The following is borrowed from the Shifting Minds document produced by C21 Canada. In this document the following 7Cs of 21st century learning are presented as an essential focus for all educational practices moving forward.
Creative versus Survival
Creative Mode usually supports the development of Collaboration and Creativity as Minecraftians have all the resources they need but their larger design challenges often call for teamwork and a creative mindset.
Survival Mode usually supports the development of Critical Thinking and Communication due to resources being harder to find and team skills often being employed to avoid unfavourable outcomes.
Person versus person (PvP) Mode allows students to injure each other and offers a huge opportunity to talk about Digital Citizenship and perhaps create a student generated (Bible-Like) 10 Commandments for the digital (Minecraft) world. This is something nobody has done yet though the original "10 Commandments" continue to drive real-world citizenship thousands of years later!
The incorporation of Redstone into Minecraft Education Edition allows students to complete projects that involve a heavy dose of Computational Thinking. Designing a working circuit or trap door is a puzzle that asks Minecraftians to set up a series of steps in order to have the creations successfully work.
Minecraft games such as Survivor (Like the TV show but done in Minecraft) have the ability to develop our students' Character skills in the areas of leadership, accountability, resiliency, productivity and mental well being. These life-long learning skills are essential for our school systems to cultivate. Hunger Games, Survivor, Olympics and anything of a competitive nature can help develop these skills in an engaging way!