Minecraft - Pocket Edition
- multiple forms of expression
- making new creations
- developing novel solutions
- working efficiently
- achieving goals
- part-whole relationships
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
- thinking critically
Key Standards Supported
|RI.3: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas|
|RI.3.7||Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).|
|RI.4: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas|
|RI.4.7||Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.|
|RI.5: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas|
|RI.5.7||Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.|
|RI.6: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas|
|RI.6.7||Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.|
|RI.7: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas|
|RI.7.7||Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).|
|RI.8: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas|
|RI.8.7||Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.|
|RST.9-10: Craft and Structure|
|RST.9-10.5||Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).|
|RST.11-12: Key Ideas and Details|
|RST.11-12.3||Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.|
|8.G: Understand Congruence And Similarity Using Physical Models, Trans- Parencies, Or Geometry Software.|
|8.G.1||Verify experimentally the properties of rotations, reflections, and translations:|
|8.G.1.a||Lines are taken to lines, and line segments to line segments of the same length.|
|8.G.1.b||Angles are taken to angles of the same measure.|
|8.G.1.c||Parallel lines are taken to parallel lines.|
Measurement And Data
|4.MD: Solve Problems Involving Measurement And Conversion Of Measurements From A Larger Unit To A Smaller Unit.|
|4.MD.3||Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. For example, find the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor.|
Number And Operations—Fractions
|5.NF: Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Multiplication And Division To Multiply And Divide Fractions.|
|5.NF.4.b||Find the area of a rectangle with fractional side lengths by tiling it with unit squares of the appropriate unit fraction side lengths, and show that the area is the same as would be found by multiplying the side lengths. Multiply fractional side lengths to find areas of rectangles, and represent fraction products as rectangular areas.|
|5.NF.5||Interpret multiplication as scaling (resizing), by:|
Number And Operations—Fractions5
|3.NF: Develop Understanding Of Fractions As Numbers.|
|3.NF.3.b||Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions, e.g., 1/2 = 2/4, 4/6 = 2/3). Explain why the fractions are equivalent, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.|
Ratios And Proportional Relationships
|6.RP: Understand Ratio Concepts And Use Ratio Reasoning To Solve Problems.|
|6.RP.1||Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities. For example, “The ratio of wings to beaks in the bird house at the zoo was 2:1, because for every 2 wings there was 1 beak.” “For every vote candidate A received, candidate C received nearly three votes.”|
|7.RP: Analyze Proportional Relationships And Use Them To Solve Real-World And Mathematical Problems.|
|7.RP.2||Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.|
There is no teacher dashboard, but the teacher can share his or her local game and play inside it with a small number of students.
ProsOpen sandbox gameplay puts users in charge of what kind of learning gets layered on top of the game.
ConsSmaller everything (as compared to the PC version) can cause frustrations with controls, resources, and supervision.
Bottom LineAn excellent collaborative, creative, and critical-thinking resource for classrooms using mobile devices, but doesn't offer all the learning opportunities of the PC version.
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Can be adapted to a wide range of learning objectives, and a great investment for promoting collaboration, creativity, and critical-thinking. The PC version offers more opportunities for more complex and sophisticated engagement, though.
Lots of opportunity for imaginative creation here -- especially for builder/tinkerer types. Also great for layering on top of in- or out-of-school learning.
Recipes for creating in-game items are built into its crafting interface. Creative mode is relatively anxiety-free, but surviving the first night of survival mode can be challenging for novice players.
Minecraft Pocket Edition is the mobile version of the popular PC building game Minecraft. Kids gather basic resources (in cube form, dirt, stone, water, and trees) to assemble more complex tools, materials, and structures. Up to five kids can work together over local Wi-Fi, making collaboration an option. Two gameplay modes accommodate distinct experiences: creative (think abundance and peace) and survival (think scarcity and monsters).
At startup, kids can begin a new game (which is visible to others as a Wi-Fi game) or join an existing Wi-Fi game. Then kids choose between creative and survival modes. Minecraft Pocket Edition builds a unique world for each game. Players can also input "seeds" –- special codes found online –- to generate specific worlds. Kids use a virtual thumbstick to control navigation, and swipe, tap, and hold to interact with the game world. In survival mode, kids collect basic resources to build more complex products and structures. They'll also need to withstand the monster-infested nights. Creative mode fills kids' inventories with an infinite supply of all the materials and tools available in the game and turns off the night.
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Though smaller in scope than its PC predecessor, Minecraft PE preserves wonder and delight in exploration, discovery, and making. As kids explore the game's unique worlds, new possibilities for creativity and strategy meet them at every turn. Deciding what and and where to build lets kids set goals and shape gameplay, and it's crazy fun to boot. You can suggest more specific goals and guidelines to address a diverse range of classroom objectives. Unfortunately, the limitations of Minecraft PE are the very things that allow for mobile access; the game's limited resources, small world size, short viewing distance, and sticky, thumbed controls suffer in comparison to the PC game's scope and user interface.Read More Read Less
The best part of Minecraft PE is in its sandbox gameplay, where kids have have hands-on ability to create living worlds from natural resources. Looking at the app as a series of worlds to manipulate, each with different needs and challenges, gives you and your students the chance to use the game for studying geology, geography, math, and storytelling. For example, you might ask kids to build different geometric solids and calculate the surface area and volume of each. Or kids could compare and contrast Minecraft's biomes and geological strata with those of Earth.Read More Read Less
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- Minecraft - Pocket Edition is an unsuspecting and revolutionary app bursting with raw potential and 21st century...2Patrick B.
Coachella Valley High School
Thermal, CA5February 18, 2014
- Less powerful but worthwhile substitute to the PC versionJared C.
Cabell County Schools
Huntington, WV4June 10, 2014