Mark Suter

“Learning to program is more fun when you can’t wait to see it run.”
-Unintentional rhyme by student

Using the free mod ComputerCraftEDU, my 6th grade students gave instructions to their “turtle”, asking it to build them a house.

My gameplan:

A student suggested a great modification that I implemented immediately, and that is to build the house by hand first, then, the blueprint. Duh, why didn’t I think of that. I am always a student, and sometimes a teacher.

Blueprint Minecraft Turtle house

I gave a 3-minute instruction on the turtle using drag n drop commands. I intentionally did not use repeat blocks, as it was part of the plan to show them a way that works but is more time consuming, thereby creating a desire for a more efficient method…enter “loops” concept!



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Students created animated gifs (It’s pronounced “Jiff”!) using screenshots that they uploaded to (Use the “slideshow” option to make an animated gif from images). Here’s some examples of their work:


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