Minecraft, officially released in 2011, is a popular sandbox video game where players explore a blocky 3D world and have opportunities to discover and use raw materials while creatively building tools and structures. Minecraft is fun, but it can also enhance learning in a variety of creative ways making it a powerful tool in a teaching librarian’s toolbox.

In this webinar:

– Learn the basics of Minecraft including the different game modes: survival and creative
– Gain hands-on experience using Minecraft Education Edition,
– Discover ways to use Minecraft to teach coding, digital citizenship, social skills, and more.
– Explore innovative projects built on top of Minecraft that can be used to teach advanced skills like reinforcement learning.


Original broadcast November 18, 2020

Presenter ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries. Chad also plays drums in two bands: Low Season and It Will Flood.