Join us for Hour of Code!

November 27, 2017 Alex Fleck

The Minecraft Coding Agent stands next to the Minecraft Hour of Code environment, with the title "Minecraft"

As an educator, you've seen firsthand how Minecraft’s sandbox environment ignites students’ creativity to make learning fun and collaborative. Educators are using Minecraft: Education Edition across a wide range of subjects from social studies to STEM, and we’ve seen particularly exciting results when it's combined with Computer Science. That isn't surprising! Coding is one of the most creative activities a student can do, giving them the opportunity to build with no limitations except their own creativity. That's why we're excited to announce that for the third year in a row, we're partnering with Code.org to bring coding skills to students across Canada and the world! During Computer Science Education Week, running from December 4th to 10th , we invite you to participate in an Hour of Code.

We've worked with Code.org to create tutorials featuring Minecraft challenges that teach kids the principles of coding. There's a brand new one this year! Hero’s Journey introduces a character called The Agent, who students can lead through 12 new challenges that teach core coding concepts like loops, debugging, and functions. It's available at code.org/minecraft today!

An Hour of Code tutorial featuring the MinecraftAgent.
One of the Hour of Code tutorials featuring a Minecraft environment.

It’s free and you can use it to teach across iOS, Android, and Windows platforms. Once they've completed the tutorial, students can import their code into Minecraft: Education Edition and bring their work to life, or share it out to their friends. Learn more about the tutorial at education.minecraft.net/hour-of-code. If you're new to coding in the classroom, check out our Hour of Code Facilitation Training on the Microsoft Educator Network. Try out the Code.org tutorials with studentsor create out a coding activity of your ownand share your experience on social media using the hashtags #HourOfCode and #MinecraftEDU.
Happy coding!

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For more teaching resources, courses, and connections with a network of innovative educators, visit the Microsoft Educator Network. Learn about Microsoft tools for teachers, school leaders, and education IT pros at microsoft.ca/education. To access free training sessions, get in touch with our Microsoft Learning Consultants.

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