Discover te ao Māori with Ngā Motu, an immersive Minecraft: Education Edition world created by Piki Studios in partnership with Microsoft.
Allow your students to explore te ao Māori, te reo Māori and tikanga with this world now available for all versions of Minecraft: Education Edition. Immersed in a block-based version of Aotearoa, students can roam amongst the moa, kiwi and kunekune whilst exploring a traditional pā and riding waka hourua. Teachers can use the accompanying lesson plan, developed by the world's creator, Whetu Paitai, for guidance when using the world in the classroom. This lesson plan includes suggested activities and learning objectives in pānui, tuhituhi, whakarongo and kōrero to teach students letters, greetings, and pronunciation in te reo Māori.
Access the Ngā Motu lesson plan here.
Try Minecraft: Education Edition at your School
More than 35 million teachers and students are using Minecraft: Education Edition in over 100 countries. There’s no need to feel overwhelmed if you’re just getting started, access teacher training, downloadable worlds, and hundreds of lessons across various curriculum areas. You can also learn how to use Minecraft: Education Edition’s inbuilt Code Builder to teach coding and computational thinking in your classroom today! All of this information is available through the Minecraft: Education Edition online platform here.
At this time, Minecraft: Education Edition is supported on the newest operating systems for PC, iPad and Mac. It is fully funded under the Microsoft Schools’ Agreement with the Ministry of Education for all state and state-integrated schools.
Back to School Update
The new Minecraft: Education Edition update includes some fantastic new features that make using the game-based tool much easier in the classroom.
The Immersive Reader is an assistive tool that appears in many of Microsoft's apps. By clicking on the Immersive Reader icon, the written text will be read aloud to the student. This is a wonderful tool for students who require additional support due to learning or language needs.
The new update also welcomes the addition of multiplayer join codes. I found students trying to collaborate in the same world a real pain point for me last year due to the WIFI set up in the school. With the new join codes, students can generate pictorial codes which allow them to easily join their friends' worlds. The owner of the world also has much greater control over what their guests can do including the following settings:
Visitor - Visitors can explore your world but cannot interact with it.
Member - Members are active players in your world who can place and break blocks.
Operator - Operators have great control, setting permissions and using commands.