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Coding with Minecraaft

Students can learn to code by using Minecraft Education Edition.
Coding in Minecraft

Coding with Minecraaft

Minecraaft Coding

Coding with Minecraft

All 5 of my kids (ranging from ages 7 to 15) love Minecraft. To this day my 15 year old can still spend hours playing Minecraft. For many kids, Minecraft is engaging and provides a context they care about. Minecraft education edition has a library of pre-made lessons. There is even a whole world created for learning chemistry. No matter the grade level, Minecraft can be a way to create immersive lessons.

Code with Minecraft

In addition to the pre-made lessons, check out the ability to code within Minecraft.

“the ‘Coding with Minecraft’ curriculum is based on CSTA standards and covers foundational Computer Science concepts like conditionals”

C for Code

In Minecraft, students can press C to engage the coding editor. If you do not know, Microsoft is a partial owner with Mojang of Minecraft. Choose “Microsoft MakeCode.”

Code builder for Minecraaaft

Block Coding

Microsoft is bringing the option to code in Python, however, to introduce students to coding, MakeCode uses block coding. What do you need to know? NOTHING! Press C to start the code builder and see what students can figure out. It’s a place to start that gives students an application for their coding.

block coding

Gillispie Minecraft Challenge

Check out Lucas Gillispie’s Minecraft challenge. This challenge sheet is about using Minecraft. Coming soon, from me, is a template and different challenges for using Minecraft for academic learning objectives.

Gillispie Minecraft Challenge

5 Easy Steps for Teaching with Digital Tools

Introducing digital tools into your teaching can seem challenging at first. There are many tools out there, and it might feel like there’s a lot to learn. But with easy steps for teaching with digital tools, you can start simply and gradually. There’s no need to dive in all at once – just take it one step at a time. Taking easy steps for teaching with digital tools starts with trying something!

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Students Prepare to Present

Help Your Students Prepare to Present

Maximize student success in presentations with ‘Speaker Notes by AliceKeeler,’ the ideal Google Slides add-on. Enhance how students prepare to present with easy transfer of speaker notes to Google Docs, promoting effective communication skills. Dive into the world of engaging, technology-aided presentations and empower students to shine in their academic endeavors. Discover the key to transforming student presentations into interactive, skill-building experiences.

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Infographic 7 Basic Steps for a Google Form

New to using Google Forms? This tool is essential for teachers to not only save time but to be adaptive to student needs. Use Forms to survey students, play games, personalize instruction, and assessment. This infographic on the 7 basic steps for a Google Form will help you get started.

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Online Workshop: Get Your Add-on Published

How can you make Google Workspace (Docs/Sheets/Slides) even better? You can create custom Add-ons with Google Apps Script. Wondering How to Get Your Google Workspace Add-on Published? Join Alice Keeler, Google Developer Expert, to learn the steps to get your Add-on officially published.

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