Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids

Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids by John Miller and Chris Fornell Scott

Family-Friendly Projects for Exploring and Teaching Math, Science, History, and Culture Through Creative Building

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631591174
Publisher: Quarry Books
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The Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids comes with a variety of creative exercises that explore the game's aspects and uses them to teach fun, educational lessons.

An Amazon Best Kids’ Books of 2016 pick!

Balancing your child's screen time can be difficult, especially when it comes to wildly popular, open-ended video games like Minecraft. Minecraft offers players an environment focused on exploration, imagination, and creation, but its nonlinear game structure can mean spending a lot of time in the game.

You will start the book by brushing up on some common Minecraft language and examining each of the four game modes: survival, creative, adventure, and spectator. Then, you’ll use this knowledge to venture off onto the six different quests that encourage child and adult participation.

These "gamified" labs will allow your child to earn stickers and badges as rewards as they complete quests. You'll even learn how to screencast and narrate your own videos to share with family and friends! The Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids provides a fun, educational gaming goals that you and your child can reach together!

John Miller holds multiple and single subject credentials in history and science. He has been a middle school teacher for over 20 years and has taught every subject in grades 6-8. He also holds a Masters degree from San Diego State University in Educational Technology and Instructional Design and is a Google Certified Teacher, San Luis Obispo County CUE (Computer Using Educators) Board President, and a CUE Lead Learner. John is a featured presenter at conferences and workshops around the country. He loves teaching 21st-century skills to his students, and his passions include student blogging, e-learning, Minecraft in the classroom, photography, Apple, and Google. The co-author of Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids and Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids, John is also a contributor to Minecraft in the Classroom (Peachpit Press, 10/14). He lives in Paso Robles, California.

Chris Fornell Scott works to design the classroom culture and environment. The co-author of Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids and Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids, he is also an authorized Google Education Trainer, Google Certified Teacher, President of Santa Barbara CUE, CUE Lead Learner and a CK-12 Champion. He loves using Design Thinking, Agile project management process in the class, and seeing his students enter the flow of learning. He loves to help others in their educational journey. You'll find Chris at conferences around the world presenting on classroom culture, technology, and design. He lives in Santa Maria, California.

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631591174
Illustrations: 200 color photos
Size: 8.5 in x 8.5 in / 215.9 mm x 215.9 mm
What Can Minecraft Teach?
Minecraft in Schools
How to Use This Book
Minecraft Basics
Sharing Labs and Quests
Quest 1: Using Your Inventory
Lab 1 Do You Mine?
Lab 2 It’s Electric!
Lab 3 Setting a Trap
Lab 4 Fire When Ready!
Quest 2: Textures, Patterns, and Landscapes
Lab 5 Please Be Seated
Lab 6 Banner Play
Lab 7 Cookies!
Lab 8 Garden
Quest 3: Timeless Architecture
Lab 9 When in Rome
Lab 10 Flying Machine
Lab 11 The Architect
Lab 12 Scale
Quest 4: The Arts
Lab 13 Michelangelo
Lab 14 Beethoven
Lab 15 Shakespeare
Lab 16 Picasso
Quest 5: Game Design
Lab 17 Fire Away
Lab 18 Be Careful Where You Step
Lab 19 Abandon Ship!
Lab 20 Across the Finish Line
Quest 6: Future Thinking
Lab 21 City Planning
Lab 22 Culture
Lab 23 Fun and Games
Lab 24 Mushroom Stew
About the Authors
Bonus: Sticker Badges
"The greatest strength of this volume is that Miller and Scott have found a way to combine skills in Minecraft with real-life experiences." - Booklist Online