Join me in multiplayer mode on my private server using the Java Edition of Minecraft and Zoom.
The hardest part is showing up. How to get set up right the first time can seem like a daunting task because there are so many different tools needed to participate and have fun. Please use this step-by-step guide to ensure you can join on time.
Turn Computer On
Before you join a multiplayer session in Minecraft, you need to open up the necessary applications, connect the appropriate devices, and test ahead of time so you do not waste time or unable to play during community builds.
The technology you will need:
- Desktop or laptop computer
- Keyboard and mouse
- Webcam and microphone
- High-speed Internet connection
- Zoom installed onto the computer
- Minecraft Java Edition installed
- Two screens
- Green screen
- Virtual camera
- Stream deck
Join Zoom Meeting
The purpose of the Zoom meeting is to help kids and parents communicate with one another using their voice and webcam. Web-real-time-communications is not currently supported inside of the Minecraft server. You will receive an email notification with a Zoom invitation link one day prior to the community builds. This notification contains the link to join the Zoom meeting and other useful information needed to collaborate effectively.
Get Started with Minecraft Java Edition
There are several different versions of Minecraft. There are mobile apps, Windows version, and a separate version for the Raspberry Pi. The Java version was selected because it has the most amount of users compared to other versions and available on Mac or PC.
Watch this video to see how to download Minecraft Java and get started.
Steps to follow to start the Minecraft application on your computer
- Sign up for Microsoft Account (if you don’t already have one).
- Download Minecraft Java Edition for PC or MacOS to use Minecraft Java Edition https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/store/minecraft-java-edition.
- Create a Login https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/login
- Create a username for Minecraft.
- Start the Minecraft application.
If you already have the Java Edition of Minecraft installed and have created a username, start practicing some basic commands to help you navigate in Minecraft. Do this by starting the game and creating your own world. Choose creative mode, not survival mode. That is rule #3.
Join Minecraft Server?
- Open the Minecraft application on your computer.
- Choose multi-player mode in Minecraft.
- Choose join server.
- Type in Harry D’s Server as the server name
- Type in server’s IP address. Subscribe to notifications to receive access to the server’s address and instructions to join by Zoom video.
IMPORTANT! The server address and Zoom meeting link is subject to change each time we introduce a new playtime. Please monitor your email notifications so you have the updated information in case you receive an error upon joining. General technical support is offered to members only.
There is a maximum of 20 players at one time and entry is available for those who arrive first once the session has been activated.
What to do when after you join
Playtimes are meant to be structured learning opportunities where you can demonstrate resourcefulness, collaboration, and kindness. Here is an example of playtime with specific directions, blocks used for each build, and member access to the Hotbar. You do not have to be a member to join the playtime however you will not be equipped with the same resources or support.
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