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Getting Started with Classroom Mode for Minecraft

Minecraft: Education Edition (#MinecraftEE) has a couple of add-on tools that support the use of Minecraft in an educational setting, Classroom Mode for Minecraft, and Code Builder. This post offers a brief “getting started” overview for the first add-on, Classroom Mode for Minecraft.

  1. Make sure you have the latest downloads of
  2. Launch Minecraft: Education Edition and Login with your O365 account.
  3. Choose a world to share. (If you do not have one yet, click Create New.)
  4. The world will load and you will appear in the world.
  5. Press ESC to return to the menu, and select Settings
  6.  Under “World,” click Multiplayer. Ensure that both Multiplayer Game and Broadcast to LAN are on (toggled to the right).
  7. Press ESC to return to the menu, and then Resume Game.
  8. Launch Classroom Mode for Minecraft on the same machine (for initial testing purposes), and Login with your O365 account.
  9. In Classroom Mode, you should see a Connect dialogue, and your hosted world should be listed under LAN, displaying your username and your IP address. Click that entry to view that world in Classroom Mode.
  10. You will then see the map of the hosted world. You should see yourself located on the map. If you move around in the Minecraft: Education Edition world. you should see your pointer moving around on the map.

If the source (host) world is closes down, you will see the following dialogue on formerly connected machines.

Note: Classroom Mode for Minecraft is different from the @TeacherGaming #MinecraftEDU product, which provided a server+control interface. The current Classroom Mode for Minecraft offers primarily a method by which you connect to an already hosted world, be that a teacher-hosted world, or one hosted by a student, and observe where students are located. 

The website provides two tutorials for using Classroom Mode for Minecraft.

You can check them out here:

A PDF version of this post is also available for printing.

Today My World Was Different

On April First, 2014, when I was exploring my world, it sounded different. I wanted to remember this special day, so I recorded the sounds using my boom blocks.

Here is what it sounded like!

I hope that you enjoyed your time in your MineCraft world today, and that you have some nice memories of your April Fool, 2014 day.


Welcome to Mine Craft

Welcome to my blog. It is here that I hope to document some of my adventures, and my learning, and mine craft.  Mine craft of MineCraft. 

Although I say that I was once a little green ball of clay, in fact, I am a real person, an educator, who enjoys playing and learning with others in the world of MineCraft. I spend most of my MineCraft time either playing with my own children, or with other educators and learners on the GamingEDUs Professional Play server.  I also do other things, just not as Gumby_Blockhead.  

  • If you are new to MineCraft, you may enjoy learning some things about MineCraft along with me.
  • If you are an educator, you may enjoy learning some things about Learning with MineCraft, again, along with me. I hope we can have conversations here in this space, and come to a better understanding within this context about larger broader ideas like creativity, motivation, community, collaboration, character, and other important stuff.
In case you run into me in world, this is what I look like.

In case you run into me in a MineCraft world, right now I look like this.

In case you run into me in a MineCraft world, right now I look like this. If I am in Survival play (my natural learning habitat) I will likely be wearing iron armour, like this.  In real life, however, I look  like neither of these, nor am I green.