Minecraft for Beginners

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (28 ratings)
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1hr 22min of on-demand video
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How to download, install, and get started playing Minecraft
Minecraft basics such as navigation and interacting with the world.
Game mechanics, such as navigation, mining, construction, crafting.
Basic customization such as changing skins and textures.
Choosing between Survival Mode and Creative Mode.
Most course content produced on iOS devices, but will generally apply on Android, PCs, and Macs.
All content based on current Minecraft version for 2021.


  • Access to an iOS device, Android device, or a PC or Mac, in order to install Minecraft
  • A willingness to experiment and have fun learning


  • Are you new to Minecraft, and want to learn to play quickly?

  • Are your kids interested in playing, and you want to help them get started?

  • Do you want to avoid frustration trying to figure out the controls and nuances and have fun quickly?

  • Do you want to understand more about the skills your kids will be learning within this engaging game?

Minecraft is an incredibly popular game with millions of fans worldwide.  Kids as young as five or six can play on tablet devices, entertaining themselves for hours on end.  With older kids and adults, there are countless opportunities to move beyond the basics into creating custom worlds and learning programming and game design.

Despite this appeal, it can be a bit tricky to get started playing, even for adults, until you understand the basic concepts.  Navigation, and interaction with the game, have some subtleties that can be frustrating to figure out without instruction.

With a little good instruction, you can get started in Minecraft in just minutes, in a game that is actually free on many platforms.  You can learn how to help your kids get started as well as learning how you can play together with them, creating a shared experience you both will enjoy.

Once you're past the basics, a world of new challenges are available, including a marketplace of games, other Minecraft editions, and other customizations and add ons.

Get started today and learn more about this global phenomenon.

Who this course is for:

  • Beginners to Minecraft, who want to understand basic game concepts and get started quickly.
  • Parents who want to help their kids get started quickly and successfully.


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Mason Archer
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 28 Reviews
  • 895 Students
  • 1 Course

With a passion for learning and adventure, Archer has run a marathon, completed a sprint triathlon, jumped from planes and helicopters, hit nearly 60mph on a snowboard, climbed Kilimanjaro, and circled the globe several times, hitting over fifty countries along the way.  He has built his own computer, launched a software company, and once pitched the US Army Chief of Staff.

With a diverse career spanning three decades, Archer is a master at learning new skills and teaching others. His ability to present complex ideas in simple, well-structured stories make him a popular speaker and educator.

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