Little River Elementary School fourth-graders in teacher Samantha Westerlind’s class had the amazing opportunity to beta test the Minecraft: Education Edition lesson for the Hour of Code 2020, “A Tale of Two Villages.” In this lesson, students learn how to use basic coding concepts to bring two villages together, while applying essential 21st century skills like problem solving and critical thinking.
As a part of the beta test, Mrs. Westerlind’s class met with the Minecraft: Education Edition team and developers via Microsoft Teams to review the activity, and, after participating, shared their feedback and suggestions for changes before the final version of the world was released. Many of the changes and ideas that the students made to the developers were reflected in the final release of the lesson. This lesson will be used by students and classes across the globe as a part of the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week taking place the week of Dec. 7.
To access the resources, visit https://education.minecraft.net/hour-of-code-2020 To view a preview of the released world, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FALg48OxtBQ&feature=youtu.be For lesson plans and more information, see https://education.minecraft.net/lessons/2020-minecraft-hour-of-code.
Lillian VanDeventer explores the new Minecraft world.
Saul Galindo-Medina tries out the new Minecraft world.
Students give their feedback to Minecraft: Education Edition team and developers during a video-conference call.