How do I set up a server for Minecraft at school?

@falconcadet, my key tech leader for our schools Minecraft server, has put together some information to help others set up their own servers for educational purposes. @falconcadet works closely with @jokay from @jokaydiaMiners, she is his mentor supporting his understanding of considerations regarding server management from a technical and community perspective. So follow this link to find out how to set up your own school server – Minecraft in School

ProjectMIST taught teachers about Minecraft and other online tools

Recently we had some wonderful students present at the TATE/ALEA state conference about literacy and how Minecraft can be used. To read about what they spoke about visit our schools newsletter – Riverside High School Pendulum.

Home Sweet Home by Skylarox

Our Home Sweet Home

Written by Skyelarox

When I first came on the Minecraft Grade 8 Survival Island, I accidently spawned on someone’s sky block (whoops). I jumped of and with luck on my side I landed in the water. Unfortunately for me though I landed right next to a creeper, a very angry one. I swam to the island opposite to the one I was on and started digging into what was going to be our awesome house.

 Soon afterwards Pinkyrose103 and Kaylie103 joined me in the little house. It wasn’t very big but we eventually made it into an office, with all the survival equipment we would need.

I felt like we needed some more space, so I started building upstairs. It wasn’t as big as downstairs so I decided to make it my bedroom.

After adding the finishing touches to my super cool yet small bedroom, I was thinking about what to do for my project. Then I thought of the best project ever! A trading post!

We got straight to work. I built the trading post in the water so it would attract more attention. Plus it was right in front of our house, which faces the other island. I was sure this would get attention!

Back to our awesome house. After Pinkyrose103 and I placed the finishing touches to our greatest project ever, we continued working on our home.

However, Kaylie103 had moved out of our home and made herself a tree house and went to work on her own project (shame). So that just left me and Pinkyrose103. But we were fine with that. I like working as a duo.

We had collected some crops after the past few Minecraft days so I built us a place to grow them. A glass house! It was a really good idea because monsters couldn’t get in. Neither can other people. Another great expansion to our fabulous home!

Not long after the glasshouse expansion, we had collected some sheep so we needed a place to keep them all. So Pinkyrose103 built us a basement. Not too shabby looking at that point. But we had a huge problem. Lag! Boy was that annoying! I couldn’t play on the school server for days! Eventually the admins got rid of them all. Good riddance!

Because of the whole sheep lag thing we had an empty room which looked pretty dull. So I made it into the best room in the house! The Basement!

Our basement includes all of our crafting tables an furnaces, and a chest that we keep all of our spare materials. Plus we have a stand that we keep all of our cakes on. It looks great at this point. I wonder what I’ll add on next.

Just in – I built us a Hallway of Glory! Or for short an Achievements Room. I’ve set up some achievements for Pinkyrose103 and I. It includes achievements for us to accomplish while on the server. They are in order from easy to hard.

I needed somewhere to keep all of my precious things like diamond and emerald, so I built myself a loot room. I can finally place my things in a place I know they’ll be safe.

I’ve been on a little break from my house construction, but I’ve done heaps of other things like a private island for Pinkyrose103 and I, went exploring and found a mushroom island and also continue our project. Plus we found an abandoned mineshaft and collected pumpkin and melon seeds! Yay! Plus we found lots of diamond and emerald. I think we’re the richest out of all the grade 8 survivors!

After the break we had I built us an enchantment table and a Nether Portal with the obsidian we found. Pinkyrose103 also made herself her own room to keep her stuff in. It’s behind the Enchantment Room.

Thanks for joining us on our little adventure building our house. So far it looks fantastic! We’ll have further updates about our little home soon enough.

We hope you liked our work!

Skyelarox and Pinkyrose103


gingerninjajc888 has been working hard with redstone

Roller coasters are all the range when at a theme park, it is no different in Minecraft. Only this time we get to build them! We have to make them work, if you know how the dynamics of redstone and circuits work then you are going to have success. I have built this in creative. I learnt that it is a lot easier to do this in creative as in survival you have limited resources. It is important to figure out different aspects of your roller coaster ride and doing this in survival can be a bit of a waste of precious resource. Once you have it figured out it’s good to give yourself a challenge or goal in a harder place like survival.creeper riding rollercoaster creepers like rollercoasters rollercoaster1 rollercoaster2 rollercoaster3 rollercoaster4 rollercoaster5 rollercoaster6 rollercoaster7 rollercoaster8 zombie riding rollercoaster

Niflheim is next

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Muspelheim. The land of fire giants. I have populated it with Magma cubes and blazes. It is mostly lava and stone, with some netherack.

The world tree Yggdrasil has many levels, and the one I am planning next is Niflheim, the Norse land of the dead. It is a cold world, so it will be made of ice, snow and iron, populated by iron golems and skeletons. Niflheim is ruled by Hel, a goddess that has half of her body dead and half of her body alive. In my Yggdrasil, Niflheim and muspelheim is located underground, the rest are found above it.

In Norse mythology, Muspelheim is the land of the Fire Jotun, Jotun means giants. They are ruled by Surtr, who is suppose to cover the earth in fire during Ragnarok.