2018 Global Minecraft Mentor program launches with over 300 educators
We are excited to announce the second cohort of Global Minecraft Mentors, an inspiring group of 341 educators from 70 countries. The Minecraft Mentor program recognizes educators who have committed to teaching with Minecraft: Education Edition, providing feedback and support to others in the community and advocating for game-based learning.
These leaders were selected from over 1,200 applications to start or continue their journey with Minecraft Education. Collaborating with one another via Microsoft Teams, Skype and at regional and local events, the Mentors will explore new ways to use the game in their own classrooms and school settings, develop innovative curricula across subjects and contribute advice to other intrepid educators.
Our 2018 Minecraft Mentors hail from nations as diverse as Bangladesh, New Zealand, Brunei, Finland, Cyprus, Egypt, Guatemala, Korea, Vietnam, Kenya, Scotland and Turkey. The Mentor cohort includes teachers of Philosophy and Religion, Technology, Geography, Digital Technologies, Game Design, Mathematics Special Education, Literature, Humanities, and History. There are several CEOs of educational training companies, STEM instructional facilitators, and school digital leaders. One Mentor is the school librarian, another is a Geography professor, and another Mentor is the Innovation and Technology lead for their school district.
We encourage you to find a mentor in your country or region, or a mentor who speaks the same language you and your students do, using the filter on our Mentor community webpage. Get in touch via email or Twitter for ideas and support, or to collaborate on a lesson or project.
One of our 2017 Minecraft Mentors, Simon Baddeley, penned a blog post last year about his own motivations for becoming a Mentor. “We educate our students, our colleagues and each other,” he wrote. “We innovate, collaborate, challenge and support each other and the Minecraft Education community in general. Every Mentor brings a different set of skills to the group so while one might be working with an educator to develop a resource for their next Maths lesson, another might be connecting with a group of students via Skype to explore cultural differences between the classes.”
Our team gives a warm welcome to the 2018 Mentors – we are grateful for your commitment to lifelong learning and teaching, enthusiasm for game-based learning and open minded approach to teaching. We look forward to seeing what amazing work you do in your classrooms around the world!