Ever since Microsoft acquired the rights to the popular cross platform video game, Minecraft, the company has been developing a lot of cool stuff with the sand box game. Their latest attempt is use Minecraft to get kids interested in computer programming.
The tutorial created by the official game designers comes with characters and challenges from the game, allowing kids to learn the basic coding skills in the fun game environment.
“What many may not realize is that Minecraft has the power to transform learning on a global scale. By creating a virtual world and then advancing in it, students can learn digital citizenship, empathy, social skills and even improve their literacy – while getting real time feedback on their problem solving skills from the teacher. In fact, more than 7,000 teachers around the world are already using Minecraft in the classroom,” says Anthony Salcito, vice president, Microsoft Education.
It was created for the Hour of Code, an annual, global campaign held during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 7-13. Although, the tutorial is now available to try through Code.org website.
No installation required. It works on any modern web browser. You can choose a character and get started right away. In order to move around in the game, you have to arrange the commands on your own, using the easy Scratch programming language. It’s a great way to get your kids interested in coding.
[Via: Engadget / Microsoft Education Blog ]
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