At its education event earlier in May, Microsoft unveiled its latest effort to help kids learn how to code: Code Builder for Minecraft Education Edition. Initially available in Beta, Microsoft is now launching Code Builder for everyone with the latest update to Minecraft Education Edition.
Code Builder essentially makes it easy for teachers and students to dive into coding within the world of Minecraft with visual code blocks that can be dragged and dropped in place with immediate results. From Microsoft:
A couple of other tweaks in this Minecraft Education Edition update apply to Classroom Mode and Command Blocks. Teachers can now control the weather, destructive items, mobs, and more via classroom mode. Meanwhile, Command Blocks will let players bring Minecraft commands to in-game blocks to perform specialized tasks.
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My son's previous teacher is implementing this in to her science and technology curriculum next year.
What does this mean for gamers?
We are in the same boat. At least my son's school used the Minecraft-themed coding lessons on https://code.org. Since Minecraft Education Edition is not an option, I am directing him to Small Basic. It's probably good for him anyway, since he is more than ready to move on from drag-n-drop programming to programming with a keyboard. Small Basic can be installed as a Win32 app or from the Windows Store. Microsoft did a great job packing in a lot of features into a kid-friendly IDE. Programs can be run standalone, and can be exported to Visual Studio when the budding programmer is ready for more advanced programming. There is a good series of books to teach not only Small Basic, but some of the algorithms behind games and other applications. (Those of you who cut your teeth typing game code out of David Ahl's books will find a familiar title in a new edition, sans the now obsolete line numbers.) You can find them at https://www.computerscienceforkids.com/. The publisher also has books for learning VB, C#, Unity, and Java. Tip: buy direct from the publisher, instead of Amazon, if you want free access to the downloadable program files.
what about code builder for windows 10 edition so i can learn how to do it :D
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