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Offering a unique opportunity to learn and explore, Discover Blocksmith: 3D Coding & Design comes with 12 one-hour lessons in programming and video game design. Using the Blocksmith Builder software either in the classroom or at home during distance learning, learners create 3D games and scenarios, bringing them to life through an extensive logic system. These creations can be played immediately, or uploaded to Virtual - and Augmented Reality viewing devices. With the Blocksmith Group license, instructors have full domain control to create a secure and distraction-free environment to trade and share experiences. A fun and exciting journey for students and educators alike, Blocksmith allows learning environments of all sizes to create, share and experience the wide world of video game design and virtual reality.
Students: Groups of 30, 75, or 150
Contact Hours: 12+
Technology, Robotics & Coding
1 device per student recommended. BlocksmithXR Builder software is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Chrome OS devices.
For Builder Software:
Supported Viewer apps:
Free 14 day trial available. Learn more here.
Your Blocksmith Group License comes with three main components:
Your subscription comes with access to all Blocksmith curriculum tracks and pre-made educational experiences. Students then use the BlocksmithXR Builder software to model objects and scenarios, bringing them to life with an extensive logic system. These can be played immediately from the builder, or uploaded to the class workspace and downloaded to VR/AR viewers.
The print curriculum included with this license is designed to support the 12-hour Program Bundles in the Blocksmith Content Library: Classic Games, Farm Sim and Royale Battles. While each course has a slightly different scope and sequence, any one of these three options can serve as an introduction to BlocksmithXR Builder, giving students the skills they need to pursue open-ended projects or more advanced curriculum tracks.
These 12-hour Program Bundles come with detailed step-by-step instructions for students that can be viewed directly in the BlocksmithXR Builder software, while the accompanying printed Educator Guide includes key terms, background information, intros, closing activities for each lesson, information on standards alignment and additional technical information for instructors.
You have a couple of options:
Your group license includes a one-year subscription to Blocksmith. As long as your subscription remains active, you’ll have access to all curriculum tracks, premium assets and educational experiences. Expired accounts are downgraded to the Free version and lose access to all curriculum and workspace features.
For additional subscription information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. After your subscription expires, you will need to renew your license to continue using curriculum tracks, premium assets, educational experiences and workspace features.
If your Blocksmith subscription is not renewed, your and your students’ accounts will be downgraded to the Free version. Students can continue to use the BlocksmithXR Builder, but they will not have access to premium features or curriculum tracks.
Group licenses are available in 30, 75, and 150 account groups. The Admin account does not count towards the total. Extra accounts may be added onto any base package in groups of 10 for an extra fee. Individual accounts may also be added on month-to-month for a small fee of $2.99 through the Blocksmith site.
Only currently active accounts count against your total. You can reuse the same Blocksmith account again and again with each new group of students by switching out their accounts in your Workspace Dashboard.
For example, you can teach a Blocksmith course during Fall semester with Class A, and then during Spring semester you can remove Class A from your Workspace and replace them with Class B to teach the course again.
Not at all. Discover Blocksmith includes built-in, student-led curriculum tracks that allow instructors to learn alongside their students, regardless of their experience level. You will also receive an Instructor Guide with additional instructions, activities and support to help you get started.
Not at all. Experiences can be played in first-person view through the BlocksmithXR Builder.
However, using a VR viewer adds a whole new level of engagement, so we highly recommend giving it a try!
Discover Blocksmith teaches students many skills with real-world applications, including programming concepts (ie. logic, variables, spawners), user interface and user experience design concepts (UI and UX design), video game development, VR and AR applications, 3D modeling and more computer science topics.
For more information on STEAM careers that include skills that can be learned from Discover Blocksmith, check out our STEAM Career Exploration blog series!
Blocksmith and PCS Edventures take great care to ensure curriculum tracks are appropriate for grades 4-12 — dodgeball is the most "intense" game in the Blocksmith curriculum.
The existing curriculum cannot be altered, but educators can make their own VR/AR experiences and curriculum tracks or import experiences created by others. Educators can choose what experiences to make available to their students in their Workspace.
Not every experience created by other users will be suitable for your class. We recommend playing through new experiences before making them available to your students.
Blocksmith is compatible with the Merge series goggles.
Merge headsets use smartphones for VR viewing. Install the Blocksmith Cardboard Viewer app from Google Play or the App Store. Then, tap the VR button in the app to switch to VR viewing mode and insert your phone into the headset.
Credits were a system of currency that is now depreciated. You will not receive any credits, but you will have access to all premium features for as long as you have an active subscription. If you have any additional questions, please contact email@example.com.
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© 2018 Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), p21.org. All Rights Reserved. P21 was not involved in the production of this product and does not endorse it.
© 2018 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). All Rights Reserved. ISTE was not involved in the production of this product and does not endorse it.
Colin has a deep interest in learning, teaching and developing curriculum in STEM areas that can be seen in his years of experience as a Lead Instructor for PCS Edventures! Additionally, he has both volunteered and worked as a substitute teacher at schools in the Boise area. Since teaching, he has joined Blocksmith Inc as a Designer and Curriculum Developer. At Blocksmith, a VR-oriented startup focused on providing students across the nation with the skills to develop and experience their own creations in an interactive 3D environment, his hope is to see students approach education through a format that encourages creation and curiosity!
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