Online Minecraft community offers a safe, fun learning experience for participating youth
Minecraft is played by millions of children around the world. Many children and teens with autism love the level of creativity that Minecraft encourages. According to child psychologist, Dr. Randy Kulman, in his post on Learning Works for Kids, there are several reasons that youth with autism love Minecraft. The following are some of them:
Mimi Ito, co-founder of Connected Camps, in collaboration with the Institute of Play, has been developing an online Minecraft learning community and other related offerings. One such program called Kid Club, offers a safe, moderated server where kids ages 9-13 can log in and join building, design, game and coding challenges that are facilitated by Connected Camps counselors. High school students can sign up to be volunteer counselors and paid coding counselors. Kid Club is free and may be accessed online after school and on weekends. Members learn digital citizenship, leadership, collaboration, and technical literacy from their peers, more experienced high school and college Minecrafters, and Connected Camps staff.
An online Winter Coding Camp is also being offered in an effort to spark an interest in coding for a diverse range of kids. Students who participated in the popular online summer Coding Camp indicated that the camp dramatically increased their interest in coding. Educators can sign up to get free access to free guides, curriculum, webinars and support for running Minecraft programs. Ito and partners also offer support to educators who want to programs for kids in their schools and organizations.
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