A Recap of BETT 2018: Workshops, Demos & Chemistry

Our team spent last week in London for BETT 2018, one of the largest education technology conferences in the world, where we joined Microsoft Education to demo Minecraft: Education Edition. The Minecraft booth offered attendees a range of workshops and colorful photo booth, as well as unique opportunities to learn to play and use Minecraft: Education Edition in the classroom across grades and subject areas. We met hundreds of educators and school leaders from across the UK, Europe and Middle East, many of whom had never played Minecraft.

Recap of Workshops with Lessons

Here is a recap of the Minecraft Education workshops with links to lessons and classroom activities. We were joined by several Global Minecraft Mentors who facilitated workshops and supported educators interested in learning about Minecraft.

STEM and Coding Lessons 

History and Architecture Lessons 

Arts and Writing Lessons

  • The “Storytelling in Minecraft” workshop, taught by Simon Baddeley, examined ways to use Minecraft to develop vocabulary and writing skills. View the full lesson at: https://education.minecraft.net/lessons/baddopia-dystopian-fiction/ 
  • For those new to Minecraft, we offered several sessions called “Learn to Play” facilitated by Mentor Joe Hammond, Bryan Bonham and other members of the Minecraft Education team. Participants learned the basic controls and Minecraft game mechanics in our Tutorial World. Download the world to try it: https://education.minecraft.net/worlds/tutorial-world/ 
  • Mentor Nic Hughes ran a workshop called “Creative Expression in Minecraft and explained how he uses the game to empower students to be imaginative writersIf you have ever wondered whether teaching music in Minecraft is possible, Portugal based Mentor Kyriakos Koursaris showed how with his workshop on using note blocks in Minecraft: Education Edition. (Both of these lessons are not yet posted on our site, but you can check out Nic’s blog here and another music in Minecraft lesson here.) 

Please get in touch with the Minecraft Education team if you have further questions on how to use Minecraft with your students, or explore over 300 lessons across subject areas.