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#5848918 Mar 24, 2012 at 03:20 PM
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Burning question? Idea to share? This is the place!

-Lucas

Golyn, 80 Norn Elementalist, GuildWars2
Edurealms, Minecraft
Founder WoWinSchool and MinecraftinSchool Projects
Edurealms.com
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#5893204 Apr 02, 2012 at 05:45 AM
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I mentioned elsewhere that have just begun getting involved with a Minecraft Club in my middle school. The kids use the computers in one of the PC computer labs. The Computer teacher installed Minecraft on a few of these and the kids can access in the browser as well, However, the computer lab I use with my students, are mobile Mac labs. AND we are looking to go 1:1 next year with Macs.

For a project earlier this year, I needed a few of my students to use Minecraft on their Macs. When I asked our IT guy if he would allow access (it was blocked) he refused, stating that he didn't want to open it up on the Macs because it's use was being abused at the high school. I use computers like I use my car, I know how to fill it with gas, and how to point it in the right direction, but I know nothing about what is under the hood. So my burning question is, could he, in fact, install or allow access of Minecraft on select Macs? I am never sure if our IT guy is being truly open and honest in his response or throwing up the occasional roadblock because he doesn't want to be bothered.
Penny Burger
Social Studies
Central Middle School
Muscatine, Iowa
psburger@mcsdonline.org
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#5893316 Apr 02, 2012 at 06:18 AM
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Miss B,

It's really exciting that you're supporting a Minecraft club at your school. That's great!

Regarding installing the game on your Mac, there are several factors, here, and I'll be upfront and say that I'm a novice both with Macs and with managing user accounts/permissions on them. So, let me ask a few follow-up questions...

1. You said your school's Computer teacher installed it on PC's in the lab. Does this teacher not have access to install software on Macs?

2. When you say Minecraft is blocked, does that mean blocked on the network as in the website is blocked? In other words, can you get to http://www.minecraft.net on the Macs? How about on the PC's?

-Lucas

Golyn, 80 Norn Elementalist, GuildWars2
Edurealms, Minecraft
Founder WoWinSchool and MinecraftinSchool Projects
Edurealms.com
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#5914138 Apr 05, 2012 at 04:44 PM
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I'm running into naysayers in my district, too. We have 1:1 Macbook Airs and students keep passing around flash drives to install Minecraft and then getting in trouble for it. That's one of the reasons I'd like to find a way to use it educationally: to take advantage of students' enthusiasm. I am also wondering if we could use it with a small number of students to start with, just to have a controlled pilot project.

Am I right that you just need to install the software on individual machines?

And then if we want to do multiplayer, we would have a server? How is access to a networked server controlled? Would we give our pilot project students a password, so that only they could access at first?
Kristina Thoennes
Media Coordinator (a.k.a. school librarian? library teacher?)
Mooresville Intermediate School (grades 4-6)
Mooresville, NC

Twitter, Minecraft, Flickr: KamTonnes
World of Warcraft (Sisters of Elune server): Kamoreo, Inevitable Betrayal
Etsy, Ravelry: StoneHen
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#5914786 Apr 05, 2012 at 07:20 PM
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We have been working with Minecraft for the for over a year (grades 2-8). We both integrate it into our curriculum and run a server for our students (grades 4-8) with accounts 14/7 so they have a safe place to play. We will be extending our after school server to accommodate our younger students. http://morrowcraft.wikispaces.com/home
I learn best when I am playing and/or making mistakes =D
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#5914826 Apr 05, 2012 at 07:32 PM
27 Posts
#5893316 Lucas Gillispie wrote:

Miss B,

It's really exciting that you're supporting a Minecraft club at your school. That's great!

Regarding installing the game on your Mac, there are several factors, here, and I'll be upfront and say that I'm a novice both with Macs and with managing user accounts/permissions on them. So, let me ask a few follow-up questions...

1. You said your school's Computer teacher installed it on PC's in the lab. Does this teacher not have access to install software on Macs? Our computer teacher has his own lab of PC's. He does not have anything to do with our Macs- our IT guys do that. :P

2. When you say Minecraft is blocked, does that mean blocked on the network as in the website is blocked? In other words, can you get to http://www.minecraft.net on the Macs? How about on the PC's? When I tried to access Minecraft on a school Mac, I was able to access the website and I tried to sign in, in the browser version, but the game wouldn't load. That prompted me to ask our IT guy if it was blocked and he said it was. Any ideas?

-Lucas

Penny Burger
Social Studies
Central Middle School
Muscatine, Iowa
psburger@mcsdonline.org
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#5921744 Apr 07, 2012 at 09:30 AM
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108 Posts
@Kam - Yes, the program, does need to be installed on individual machines. Starting with a small group of students (pilot) is a great idea. That lets you test the waters as far as technical requirements go, then you can expand from there as you become more comfortable with what's involved. If you want to do multiplayer, you have to have a computer running as a server. You can either set up your own on your network or pay a company outside your school to host it.

You can control access to the server by editing a file called the "whitelist." It's a simple text file that's just a list of usernames that can access the server. If a person not on the list tries to connect, they get booted instantly with a message they're not on the list.

How you deal with passwords is up to you. At this point, we're not giving out the passwords. We're simply logging the kids in.

@MissB - So, regarding your Macs, it sounds like you'll have to go through your IT folks. There are lots of ways it could be "blocked." The game requires java, but I'm assuming it's installed. If not, it wouldn't launch. It also requires that your computer authenticate the username/password with Mojang's servers to have a true log in. I assume that this would be through the Minecraft.net domain, but there may be another address that's accessed (and that would have to be open).

I would shoot for working with your PC lab to start with since it sounds like he has access to install software and such.

-Lucas


Golyn, 80 Norn Elementalist, GuildWars2
Edurealms, Minecraft
Founder WoWinSchool and MinecraftinSchool Projects
Edurealms.com
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#5922152 Apr 07, 2012 at 11:22 AM
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Just found this while researching some WoW stuff...thought you would enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LDb8E7I7WE&feature=relatedhttp://
May Elune Light Your way!
-Maratsade
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#5933410 Apr 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM
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I am having one of my students (who has set up a Minecraft server at home), use a spare Mac we have to set us up a Minecraft server.

We too have a faction of kids playing Minecraft. They are currently creating a scale model of our home town ... their idea. I too would like to find ways to formally legitimize what they are doing (I feel it's already legitimate, we have kids setting up servers for crying out loud!)
Brain-Hex Type: Seeker-Survivor.

Seeker-Survivors like finding strange and wonderful things or finding familiar things as well as pulse-pounding risks and escaping from hideous and scary threats.
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#5934083 Apr 10, 2012 at 04:42 AM
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@DivingRhino - That's awesome. Keep us posted on their progress!

-Lucas

Golyn, 80 Norn Elementalist, GuildWars2
Edurealms, Minecraft
Founder WoWinSchool and MinecraftinSchool Projects
Edurealms.com
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#5963186 Apr 14, 2012 at 08:31 PM
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108 Posts
Some resource links from tonight's session:

Minecraft Wiki - http://www.minecraftwiki.net

MinecraftEDU.com - education discount from Minecraft accounts - http://www.minecraftedu.com

The Skindex - Minecraft Skins - http://www.minecraftskins.com/


Golyn, 80 Norn Elementalist, GuildWars2
Edurealms, Minecraft
Founder WoWinSchool and MinecraftinSchool Projects
Edurealms.com
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#5994859 Apr 20, 2012 at 05:45 AM
41 Posts
I was talking with a fifth grade teacher about maybe using Minecraft to have the kids simulate starting a colony. We are looking into technical and financial requirements and thinking about how the actual learning activities would be structured. Does anyone know someone who has done something like this in the past? It would be nice not to reinvent the wheel.
Kristina Thoennes
Media Coordinator (a.k.a. school librarian? library teacher?)
Mooresville Intermediate School (grades 4-6)
Mooresville, NC

Twitter, Minecraft, Flickr: KamTonnes
World of Warcraft (Sisters of Elune server): Kamoreo, Inevitable Betrayal
Etsy, Ravelry: StoneHen
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#6002050 Apr 21, 2012 at 04:33 PM
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Kam,

Though we've not done it directly, I'd love to help out. Let's chat! (lucas@edurealms.com)

Lucas

Golyn, 80 Norn Elementalist, GuildWars2
Edurealms, Minecraft
Founder WoWinSchool and MinecraftinSchool Projects
Edurealms.com
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#7209194 Jan 09, 2013 at 06:12 PM
17 Posts
I can see lots of possibilities for Minecraft in curriculum for math, history, and "engineering" related courses. I'm having more trouble with language arts. Is anyone aware of language arts curriculum that has been infused with MInecraft play?
Lee Ann Tysseling (Analeiander in WoW)
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#7211378 Jan 10, 2013 at 08:29 AM
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Would you mind forwarding anything you find regarding Language Arts to me? I am a 9th grade Language Arts Teacher in Missouri.

Thanks
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#7230764 Jan 14, 2013 at 06:02 PM
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How about this? Using a survival scenario server and have students work collaborative to build a colony. Regular journaling, writing documents for civic organization, etc.

-Lucas

Golyn, 80 Norn Elementalist, GuildWars2
Edurealms, Minecraft
Founder WoWinSchool and MinecraftinSchool Projects
Edurealms.com
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#7994830 Jun 16, 2013 at 02:42 PM
44 Posts
For a recent novel study, some of my students used Minecraft to design the town from the setting of the book. One person made a great commercial for a product in the novel, made a movie clip from it, and did a voice-over.
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#8083515 Jul 03, 2013 at 06:56 PM
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I was on your server. Very impresive! I got sucked into some kind of vortex and when I got out it was raining!

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"So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be." - Alfred Lord Tennyson
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#8092843 Jul 05, 2013 at 07:12 PM
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Feel free to explore around, Mark. There's tons to see.

In the next few days, I'll be updating the server to 1.6, though tit's like to be a development build, so there could be bugs. Just let me know if you run into anything major.

For those of you who are running the new launcher, you can actually build a custom profile and tell it to launch version 1.5.2 if you'd like to visit the server early. It's pretty straightforward. (And there are always kids on YouTube to tell you how to do it. :P)

-Lucas

Golyn, 80 Norn Elementalist, GuildWars2
Edurealms, Minecraft
Founder WoWinSchool and MinecraftinSchool Projects
Edurealms.com
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#8105844 Jul 08, 2013 at 05:15 PM
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108 Posts
The server is officially updated for version 1.6.1. And, of course, as soon as I do that, now there's a version 1.6.2.

I apologize for the technical hurdles, here, but that's the way it goes with Minecraft servers sometimes. So, for tonight's session (July 8th), the server will be running version 1.6.1. That means that you may need to change your client version (profile). This is a pretty easy thing to do...

1. On the Minecraft launcher screen look for the button that says New Profile. Click it.

2. On the window that appears, name your new profile... "1.6.1" is a good name.

3. Under the dropdown menu that says "Use version:" select 1.6.1.

4. Click "Save Profile" at the bottom of the screen.

5. If prompted, in the lower right, enter your username/password again and log in.

You should be able to connect to our server.

If you have questions, ask in Ventrilo! (and show up a little early!)

Our event begins at 9PM Eastern! See you there.

-Lucas

Golyn, 80 Norn Elementalist, GuildWars2
Edurealms, Minecraft
Founder WoWinSchool and MinecraftinSchool Projects
Edurealms.com
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