Design Thinking With Minecraft Education Edition

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Nicholas Provenzano  
Meenoo Rami  

Minecraft Education Edition allows students to dive into the world of Minecraft and explore a wide variety of lessons created by their teachers. Design thinking is a perfect fit for Minecraft Education Edition. Using design thinking lessons in Minecraft Education Edition allows students to fully engage in the learning process using a tool they love.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS
Topic: Games for learning & gamification
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
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Purpose & objective

Minecraft Education Edition is an exciting program that allows students and teachers to explore and build in a virtual world. One of the ways that MEE can be used is to explore the foundations of Design Thinking. In this sessions, attendees will be given access to Minecraft Education Edition and participate in a Design Thinking lesson that can be later be used with students. By the end of the session, teachers will have knowledge of how Minecraft Education Edition works and how it can be used in the classroom with students.


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Nicholas Provenzano, University Liggett School

Nicholas Provenzano is the technology coordinator and makerspace director at University Liggett School in Michigan. He’s also an author, makerspace builder, international keynote speaker and consultant. He writes for his website,, and many other prominent education websites. Provenzano has been featured on CNN, in Education Week and by a number of other media outlets. He’s been recognized as the Technology Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) and earned the Outstanding Teacher Award from ISTE. Provenzano is a Google Certified Innovator, ASCD Emerging Leader, Microsoft Minecraft Mentor, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Sphero Hero, Adobe Education Leader and a TEDEd Innovative Educator. His bestselling books are Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, The Maker Mentality and Beyond the Poster Board.

Meenoo Rami, Microsoft Corporation

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