Minecraft 101
Time 7 hrs

Difficulty Beginner
Prerequisites Game Development 101
Departments Human Technologies
Authors Ross Parker
Groupings Individual
Pairs
Threes
Minimum Year Group None

Blurb

Like an unlimited Lego set, Minecraft makes you the God of your own world. Build anything you like, all from poorly rendered blocks. Yeah!

License

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Outline

The Pitch
Why should I bother learning this?
  • Like an unlimited Lego set, Minecraft makes you the God of your own world.
  • Build anything you like, all from poorly rendered blocks.
  • Yeah!
Resources
What is needed to run this unit?
  • Laptop
  • Internet access
  • Paid Mojang account (school has a few, but you might need to buy your own)
Interdisciplinary Links
Do not try and force this. What areas of other subjects might this reflect and/discuss language. For IB, links with ToK.
Teacher Reflection
What was successful? What needs changing? Alternative Assessments and Lesson Ideas? What other Differentiation Ideas/Plans could be used?
  • Students love MC, so why not let them enjoy it?
Credits
Any CC attribution, thanks, credit, etc.

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5 mins
Unlimited Lego...
The Pitch
  • Like an unlimited Lego set, Minecraft makes you the God of your own world.
  • Build anything you like, all from poorly rendered blocks.
  • Yeah!
5 mins
Getting Started
Legal Account
  • To undertake this unit you must have legal access to Minecraft, which involves downloading the MC app and having a Mojang account.
    • This unit is macOS-only, and for this you can download Java Edition from Mojang's website
    • If you are using a Chromebook, you can sign out either of the follow two Mac's from school to use: MBP00358 and MBP00359.
  • If you don't have a Mojang account, the school can give you access to one, but our stock is limited.
  • Make sure you are all set up and ready to go before moving on.
60 mins
MC Basics
Hands On
  • If you are already a seasoned Minecraft player, skip this section and move on to something that challenges you.
  • Your first goal is to master the controls of Minecraft. The best way to do this is in creative mode, as there are no threats or enemies. To get started:

  • Once you have created your world, learn to play! The video below might help:

140 mins
Build Something
Get Creative
  • Now that you have the basics down, it is time to build something.
  • Build anything you like! One example would be to terraform some flat ground, and then build a house, complete with windows, doors, stairs, etc.
70 mins
Survival
More Experience
  • Now that you have some more experience, make a new world, but this time set it to Survival mode.
  • Spend this time getting better a Minecraft, and thinking about the difference between survival and creative modes.
140 mins
Evidence
Finishing Up
  • Your goal now is to make a 1-2 minute video introducing Minecraft to newcomers. This should include a description of what Minecraft is, why it is awesome, the game modes, getting started and basic controls. Use voice over and (optionally) picture in picture to make your video awesome. It should also include some of your own crafting, so you can show what you have learned.
  • Submit your completed video as evidence for this unit.

Mark . Shared on 11/06/2017

Student Work

Student Comment

During this lesson, i had some difficulties making the sound effects since you can't just get the monsters sound effects online since thats illegal, so i recorded the sound effects on minecraft and in the end it worked out.


Teacher Comment

Mark, well done on creating a great promotional video for Minecraft. The editing and use of narrative is excellent, and this is supported by the sense of rising tension offered by the change in music when you are preparing for the worst. I love the opening text, followed by the panning shot, which really sets the mood. I like the fact that you took the time to improve your work, even though you had already completed the unit...such dedication! Very, very well done.

Benjy . Shared on 13/04/2016

Student Work

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Student Comment

I did the unit on MC 101 and it was a fun experience to get to know MC more and the wide variety of things you can do in it. I learned about the good things and bad things in MC such as there are many hostile mobs that will attack you if you are in survival mode and that you can use diamonds to create strong armour and swords. In general I think MC is a great game where you can craft structures using your imagination and explore multiple dimensions and generated structures throughout the game.


Teacher Comment

Benjy, well done for completing this unit. It has taken you a long time to get it done, and I do wonder if you spent all of your classroom time wisely (I have a feeling there might have been some sneaky gaming in there, but I might be wrong). However, the result is very polished and engaging, with some smooth video/audio editing, and a sound track of your own creation. 

As an advert it works very well, although it does lack a hook at the end: how is it that you can convince someone to go out and play Minecraft? It would have been cool to see an example of some crazy crafting on your part, to illustrate some of the creativity that is possible.

I am impressed that you submitted this work in your own time.

Overall, well done. For your next unit I would like you to focus on something more technical, such as Modding Minecraft, Teardown & Rebuild, Programming 102, etc.

Please take a look at your Visual Assessment Guide for an overview of your year so far.

Holin . Shared on 02/03/2015

Student Work

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Student Comment

In this unit, I learn a lot about redstone and built many useful stuff with them, for example, slime block elevator, day time stairs e.t.c. I was so enjoy the feeling of success after I built the redstone creation. I am satisfaction of the minecraft project.
P.S. I will submit another video with a USB to explain the creation in the map and how to use them.


Teacher Comment

Holin, well done on a really great unit, where you have demonstrated considerable creativity, persistence, focus and humour. Your red stone creations in Minecraft are really interesting, and I love the sign posts that tell you what you can do. It is like a mini adventure game. Clearly, you are very good at crafting. With your love of red stone, programming might be a logical challenge that you enjoy. Keep working hard, well done!

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