Minecraft 101: Learn to Play, Craft, Build, & Save the Day

Learn to find diamonds in caves, dig your way to adventure, brave the nether, defeat the Ender Dragon, and much more
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  • Lectures 50
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

What in the world is Minecraft anyway?

You’ve heard of Minecraft. The game has taken over the world, and captured every kid’s imagination. Maybe you don’t have any clue what it is, but you don’t want to ask the kids to explain it, because they will give you THAT look (like you’re dumb or something) not to mention, they aren’t the best with details. Yeah, we’ve all been there. I’ll give you the scoop, step by step on what Minecraft is, what it is good for, and how to get started, so you can try it out for yourself if you want. I’ll treat you like an adult and show you what the kids are up to.

Why this course? Here's what you get:

Instead of listening to high-pitched 12 year olds on YouTube talk for hours on end and never get to the point, I’ll give you everything you need to know about finding diamonds in a concise, useful format that allows you to pause the video, and try it out yourself. This is the de facto crash course in video game awesomeness from a parent of 5 and veteran Minecrafter. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, an aunt, uncle, grandparent or godparent I’ve got you covered.

You'll be able to save the day, in game and out:

If you’re too busy to sit down and play -- totally understandable, we all work for a living -- you still won’t be in the dark (where the bad guys are), because you’ll have a great reference for later when you need it. I’ll even show you how to fix problems, repair corrupted files in seconds, and even beat the game. Don't worry, you can do it with my help. You'll be the Minecraft hero and you won’t even have to wear a cape. Unless you’re into that or whatever.

Here's what you get from this course?

  • 4.5+ hours of HD Video, taught in a conversational style by an expert that will help you learn by experience
  • The help and support of a responsive instructor who can answer questions and help with problems at any point
  • Good for a parents, teachers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, godparents or anyone who wants to know what Minecraft is about and why the kids can’t get enough.

What are the requirements?

  • How to turn on and use a computer. Super basics.
  • Extra points if you can browse the web, get your email, or update Facebook.
  • A willingness to learn and explore
  • Valid email address and credit card/Paypal (only if you haven’t already purchased Minecraft on PC, Mac, XBOX, or PS4).
  • You will need a copy of Minecraft installed on your computer (approx $26 if you don't have it yet)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Know the basics to help your kids through a tough spot.
  • Contact a Minecraft Expert with questions or problems about the game
  • Understand what it is and why it is good for kids academically and socially.
  • Be hip to the kids and in the know. Be cool. Forever.
  • Be able to fix problems and troubleshoot for devastated young players (who may or may not be weeping uncontrollably).
  • Play Minecraft with the best of them.
  • Be parent/teacher of the year.

Who is the target audience?

  • A parent, teacher, aunt, uncle, grandparent, godparent or similar who wants to know what Minecraft is about and why the kids can’t get enough.
  • Any of the above who want to know why Minecraft is good socially and academically and should be encouraged for kids.
  • Anyone who wants to learn all the ins and outs of how to play, and WHY.
  • Anyone who wants to communicate with kids and help them learn with their favorite game.
  • If you don’t care about Minecraft, then you probably won’t get a ton out of this course, but you will learn some about how kids think and what they care about.
  • If you already know and play Minecraft this may not be the best course for you.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome to Minecraft

Introduction to minecraft for parents and teachers. If you have kids that play Minecraft at home or go to a Minecraft school, you will learn a lot about how to help kids learn through Minecraft.

22 pages

All the most popular Minecraft questions are answered in this presentation, how minecraft was made, how minecraft is educational, is minecraft good for kids, should minecraft be used in schools, was minecraft bought by Microsoft, would minecraft be better with great graphics, and many others.

Getting Help
Section 2: Getting Started with Minecraft
Where to Get Minecraft
How to buy Minecraft
A Tip on Security Questions
How to Download Minecraft
Minecraft Profile & Changing your Player Skin
Finding Premade Skins & Editing your Skin
Profiles, Snapshots, & Java Options
Getting started
6 questions
Section 3: Minecraft for Education
Section 4: Fixing Problems
Fix a broken, corrupted, or missing Minecraft world save
Section 5: The Basics: Helping Kids & Playing the Game
Helpful Chat Commands & Shortcuts
Create a World & Options
Moving Around
Punching Trees, Crafting Table, & Basic Recipes
Damage, Hunger, XP, Hotbar, & Inventory
Crafting Basic Tools and Weapons
Jumping, Sneaking, Sprinting, Mining, & Swimming
Light it Up: Torches & Shelter
The Basics
11 questions
Section 6: The Overworld: Exploring & Mining
Chests, Mining, Beds, Bows, Trash Can, & Making Armor
Ho Ho Ho: Gardening
Taming Dogs as Pets - with Special Guest Elnora
Raising Animals - with Special Guest Tabitha
Exploring and mining
5 questions
Section 7: The Overworld: Gathering Resources
Finding Diamonds & Obsidian - with Special Guests
Paper, Snow, & Leather
Gathering resources
4 questions
Section 8: The Nether: Welcome to Hell
How to Craft a Nether Portal
A Quick Visit to The Nether
Enchanting, Books, & Bookshelves
Dear Ghasts, Return to Sender
Blazes & Death
Nether Wart & Potions
Welcome to Hell
4 questions
Section 9: The End: You are Crunchy & Good w/ Ketchup
Endermen & Farming Ender Pearls
Finding a Stronghold & The End Portal
Preparing for The End & Using Anvils
End the Dragon & Collect the Egg
You are Crunchy & Good with Ketchup
3 questions
Section 10: Other Editions
Pocket Edition
XBOX 360, XBOX One, PS3, PS4
Section 11: Creative Minecraft: Build Anything
Creative Inventory & Flying
Crafting Banners - with Special Guest Daphne
Redstone & Command Blocks - with Special Guest Jonathan
Creative Minecraft
2 questions
Section 12: Multiplayer & Online Servers
Server: Cubeville
Server: Towncraft
Server: Mineplex (not 100% family friendly, but decent)
Minecraft Realms (My Private Server)
Section 13: Conclusion: Resources

All Minecraft version information, homepage links, and prices for every platform, including Minecraft XBOX 360, Minecraft XBOX One, Minecraft PS3, Minecraft PS4, Minecraft Pocket Edition for iOS, Minecraft PC Edition, Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android, Minecraft for Windows Phone, Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta, and Pocket Edition for Amazon Kindle.


A list of family-friendly channels with Minecraft videos from YouTube. These channels have the best in Minecraft maps, Minecraft games and mini-games, Minecraft servers, Minecraft mod reviews, Minecraft Let's Plays, how to build Minecraft houses, Minecraft songs, and lots more.

Minecraft Adventure Maps: Approved by my kids
Learn Crafting Recipes

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Instructor Biography

Ryan Carter, Sr. Software Engineer, YouTuber, Nerdlinger, Father of 5

I've been playing with technology since I was a kid. At 13 I was building websites by hand in HTML and Frontpage 98 (which is how I learned what not to do). Since then I've been a computer addict and web programmer. I was programming Alpha3 databases on an old green monochrome IBM years before, but at the time I didn't know THAT was programming.

I've always been an avid reader and insatiable learner, I started rearranging bits and bytes to make the computer behave the way I wanted as a kid and have always had a knack for explaining complex things in simple language. I like to help anyone I can in my area of expertise.

I've been developing for the web professionally for 20+ years and I am currently a Sr. Software Engineer for a major telecom company. I specialize in front end web development with a current focus on Angular, Node, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, SASS, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, WordPress, Drupal. I have experience in the LAMP stack, Node stack, Ruby on Rails stack, C# ASP DOTNET and many others.

If you ever need help, I personally answer all discussions as soon as possible and all comments on my YouTube channel as well. I am here to help with your technology learning so anytime I can assist you, please contact me. Thanks!

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