Interested in obtaining lesson plans for MinecraftEDU from other teachers?

This resource will help you if you are ready for Minecraft EDU in your school or calssroom and lack the lesson plans. An excerpt from the Minexrafct Teachers group:
*Date/Time:* Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT

*Lesson Title:* Teaching Programming with Minecraft and ComputerCraftEdu
*Presenter:* Michael Harvey, Falmouth Elementary School

*Description: *This session showcases a Minecraft world that has been used
to teach programming and computer science concepts to elementary and middle
school students. Viewers and participants will get a sneak preview of the
highly anticipated ComputerCraftEdu mod, which adds programmable robots
(called turtles) and an icon-based programming environment that is
student-friendly and geared towards a transition to traditional text coding.

The world features hours of problem-solving activities for whole classes or
individual learners. This event will allow interested teachers to go
through the world as students, allowing them to see firsthand what the
lessons feel like. There will also be an opportunity for participants to
“fly” through the world, previewing additional lessons, discussing context
or classroom extensions.

*Participation Information:*
*In-Game Participation*

*Minecraft Version:* MinecraftEdu 1.6.4 build 14
*Mods Required:*
· ComputerCraft+ComputerCraftEdu1.63pr2
· CustomNPCs_1.6.2-1.6.4
*MinecraftEdu Server Address:*
*Mumble Address: *

Access your Minecraft server from another lab or class

If you want to access your Minecraft server from another class or lab, all you need to remember is the server IP. Check out this post: Minecraft teachers: server ?
To access IP, go to multiplayer, create “new”, add your server IP. If you don’t know how to find the server IP, it is in the server permissions file in your server folder.

My love for Minecraft

MinecraftEDU is a fairly new platform that is the brainchild of a teacher who began using Minecraft and found it’s value in the classroom. Upon initial review of Minecraft, if you were to just watch a video or observe the student using this JAVA platform game, you may wonder what the real value is and what’s the point? In interviewing a student on the value of Minecraft, if they are dedicated player, they can wax poetic for a very long period of time about the value that it can bring to the classroom. In Northern California, I’ve been following a movement around the use of Minecraft EDU in both classroom environments and afterschool programs.
Why do I love Minecraft? I love Minecraft because my eight-year-old loves Minecraft. He has catalogued 80+ hours of video watching various Minecraft GURU’s talk about their builds, their worlds, and their edits to mods. He can also add/modify code via command line which he began doing when he was seven.
As an introduction to the world of coding programs, Minecraft is a Java-based open platform (means it can me modified–think MODS). There is nothing in comparison with the exception of MIT Scratch for students in the K-12 setting.
Here are a few MinecraftEDU resources for anyone interested in evaluating this tool and integrating it into their curriculum. You can outfit a lab for a very low price and servers can be set up on another computer: It does not impact the infrastructure with TCO in an unreasonable way. Its very appealing in communities that may not have the money to buy a solution that can impact students in such a meaningful way. More on this topic to come…

Best of luck and play:

MinecraftEDU Resources:!forum/minecraft-teachers