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Lessons, ideas and resources related to MinecraftEDU. In November 2013, our school purchased 29 licenses of MinecraftEDU software to use in our Win7 computer lab. This year MinecraftEDU is one of the stations / centers in our Maker Studio! Also check out my Minecraft STEM Ideas Pinterest board

2014 MinecraftEDU Screenshots: Aug 22 - Aug 25 - Sep 5-8 - Sep 22-24

Geometry Building Challenge (Fall 2014)

MinecraftEDU Building Challenge ‎(Oct 2014)‎


This October students are participating in a three day "Geometry Building Challenge" in MinecraftEDU. Working in teams using the "Group Building Areas (formerly Grade 2 City)" MinecraftEDU world. (Hat tip to Kevin Jarrett!) The three elements of the Geometry Building Challenge are for students to:
  1. Build a house including a living room with an exact AREA of 50 Minecraft blocks.
  2. Build an animal corral or area outside the house with an exact PERIMETER of 24 blocks.
  3. Creatively integrate a HEXAGON and OCTAGON into your build. (Bonus for more geometric shapes!) 
The MinecraftEDU Controls Quickstart Guide (PDF) is available for students not familiar with Minecraft on a PC.

Orienteering Challenge (Spring 2014)

An end-of-year (spring 2014) activity for my 4th and 5th grade STEM students, challenging them to learn about navigation using coordinates in the world of Minecraft. (Similar to coordinate geometry, but different.)

1 page PDF student handout (Group assignment cards: Dell server - Mac server) - Read more about this assignment in this blog post. :-) Download (via DropBox) this MinecraftEDU 1.6.4 server world to run on your own computer. (This video tutorial shows you how.) The following 11 minute video provides an overview and instructions for the Orienteering Challenge! (Made with Explain Everything on an iPad.)


Perimeter / Area Building Challenge (Spring 2014)


Introduction to MinecraftEDU

MinecraftEDU Introduction



A 1 hour, 22 minute audio recording of my MinecraftEDU Mapping Media class on May 29, 2014 is available. (Video version also available.)

Other Lesson Ideas


Advanced Video: MineCraft Tutorials: How to Bake a Cake (2 min, 30 sec)


Other Lesson Ideas

  1. MinecraftEDU Lesson Archives (official wiki)
  2. Vermont Minecraft Workshop Lessons (Dec 2013)
  3. Invitation to Minecraft Challenge by Stephen Getter and Sherry Jones (Dec 2013 - undergrad challenge, also available as a PDF)

Online Groups / Forums

Tablet / Smartphone Apps

  1. Minecraft Explorer Pro HD ($3) - iPad
  2. Pro Craft (free) - for Android

3D Printing

  1. Printcraft (download Minecraft models to print on 3D printer)

My MinecraftEDU Tutorial Videos




MinecraftEDU Twitter Channels & Blogs to Follow)

  1. Joel Levin - @MinecraftTeachr
  2. Zack Gilbert - @edgamer
  3. http://educatinglotus.wordpress.com
  4. The day in the life of AJ
  5. Elisabeth Morrow School Blog

Interesting Mods to Check Out

  1. qCraft (quantum physics principles)
  2. Tropicraft

YouTube Channels

Other Resources

  1. Alexander Fryer's 30 minute K-12 Online Conference presentation in 2012: "Creating and Playing in Minecraft"


Please share other resources to add to this page by tweeting @wfryer.

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