Even if you don’t teach computer science or programming but you want your students to do a coding activity students will enjoy, Coding with Minecraft, will work for you. And it’s FREE for all WA and AK states! I keep looking on their website because I can’t believe it’s free and it’s really free. Here is my review of using Coding in Minecraft with my students.
Even though most only got through some of the seven lessons I did notice most of my students using language showing computational thinking! I was continually amazed at how they would explain their code to me using code specific language! I’m not a programmer and I do not know how to code so we got to the point where students would ask me for help and I had to stumble through with them because they either knew more than me or just as much as me! I’m also at the stage in my coding journey where I put some code together and expect the agent to do one thing and he doesn’t quite do what I thought. It’s not as straightforward as I think it should be! LOL
Student portal view.
Here are kids working on the Coding in Minecraft Intro to Coding with MakeCode 3.0 course:
One thing I noticed is that students needed some scaffolding when going through activities for each lesson to learn to code, mostly by learning step by step how to put the code together. Some needed to see how to use the activities because when they got to the lesson assessments, they weren’t sure how to complete the assessments. Assessments have students start their coding from scratch, a blank slate, and build/design the code all on their own.
I teach 5th and 6th grade STEM in the lovely Pacific Northwest in a small, rural town called Chimacum. My goal is to help students discover that all learning is life-long and that 21st century tools can be used for work as well as fun.
Join Alfonso at NCCE 2023!
MINECRAFT IN THE CLASSROOM WA32
Wednesday, March 22, 8:00 am–9:50 amMarriott – Stadium
Minecraft in Education? YES! If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Come find out how to integrate Minecraft into your content area, STEM, and SEL. We will be highlighting how to use this game based learning tool to engage and create learning experiences for students.