Code Builder Update for Minecraft: Education Edition released

Code Builder Update for Minecraft: Education Edition released.

Download the Code Builder Update here, or learn how to obtain a license or free trial here.

How to Use Code Builder

It is easy to launch Code Builder in this new version of Minecraft: Education Edition. Once you open a world, simply press ‘C’ on the keyboard. If you’re using an iPad or touch device, select the Agent icon at the top of your screen.

You will have the choice of learn-to-code platforms when you open Code Builder. We are excited to continue our partnerships with Microsoft MakeCode and Tynker as we continue to evolve game-based coding with Minecraft.

The Agent now displays its coordinates as you code. Find your Agent easily using the Agent Spawn Egg to make your lessons even more efficient. You can also target your Agent via commands and remove agents from the world (using the slash command /remove).

The Code Connection companion application is no longer necessary with this update to in-game coding with Minecraft: Education Edition.

What else is part of the Code Builder Update?

  • The Library Beta: We’re shipping a beta version of the Library, a new feature that allows players to view and download worlds in-game without having to leave Minecraft and go to our website. You will see a new ‘Library’ button on your home screen and a list of dynamically generated templates in your list of available templates when creating a new world. We also added the ability to ‘deep link’ to content in the Library from outside the game.
  • On-screen Control Guide: We know that, for some educators, using Minecraft: Education Edition is a new experience, and it can be challenging to get use to the game controls. Educators will now have a control guide directly on screen to get you up and running in a Minecraft world. These controls will update depending on how you use the game, and you can turn them off in the settings menu once you’re comfortable using the controls.
  • Educator Resources: We also added an Educator Resources button on the home screen (which will show up for teacher tenants only) that connects users with professional development, training, lessons and community content on our website. In addition, if you are a new user or introducing Minecraft: Education Edition to your students, now you can find Education content in the game’s How to Play menu.

Learn to code with Minecraft

Use Code Builder to introduce computer science to your students, or to explore the subject yourself. Minecraft Education offers professional development, tutorials and free lessons for all educators – no matter what your experience level.

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