Minecraft and Makecode: How to Combine Coding and Serious Play

Thierry Karsenti
University of Montreal

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Room: DPAC – K12
Tue 2:15 p.m.

With our team, we have conducted numerous studies on the impact Minecraft on school achievement. The goal of this presentation is to show how students can have fun playing, creating and building in Minecraft while they learn how to code with Microsoft’s MakeCode platform. Microsoft MakeCode is a free, open source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming. Simply put, with MakeCode, students will program an Agent robot to complete challenges and even change the weather, or as they say in the world of Minecraft: they will make it rain Ocelots and Wolves! My objective is to show how Microsoft MakeCode can bring computer science to life, in a fun, engaging way, for all students with cool projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels. We will also show examples of how some schools and educators are creating inclusive, engaging learning experiences with Microsoft MakeCode.

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