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Minecraft Education Edition


All year seven students at Newcastle High School are provisioned with an active account to Minecraft Education Edition. This allows you free access to the platform anywhere in the world. You can install MEE on your Windows 10 computer, Apple iPad or Apple iMac, and then use your DoE portal to access the software.

Installing Minecraft on your own device

Did you know that you can install MEE on your own computer? As long as you have a Windows 10 or Apple MacOS computer, you can download the software from the MEE website.  Login to the platform using your DoE portal account (

Throughout the course students will access the amazing creative and collaborative features of Minecraft Education Edition to demonstrate their learning of Digital Technologies.  Minecraft: Education Edition offers special features for educators such as easy tutorials, classroom management tools, secure sign-in, classroom collaboration and many sample lessons, plus a global network of mentors and support.

What is Minecraft?

It's a game about placing blocks and going on adventures, set in infinite worlds of wide open terrain. It extends up into the hills and mountains, and down into dark caverns filled with lava and treasure. Just like a sandbox, there are no specific goals in Minecraft, no set objectives to fill. The fun comes from setting your own goals and deciding how you want to play on a given day. Maybe you will head into the jungle in search of a jungle temple. Perhaps you will build your dream tree house with a perfect view of the ocean, or mine deep underground in search of emeralds and diamonds. Whenever one task becomes too difficult, or boring, or when you get stuck and need some help or inspiration, you can just choose to do something else. There is always something engaging to do, and no matter what you choose to do, you will always learn more about the world around you and be thinking about better and more efficient ways to accomplish what you want to do.

Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition is an educational version of Minecraft specifically designed for classroom use. It is being developed by Mojang AB and Microsoft Studios and contains features that make Minecraft easy to use in a classroom setting. Additional videos and resources are available from the Minecraft Education Edition website. Minecraft is more about building, and in this course we will add a major element in writing computer code. Code Builder is a feature that allows students to learn coding in Minecraft using tools including Tynker and Microsoft MakeCode. Students can use blocks of code or JavaScript to build and create in Minecraft. Minecraft Hour of Code also offers a free, one-hour introduction to coding basics. At Newcastle High School, we focus on the JavaScript capabilities of Microsoft MakeCode. Students will design and develop a major agricultural project that incorporates a number of coded functions.

By giving students the chance to employ strategies like working collaboratively, self-learning, and overcoming challenges, Minecraft helps foster a growth mindset.

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