Sprague second graders received a unique opportunity to build swimming pools, hamster cages and basketball stadiums prior to Microsoft launching its iPad app, Minecraft: Education Edition.
Students were mesmerized with the many options the Minecraft Education Edition offered them while working on what Sprague's Instructional Technology Coach called a "Museum of Me" activity.
Instructional Technology Coaches Diane Powell and Simon Vasey Skyped with Microsoft developers recently as students ran through the final beta testing paces of the iPad app. Last year, Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 students were among the few chosen nationwide to test the product while Microsoft made adjustments based on their input.
The education edition of Minecraft is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is a child's imagination.
"Through the use of Minecraft, I looking forward to seeing students cooperate with each other, communicate, solve problems together, learn how to be social, get a point across to one another, and be a team player," Mr. Vasey said.
Now that Microsoft is rolling out the app to iPads the software can become part of the daily learning process in the classroom and not just a special activity that students do a couple of times a year, he said.