Private Servers for Classroom Use

Private Servers for Classroom Use

Creating Private Servers

In addition to building and creating, playing is a proven way to learn and improve social skills. Many games on Roblox offer private servers available for a small monthly fee that help to cover the price of the server or even for free.

To see if a game offers private server, look for the Private Servers section beneath the game’s description. If private servers are offered, there will be a button saying “Create Private Server”

A server’s costs, and and the number of players it can host is set by the developer of the game. To learn, go to the Private Servers page on Roblox Support.

Inviting Students to the Server

Once you have your server set up, it can be found on the servers tab.

To invite students, click and select Configure. From there, you can either provide your class the link to the server Alternatively, add their Roblox usernames to the server.

There, you can change the name of the server to help organize groups of students.
Example: JordanHS-Afternoon, HillsdaleMS-2pm

A link can be generated to make sharing with students on PC or Mac easier.

Players on mobile devices must be invited directly to the server rather than using the sharing link provided.

Examples in the Classroom

  • Create a private server for students to explore a historical site.
  • Allow students to connect virtually when they may not have the opportunity to do otherwise
  • Graduation and birthday parties
  • If students have created a game, allow them to create a private
    server so only members of the class can play.

Tips from an Educator

Bianca Rivera, Librarian at Ruth C. Kinney Elementary in New York, attended the first Roblox webinar in early April and was inspired to organize a private play session for her students shortly afterwards. She wrote to us:

  • “I was thrilled to see 50 students actually show up for our Adopt Me private play session! It was so much fun playing as a group with students socializing as they hopped on and off over a 3-hour span. I’m now exploring other games from Roblox’s Play Together collection that offer VIP servers and can accommodate large groups at a time and look forward to hosting another gathering soon. We needed this and badly! So even after this crisis is gone, I want to arrange something like this over long school breaks.”
  • “What I’d recommend to teachers is to look for games that offer large VIP servers (enough for 20+ students). It’s very easy to buy some “Robux” to "rent" a VIP server at really reasonable prices for a month and share regular sessions’ dates/times with student and their parents to meetup and connect over the game. After the scheduled games are done, they can also let the students know they can go in to the private server any time for the next month to have private games with school friends.”

Finding Games to Play

The game sort Play Together is a curated list of games that are designed to be played with friends and are currently offering private servers for only 10 robux a month. This is a great place to start looking for games to bring your students together.

There’s also the Learn & Explore sort, featuring games that offer exploration of new places and subjects like history, safety, physics, and natural sciences. Many of these games were created by educators and students.

Popular Games Offering Private Servers
Here’s just a few of the millions of games that can be found on Roblox.

Adding Private Servers to Your Own Game

If you or your students have created a game, you can enable private servers to make it easier for yourself and other educators to use in class. To learn how to turn on private servers go to the Private Servers page on the Roblox Developer Hub.

Alternatives to Private Servers

Not all teachers use Private servers. Instead, some educators have students turn off chat during class. Alternatively, others take the opportunity to reinforce digital civility skills by having conversations with students before, during, and after online play sessions.

If you do have students interact online, keep in mind that they will come across “imperfect” conduct online. Being proactive by teaching students how to react to bullies and angry words is a valuable skill. Before starting online play, teach students to use our reporting tools should they encounter inappropriate behavior.

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