Minecraft and Primary Sources at the National Council for Social Studies

Minecraft Presentation: NCSS Presentation

EdWeek Writeup on Minecraft: EdWeek Article


Where to start. Minecraft is the jewel in many a student eye and a nightmare to many a parent and teacher who know that students live for this tool. Harnessing the power of this tool and primary sources began a fruitful collaboration between the History Colorado Preservation Education Team and Hulstrom Options School in Adams 12 School District. 

Using historic places and National Register nominations, students researched historic places in their state of Colorado and put their research and building skills to use using Adobe and Minecraft.  the results continue to be worked on and samples are below. The project met state and national standards in Social Studies as well as ISTE(s) and ISTE(t) standards and resulted in student understandings around the significance of historic places, building architecture, and cultural heritage.

Resources for Supporting Minecraft in the Classroom: 

Presentation: NCSS Presentation
Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/
Library of Congress Teaching With Primary Sources: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/
National Trust for Historic Preservation: National Trust Website
Your Local State Historic Preservation Office: (SHPO) SHPO Offices

Examples of Using This Tool With Primary Sources:

Below are links to lesson plans, student examples and ideas for using Minecraft in your classroom with Primary Sources.  We focused on Colorado Historic Places!

Student Examples of Finished Projects Pinned on a Google Map