Swedish School Makes Minecraft Part of the Curriculum
Students at the Viktor Rydberg school in Stockholm will be taking part in the UN’s “Block by Block” initiative, which involves them playing Minecraft. Roughly 180 students 13 years of age will take part in the program.
Speaking with The Local, teacher Monica Ekman explained the educational value the game has. She said:
“They learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future.”
Minecraft’s impact on our culture is undeniable. Throughout 2012, 15 million copies of the game were sold across the PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Android, and iOS, and development on the game continues. A newly-released snapshot allows players to test some upcoming changes, including improved death messages, improved naming of containers and mob eggs, and improved hoppers that are now controllable with redstone.