Minecraft Specifically Designed for Classroom Use


Minecraft Specifically Designed for Classroom Use

As you explore the ever-changing Minecraft landscape, build, mine, battle mobs and explore endless possibilities.

Minecraft is a 3D sandbox video game that Markus "Notch” Persson originally created. It is maintained by Mojang Studios which is part of Xbox Game Studios. This, in turn, is part of Microsoft.

Minecraft was almost entirely developed by Notch from its inception until Jens "Jeb” Bergensten began working with him. He has since been the head of its development. It features music by Daniel Rosenfeld, Kumi Taka, and Lena Raine as well as paintings by Kristoffer Zietterstrand. The game was initially released under the name Minecraft Classic on May 17, 2009. It was finally released fully on November 18, 2011. Minecraft has been available on mobile devices and consoles since its original release. Microsoft purchased Minecraft and all Mojang Studios assets for US$2.5 billion on November 6, 2014. Since then, Notch has left Mojang and no longer works on Minecraft.

Minecraft focuses on allowing the player to explore, interact with and modify a dynamically-generated map made of one-cubic-meter-sized blocks. The environment includes blocks as well as plants, mobs, and other items. You can build, mine for ore, fight hostile mobs, and create new blocks and tools from the various resources in the game. Open-ended game design allows players to create structures, creations, and artwork on different multiplayer servers or single-player maps. Redstone circuits are used for remote actions and logic computations, minecarts, tracks, and a mysterious underground world called the Nether. The game's primary goal is to reach the End dimension and defeat the Ender dragon. This goal can be accomplished, but it is completely optional.

Purchase and availability

Bedrock Edition is available on Google Play (Android), Amazon Appstore (Fire), Google Play (Android), Amazon Appstore (iOS & iPadOS), Google Minecraft Official Site (Windows), Microsoft Store/Xbox App (Windows & Xbox One), Nintendo eShop(Nintendo Switch), PlayStation Store (PlayStation 4).

Xbox Game Pass gives you access to Bedrock Edition on Xbox consoles. PC Game Pass gives you access to Java or Bedrock editions for Windows 10/11 PCs. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gives access to Java or Bedrock editions for Windows 10/11 PCs.

Legacy Console Edition can only be purchased on physical media (except Nintendo Switch Edition) or in the respective platform's stores, including Xbox Games Store for Xbox 360 Edition; Wii U Edition is available on Nintendo eShop For Wii U until its discontinuation on March 27, 2023. You cannot purchase the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita editions through a web browser. These editions, including the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One, are no longer available for digital purchase. They have been replaced by Bedrock Edition.

The New Nintendo 3DS Edition is available on physical media (North America only), or on Nintendo eShop. This version has been discontinued. The Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS will also be discontinued.



The user controls the player in the world. The user begins a game by creating a world. It is generated randomly or with a specified seed. A chest containing basic items will be generated near the player if the bonus chest option has been enabled. The player has 10 hearts of health and can be injured by falling, suffocation or drowning, fire lava, lightning and sweet berry bushes. You can reduce damage to your health by wearing armor or using the Resistance effect. You can also restore your health by drinking specific potions and keeping the hunger bar full. Health regenerates itself if the difficulty is set at Peaceful. Hunger can also be a factor, even if the difficulty level is set to Peaceful. It will become more severe over time, and it will get worse if you are running, jumping, or swimming faster. The hunger level can be replenished by food, but eating rotten flesh or raw chicken may cause a hunger effect. Depending on the difficulty level, starvation can cause player to lose their health or even lead to death.

A player can modify their skin via Minecraft.net's profile page, the Minecraft Launcher in Java Edition, and the pause or main menus for Bedrock Edition.


Minecraft is a three-dimensional world made up of cubes. Each cube is occupied by a different type of block. There are many types of blocks, including natural blocks like grass, stone and minerals that randomly generate within the world. There are also blocks that can be crafted by players, such as a furnace and crafting table. You can either use tools or hand to extract resources from blocks. Some resources can be used to create tools or blocks, while others can be used as blocks in the player's inventory. Some are not practical. Some blocks are not breakable by normal survival methods, e.g. Bedrock, end portal frames and command blocks, nether portals, barriers, and air.


Mining is one of Minecraft's main features. It is used to extract ore and other materials from below the map. These ores include iron, coal, gold, redstone and diamond. Mining can be done from the surface or through a cave. Because they are rich in ores, mineshafts or ravines can create additional areas that could contain resources.

Crafting and smelting

Crafting allows players the ability to create new tools or blocks by using items in their inventory. Many subsequent versions include crafting recipes for new items and blocks. To craft, a player can either use the 2x2 grid found in their inventory or the 3x3 grid provided to them by a crafting table. A furnace is required to melt iron. It also requires fuel. The furnace processes the blocks into a more useful form, such as raw iron into iron ingots that can be used to make iron tools and armor.

Brewing and enchanting

A brewing stand is used to brew potions using various ingredients and water. The potion is stored in a glass container and can be consumed by the player, or thrown at other mobs to produce a specific effect. Enchanting can also be used to improve armor, tools, or weapons by using an enchanting table or anvil. You can gain more powerful enchantments by gaining experience and placing bookshelves around an enchanting table.

Mobs, short for "mobiles", are the animals and other creatures found on the map. Passive mobs are more aggressive than hostile mobs and attack the player when provoked. When provoked, neutral mobs attack the player (not all neutral mobs are attacked in the same way).

Many passive mobs can be found in the Overworld and may be killed or bred together.

Pigs can be ridden with a saddle and a carrot on a stick. Cows can also be dropped raw porkchops upon their deaths and can be milked with a bucket.
Sheep: After death, you can drop 1 ounce of raw mutton and 1 ounce of wool. You can also shear sheep to make 1-3 wools.
Chickens: After death, drop the chicken and feathers and start to lay eggs.
Horses can be ridden with a saddle and will travel faster than pigs.
Rabbits: Drop rabbit meat, hide, and its foot. This is a brewing item.
Bats are ambient mobs that fly in and around caves.
Fish: Passive ambient mobs drop a variety of items, such as food and bones (bone meal in Java Edition).
If they are killed while on fire, mobs that drop food will drop the raw version.

The Overworld is home to the following hostile mobs:

Zombies - Attack by melee damage.
Skeletons have infinitely many arrows and a bow.
Spiders can leap great distances and climb walls.
Witches can use potions to almost eliminate many effects.
Creepers: Explode when you are near the player.
Endermen are tall, black creatures with purple eyes that turn aggressive when the player is near them.
Some mobs in the Overworld are rarer and spawn only occasionally or in certain biomes, places, or times.

Spider jockeys - A skeleton riding a web spider.
Chicken jockeys: A baby zombie riding a chicken.
Slimes: They spawn in the swamplands and deep within the map.
Villagers: Can trade with the player and live in villages.
Cats can be tamed to live in villages or swamp huts.
Parrots can imitate nearby hostile mobs and spawn in jungles.
Wolves can be controlled by the player. They can also attack enemy mobs if they are attacked or engaged by the player.
Llamas can store items and make caravans.
Mooshrooms are mushroom-covered cows that spawn within mushroom fields biomes.
Vindicators: They spawn in woodland raids and mansions.
Pillagers: They spawn in raids and outposts that are pillagers.
Evokers: They spawn in raids and woodland mansions.
Phantoms: When a player hasn't slept for three days in-game, they will spawn.
Pandas: Although they spawn in the jungles, they are more common in bamboo forests. They have different personalities.
Some can only be found in the Nether, such as:

Ghasts are flying ghosts that shoot exploding fireballs at players.
Zombified Piglins: Use golden swords to attack in hordes when provoked.
Piglins can barter for ingredients or blocks.
Wither skeletons are tall skeletons who wield stone swords, drop coal, or, occasionally, wither skulls that can be used for summoning an optional boss: The wither.
Blazes: Shoot fireballs at players, and hover above ground
Magma cubes are similar to Overworld slimes but they are more fire-resistant and can do more damage.
Striders: These are the only passive mobs that naturally spawn in the Nether. They can walk on lava, and can be saddled or ridden with a warped mushroom on a stick.
The End contains the Ender Dragon. This is the main boss mob of Minecraft and allows the player exit back to the Overworld if it dies.

Withers are the second boss mob of Minecraft. They can be created by placing wither skulls on top soul sand or soil in a particular pattern. They spawn and shoot wither skulls at non-undead mobs nearby. Additionally, they cause any mob that is hit by the skulls to get The Wither Effect.

The Nether

The Nether is a dimension of Minecraft that can be accessed via a nether portal from the Overworld. It is made up of five distinct biomes: the nether wastes and basalt deltas, crimson and warped forest, and the soul-sand valleys. Each biome is unique in its generation and terrain. It is home to zombified piglins (blazes, ghasts), blazes and ghasts as well as magma cubes, hoglins, piglins, and piglins. The nether also contains nether quartz, nether silver and ancient debris. The Nether also contains large oceans of volcanic lava, which have been walked on by striders.

The End

The End is a dimension in which the player must battle the ender dragon. The End can be accessed by entering an End portal located in a stronghold. End stone is the main ingredient of the End and it is inhabited by endermen. It also has tall obsidian columns on top of which are end stones that heal the ender Dragon. Once the ender dragon has been defeated, an exit portal is created in central of the map. An end gateway portal is located near the edge of the map. This transports the player to the vast outer islands, which are filled with chorus fruit forests, end cities, and chest loot. To access the end gateway portal, you must throw an Ender Pearl. You can also use elytra and trapdoors to get in. The end does not contain any ores.

Multiplayer (Java).

Minecraft multiplayer servers have evolved to include their own rules, customs, and guidelines that are guided by administrators and moderators. The term "griefer", which refers to a player who causes grief on the internet, has been adopted by Minecraft servers as the following: A person who destroys or defiles other users' creations on Minecraft servers.

Administrators make rules because of grievers. However, this has been extended to include modifications to the Minecraft server as well as plugin-based replacement servers like Bukkit. New features that are user-created have been added to Minecraft by these plugin-based servers. These include features such as money, vehicles, protection, RPG element, and many more. These features do not normally require modification to the client of the user and can be accessed using chat commands. The default controls allow you to bring up the chat screen by pressing T.

Spleef, a play on "grief", is a popular multiplayer game. It's a game in which the player aims for another player to fall through the floor by destroying blocks under their feet. This game is usually played in a designated area. Server plugins are used to automate the process.

There are many popular multiplayer servers that offer PvP arenas, custom games, or large Survival and Creative worlds.

Bedrock Edition

The multi-platform Bedrock Edition, also known as the Bedrock Platform or Bedrock Codebase, refers to the multiplatform editions of Minecraft created by Mojang Studios (and Xbox Game Studios). This term was used before, when the engine was originally called Minecraft: Pocket Edition. The entire product family was referred to as "Pocket Edition", MCPE, or "Pocket/Windows 10 Edition".

Minecraft is the title for all Bedrock editions. Before the Better Together Update it had different subtitles for different platforms, including Pocket Edition (for all platforms), Console Edition and Windows 10 Edition, Gear VR Edition and Fire TV Edition.

Minecraft: The Pocket Edition was first launched for the Xperia PLAY via Google Play at US$6.99 on August 16, 2011. Later, it was released for iOS and Android on October 7, 2011 and Android on November 17, 2011. The Pocket Edition was available for purchase at the Amazon Appstore on September 13, 2012. The Windows Phone version was made available on the Windows Phone Store on December 10, 2014. Only Windows 10 Phone or newer users can access the Pocket Edition 1.0.0 and newer releases. Four Pocket Edition versions have been released since then: for Windows 10, on July 29, 2015; the Gear VR on April 27, 2016; the Apple TV on Dec 19, 2016, and Fire TV on Dec 19, 2016. The Apple TV Edition was discontinued on September 24, 2018.

Legacy Console Edition

The Xbox 360's Legacy Console Edition was first announced at E3 2011. The Xbox 360 Edition was released digitally on May 9, 2012, followed by a physical release June 4, 2013. Later, the game was released on additional platforms, including PlayStation 3 Edition on December 17, 2013, PlayStation 4 Edition, September 4, 2014, Xbox One Edition, September 5, 2014 and Xbox One Edition on September 5, 2014. The PlayStation Vita Edition was released on October 14, 2014, PlayStation Vita Edition in October 2014, Wii U Edition December 17, 2015, Wii U Edition December 17, 2015, and Nintendo Switch Edition May 11, 2017. These versions have not received any new feature updates since December 10, 2019. The latest available update depends on the platform. The latest update for Xbox One Edition and Nintendo Switch Edition are the World of Color Update. Xbox 360 Edition, PlayStation 3 Edition and PlayStation Vita Edition have access to Update Aquatic. The most current version of Village & Pillage is available in the Xbox 4 Edition.


Java Edition

Java Edition does not have any special features. This version only has the features described in the first section.

Bedrock Edition

There are many other options for skin customization in Bedrock Edition. You can add 3D custom hair, eyes and mouths to your character. You can also alter the size of your character. You can also purchase many accessories to your skin. The player cannot purchase custom skins, but only an in-game one. You can also purchase accessories and skins. A skin that is smaller or larger than normal does not affect your hitbox size. However, it can give you an advantage on multiplayer servers as it can be more difficult to see them. Some skins do not show armor or hand-held objects.


When the player runs, capes can also flail around. The texture of the elytra changes to an outfitted cape when the player equips it.