Lead at a Primary School in Dorset and supports the transformational use of ICT through alternative solutions within South West schools. Tracy’s enthusiasm to integrate gaming within teaching and learning is second to none, with an unbound passion for all sorts of games as empowering tools to evolve the way that children learn, engaging them on all levels. In 2015, Tracy was invited to teach at the official MINECON Convention and is working with Microsoft to further develop Minecraft in Education. You can find on Twitter @cosygamer.

Ray Chambers is currently the Head of IT/Computing at Uppingham Community College. He has a passion for computer programming after studying a degree in computing at De Montfort University in Leicester. Ray has a particular passion for the use of of Minecraft in the classroom and in 2011, Ray was a finalist in the Microsoft Innovative Teachers forum and in 2014 he showcased his work on the use of TouchDevelop at the Global Forum in Barcelona.  In 2015, Ray won the National Teaching Award for Outstanding use of Technology, and a Bafta in the Young Game Designers competition. He also co-authored the BBC micro:bit Quick Start Guide for Teachers. His Twitter handle is @lanky_boi_ray.

“Switched on Minecraft offers teachers an exciting way to demystify the world of Minecraft for classroom use, enabling pupils to explore the curriculum through Minecraft-based activities. The activities are motivating, open-ended and easy to integrate into English, maths, science, history, geography and more. The resources offer teachers clear guidance on how to set-up a safe and secure Minecraft environment for classroom use. All of this comes with teacher guidance and video tutorials, helping to build teacher confidence and delivery making learning engaging and fun for teachers and pupils alike.” Dave Smith - Computing and Online Safety Adviser, Havering Education Services
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