Minecraft: Pocket Edition

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  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 5+

About Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Minecraft Pocket Edition is a mobile version of the popular Minecraft PC version. Minecraft Pocket Edition is widely played and much loved multi platform virtual construction game is surprisingly unutilized as an educational tool. Minecraft Pocket Edition download is available for iOS (iPad and iPhone), Android, Windows Phone, and Amazon Fire tablets.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition Review

Minecraft - Pocket Edition is one of the best classroom apps for gamifying your classroom and fostering 21st century skills. Minecraft Pocket Edition is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures. Players can explore randomly generated worlds and interact with a range of characters (some of whom are innocuous and some are harmful). For anyone not familiar with the concept, the basic premise is that you arrive in a world filled with natural resources and you can collect these and combine them in various ways in order to “craft” an almost limitless variety of objects from clothing to building materials, tools, weapons and much more. 

For a long time player of Minecraft, some aspects of Pocket Edition breathe new life into the game. Although Minecraft is first and foremost a game for recreational purposes an increasing number of educationalists are harnessing the huge engagement factor and expansive educational properties to bring learning to life for the children they teach. So much so that an educational variant has been created especially for this purpose and includes a range of powerful tools to enable teachers to use the game as an extremely flexible learning tool. Unfortunately Minecraft EDU isn’t available on tablets at this time but Minecraft Pocket Edition still holds many fantastic opportunities to enrich learning in the classroom and beyond. One key feature of Minecraft Pocket Edition as a learning tool is the opportunities it provides for collaborative learning. Minecraft is one of the recommended apps for kids by Educational App Store.

Minecraft also has a special version created specifically to facilitate learning in a fun and engaging way. Minecraft: Education Edition is built to help kids learn things like collaboration, creative problem-solving, STEM skills, and more.

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What age range is Minecraft for?

Minecraft is suitable for kids age 8 and up.

Is Minecraft safe for kids?

If you feel your child can handle Minecraft, then it should be suitable for them to play. And you can always play along with them if you want to. Minecraft does not have violent or gory content in-game. 

Parents should monitor which servers their children are participating in to determine if the user base is appropriate. 

How much does Minecraft cost?

Minecraft is available for almost every modern console, smartphone, tablet, and computer, but the price of the game differs depending upon the platforms your kids use.


Although the classroom applications for Minecraft are too numerous to mention it is worth mentioning a few examples in order to illustrate its versatility.

  • Use the fact that the world is made of blocks that are all the same size and come in many variants to explore, pattern, shape, area, perimeter and volume.
  • Create large interactive dienes blocks and represent place value.
  • Use the build tool to investigate history (e.g. building replica buildings from a period, create Viking long ships and iron age settlements.
  • Explore geographical features represented in the various Minecraft “biomes”.
  • PSED and RE  working collaboratively create a settlement of some sort.  What are the rules/laws of this community, what will we base this on? What sort of a society do we want to live in?

These are just a few ideas of how Minecraft can be used in the classroom but there possibilities are almost limitless.


Firstly the user interface isn’t as easy as on other platforms such as consoles or PC. Pocket Edition is a scaled down version so doesn’t have the same range of resources and opportunities as other versions of the game.

This being said the main drawbacks are twofold. One is that to get the most out of this app in the classroom you are going to have to invest some time in learning how to play the game so you understand some of what can be done and give yourself ideas about how you might use it in the classroom. The other is that there will certainly be the temptation for some children to abuse the game and interfere with other peoples work.

However this is usually very easily managed by stating from the outset that antisocial behavior or not being on task will result in losing the privilege. Unless you wish to spend many hours learning about to play the game and becoming an expert there is a very good chance that as you start to use it in class some children will be able to teach you and their peers and this in itself can provide a wonderful opportunity for children to take an active role in the learning activity.   


Minecraft - Pocket Edition is an unsuspecting and revolutionary app bursting with raw potential and 21st century skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

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Android, iPad, iPhone



Creative Development


In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No



Download Minecraft: Pocket Edition

You can download Minecraft: Pocket Edition on your iOS or Android devices from the app stores. Download the Minecraft: Pocket Edition app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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