Beginner Coding Class With Minecraft: Level 1 - The Basics of Programming

Playful Digital Learning
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(501)
In this class, students will learn the basics of programming within Minecraft! Students will learn PDL Code, a language created by our company to work seamlessly with Minecraft and introduce the basics of coding. (#builder)

Class Experience

Beginner Level
Playful Digital Learning (PDL) consists of people with a passion for teaching, gaming, and technology. We strive to inspire creativity, model reflection, and empower students to learn through play. Our teachers often have experience teaching both in person and online.

The founder of Playful Digital Learning, Yoonhee Lee, has done extensive research on game-based literacy learning. She has a variety of teaching experience in K-12 and adult contexts in Korea and the US. She is currently teaching pre-service teachers in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Her research topic is focusing on gaming and learning. 

Lead Teacher, Ashtyn Dial, graduated from Arizona State University with a Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She has worked with children for several years and has taught many subjects including game development, language, writing, music, and more. She is familiar with several programming languages and game engines, including Java, GameMaker Studio 2, and Unity.
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0Students will need to have a computer capable of running Minecraft and an internet browser at the same time without difficulties. Students must also have their own Minecraft Java account (NOT Minecraft Bedrock edition, e.g. on a tablet or phone). They also need a mouse (not a trackpad), a camera, and a microphone for communication.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will receive information for our own private Minecraft server. Only students from the class will be able to access it to ensure safety. Nonetheless, please do not share the server information with others. Students should have their own Minecraft Java Edition account and will need to provide the teachers with their username prior to the class start so we can give them permission to access it. Other Minecraft versions like console editions and pocket editions for mobile devices will not work for this course.

Parents will also be required to create an account on our secure website. This information can only be accessed by Playful Digital Learning staff. Information taken during account creation, such as e-mail and real name, are only used to identify students and are optional.

PDL Class Policy 

Please verify that your student understands our policy. We want our students to treat us and each other with respect, and we want to make sure everyone has an enjoyable class time.
When in a Playful Digital Learning class, please respect your instructor and other students.
 - Follow the teacher’s instructions
 - Do not destroy buildings of other students
 - Be polite and kind when suggesting or criticizing ideas
 - Allow other students to speak

If the class is frequently interrupted or the student is misbehaving:
 1. First time: Verbal or written warning
 2. Second time: Put the student in a breakout room to speak with an instructor one on one
 3. Third time: Kicked or temporarily banned from the Minecraft server or document until the teacher deems the behavior is corrected

Any warnings will be communicated to the student’s parent/guardian.

Please note that the Minecraft server may also be temporarily turned off while students are doing other tasks (such as programming or discussing).
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses our proprietary PDL Code Console and secure PDL Minecraft server. After signing up for the class, parents are invited to create an account on our PDL Code website to log into the console and will receive instructions to access our server.
Not an official Minecraft product. Not approved or associated with Mojang.

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Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(501)
Playful Digital Learning consists of people with a passion for teaching, gaming, and technology. We strive to inspire creativity, model reflection, and empower students to learn through play. We offer an educational environment that fuels... 
Group Class


for 5 classes
5x per week, 1 week
90 min

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(13)
Completed by 84 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 8-13
2-8 learners per class

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