Joel Levin: the Minecraft teacher

Joel Levin: the Minecraft teacher

Joel Levin is a computer teacher at a private school in New York City. Joel started using Minecraft to teach his students about computers and general life lessons.  What started off as a one shot experiment has turned into an ongoing course and did so well that Joel decided to start a blog to help other teachers use Minecraft and release a custom Minecraft instance for educational use. Thanks to Jason Vise for the find.

Kotaku took a field trip to check it out:

“On the Wednesday that we attended, Levin taught two groups of second-graders, about a dozen kids per class and then an after-school session that included fourth-graders and an eighth-grader who served as an assistant teacher. They play on a server set up by Levin, one whose world he’s tweaked for the kids: no monsters (one little girl in the class cheered about that), perpetual daytime. He let his kids explore structures he’d made and, later during our visit, began teaching them to build.”

Check out the videos of him teaching class:

About Daniel Davenport

Daniel is a digital media executive with internet and broadcast experience. Daniel is currently the executive strategy director at THINK Interactive.

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