M:EE Version 1.7 Update! Featuring In-game coding & world library

by Matt Hawkins 4 years, 2 months ago

From the Minecraft: Education Edition team:

I am excited to share that we have released a new version of Minecraft Education Edition (version 1.7) that includes in-game coding!  The Code Builder Update is available today for all users: check out the blogpost here.

We want to make sure that you have an idea of what to expect in the Code Builder Update so teachers and IT support can continue to deliver a smooth experience in the classroom.

The update is now available for all users on Windows 10, macOS and iPad. All Windows 10 users will receive an automatic update during the next login. MacOS users will have to reinstall Minecraft: Education Edition to access the updated version. The iPad app will automatically update, depending on your settings. The download for PC and Mac is located here.

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A Brief Description of release 1.7:

The Code Builder Update for Minecraft: Education Edition brings Code Builder into the game; with an easy keyboard or touch command, you can open this coding feature and use code commands with Microsoft MakeCode or Tynker to build in Minecraft. Use Code Builder to introduce computer science concepts to your students, and provide flexible and fun ways to engage in coding across the curriculum. Minecraft Education offers professional development, tutorials and free lessons for all educators – no matter what your experience level.

New features:

  • In-Game Coding
    • Code Builder can now be used in the game rather than via a separate app: now launch Code Builder by pressing "C" if you are using a mouse/keyboard or, for iPad and touch screens, by pressing the Agent icon next to pause/chat on the top center of the screen. In-game coding supports MakeCode and Tynker.
  • The Library Beta
    • We're shipping a beta version of the Library (available via button on home screen), a feature which allows players to view and download worlds in-game without having to go to our website
  • Support for new users
    • On-screen control guide: We've added mouse and keyboard control tips to the screen to help new players learn the fundamentals of movement, breaking/placing, and more. This can be turned off in Settings.
    • Added Education Content in How to Play menu.
    • Educator Resources: This button on the home screen takes users to a webpage devoted to onboarding new users, with links to training, lessons and community content.

Please Note:

  • Update does not install on Windows 10 version 1511 or earlier
  • To use other Code.org or Scratch, you can continue to use the Code Connection app. The slash command /code no longer works.

For more information on Coding with Minecraft, visit aka.ms/hoc2018 where we provide resources like Minecraft Hour of Code, professional development and standards-aligned lessons.

We hope you find value in this update. It is always our goal to ensure that our product meets requirements and expectations of educators from all over the world. If you have any feedback please let us know about it here. If you would like speak directly with our support team please send us a message here.