Minechat Episode #23

Last weekend I had the chance to record a video podcast with Colin Gallagher, the creator of Minechat. It is my favorite podcast because he interviews teachers that use Minecraft in their classrooms. The really cool thing is that his interviews take place IN MINECRAFT!

He asked me to share my student’s Tang Dynasty build so I gave him a tour. You can watch the video on YouTube below.


  1. Shane

    Hi mr.Miller. I love how you teach your students how to play minecraft. I also think it’s cool how you guys do things on minecraft like building villages. How did you even think of having your students play on minecraft?

  2. evanhk

    Hello Mr. Miller,
    My name is Evan and I am in the 7th grade. I love your video! I also love that you and your class get to play Minecraft! I really enjoy playing that game! I can’t imagine getting to play Minecraft in the classroom. How long did it take to build the whole entire Tang Dynasty? Did you have to get any special permission to start playing Minecraft? Please visit my blog at evanhk.edublogs.org

  3. jayen

    Hello Mr. Millers

    I’ve never played minecraft in my life before, but it looks very fun. It is very surprising that someone can make a video game educational. I have an xbox one and I have been thinking about buying minecraft. I’m will definently tell my friends about this. Come visit my blog at jayenjgsblog.edublogs.org. How long have you been playing minecraft for?

  4. Anthony

    Hey Mr. Miller,
    I am from Mrs. Donofrio’s class. You are the first teacher i have ever seen that uses minecraft in class. What do you usually do when you play minecraft? How do you teach your kids with minecraft? I think your mincraft world is cool. I found the Tang Dynasty building has a cool design. Do you build historic buildings like the statue of liberty since you are a social studies teacher? Minecraft looks cool so I might have to give it a try. Come visit my blog at http://www.anthonyesblog.edublogs.com.

  5. eszablowski

    Hi, Mr. Miller and Class!
    I can’t believe your class learns to study minecraft… very cool! Who started teaching minecraft at your school? I go to a school in Florida where we don’t learn about minecraft, but we are learning how to use our individual iPads! Does your school use iPads? I had a friend a while ago that was obsessed with mincraft; it got so annoying! But, it is probably addicting if your the right person for it! I found out you and your class has a YouTube channel; it has 1,000 views, wow! At what age do kids start learning about minecraft? I know nothing about it, maybe I will look at your YouTube channel and find out!

    Erin Szablowski

  6. Shawn's SUPER COOL blog

    Hello, Mr. Miler!
    I think it’s awesome that your class ca do that. Me, and my friend James where sitting down, and watching this video. I think it’s pretty cool that you got him to come to your student’s Chang Dynasty Model. Was he using a Voice Changer?

  7. Eishin Mori

    Hi my name is Eishin.
    I know that showing learning in minecraft is hard so it is good to see learning in minecraft.

    • John Miller

      Hi Mikey!

      You’re school is awesome, I get a LOT of visitors from there. Yes, be sure to show your teachers all of the cool things you create in Minecraft. I am always interested in what students create.

  8. Wyatt

    Hello, my name is Wyatt. I come from YIS .
    It’s really cool how you try and make minecraft in to learning. Now THATS how you make learning fun.

  9. Michael.M

    Hello,Michael.M and Thomas.E here.
    For a project that we are doing at class we have to visualise what your classroom looks like and make a 3D model of it using minecraft.
    We have chosen your classroom but if we want to get the project done we need to have the details of your classroom like how big is it what things it has in it and where they are in the classroom.
    Also we need to know the colours in your classroom.
    If you have computers and so on.
    Thank you.
    Michael,Thomas Auroa school Taranaki New Zealand.

    • John Miller

      Hi Michael and Thomas,

      Fantastic idea! What do you need me to do? Shall I post a description of my classroom here? Skype interview? I think it all sounds wonderful and want to help in any way I can. :-)

  10. Mr Webb and Room One, New Zealand

    Mr Miller
    Firstly congratulations on the amazing news with the Minecraft, it must have been an amazing honour, but one that I would describe as well deserved. I saw your project last year with the Tang Dynasty build, thought that it was amazing and nice to seeing yourself and your students getting that recognition.

    Secondly I want to thank all of you that have visited and commented on Michaels blog in the last day or so. Michael is new to blogging (just like our entire class) and to have that many visitors for his work, that much of an audience is an incredibly powerful thing. He is going to be absolutely stunned when he see’s the visitors that he’s had. It will be an incredibly powerful moment for him.

    Mr Webb and Room One, Auroa Primary School, Auroa, New Zealand

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