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Pros: Turns Minecraft into a tool for learning coding, has good scaffolding of skills, is great for independent learning.
Cons: Not suited for students who aren't Minecraft fans, and may require a lot of classroom time to get started.
Bottom Line: For students who already know and love Minecraft, this is a valuable way to hook students into coding.
Because learning Minecraft itself can take quite a bit of time, it's probably best to use LearnToMod for independent learning. Once students are familiar with making mods, they can build coding skills on their own while simultaneously creating fabulous things for Minecraft environments. For students who don't already know and love Minecraft, there are better, more efficient ways to teach coding. Also keep in mind that LearnToMod is not compatible with Minecraft: Education Edition.
On the main page, students can set up and customize their server, as well as begin quests and earn badges. As they progress, student builders can earn diamonds that can be exchanged on the site for new artifacts. The social aspects of the website (learning forums and the ability to publish mods) are useful for older, independent students who want to extend learning. For younger students, the forums may be difficult to understand.
Students who aren't already into Minecraft are unlikely to use LearnToMod, because what they make with code is used only in the Minecraft environment. For teachers, this may limit LearnToMod's usefulness as a learning tool. LearnToMod will work best as a self-directed option for students who like building in Minecraft and also want to learn coding.