Minecraft Education Edition is a version of Minecraft specifically designed for classroom use. Like the original game, Minecraft Education Edition allows players to explore, gather resources, and create in a virtual world. However, Education Edition also includes unique features tailored for learning, like chemistry and physics interactions.
One way teachers can further enhance Minecraft Education Edition is through the use of mods. Mods, short for "modifications", are user-created addons that change or expand different aspects of the game. There are many websites where teachers can download free mods to add new mobs, blocks, items, and mechanics to their Minecraft worlds.
Installing mods on the PC version of Minecraft Education Edition is straightforward. Most mods are simple files that can be dragged into the "mods" folder. Other mods may require a tool like Forge to install properly. For the mobile version, mods can be imported directly in the "Add-Ons" menu within the game.
This guide will cover how to find the best mods for education, install them properly on both platforms, use mods effectively in the classroom, and make sure students stay safe while modding.
Installing Mods on PC
Installing mods on the PC version of Minecraft Education Edition requires using a mod loader like Forge and manually moving the mod files into the mods folder.
The first step is to download and install a mod loader like Forge. Forge allows you to easily install multiple mods by managing dependencies and providing an API for mods to hook into the game. You can download the latest version of Forge from the official website.
Next, you'll need to find and download the actual mods you want to install. Popular sites to find Education Edition mods include MCPEDL and MinecraftMods. Make sure to stick to mods designed for the Education Edition version and read descriptions and comments to ensure compatibility.
Once you've downloaded your desired mods, locate the mods folder within your Minecraft installation folder. This is usually under AppData/Roaming/.minecraft/mods. Simply drag and drop the mod files (.jar files) into this mods folder.
Finally, launch Minecraft through the Forge loader. You should see the mods enabled within the Forge "Mods" menu. Now you can create a world and start experiencing mods in Minecraft Education Edition!
Installing Mods on Mobile
Installing mods on the mobile version of Minecraft Education Edition is easy once you find some mobile-friendly mods. Many mod sites like MCPEDL now designate which mods will work for the mobile version.
Once you've downloaded a mobile-friendly mod, open up Minecraft Education Edition on your phone or tablet and go to the "Add-Ons" section. Here you can select the mod file you downloaded and click "Import". This will install the mod and make it available in your Education Edition game.
The main thing is to stick to mods specifically made for the mobile version. Trying to install mods for the desktop version likely won't work properly. Overall the process is straightforward - just find a good mobile mod and import it through the Add-Ons menu in the app.
Finding the Best Mods
When getting started with mods in Minecraft Education Edition, it's important to find ones that are popular, functional, and align with curriculum goals. Some of the top mods that teachers and students recommend include:
WorldEdit is one of the most popular mods for Minecraft Education Edition. It allows teachers and students to easily edit their Minecraft worlds by copying, pasting, and filling regions with blocks. This makes constructing large structures like castles or cities much faster and easier. WorldEdit is available on many mod sites like MCPEDL (https://mcpedl.com).
Pixelmon adds hundreds of Pokémon into Minecraft, allowing players to catch, train, and battle with their favorite creatures. This mod can engage students in STEM subjects like biology while also appealing to their interests. Pixelmon requires Forge to install and can be complex, so it may be better suited for older grades.
ChemistryCraft introduces real chemistry concepts like elements, compounds, and chemical reactions into Minecraft. Students can experiment by combining elements to create new substances. This mod from MCPEDL can help middle and high school students learn chemistry in an engaging, hands-on way.
There are also many themed mods that align with popular franchises, historical periods, or careers. For example, teachers may use Jurassic World, Star Wars, or Ancient Greece mods to immerse students in particular topics or time periods that complement their curriculum. The key is finding reputable mods that are age-appropriate, functional, and enhance student learning.
Using Mods in the Classroom
Teachers looking to incorporate mods into lessons should first test them in a separate Minecraft Education Edition world. This allows you to preview the gameplay, content, and suitability for your students. Set clear rules and expectations around appropriate mod usage in the classroom. Students may get excited exploring new mods, so guidelines keep them focused. Finally, choose mods that directly complement your curriculum to enhance learning. Mods can bring abstract concepts to life through immersive worlds and simulations.
For example, a middle school science teacher could use the ChemistryCraft mod when teaching about elements and chemical reactions. Students can experiment with realistic properties of elements like flammability, radioactivity, and conductivity. The teacher may limit creative mode with this mod, so students follow the scientific method - forming hypotheses, gathering materials, combining elements, observing reactions, and analyzing results.
With thoughtful implementation, mods engage students and support standards-based learning objectives in Minecraft Education Edition.