Here are two videos from 2013, from two separate classes (6th grade boys, and 5th grade girls) using Minecraft to simulate historical events.
Here, Mr. Moore narrating about his 6th Graders’ recreation of Ancient Egypt’s Mastaba.
Ms. Layton’s 5th graders used Minecraft to simulate the founding of the Jamestown Settlement in America.
Both projects called for coordinated teamwork, historical accuracy and completion of goals. The students, already seasoned in Minecraft in a non-educational setting, experienced powerful learning outcomes during these projects. There was conflict and frustration as the projects called for different “work gangs,” which their labors was not evenly distributed. They found out “first hand” about being part of the working class vs. the privileged.
Please read more about Mr. Moore’s project here.