Arguably one of the most educational video games out there, Minecraft aids in fostering creativity, math and social skills, goal setting, and more — so much so that Mojang has created an Education Edition of the game to bring its pixelated worlds into the classroom.
If you have a child, chances are their nose is constantly buried in this game, with its odd terms and funny characters, but it's not the type of video game you need to worry about them playing too much. It's a game that engages them in a more academic way no matter how they play and usually without them realizing that they're learning.
"I've never seen a more empowering tool for kids to use to create," commented Steve Isaacs, a video game designer and developer. "It's refreshing to see that kids want to be creative, kids want to have this clean, open slate to do whatever they dream. . . . That doesn't happen in classrooms normally."
Watch the video above to learn more about Minecraft's Education Edition — which comes packed with lesson plans — and to see for yourself the effects it's having on students.