@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
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.
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
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.
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.
Wonders of the World Project
With my favourite fonts Franklin Gothic Demi Cond and Segoe UI (Ringing endorsement), I will begin this project.
This project started last year, in Minecraft 1st half, when Overkill785 and we decided with no real thinking that this would be our project. It may have been slightly too big task for a 6 month course, but oh well. This project was, replicating the 7 Ancient Wonders and 7 New Wonders of the world + Some relevant extras in Minecraft. And we also wanted to do them as close to 1:1 scale as we could. THAT was the hard part. We had 16 things we wanted to make. Only 8 or so have been made yet. Yeah.
We worked on them after our half was finished because we felt this was a personal project more than a school one. We were actually interested in what we were doing.
So anyway, come 2013, we’re both doing Minecraft but in different halves this year. We are continuing the project from where we left off with Overkill785 re-joining the project later. And with any luck, we’ll finish it this year, which will kinda be our last chance.
I waited until the server was updated to 1.5 because most wonders incorporate marble. We have something similar. Quartz, which looks pretty much like marble will be our most useful block. Before that I just did Pokémon (Hooray for using the accented e) pixel art. That’s done now, but this is gonna be better.
At this point I’ll be doing updates like this maybe slightly usually? Yeah…
The wonders are (Finished ones underlined):
- Great Pyramid of Giza (I’ll call this Khufu from now on because that’s an annoyingly long name)
- Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
- Temple of Artemis
- Lighthouse of Alexandria
- Colossus of Rhodes
- Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- Statue of Zeus
- Chichen Itza
- Machu Picchu
- Cristo Redentor
- Taj Mahal
- Great Wall of China
- Ishtar Gate
Was considered the 7th Wonder until the Lighthouse of Alexandria took its place
Was built in tandem with Khufu
Thanks Colin for providing us with this opportunity 🙂