Session Topic: Minecraft
Session Facilitator: Alice M
Session Recorder: Cassie Fox
4th – 12th grade – IT dept. purchased user names to be used by groups
- Buttons & fuse bead crafts
- Technology problems interfere with fluidity & success of program – especially difficult when you do not have tech. staff present who can help
Monthly in adult computer lab – teen volunteers help (they have experience)
- Program is for ages 8-12
- In-house accounts for patron use
Minecraftedu launcher http://minecraftedu.com/ – one computer reserved for minecraft server
- Teacher can set world that everyone connects to
- Facebook group – Minecraft in Libraries
Minecraft Scavenger Hunt
- Helps to acquaint kids with program – IT staff or teen created
Minecraft Monday – use computer lab, dummy accounts, kids are encouraged to come with knowledge – 4//5th grade & sometimes middle schoolers, they can log in from home on external server (with IP address given by attending a program) – limited access to those who have been added – this helps kids to have a known group to play with and reassures parents of a safe environment
Monthly Program – sign-up ahead of time, they can come four times in a row and then space must be available for someone else to come, free play
Monthly Programs split into age groups – separate server for library use, doesn’t seem to do well with mods or additional maps
Tips & Extras:
- Very popular – spots fill fast!
- Food bribes not necessary
- 4 – 5, 4:30 – 5:30 good times – they need the full time to use
- Consider your space – near quiet areas can cause issues
- Work closely with IT dept.
- Consider after hours program
- Minecraft can be played on the Raspberry Pi
- It does not run as easily on WiFi
- Encourages kids/teens to work together – lots of advice offered
- Everything may not work smoothly – success comes with experience and preparation!
- No teen volunteers? Troll computers for kids playing Minecraft and ask for their help
- Option when World Crashes – use LAN Party (from minecraft website) – will be very basic
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