Finding fast success with Minecraft Education in the classroom can be challenging. Here are some helpful seeds for busy teachers. Simply type these codes into the SEED box when creating a world.
Seeds of Success Pack #1
I get it. Teachers are wicked busy and unless you are a master Minecraft map-maker (Which I am not) it can be difficult to score a sweet scene in Minecraft that takes your lessons to the next level. Do you like the idea of having a village near where the students spawn? How about 5 villages or even 8 villages? Do you like the idea of a red dirt Mars-like terrain? A village floating on the sea? Snow villages? (You get it) My mission here is to highlight some wicked empowering Minecraft World Seeds that perhaps will work with Minecraft Education Edition and Minecraft Pocket Edition App in the classroom. Here are the first 12 worlds with a few kickstarter suggestions on how they could be used. I'll mostly leave the creativity up to you but if you do think of a cool way to use one of these in class let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #MinecraftEDU. Seed of Success 8 is my personal favorite!
Scroll to the bottom to see where to enter these SEEDS
Seed of Success 1: 1413755523
Cities and countries of the future may exist on the water that takes up more than 70% of our Earth's surface area. Let's prepare our students for that and let them lead that charge. Or, simply recreate the absolutely horrible movie known as "WaterWorld." (Opinion only but very accurate)
Seed of Success 2: 1388582293
Let students try their hand at urban engineering and planning or take a look back at early river-side settlements. There's a good chance you know a city that developed near a river. A great situation to talk about flooding or to make it happen and feel its effects!
Seed of Success 3: 1246234697
Two very different biomes. The harsher one with shelter and the other with wood and water. Can free trade exist? Should it? Will it? Let your kids find out by adding some border blocks and encouraging them to strike deals. What are these resources worth? Is it more than your students initially thought? Have fun!
Seed of Success 4: 1388582293
Many smaller cities around the world exist with a Tri-Community environment. In fact larger cities spend decades trying to shake the idea of different communities once they form and some nver succeed. Explore how a Tri-Community might be governed. Look at Real Estate values and force some students to move for work to another community and experience how it feels. Hold competitions including urban development tasks. Three villages right next to each other! Enjoy!
Seed of Success 5: 343145341
Three northern villages let students experience settlement in the North. Can they find Santa's hideout? Explore how early settlers in the North and East dealt with the snow biomes and look at the stark differences in biomes that are right next to each other!
Seed of Success 6: 1408803813
A lovely snow experience which is very cool for Syrian Students or any student who hasn't yet experienced the joy of a snowfall. Get your Christmas kicks, talk about blizzard survival and discover all things Winter in this world with a few villages nestled on the biome border.
Seed of Success 7: -3022154238038518696
A central town next to a river offers a great starting point to expand onto the massive field on the other side of the river. Each students has ample room to engineer their own bridge designs over the river or collectively terraform the field into something that helps the town. With massive mountains up river and a river that seems to go forever students won't get lost or bored exploring this geographic.
Seed of Success 8: -9065479248748140566
Get your banners out and rock your class Game of Thrones style or less extreme in a 5 Kingdom relation exploration. Discuss Kingdom borders and what's fair. (Does fairness matter within the kingdoms?) Is free trade needed? Conduct a kingdom census of people, villagers, animals after borders are established. Tax the poor? Tax all the kingdoms as the Emperor? Force some Minecraftians to move to another Kingdom and experience how that feels. Who's the student who will choose to live out in the wilderness instead of society? The learning and fun is endless with this 5 village world! Enjoy!
Seed of Success 9: 8178890028
The Red Planet! Grab your spacesuit skins and prepare to experience life on Mars. Build a giant biodome or seperate yet joined living locations and food / waste areas. Start to transform the land using the limited resources you've brought in space chests! Do you teach language arts or a second language? Allow students to bring their space exploration narratives to life before your eyes. This seed is out of this world. Use border blocks to keep students within the Mars mindset.
Seed of Success 10: 1405054993
(8 Villages) The rumour has it that there are 8 Villages in this world. I found 5 in a short time. (See Below) Dividing up your class fairly would give groups of 3-4 students their very own villages! Here's a teacher tip. Take some time to find these villages and place teleport blocks near each to allow you to jump from village to village and teleport students to you and away when needed. These 8 villages have healthy geography between themselves and equal biome fairness. This would be a great SEED to see what groups of students can do in isolation responding to the same challenge.
Seed of Success 11: 2052930197336800526
5 Villages! An all-star geography world with Mesa, Desert, Forest, Mountain and grassland elements. Some of these biomes are beautiful while deserts have buried temples and the central mountain has to be the best ever site for a mansion that looks down on the world. Again, place teleport blocks at each village you find and enjoy the variety of this biome. Perhaps split students up into hill-people, desert people, Mesa-people and plains-people for interesting experiences.
Seed of Success 12: -75541937
The last of the "Seeds of Success Pack 1" found by Mark Grundel has students spawn near a series of small islands with scarce resources. This can be used to test the survival capabilities and resourcefulness of students. There isn't a lot going on here but we will definitely find out who can make lemonade out of lemons when life hands them this seed. Gift students with raw materials and see if they can figure out how to craft their way to a successful life in isolation. Don't worry about them until they paint a face on a volleyball and call it WILSON!!!!!! (From Tom Hanks' Cast Away)
I hope these ideas and SEED resources help get you started as a busy teacher who wants to maximize Minecraft's potential in the classroom. I'll add more of these ASAP. Check out the official Minecraft Education website for more projects like this one. I've submitted this resource to the official Minecraft Education site!
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Where do I enter these SEED Numbers?
When setting up your world enter the code where the lightbulbs are in the image below. Then, create the game.
I'm an experienced Global Minecraft Mentor, Published Educational Researcher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Apple Distinguished Educator and grade 6-12 technology teacher. @BBTNB