Your kids are about to like going to school a little bit more.
Microsoft announced Tuesday they are releasing Minecraft: Education Edition for educators to use in classrooms around the world beginning this summer.
Minecraft: Education Edition builds upon and expands the already popular MinecraftEdu (which is currently being used classrooms in over 40 countries with great success) and allows educators to use the game to teach students in a “fun, familiar environment.”
“One of the reasons Minecraft fits so well in the classroom is because it’s a common, creative playground,” Vu Bui, COO of Mojang said in a press release. “We’ve seen that Minecraft transcends the differences in teaching and learning styles and education systems around the world. It’s an open space where people can come together and build a lesson around nearly anything.”
Similar in nature to other versions of the game, Minecraft: Education Edition adds interactive maps, student portfolios and an online educator community where teachers can share lesson plans, maps and other tips on using Minecraft in the classroom.
While Minecraft has been proven to be a good tool for children to learn how to code, Microsoft says the game has also helped educators teach “everything from STEM subjects to art and poetry” after implementing it in the classroom.
Minecraft: Education Edition will be available as a free trial this summer. For more information, visit education.minecraft.net.
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