Cobblestone Academy is an online learning community offering:
- live, interactive Minecraft classes
- live, interactive non-Minecraft classes
- pre-recorded flexible schedule classes
- parents’ guide to Minecraft
- an online community to build and play in
Cobblestone Academy is run by me, Christy Knockleby. I am a homeschooling mother, avid bookworm and Minecraft enthusiast. My children introduced me to Minecraft five years ago, and I began blogging about some of the learning activities I used Minecraft for. I was recruited to teach Minecraft classes by an online homeschoolers’ group. After several years of teaching with them I am setting out on my own with Cobblestone Academy. I also teach on Outschool.
Part of my incentive for creating Cobblestone Academy was the realization that students were interested in using my server not just for their class time but for playing outside of class. The server functions as a sort of virtual playground where students can interact with their classmates and make friends. Although I’m not on the server all day, I do try to keep watch on the server logs to make sure everything is going ok. I work with children to encourage their social skills and problem solving skills so that they can handle the little social challenges that turn up in a shared space. I want the Cobblestone Academy webpage to be a hub in which players and parents alike can get updated news about what is happening on the server and access additional resources for using Minecraft.
Sign up for the Cobblestone Academy Newsletter. You can also follow Cobblestone Academy on Facebook though Facebook algorithms make it increasingly hard for me to reach everyone there. The newsletter is much more reliable for important news while Facebook is good for giving you ongoing glimpses into my mind and world. I share pictures from the server, advertisements for upcoming classes, links to things I find interesting and ideas for crafts and games related to Minecraft.