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Minecraft 101 Class for Beginner Players: Build & Chill (Only Java Edition)

Playful Digital Learning
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(523)
In this one time Minecraft class, students will have a supportive environment where they build their own structures and ask any questions they may have about the game. It is aimed towards beginners, but experienced players are welcome. (#builder)

Class experience

These are the learning goals and activities over the classes: 

00:00 - 00:10 Introduce each other and wait for others 
00:10 - 00:15 Introduce theme and decide group vs. individual building
00:15 - 01:15 Building and question time
01:15 - 01:30 Present their builds to other students (if we have time, record a video)
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 ASU.

Learning coach, 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 currently working as a Teacher Assistant.

Learning coach, Shardul Shetye, is majoring in psychology at Arizona State University. He has been playing video games, including Minecraft, for the past ten years, and has become an expert at many Minecraft concepts. He hopes to pass on some of his useful knowledge to bright young scholars.
Homework Offered
No external homework is needed
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Students will need to download Minecraft Java Edition with their own account. They will also need a microphone and a camera for video communication on Zoom. We use PDL Minecraft server and we will send the server address before the class starts. 

Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
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.

PDL Class Policy

When in a Playful Digital Learning class, please respect your instructor and other students.
a.          	Follow the teacher’s instructions
b.          	Do not destroy buildings 
c.          	Be polite and kind when suggesting or criticizing ideas
d.          	Allow other students to speak
If the class is frequently interrupted or the student is misbehaving:
First time: Verbal or written warning
Second time: Put the student in a breakout room to speak with an instructor one on one
Third time: Temporarily removed from the Minecraft server or document until the teacher deems the behavior is corrected. 
Not an official Minecraft product. Not approved or associated with Mojang.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(523)
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


per class
Meets once
90 min

Completed by 250 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 6-11
3-10 learners per class

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