Teaching (with) Minecraft
The Theory
Minecraft Teacher: Joel Levin
• Teaches Minecraft in elementary school
– Grade 2
– First Day of Class (11:26, show parts) ...
Teaching: History
• Recreating
– Historic buildings
– Archaeology sites
– Ancient cities
• Even fictional ones
The Parthenon
Teaching: Animals
• Using Mo’ Creatures Mod
• Museum used Dinosaur mod
Teaching: Logic / Electricity
• Using Redstone
• Allows students to build a circuit using basic
gates
– AND, OR, NOT, ETC....
Redstone AND Gate
•qCraft – the Quantum Mechanics Mod

•Developed as “a collaboration between
Google, E-Line Media, Teacher Gaming and
the I...
Teaching: Quantum Mechanics
• Teaches students about different aspects of
Quantum Mechanics - video (3:24)
– Entanglement
...
Minecraft EDU
• Slight Discount for Minecraft Licences
– Must be a recognized education institution

• Includes a Mod-ed s...
Civics
“I unknowingly started my own virtual communist society.”1
- Steve Rowley
Garrison Forest School
Literacy
• Engages students
• Allows them to reflect using a “What I Did
Today” writing piece
World Of Humanities (WoH)
• A complete, end-to-end solution for exploring
middle school curriculum (American)
• Students v...
WoH: Refugee Camp
• Students enter a refugee simulation (losing all
items in their inventory) and must scavenge
and go on ...
Teaching: Computer Programming
• Client and servers can be modified (modded)
– Written in Java!
– ScriptCraft using JavaSc...
How To Mod
• Using MCreator: http://mcreator.pylo.si/
– Requires no programming
• V1.6.4 (link)

– Change/create textures,...
Writing Server Mods
• One technique uses Bukkit API
• Not officially supported by Mojang
– They just let it happen.

• Alw...
Writing Server Mods
• Written in Java using Bukkit API
– Examples in the next slides come from the
instructions in Buildin...
ca.wlu.rhenderson
Video Links
• qCraft – Schrödinger's Cat: http://youtu.be/0lsEqTaRj9c (1:49)
Articles
• Introducing Kids to Java Programming (link)
• ScriptCraft – a JavaScript wrapper for
Minecraft (link)
Books
• Building Minecraft Server Modifications
– (link)
Teacher Resources
• Minecraft Teachers Google Group
– https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/minecraftteachers

• GamingE...
Teaching with Minecraft - Minecraft for Teachers
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Teaching with Minecraft - Minecraft for Teachers

  1. 1. Teaching (with) Minecraft The Theory
  2. 2. Minecraft Teacher: Joel Levin • Teaches Minecraft in elementary school – Grade 2 – First Day of Class (11:26, show parts) (link)
  3. 3. Teaching: History • Recreating – Historic buildings – Archaeology sites – Ancient cities • Even fictional ones
  4. 4. The Parthenon
  5. 5. Teaching: Animals • Using Mo’ Creatures Mod • Museum used Dinosaur mod
  6. 6. Teaching: Logic / Electricity • Using Redstone • Allows students to build a circuit using basic gates – AND, OR, NOT, ETC. • 16-bit computer
  7. 7. Redstone AND Gate
  8. 8. •qCraft – the Quantum Mechanics Mod •Developed as “a collaboration between Google, E-Line Media, Teacher Gaming and the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech”1
  9. 9. Teaching: Quantum Mechanics • Teaches students about different aspects of Quantum Mechanics - video (3:24) – Entanglement – Superposition (the Superpositional Bridge (1:24)) – Observational dependency
  10. 10. Minecraft EDU • Slight Discount for Minecraft Licences – Must be a recognized education institution • Includes a Mod-ed server – Lots of benefits for classroom – http://minecraftedu.com/page/mod • Real World Examples – http://minecraftedu.com/wiki/index.php?title=Re al-world_Examples
  11. 11. Civics “I unknowingly started my own virtual communist society.”1 - Steve Rowley Garrison Forest School
  12. 12. Literacy • Engages students • Allows them to reflect using a “What I Did Today” writing piece
  13. 13. World Of Humanities (WoH) • A complete, end-to-end solution for exploring middle school curriculum (American) • Students visit ancient Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Babylon • Filled with notes, info, secrets, treasures, and links to websites for real world information • Created by one very dedicated teacher, Eric Walker from the American International School in Kuwaite
  14. 14. WoH: Refugee Camp • Students enter a refugee simulation (losing all items in their inventory) and must scavenge and go on quests to gain food, water, small amounts of money, and building materials. – http://youtu.be/CjW0i922YN4 (1:04) • This video is a *must watch*.
  15. 15. Teaching: Computer Programming • Client and servers can be modified (modded) – Written in Java! – ScriptCraft using JavaScript to mod – Some guy working on Python but nothing yet • Actually programming inside Minecraft: – ComputerCraft (link) • Programming in LUA • Programmable Turtles (2:09)(http://youtu.be/n_L8RE26twM)
  16. 16. How To Mod • Using MCreator: http://mcreator.pylo.si/ – Requires no programming • V1.6.4 (link) – Change/create textures, foods, crafting recipes, mobs,
  17. 17. Writing Server Mods • One technique uses Bukkit API • Not officially supported by Mojang – They just let it happen. • Always a few versions behind. • A few other techniques available – Minecraft Coder Pack (MCP) may be a simple way to start: http://mcp.ocean-labs.de/page.php?4
  18. 18. Writing Server Mods • Written in Java using Bukkit API – Examples in the next slides come from the instructions in Building Minecraft Server Mods by Cody M. Sommer
  19. 19. ca.wlu.rhenderson
  20. 20. Video Links • qCraft – Schrödinger's Cat: http://youtu.be/0lsEqTaRj9c (1:49)
  21. 21. Articles • Introducing Kids to Java Programming (link) • ScriptCraft – a JavaScript wrapper for Minecraft (link)
  22. 22. Books • Building Minecraft Server Modifications – (link)
  23. 23. Teacher Resources • Minecraft Teachers Google Group – https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/minecraftteachers • GamingEducators (Toronto, Guelph, etc.): – http://www.gamingedus.org/
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