I teach fourth grade and Minecraft is so popular! It is something my students would play all day, every day. The game provides an exciting opportunity for students to enter a virtual world in order to build, collaborate, and problem solve in authentic and intentional ways. Minecraft seems to me like a digital maker space in that users are given tools and a blank canvas the only limitations are their imaginations.
Minecraft.edu takes this to a deeper level for teachers by allowing them to create and save lesson plans for students. One such teacher, Jim Pike, used Minecraft with third graders to teach some basic algebraic concepts like perimeter and area as students build a floor. When thinking about Minecraft, I created a lesson plan to use Minecraft in a reading classroom.