The PVP Arena

Minecraft does interesting things to students. When they are not at school due to being sick they still join our class for the lesson. If they are not on line when we are in class it is not uncommon for a student to contact the sick student and get them to participate in the class from home. Being sick has never been so much fun 😉

Today one of my miners was not at school due to being unwell. This student was meant to be meeting his primary group today, he still did just in game. Minecraft really does remove some of the boundaries that exist in the conventional setting. Not to mention that I discovered, when I got home from school, that this miner has set up a twitter account and has created a new video that quickly shows off our new PVP arena. The PVP arena has created much excitement over the last two weeks since it was opened up to the students. Much tweaking has gone on since the first moment of play, an economy has been added and a shop. The more mobs killed off by a player the more money they earn and the more they can buy to protect them in their next session of play. This was a project undertaken by 3 students intitially. They had to convince the server managers (the lead students) that it would be an appropriate concept for our class, they did after much discussion. The class then played with it and offered suggestions for improvement. This is what it looks like 🙂


  1. Good stuff! Even in simpler web based learning applications that I’ve used (ThatQuiz & Khan Academy), sick students have participated in the lesson. Clearly MineCraft is a bit more sophisticated and then sick students can interact as well.

  2. dbatty1 says:

    Thanks for commenting Michael. Being able to access content and connect with your class outside the classroom takes learning how and when it happens to a different level. The interaction between students is such a key component of what we are doing in Minecraft at school. The students are currently discussing having an open day for the teachers at their school. They are keen to support teachers understand what it means to them.

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