Education

Minecraft afternoon at Dookie Primary School

By Shepparton News

Dookie Primary School students were happy to act as hosts to a Minecraft open afternoon and professional development session involving teachers from across the region.

During the afternoon, Years 3, 4, 5, and 6 students showcased the way in which they use Minecraft in a classroom setting and as part of their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program.

Joined by Global Minecraft mentor and Department of Education and Training digital learning coach Stephen Elford, the students displayed their knowledge of coding and their work programming an agent (a virtual in-game robot) to perform various tasks for them.

Teaching principal Cindy Latessa also supported students and visiting teachers throughout the day, showing how Minecraft was being used by students to enhance numeracy and literacy skills.

‘‘One of the highlights was certainly students sharing their club house project, an ongoing project in which students expand their social and 21st century learning skills,’’ she said.

Ms Latessa said the day was a great success, with many of the parents attending in awe of what the children were doing in today’s modern classrooms.

She also said the visiting teachers left excited and eager to bring Minecraft: Education Edition into their own schools and classrooms.