Hosting Minecraft for schools
I wrote about Minecraft in Edu in Sep 2010 but didn't expect it would have any legs yet to my astonishment the company I work for has been asked to provide a "safe and secure" Minecraft hosting solution for schools.
Here is what we do have:
Lots of hosting space/power/capacity.
A front end that takes a user/password and authenticates them through to the embedded JSP.
A solid understanding of auth on Apache inc. Shib.
Here is what we don't have:
An active interest/time to learn about the Minecraft server.
Here is what I need:
Someone that has experience of the Minecraft server to potentially do an hour or so consultancy/configuring a minecraft server deployment w/ bukkit and a bunch of config changes. The main config chance is I want to be able to only allow access once the user has authenticated with the front end[apache/php based auth] w/ the scope of expanding to Shib based SSO in the future.
I would also be interesting in hearing your thoughts/opinions/experiences of the use Minecraft in education and if anyone would be interested in us trying to negotiate Edu licensing(unless this already exists[I can't find it!]).
We're more of a development company w/ a focus on technology than a focus on pedagogy we have partnered w/ a company that will be providing the lesson plans etc.
Note: I'm aware of @minecraftteachr --