Once you have decided you want to use Minecraft in your school, and your school has agreed with you that it’s a good idea and worth a try, you’ll have to solve a number of issues. Luckily, there are many places where you can – nowadays – turn to for help. It’s fantastic how willing those who have fought this battle on their own are to help overcome these obstacles!
Some starting points
You’d be well advised to read these blog posts first of all:
Rob Newberry’s “Some Thoughts on Setting Up Minecraft in School”
MinecraftTeacher’s advice for setting up a Minecraft club.
And Liam O’Donnell’s Teacher’s Guide to setting up a Minecraft server at your school, as well as his Teacher’s Guide: Organizing student accounts on a school Minecraft server.
Technical issues: To serve or not to serve…
You will have to decide whether to run your own server, or to use a server provided by someone else.
Hosting your own server
Lucas Gillispie put a good introduction to the issues involved in running your own server on the MinecraftInSchool workspace. He also outlines a number of organisational issues you should clarify in your school at the outset.
http://minecraftedu.com offers know-how to educators as well as Minecraft licenses for schools at reduced rates.
MinecraftEDU was set up by @MinecraftTeacher Joel Levin and others. It is an international collaborative project, and is cooperating with Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, so that it is able to offer educational game licences at considerable discount. They are hoping to introduce training for educators soon, and they are offering a “mod,” or modifying piece of software, aimed specifically at those intending to use Minecraft in their schools.
MinecraftEDU could possibly solve a lot of initial problems these educators could have:
At the very outset, the mod tackles one of the biggest barriers to implementing Minecraft at school — that is, setting up your own private Minecraft server. The MinecraftEDU mod allows teachers to do this with just a few clicks, turning their own PCs (Mac, Windows or Linux) into a local server. Audrey Watters
This site also contains precise information on what needs to be done to set up Minecraft in a school through MinecraftEDU, and what the cost involved are.
Using a server
If you decide to use the services of an outside provider to set up your students for play, here are some where you could start your search:
https://clients.aim2game.com/cart.php lists servers and how much they cost to run
Please note that PrimaryMinecraft does not accept any responsibility for the quality, or lack thereof, of any of the services mentioned here. We’re happy to add others, just contact us.