Minecraft: Education Edition Content Creation Kit and Design Guide

06 Aug 2021

Minecraft is one of the most popular games of all time, beloved by players of all ages around the world. Most learners easily engage with Minecraft: Education Edition because of their familiarity with the basic game mechanics of Minecraft.  (source: MediaMikes)

Minecraft: Education Edition is a game-based learning platform that develops creativity, collaboration, communication, and problem-solving in an immersive learning environment.

These future-ready skills develop organically while learners play Minecraft: Education Edition. Minecraft: Education Edition offers unlimited inventory of blocks in creative mode, empowering learners with endless avenues for creative expression. In multiplayer games, learners collaborate on ideas, communicate to complete projects, develop critical thinking skills, and solve problems.

Minecraft: Education Edition in Minecraft: Education Edition, minimal limitations are placed on each learner, allowing them to roam and change their virtual world at will. Students naturally create content in the open-world environment by writing their own unique story. In contrast to a progression-style game, this type of sandbox game emphasizes roaming and allows a learners  to select tasks (source: Technopedia).

Minecraft: Education Edition is cross-curricular, providing the opportunity for students to simultaneously explore math and coding concepts while learning about social studies, science, or language arts. The diverse combination of skills used in Minecraft: Education Edition spans across all ages and grade levels.

We are excited to announce the availability of the Minecraft: Education Edition Content Creation Kit, designed to empower school districts/divisions everywhere with an understanding of how to design and plan customized instruction content with Minecraft: Education Edition.   Design game-based learning for a classroom or after-school program or create an RFP to have an external builder create something for you!

Guidance is provided around 4 key topics:

  • Driving Learning Objectives with Minecraft: Education Edition
  • Assessing Learning
  • Designing and Building Content Yourself or With a World Builder
  • Content Development Process

To assist you in building inspiring and immersive learning content by incorporating broader game design, we have also launched the Minecraft: Education Edition Design Document. These design principles are from the perspective of the Principal Minecraft: Education Edition game designer and address what makes a great world for immersive and engaging learning by exposing successful design principles specific to Minecraft: Education Edition.

Anyone can become a content builder, whether a teacher modifying a lesson or a school system creating district-wide curriculum.

Screenshot from the Manito Ahbee Aki lesson pack

A prime example of custom content for Minecraft: Education was created by the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, the capital of central Canada’s province of Manitoba. LRSD wanted to provide students an opportunity to learn about the Anishinaabe Peoples, their cultures, and the histories of their region through Manito Ahbee Aki, the world’s first Anishinaabe community built in Minecraft.

New to Minecraft: Education Edition in the classroom? Start exploring here. If you work in a camp, club, homeschool organization, non-profit, or another setting outside the traditional classroom, Minecraft: Education Edition is also available to your learners. Find out how.