Teachers Learn Minecraft

How to and Tutorials: (This is Step 2. Step 1: https://ahsmakerspace.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/minecraftedu-for-teacher-beginners/  )

Resources for starting out lessons:

From Mr Juice:

5-minute Creative Mode Machine – The first minute of the video shows off what it can do.  I also have footage of it successfully tracking multiple students’ times’ at once.

◦Completely automatic machine that uses Command Blocks and a /scoreboard system to allow students a choice in when they get Creative Mode. The teacher sets the time-limit as well as the amount of times students can activate the machine.  EDUElfie is the one who helped me put this together (unknowingly).

Minecraft Schematics

◦This site contains builds other players have saved as a World Edit file (.schematic) that you can paste into any world you want!  You can search for these .schematics on the site and, once you’ve signed up for an account, you can download as many as you like.  Just load them into your schematics folder so you can paste them in MinecraftEDU!

/Give Generator

◦ For Minecraft 1.7 or above, this site simplifies the process of typing in /give commands. I wanted to /give my students an Efficiency V, Unbreaking 10 pickaxe with a funny name and some lore to guide them.  Using the /give generator, I am able to select those criteria, and the generator just gives me the command that I can paste into MCEDU.  Plug the commands into a command block, and you’ll only have to paste it one time!

Summoner Helper

◦ For Minecraft 1.7 or above, this helps you to summon entities in MC with special attributes.  One of my student teams wanted to build Hogwarts and wanted Fawkes (Dumbledore’s pet Phoenix).  Using this site, I generated a flaming, invulnerable chicken with the name “Fawkes” above it.  They made a little cage for it in Dumbledore’s office!

Goklayeh’s Redstone Lab Download

◦ For Minecraft 1.7 or above, this is a world built by some dude named Goklayeh.  It’s a redstone tutorial world that is incredibly detailed and user friendly.  I gave my students access to the “basic facts” section, and that part alone inspired them to add redstone to their builds.

▪Note: If you load it into a 1.7 world, the item frames will all pop off.  They’re mostly for design so nothing will break.

EduCrew https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgwEAYqxt0qEiLdFs3E8OXA


Learn to Code for Teachers



Q: How do we produce IdeasBoom?

A: Provide more time for second half of the equation

Theory /research+Practising existing applications/making/engineering + New contexts/problems/challenges + Capitalisation of new ideas =IdeasBoom

(Knowledge + Application+Problem/Challenge/Obsession/Passion + Motivation/Engagment/Connection/Student choice + Creativity or voice and/or Collaboration + Luck+Peristence+Resilience + Practise ) * Time = IdeasBoom

Schools mainly do:

Concepts, practise concepts, test

Schools should do:

Concepts, practise concepts, challenges/problems to use concepts in new ways and different situations

Students can google many concepts and context, so schools should declutter “pre-google” curricula to provide more time for challenge/problem solving/cross-curricular/connections. The Makerspace movement has flourished because learning programs failed to move past the concept/testing approach. Makerspaces have flourished because real learning is not divided into subjects and because of the drawbacks of subject separated curriculum (repetition, lack of transfer, over- focus on facts and content etc. (especially in secondary education)). Innovation and creativity requires drawing on a myriad of subjects and life skills.

What would this look like? http://www.edutopia.org/practice/inquiry-based-learning-teacher-guided-student-driven

MinecraftEDU for Teacher Beginners

Using Tutorial World with MinecraftEDU (assumes have login and setup, if not:  http://services.minecraftedu.com/wiki/Getting_started )

Start here:


Teacher Control

Walk throughs: videos of what should happen

Click to access teacher_cheat_sheet_26.pdf


Other minecraft information:not necessarily beginner

Minecraft EDU for teacher beginners Parts 1 and 2, by Reid Wilson:

Hour of code minecraft: free, no installation needed:

Learn to Mod: allows coding in minecraft

Turtle robots in minecraft: allows coding / programming

MCEdit allows downloading with tinkercad  http://blog.tinkercad.com/2013/08/15/tinkercraft/

Mineways allows including art with minecraft http://www.realtimerendering.com/erich/minecraft/public/mineways/

Minecraft redstone allows making circuits http://www.minecraft101.net/redstone/redstone-basics.html

Fast building https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRDo2WsqA6Y

Ideas for making models of sustainable home

Extension Activities









Designing an Eco Friendly House With Minecraft

Students use the mod minecraft world http://services.minecraftedu.com/worlds/node/141 to design a 6m by 6m house that displays sustainable features, that they will then make into a real life model out of  recycled materials- maximum floor area of model 360cm squared  ie. equivalent to 60cm by 60cm, but can be any shape.

Your house needs to consider solar aspect, size windows, eaves, energy, shading (can have up to 20m square additional outdoor living space), ventilation, water collection, shape, aesthetics, efficiency. So, do not choose an auto populate method.



Other activities: