We work closely with the educator community to provide a library of lesson plans that can help apply Minecraft: Education Edition to a variety of teaching and curriculum needs. These lesson plans are available in the Class Resources area of the website, and we’ll continue to add more in the months ahead.
Creating a lesson in Minecraft: Education Edition is not complicated, but it does require some planning. You probably have experience creating lesson plans for your students, now it is time to bring them to life in Minecraft: Education Edition. Here is a checklist of things you’ll need to create your lesson. Click on the links to be provided with tips for each step of your lesson creation journey.
There are several locations available to create a lesson, but we will be using the most common: the dashboard method. To reach your dashboard, log in to the website and visit the “Classroom” tab.
Any purple button saying “+ create a new lesson” will get you to the lesson submission stage.
We provide a few standard photos, but the best way to make your lesson stand out to others is to provide a screenshot within your Minecraft-based (or adapted for Minecraft) lesson world.
Image via Class Village, Rebecca Elliott
Tips to try
Image via Ship-Trap Island, parts 1-3, Ben Spieldenner
Things to avoid
Creating a good title for your lesson makes the difference between lessons that are seen often, and lessons that are hard to find by other educators. They should be specific, easy to understand, and simple.
The description field is kept deliberately short but should not just be the first part of your introduction repeated. It is only seen one time so first impressions are important.
Things to avoid
Think of this area as a longer description, designed for people who have already clicked through to view your lesson. You can make a reinforcing statement about your lesson (like in “Climate Change”) or go in depth to elaborate your original short description, for example:
Short description: Explore and create stories in The Baddlands
Introduction: Students can explore the rich story setting and use it as a platform on which to build and develop their own characters, settings, and events.
(example from: The Baddlands, Simon Baddeley)
You can click more than one box here, but if you find yourself checking all the boxes, perhaps consider using “all ages” instead.
You can select up to a maximum of three subject areas.
Student Ages and Subjects are currently the filters you can set on the “Find a Lesson” page to filter lessons. Make it easy for your lesson to be found by using them.
You can select up to a maximum of three skill areas.
This drop-down defaults to English, but we accept lessons in other languages.
A well-defined learning objective defines the rest of the activity. You can add as many as you need by using + ADD LEARNING OBJECTIVE. They will show up as a bullet point list in your lesson.
Guiding Ideas and Questions
Providing guiding ideas and questions helps provide context for the lesson, and occasionally can provide suggestions for other educators using your lesson.
This section is designed to outline the exact steps needed by students to meet the learning objectives. Student Activities should also demonstrate or suggest how to use Minecraft to achieve these objectives, and often refer to the supporting files area on the right side of the lesson when published.
Note: Each of these sections provide you with a rich text editor (so you can paste in your lesson from your word processor), and 3000 characters.
If you have websites or videos that support your lesson, these would be a good place to link those. Please be careful linking to external resources you did not create, as content may change without notice.
This is where you upload things like .mcworlds (these should be placed in ZIP files), PDFs, and documents. Be sure to describe all of them clearly with filenames that are distinct.
Congratulations, your lesson is now complete! What’s next?
Save as Draft
If you don’t have time to finish your lesson, please save it as a draft and come back to it later. If for any reason you are not finished and have trouble editing, let our team know.
Submit for Review
Once a lesson is submitted, it goes through two steps by our community team.
We are always looking at ways to improve the lesson submission process, and as educators, your input is valuable to us. Please post your feedback in the feature request section of the website, or send it to support. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you and seeing your community contributions soon. Thank you for supporting Minecraft: Education Edition!
Updated October 3, 2017