A closer look: Minecraft teaches computational thinking, collaboration, and other key skills

This piece was the cover story in the Sunday NYT Magazine on 4/17/16.  It is a nice example of how often, when you take the time to dig below the surface and observe carefully, that you will find very powerful forms of learning taking place in and with video games, particularly the multiplayer environments like Minecraft.   What often looks like “goofing around” to adults (i.e. parents and teachers) turns out to be much more.

How a clunky Swedish computer game is teaching millions of children to master the digital world.

Source: The Minecraft Generation – The New York Times