Information from my MACUL2014 and ITEEA 2014 Conference presentations about the Raspberry Pi and Minecraft Pi Edition can be found on this page.
Raspberry Pi links
- What is the Raspberry Pi, Anyway? (an overview by MAKE Magazine)
- The Raspberry Pi Foundation (creators of the Raspberry Pi)
Minecraft Pi Edition links
- Honey Creek Minecraft camp (includes daily reflections from 2013 camp)
- Download Minecraft Pi Edition for your Raspberry Pi
- News on the raspberrypi.org site about Minecraft Pi Edition
- The Kano OS is available to download for free, and includes a version of Minecraft Pi Edition featuring block-based program. It holds a lot of potential for providing an easier starting point for programming in Minecraft than having to write Python code initially.
Learning Python on the Raspberry Pi
- Getting started with Python + Minecraft Pi
- Another Getting Started guide, this one from the Raspberry Pi Foundation
- The Stuff About Code site features an excellent API tutorial and the essential Python API reference.
General “Kids Learning to Code” links
- The Hour of Code group has been quite successful in elevating the profile of teaching programming in schools, and they feature a whole set of activities and tools for teaching these concepts.
- The Raspberry Pi Foundation has a nice set of links to activities students might use to learn to code on the Raspberry Pi
- 8 Projects for Hour of Code from Kano
Extensions and Options
- ScriptCraft for CraftBukkit is a plugin that allows programming and making mods for the PC version of Minecraft. It is significantly easier than learning Java (which is required to make mods normally).
#makerED and Professional Learning links
- Andrew Carle is an incredibly thoughtful educator who runs a Maker program. This post does a great job of thinking through what it looks like to work on projects where you or your students don’t necessarily know everything you need at the beginning.
- The K-12 MakerEd site is a great starting point, and if you are on Twitter, the #makerED hashtag is well worth following. There are #makerED chats every Tuesday at 9PM EST.