Tynker is a blocky programming language that can be used with Minecraft Education. There are a number of tutorials to follow that walk the learner through many of the skills needed to program a computer. There are also Agent Trials that relate to a specific Agent Trials world. These trials further define the learners programming skills. Finally if the user logs into the Code Connection Tynker interface then Projects can be created and saved by the learner.
Learners will learn the basic structures of computer programming including:
They will also learn how to get their computer programs working (debugging), adding comments to their programs to document and inform what the program is designed to do.
The artefact of this work can be seen by taking a screen shot of:
This means putting the Code Connection window side by side the Minecraft window. Running the program and observing the outcome (operation) of the program. Take a screen shot using the PrtSC key. Paste the screen shot into an image manipulation program. Save it as a JPEG.
LEARNING TO CODE USING TYNKER (Minecraft Education)
This diagram shows the Tynker Code Connection screen on the right. There are: 1. Minecraft tutorials 2. Projects (made by you) 3. Agent trials
TO START MINECRAFT 1. Search for Minecraft on your computer and click to run 2. Enter your AC email address using your id code (firstname.lastname@example.org) 3. Wait ... for the minecraft login to redirect and then enter your AC computer network password Note: the esckey will allow you to leave minecraft temporarily
TO START THE CODE CONNECTION 1. Find the code connection shortcut on the computers desktop, double-click the shortcut 2. Copy the code (don't close the code connection) 3. Login back into minecraft and press t for the console 2. Use ctrl+v to paste the code into the console and press enter