After you have got everything up and running you can start using MinecraftEdu. Here you can learn how to use some of the core functionalities that MinecraftEdu has to offer to help you with your teaching.
MinecraftEdu Launcher is the application that you can use to launch MinecraftEdu Client or MinecraftEdu Server Launcher. You can also manage mods or update your MinecraftEdu with it, along with other features.
The Server Launcher is an interface that allows teachers to easily launch new MinecraftEdu Worlds, load saved worlds or even download worlds from our online world library. If you are using the MinecraftEdu Hosting Service, this feature won't be available to you as you do not need to launch your own server.
The MinecraftEdu client is the software that runs on the local computer. It is the essential part your set up that will allow you to sign in, change your texture pack, load a custom skin, and set custom settings. Most importantly however, it is used to play the game; from the client the user can choose to connect to a server or to play by themselves in singleplayer mode.
Regular Minecraft clients cannot connect to a MinecraftEdu modified server. The opposite is true as well: MinecraftEdu clients cannot connect to regular Minecraft servers.
- Download and print: MinecraftEdu Controls Handout
- Contains basic movement and building controls, plus MinecraftEdu Menu items.
- The default keys used to move around in game are:
- W: Moving forward
- S: Moving backward
- A: Strafe left
- D: Strafe right
- SPACE: Jump (fly up in creative mode)
- LEFT SHIFT: Sneak (fly down in creative mode)
- E: Open inventory
- To look around move the mouse around or slide your finger across the trackpad
- To dig blocks use the left mouse/trackpad button (hold until the block breaks)
- To place blocks use the right mouse/trackpad button
- To open the teacher menu press the m key (version 1.7 >) or p key (version < 1.7).
These keys can be changed from two places:
- Main menu -> Options -> Controls
- In-game -> Escape or Esc key -> Options -> Controls
For a complete list of all keys click here.
The teacher menu is the in game control panel for teachers that allows you to manage the world as well as the users in it. You can use the teacher menu when you are logged in to the server as a teacher. While in game press the m (version 1.7 >) or p (version < 1.7) key to open the menu. You can also assign hotkeys for these menus.
A MinecraftEdu Server is the central computer on which the MinecraftEdu server software runs. MinecraftEdu clients connect to this computer over a local area network or over the Internet. This is essentially the piece of your set up that allows students to connect to each other and experience the game together. You can either use your own server, or purchase a subscription to the MinecraftEdu Hosting Service.
After you have started a server the server window will appear. You can find a lot of the same settings in the server window as the in-game teacher menu, but it also includes other important features. Note that the Server Window is only available if you are hosting your own server; if you are using the MinecraftEdu Hosting Service, you make changes to your server using the Server Control Panel.
Common In-Game Tasks
Here's a list of guides which demonstrate some of the tasks user can do while in game
- How to use Spawn Blocks
- How to use Home Blocks
- How to use Allow - Disallow - Border Blocks
- How to use Teleport Blocks and Stations
- Creating and issuing Assignments in-game
- Using Information Blocks Effectively
- Using Alias Protection
Both MinecraftEdu and Minecraft have some custom commands that can be used in the game to for example send a chat message to specific player or to teleport player to different location. Read more about these commands from the commands article.
MinecraftEdu Custom Blocks
There are 9 additional blocks, 19 number blocks, and one item that have been added to MinecraftEdu to enable additional classroom-based functionality and moderation support.
- Build allow block
- Build disallow block
- Border block
- Information block
- Information sign
- Foundation block
- Spawn block
- Teleport block
- Home block