If it's all local, go for it.
We had some issues with a few pupils unable to save any work because they'd used all their space up due to minecraft.
If it is on the network, you could always just script it to delete the .Minecraft folder at logoff.
I've ordered a full on pi kit from cpc, but it still hasn't arrived yet
Read my book that I got with it...
I has a sad.
I set up a few things here to auto-fill usernames [minetest name = username] and log chat in case someone makes a complaint over something that was allegedly said.
You can run it from a network location [or locally, which I suggest] and set one to act as a server for the entire group.
Joanne (3rd June 2014)
downloading as we speak!
I run a tech club wed and fri lunchtimes. I started with coding and computational thinking I found a couple of good resources as an intro to it playing games / solving puzzles.
Anybody can learn | Code.org - this also has a teacher sign up were you can have a teacher account and track kids progress
CodeMonkey - similar to code.org but has them actually writing some code
Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share - a few kids have just started this and have them writing a simple rock/paper/scissor game
a few others im hoping to move onto are:
Greenfoot - java IDE / Library for writing games aimed at kids with a community for sharing.
W3Schools Online Web Tutorials
some others that I also want to look at:
Learn to code | Codecademy and CodingBat Java
I also plan to look into other tech areas 3D Drawing (sketchup) in preparation for making a stronger case to get a 3D printer and some music production using DAWs.
awesome, thanks! I've been having a play with scratch, but I just don't have the vision!
There are some intro tutorials to run through on scratch, and the ability to "look inside" any project that is submitted in the community is great, something that I tell my kids is the way you learn how to program is by reading and understanding other peoples code.
There is also another resource for scratch for educators (something I only found recently)
I haven't had much time to go through it but looks like it could be a great resource to find some lessons that will fit whatever your trying to achieve.
I also started with code.org because that has structured lesson advancement (15-20 hours) and introduces them to the fundamentals. loops, variables and functions. which you need before you can then build on that.
I am also lucky that I come from a software development background (20+ years) so understand what they need to learn very well, something that is hard if you don't understand computational thinking and are trying to learn it at the same time as students.
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Scratch can make some really awesome things. I am just starting to get into it more.
I am looking into how to make 3d models in scratch. Like this one:
3D Isometric Steve on Scratch
Amazingly awesome in such a limited program.
Pivot Stick Figure Animator
Sort of software/sites you see being used in our ICT clubs
I want to start with something easy... maybe espresso coding... I kind of need to ease myself into it because I haven't got a clue how to interact with children effectively. It's going to take all of my will power to not swear!!
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