Minecraft-using Hull teacher wins top prize

Published: Tuesday 6th October 2015 by The News Editor

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A Hull academic who uses Minecraft to help teach children various concepts has scooped a top award.

Joe Mills has been named as the 2015 Learning Technologist of the year.

Mr Mills started using the game with his secondary and primary school pupils. Now he is taking his fun learning technique one step further and teaching students at where he works as a technology enhanced learning advisor.

History and archaeology students are being asked to recreate Wharram Percy, the abandoned medieval village in the North Yorkshire Wolds.

This helps students understand the site by virtually walking the area before they actually visit it.

Mr Mills says his methods – which he calls “chocolate-covered broccoli” – hone in on children’s interest in Minecraft to bring alive classroom topics.

He says Minecraft helps introduce pupils to ratios, buildings, architecture and other subjects they may have previously not have spoken about.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Tuesday 6th October 2015 by The News Editor

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