Category Archives: Minecraft News
Hey all! Just wanted to let you know that I’m starting up fresh with my Minecraft Let’s Play series called Journey To Bedrock.
I’ve been doing the series on and off for about six months. The refresh will be better hopefully, and more like the original episodes. I hope to post on every week.
From the official MinecraftEdu news feed:
The past several months have been busy ones!
Schools from all corners of the Earth have purchased Minecraft from us and are embarking on amazing projects. In fact, we are rapidly approaching our 1000th school! The game is being used in literally every subject area across all age groups.
We consider it part of our mission to network these trailblazers, provide support, and share ideas as widely as possible. Here are some of the most effective ways to connect:
MinecraftEdu Forums - there is a lively community of educators sharing ideas, solving problems, and providing inspiration. It’s actually just a Google Group which allows a variety of ways to participate (including email) and handy browsing tools.
MinecraftEdu Chat - This is the most direct way to gain access to the MinecraftEdu team. We conduct a large portion of our daily business over IRC (Internet Relay Chat), and we are happy to welcome anyone to our channel. Especially if you are interested in Beta testing new versions of our MinecraftEdu mod! Either use the link above, or point your favorite IRC client to #MinecraftEdu on irc.quakenet.org
We are trying to figure out what sort of formalized training and materials we will offer in the future. But for now, these resources are the best way to jump in, get help, plan your use of the game, and share your experiences.
After a long winter of bug fixing, polishing, and cramming in new features, we are delighted to announce that MinecraftEdu has been updated. As always, MinecraftEdu customers can grab the latest version on our Members’ site.
You can see a detailed changelog on our wiki, but here are some of the biggest additions and improvements:
- Based on Minecraft 1.5.1 (we caught up, woo!)
- Support for most Forge mods (this is a big deal!)
- Improved in-game world controls
- Improved teacher’s ‘Give Menu’ to allow any item to be given, including those from mods
- More informative server displays
- Improved Mac support
- Updated WorldEdit functionality
- Ability to automatically upgrade or downgrade (we also changed our version number system to make things more clear)
- Lots of polish including tool-tips, new icons, and more!
- Support for Online World Templates (still experimental)
We’d like to talk about that last item for a moment. One of our dreams for MinecraftEdu has always been to allow the seamless sharing of educational Minecraft worlds. That dream is one step closer to reality with Online World Templates.
The idea is that anyone can make a world/lesson/activity, augment the content with custom MinecraftEdu features, and then share it with teachers everywhere. Teachers can browse what’s available, download a world, and get a server running with that content in just a few clicks. This basic functionality is now working!
We still have a long way to go, and we haven’t made much content available yet… but we didn’t want to keep this feature to ourselves. We think Online World Templates will be an indispensable feature of MinecraftEdu and we can’t wait to hear your feedback!