Youth Digital has everything you need to satisfy that creative student on your list this holiday season!
We have collected our favorite courses and created a Holiday Gift Guide as a simple way for you to pick the gift that best fits your child’s interests.
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One key thing that sets Minecraft apart from so many other games is the ability of players to “mod,” or modify, the game by modifying the code that Minecraft is written in. Modding is many players’ favorite part of Minecraft! Mods can change almost anything about the game, which makes it a fun way to create an entirely new gaming experience inside Minecraft.
Basic mods often including making new items that players can use in the game, such as a new sword or suit of armor. Advanced mods, however, can completely alter how the Minecraft world appears and even how it functions. Modders can create whole biomes like coral reefs or dense forests, or even entirely new dimensions inside the game. Creating these mods is a great way for players to express their creativity and bring their imaginations to life.
The default (unmodified) version of Minecraft contains three dimensions: The Overworld (the regular game world), The Nether (an underground dimension), and The End (a floating island). All three dimensions can generate infinitely, but each dimension has something unique about it that makes it fun for players to explore them. Players can also mod new dimensions to create their own unique realm inside the Minecraft world.
Creating a dimension inside Minecraft is similar building to a fort: you can control how it looks, as well as what rules apply while you’re inside! Inside your own Minecraft dimension, you can customize every aspect of the landscape, as well as add advanced functionality like artificial intelligence and automatically-generating structures. Creating a dimension gives players a place to invent and create all of the complicated, exciting mods they’ve dreamed about.
However, building such an advanced mod is complicated. It requires an understanding of basic coding concepts and advanced programming skills. Our newest offering teaches young modders all the necessary skills to build their own Minecraft dimension! Mod Design 1: Dimensions is an expansion pack that allows kids to build on the coding concepts and skills they learned in Mod Design 1 to create their very own dimension in Minecraft.
If your student is ready to take their modding to the next level and code their very own Minecraft dimension, check out Mod Design 1: Dimensions today!
In case you missed it, this post is a follow-up to our post 5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft. Go check it out!
By now, we’re all familiar with Minecraft, the amazingly fun, never-ending sandbox game that has been popular with kids and people of all ages for more than five years. We also know that kids gain substantial benefits from playing video games. So let’s dive a little deeper into the world of Minecraft with five more things that every parent should know about their kid’s favorite game! Continue reading “5 More Things Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft”
At first glance, Minecraft may look like any other video game: a fantasy world where players gather resources, battle obstacles, and try to stay alive. But the sandbox nature of the game actually creates a learning experience for kids where they gain valuable skills that are applicable to real life through gameplay.
So what exactly are kids learning as they play Minecraft? There must be a reason that it’s been incorporated into classrooms and homeschool curriculum, after all! Here are five things that kids learn when they play Minecraft.
Continue reading “What Do Kids Learn When They Play Minecraft?”
For many young Minecraft fans, their love of the game extends far beyond the time they spend playing. Kids can pass endless hours researching new mods, reading blogs, and especially watching Minecraft videos on YouTube. From tutorials on creating new items and buildings to fun Minecraft animations, these videos receive thousands of views every day.
From concerns about inappropriate language to servers that contain indecent items, the sheer amount of Minecraft content available on YouTube can make it difficult for parents to discern which videos are age-appropriate for their kids. However, there are plenty of Minecraft videos out there that will delight kids and earn a stamp of approval from discerning parents. Here are six YouTube channels, featuring Minecraft videos, that are suitable for kids. Continue reading “6 Kid-Friendly YouTube Channels for Your Young Minecraft Fan”
Although it’s now the norm for everyone to be at least somewhat familiar with computers and the cloud, advanced technology concepts can be baffling if you don’t have extensive experience with computers. One such tech piece that you may not have familiarity with is servers, which is basically something that shares information among multiple programs or computers.
In our course Server Design 1, we teach students to create their own server using Java programming; however, we’ve heard from many parents that they aren’t quite sure what their student is creating, even by the end of the course! So we’ve compiled an informational guide to servers so that parents can better understand the purpose of a server, and the value kids get from learning to build one. Continue reading “Servers 101: A Guide for Parents”
Many parents worry about their kids wasting time on video games, and also about the potentially violent or inappropriate content of those games. While it’s true that some video games aren’t suitable for kids, many games present a valuable learning opportunity and can be a productive use of your kids’ time.
One such game is Minecraft™, the explosively popular 3D block-based video game. Kids and adults alike spend hours building anything they can imagine in this game that pairs old-school looking graphics with a surprisingly sophisticated plot. Continue reading “5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft”