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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

Master the adventurous world of Minecraft with this video course, e-books, cheat sheets, an interactive quiz, and and 1-Year Access to the LearnToMod and Minecraft Simulator platform!

The Minecraft video training course will have you not only surviving, but excelling, in the open-ended nature of Minecraft. This training course includes over 30 videos that will start you off by showing the tasks you need to complete right away, survive your first night, collect inventory, and set up a farm. After you've mastered the basics, you can really shine in Minecraft by using redstone to power items and building houses and transportation — everything that makes your time in Minecraft easier.

You also have access to a Minecraft For Dummies Personal Library, which includes access to four Minecraft e-books, cheat sheets to download and keep handy for reference during game play, and a Parent's Guide to Minecraft. You will also be able to test your knowledge by taking the Minecraft For Dummies quiz. In no time, you'll be a Minecraft expert!

Then continue your creative Minecraft journey by learning to make your very own Minecraft Mods! With a 1-Year Free Access to LearnToMod and Minecraft Simulator, you will learn coding basics and learn how to make a two-player game in Minecraft! Instructions for the 1-Year Access and the LearnToMod and Minecraft Simulator platform is available in Lecture 2, Section 2. Follow the directions to learning how to Mod Minecraft and begin earning badges today!

The Minecraft For Dummies Personal Library includes:

  • Minecraft For Dummies, Portable Edition (160 pages)
  • Minecraft Recipes For Dummies, Portable Edition (216 pages)
  • Minecraft Redstone For Dummies, Portable Edition (216 pages)
  • Minecraft Construction For Dummies, Portable Edition (216 pages)
  • Cheat Sheet from Minecraft For Dummies (2 pages)
  • Cheat Sheet from Minecraft Modding For Dummies (2 pages)
  • Part of Tens Chapters from Minecraft For Dummies (40 pages)
  • Parent's Guide to Minecraft from Minecraft For Dummies Bonus (14 pages)

What are the requirements?

  • For the best learning experience we recommend that students have access to Minecraft.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Know how to purchase and install Minecraft and customize your avatar.
  • Discover the different stages you can explore and how to navigate using basic controls.
  • Find out what you need to accomplish in your first day, how to survive your first night and manage your inventory.
  • Discover the different Minecraft biomes, types of mines, how to farm, and, to enchant weapons, tools and armor.
  • Learn to trade items with villagers, how to excavate structures and join a multiplayer world.
  • Discover how to use redstone wire to power items like torches, repeaters, comparators, and blocks.
  • Find out how to power Minecraft mechanisms. You will learn to power complex and intricate redstone devices, and combine redstone electricity with physical machines.
  • Learn to use the command block in Minecraft; use commands to create items and find creative ways to build a minigame.
  • Alter your surroundings for the perfect site to build and learn the steps you need to take to build.
  • Discover how to make dyes, brew potions and create textured blocks.
  • Find quick and easy ways to create a house and ways to get around a Minecraft world.

What is the target audience?

  • This course takes you from purchase to Advanced play.
  • We recommend for students 10 years and older through adults, and for younger Minecraft enthusiasts with a parent or siblings assistance.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Course Introduction
02:06

For Dummies is making everything easier. Watch and see all there is to explore and how this course can take your Minecraft game to the next level!

Section 2: 1-Year Access to LearntoMod and Minecraft Simulator
1 page

Follow these instructions to for your 1 -year access to LearnToMod and Minecraft Simulator and start earning your badges today!

Section 3: Minecraft Basics - Getting Started
01:18
If you're interested in playing Minecraft, you have to create a Mojang account and then download and install the game. This video shows you how to purchase and then install Minecraft so you can join in the fun.
02:11
When you first start playing Minecraft, you need to know how to move around the world you're in. This video shows you how to navigate using the basic controls.
01:18
The world of Minecraft is open ended so you can explore as you like. But there are a few tools and reources that can aid you on your journey. This video shows you the different resouces you can acquire as you progress through Minecraft.
03:31
You need to complete a few tasks during your first day in Minecraft. This video shows you what you need to do before night falls on your first day.
01:38
Enemies come out at night in every Minecraft world. This video shows what those emenies look like, and how you can beat them.
00:59
One of the ways you can make Minecraft more interesting is to customize your avatar. This video shows you how to find how to upload your own image or create your own avatar skin.
2 questions

Master the basics of Minecraft with theses fun and informative questions. Let's see how much you already know!.

Section 4: MInecraft Basics - Exploring the Game
02:00
The inventory you keep is key to being successful in Minecraft. It's how you build structures, keep up your strength, and defeat enemies. This video shows you how to access your inventory and keep it filled.
01:39
Each biome in Minecraft contains its own traits and unique creatures and resources. This video shows you what to expect in each biome as you explore it.
01:09
Mines gives you a way to find materials like iron, redstone, and diamond. This video shows you how to mine for these valuable materials.
01:40
A farm is an essential component as it gives you an easy way to renew your resources. This video shows you how to start and tend a succesful farm.
3 questions

Test your skills as you explore the game!

Section 5: MInecraft Basics - Special Powers and Multiplaer Mode
01:14
With enchantment, you give items special powers to make them more effective. This video shows you how to enchant weapons, tools, and armor.
01:03
Sometimes you run across a villager that has an item you want. When you do, you can trade an item that you have for the one you want. This video shows you how to trade with any villager.
01:07
Structures often provide useful materials and can contain
treasure chests. This video shows how to excavate structures to reap those treasures.
01:15
Minecraft becomes fun when you play with other people. This video shows you how to create your own multimedia world or join an existing one.
MInecraft Basics - Special Powers and Multi-player Mode Quiz Questions
2 questions
Section 6: MInecraft Advanced - Understanding and Using Redstone
01:14
Redstone has infinite uses in Minecraft. One such use is powering items. This video shows you how to use Redstone dust to create wire to power items.
02:24
With redstone, you can craft several devices. This video shows you how you use redstone to craft torches, repeaters, comparators, and blocks.
02:11
You can program different mechanisms with Redstone to take specific actions. This video shows you how to power several mechanisms, like dispensers, pistons, trapdoors, and lamps.
02:06
For more complex and intricate redstone devices, you need to manipulate redstone current. This video shows you how to create sophisiticated redstone devices like logic gates and loops.
01:37
Once you understand redstone, you can combine redstone electricity with physical machines. This video shows you how to power physical machines with redstone to make them do a lot of work for you.
2 questions

Master Minecraft as an advanced player with these fun and informative questions. Let's see how much you already know!.

Section 7: MInecraft Advanced - Using Commands
01:07
The command block improves the scope of what you can do in Minecraft and allows you to manipulate the world automatically on a large scale. This video shows you how to use the command block in Minecraft.
01:04
Commands can be combined with circuits or other command blocks to create interesting innovations. This video shows you how to implement command blocks in machines.
00:54
When you're ready to take Minecraft to the next level, you can create your own map with adventures and minigames. This video shows you how to build a minigame.
MInecraft Advanced - Using Commands Quiz Questions
2 questions
Section 8: MInecraft Advanced - Enhance Your Game
01:25
You need to build a structure to not only protect you from enemies, but to keep your treasures in. This video shows you how to find the ideal place to build on, or how to create an ideal build site.
01:07
Just like in real life, you need to make a plan before building so you can build exactly what you want perfectly the first time. This video shows you the steps you need when planning a build.
00:57
Your buildings don't have to be all the same gray or brown color. This video shows you how to craft colored dyes to create colorful buildings.
01:18
Textured blocks make buildings more interesting. This video shows you how to create visual interest to your buildings with textured blocks.
01:46
Brewing potions is another way to enhance your Minecraft game. This video shows you how to create your own potions.
01:06
Houses are one step above a basic shelter. This video shows you easy techniques to build a house.
01:32
Gaining transportation is key to getting around your Minecraft world without expending too much energy. This vdeo shows you how to tame a horse or use a minecart as transportation options.
MInecraft Advanced - Enhance Your Game Quiz Questions
3 questions
Section 9: Bonus Video
12:25

This video shows you how to create a Minecraft skin on a PC. A skin is the physical appearance of your character in Minecraft. This video tutorial gives you step–by–step instruction on how to create all the limbs and clothes on a custom skin for a default Minecraft character. The two default characters in Minecraft are Alex and Steve.

You'll discover how to download a skin template for either Alex or Steve from Minecraft.net. A skin template is a two–dimensional replica of a three-dimensional character. You'll then open the template in a painting program. (Microsoft Paint is a paint program that comes free with many PCs, but it doesn't allow you to use transparency in your skin. If you want to create a skin with transparent pixels, this video recommends free software that allows you to do that.)

You'll also find out how to modify your inner skin, such as your character's arms, legs, and head, and outer skin, such as clothing and helmets. This video shows how the different parts of the skin map to the parts of your Minecraft figure. After you finish customizing the skin, you'll see how to save it to your computer and upload it to Minecraft.net.

09:01

This video shows you how to build a house quickly in Minecraft, whether the building you construct is as simple as a shack or more complicated, like a larger house with multiple rooms. The step–by–step instruction covers choosing the right location and building materials, assembling the framework of your house, and adding doors and decorative features to complete your house-building — fast and efficiently.

Building first in an open, level landscape, the video demonstrates construction of a one–room rectangular house made of wood. Materials may be stacked horizontally or vertically to erect outside walls, leaving a space for at least one door. Additional elements, such as a roof or furnishings, can be added after the framework's in place.

A second example presents steps to erecting a larger Minecraft house: a two–room design on ground that has to be cleared before building begins. Chopped-down trees become building materials, with wooden logs and planks forming the outline of the structure. Pillars can help form a wireframe to allow addition of other materials later.

Both quick and easy Minecraft construction projects include tips on how to avoid falling off your structure during the building process. With the basics in mind, you can progress to more complicated homebuilding, with variations in materials and locations.

06:47

This video shows you how to gain experience orbs quickly and "level up" in Minecraft. Gaining experience is important, because you can spend experience points to enchant and repair items, which allows you to improve your weapons and advance in the game.

The video covers different methods to generate experience points, including smelting gold, breeding animals, and fishing. Some actions, such as mining coal, don't grant any experience at all. The most common way to build experience points is by defeating "mobs," which are living creatures within the game. Killing the Ender Dragon enables a player to advance many levels, with the most experience points granted at one time.

You'll also see how you can pick up experience orbs by tossing the Bottle O' Enchanting, which releases a potion of points for you wherever it lands. The tips from this video can help you grow your Minecraft experience bar quickly and easily, as you work toward higher levels of playing.

09:31

Creating a crafting table is crucial to surviving your first night in Minecraft. This video will show you how to quickly create a crafting table and storage chest so that you have a grid large enough to craft the additional items you will need to survive in Minecraft.

The inventory is where gathered materials are stored for use in crafting items. The inventory slots consist of four rows of squares at the bottom of the screen. This video will show you how to move items around in the inventory. You'll learn how to pick up half of a group of objects at the same time. You will discover how to use this same technique to split groups of objects into smaller amounts, or separate a group of items into individual components for easier crafting. Other techniques covered in the video include moving an entire stack of items from the inventory to the storage chest, using the number keys on your keyboard to move items into the hotbar of your inventory, quickly moving multiples of the same item from the inventory to the chest, and using commands to drop and distribute stacks of items. A few commands only available to players in Creative Mode are also covered in this video.

Bonus Video: Making a Nether Portal
07:40
Bonus Video: Using Food to Deal with Hunger
10:48
Section 10: Minecraft Personal Library
162 pages

Craft yourself an amazing game of Minecraft!

More than just a game, Minecraft consists of players using an avatar to create or destroy various types of blocks, form fantastic structures, create artwork, and do much more, all in a three-dimensional environment and across various multiplayer servers in multiple game modes. With this fun and friendly beginners guide, you will quickly grasp how to play Minecraft in the three modes of game play: survival, creative, and hardcore. The easy-to-understand writing style walks you through every step of the way, from downloading the game to choosing a gaming platform to defending your creations against monsters and winning the game by defeating the Ender Dragon.

  • Explains how to use blocks to build amazing creations and engage in gameplay with other players
  • Details techniques for travelling across the biomes
  • Zeroes in on playing wisely in Survival mode so you can acquire resources to maintain your health and hunger
  • Shares tips for playing carefully in Creative mode, using your unlimited supply of resources, the ability to fly, and more
  • Helps you play in Hardcore mode

Minecraft For Dummies, Portable Edition goes where you go as you create a world you won't want to leave!

About the Author

Jacob Cordeiro has been playing Minecraft since the Alpha pre-release. Jacob attends Stanford Online High School and won an award in the 2011 Scholastic Art and Writing competition for his game entry.

227 pages

A quick, handy reference on Minecraft recipes

Want to find resources, make a shelter, craft tools, armor, and weapons, and protect yourself from monsters with Minecraft recipes? You've come to the right place! In a handy, portable edition that's packed with step-by-step instructions, Minecraft Recipes For Dummies makes it easy to look up the required items and figure out which blocks you need to gather to create each item. You'll get recipes for weapons, armor, transportation, mechanism, food, dye, wool, and brewing, as well as information on enchanting, repairing, gathering, farming, efficiency, and more.

Minecraft is more than just a game: it's an obsession. It has gone from an obscure game with a cult-like following to a mainstream phenomenon. Minecraft consists of players using an avatar to create or destroy various types of blocks, form fantastic structures, create artwork, and much more, all in a three-dimensional environment and across various multiplayer servers in multiple game modes. With this fun and friendly guide, you'll get quick and easy access to Minecraft recipes to enhance your game and get even more out of this popular, addictive game.

  • Shows you which blocks you'll need to gather to create shelter, tools, armor, weapons, and more
  • Makes it easier for both beginner and advanced Minecraft players to make the most of the game
  • Playing the game teaches users basic programming skills and engineering concepts
  • The author's sons—both avid Minecraft players and bloggers—contributed to the writing of this book

Minecraft Recipes For Dummies is the portable guide that goes where you go as you create a world you'll never want to leave.

Author Information

Jesse Stay, “The Social Geek” and father of 7 current and future Minecraft players, studies and learns about new business-altering paradigm shifts in technology. Thomas Stay is Jesse’s 12 year old son, who eats, drinks, and breathes Minecraft.

227 pages

The indispensable primer for achieving redstone greatness

Minecraft Redstone For Dummies is the complete guide to finding, using, and maximizing the power of redstone in the Minecraft world. This key element is essential for crafting and brewing, and can be placed on the ground as redstone dust – a flat, transparent block that can transmit redstone power, the major component of most redstone circuits. Written by a recognized Minecraft expert, this useful guide walks you through mining, smelting, and other methods of obtaining redstone, and teaches you how to make the most of your redstone stores. Craft a compass, piston, lamp, or torch, brew a potion that reverts to Level 1, or turn it to dust to help find nearby power components. Whether you're in Creative or Survival mode, redstone mastery is crucial for successful gameplay.

Minecraft is a worldwide phenomenon, boasting over 100 million players from around the world. While gameplay varies according to player preference, redstone remains a central element that allows players to build, brew and create as they advance through the biomes. Minecraft Redstone For Dummies teaches you everything you need to know about redstone, including how to get it and how best to use it.

  • Learn which methods result in more redstone per attempt
  • Discover how redstone is used in crafting and brewing
  • Use redstone dust to build circuits and power mechanical components
  • Understand redstone power, including source, levels, and configuration

Don't be content to acquire what you stumble across. Redstone's versatility makes it an indispensable resource in the Minecraft world, and knowing where to find it and how to use it efficiently can make all the difference in your gameplay. If you're ready to level up, Minecraft Redstone For Dummies will make you a redstone guru in no time.

About the Author

Jacob Cordeiro has been playing Minecraft since the Alpha pre-release. He attends Stanford Online High School and is the author of Minecraft For Dummies, Portable Edition.

227 pages

An accessible guide that makes Minecraft construction easy

There isn't anything that can't be built in Minecraft, but it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start. That's why there's Minecraft Construction For Dummies, Portable Edition. More than just a game, Minecraft consists of players using an avatar to create or destroy various types of blocks, form fantastic structures, create artwork, and do much more, all in a three-dimensional environment and across various multiplayer servers in multiple game modes. With this fun and friendly beginner's guide, you will quickly discover how to fine-tune your skills in order to construct almost anything you want in this amazing environment.

  • Provides step-by-step instructions to help you build houses, boats, islands, and more
  • Addresses how to mine the right materials for basic building
  • Reveals how to build statues, beacons, and pillars as landmarks
  • Explores how to develop your farm for renewable resources

Minecraft Construction For Dummies, Portable Edition goes where you go as you create a world you won't want to leave!

Author Information

Adam Cordeiro is a student at Stanford Online High School who enjoys math, gaming, and programming and has been playing Minecraft since the alpha days. Emily Nelson writes short stories and served as a technical editor for Gamestar Mechanic For Dummies.

6 pages

Minecraft requires a player to gather resources in order to survive, build, create, and advance through the game. Because of the different environments found in Minecraft, a player needs to use different strategies to efficiently gather resources in the three major areas of the game — the Overland, the Mines, and the Nether. Once these are mastered, you will have the resources necessary to advance through all aspects of Minecraft game play including crafting, building, experimenting with redstone, and even brewing potions. Keep this cheat sheet handy for when you're playing Minecraft and need a quick reminder on collecting and mining resources.

3 pages

Modding Minecraft allows players to make large, interactive modifications to their Minecraft worlds with a simple click of a button. Though there are infinite mods that can be built, this Cheat Sheet focuses on creating Minigames within Minecraft, where players can compete in single-player and multi-player mode. Designing the Minigames requires some coding, but with the help of LearnToMod, you can create your own Minigame to play with friends in no time at all!

43 pages

The Part of Tens chapters from Minecraft For Dummies will give you essential survival tips, help you build a successful house, make building improvements with lighting, design with blocks, and work with redstone.

18 pages

Parents, this guide was created just for you. If you've been wondering why your children are so enamored with Minecraft and whether or not playing this game is good for them, you'll want to read this chapter. Written by a Minecraft parent and technology expert, this chapter from Minecraft For Dummies will help parents understand the benefits of the game, as well as the potential pitfalls, and how to keep their children safe through the game settings and third party software.

Section 11: LearnToMod Minecraft: Introduction to Coding Minecraft Mods - Part 1
00:28

In this video, Dr. Guthals introduces you to the world of Minecraft Modding.

00:44

In this video, Dr. Guthals shows you how to sign up for the LearnToMod Software.

01:15

In this video, you will get a chance to explore the LearnToMod software and understand everything that it has to offer.

1 question

This quiz checks to make sure you understand how to get help when you are completing LearnToMod Badges

Section 12: LearnToMod Minecraft: Introduction to Coding Minecraft Mods - Part 2
03:04

In this video, Dr. Guthals guides you through completing the first badge in LearnToMod. After the video, you should earn the badge on your own!

02:18

In this video, Dr. Guthals walks you through completing the Saying Hello Badge. After you watch this video, complete it on your own!

01:45

In this video, Dr. Guthals guides you should your first Scramble badge! After you watch it, complete it on your own!

01:44

In this badge, Dr. Guthals introduces you to your first Missing badge! Afterwards, earn the badge on your own!

1 question

This quiz checks to make sure you know what to do first when you are trying to complete a Scramble or Missing badge.

Section 13: LearnToMod Minecraft: Introduction to Coding Minecraft Mods - Part 3
06:13

In this badge, Dr. Guthals introduces you to functions. Functions are useful for breaking apart code into smaller pieces!

1 question

This quiz will check to make sure you know that Functions need to be called from Main.

01:06

In this video, Dr. Guthals gives you another reason why functions are useful: You can call the same function multiple times with ease!

01:01

In this video, Dr. Guthals explains why it's important to name your functions properly.

02:28

In this video, Dr. Guthals teaches you how to nest functions (call a function from another function).

Section 14: LearnToMod Minecraft: Drones, Locations, and Entities - Part 1
03:24

In this video, Dr. Guthals introduces you to the invisible robots in Minecraft - Drones.

1 question

This quiz checks to see if you know what Drones are capable of.

03:06

In this video, Dr. Guthals guides you through completing the Drones Missing badge!

03:14

In this video, Dr. Guthals shows you how to use Locations to strike lightning at certain locations.

04:48

In this video, Dr. Guthals shows you how you can use multiple drones to have multiple locations and strike lightning all around the world!

1 question

This quiz checks to see if where you find the "Location Of" Block.

Section 15: LearnToMod Minecraft: Drones, Locations, and Entities - Part 2
03:55

In this video, Dr. Guthals shows you how to add items into your inventory with Player Commands!

02:06

In this video, Dr. Guthals dives deeper into adding and removing inventory items.

02:11

In this video, Dr. Guthals teaches you how to spawn entities. Make Creepers come out!

Section 16: LearnToMod Minecraft: Loops (Iterations)
04:46

In this video, Dr. Guthals introduces you to the wonders of loops and iterations.

03:10

In this video, Dr. Guthals walks you through completing the second Loops Quiz Badge.

07:40

In this video, Dr. Guthals walks you through completing the first Checkerboard Loops Badge!

07:12

In this video, Dr. Guthals walks you through making a CheckerCUBE, and gives you techniques for figuring it out on your own!

06:23

In this video, Dr. Guthals introduces you to another type of loop: The Counted Loop.

03:28

In this video, Dr. Guthals teaches you how to count backwards using counted loops.

07:15

In this video, Dr. Guthals walks you through making an inverted staircase using a counted loop.

07:44

In this video, Dr. Guthals teaches you how to make a house using loops and functions.

Section 17: LearnToMod Minecraft: Variables and Parameters - Part 1
06:59

In this video, Dr. Guthals teaches you about variables, a powerful tool in coding.

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