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Minecraft: Education Edition

Karen Oberly

Many of you may have heard that Microsoft has acquired MinecraftEdu.  Microsoft has spent its resources investing in a new and expanded version of Minecraft specifically for the classroom called Minecraft: Education Edition.

Microsoft has announced that Minecraft: Education Edition will soon be available for purchase and IU 13 is pleased to say we will have special pricing available for our Pennsylvania EES (Enrollment for Education Solutions) school districts sometime in September.

What makes Minecraft: Education Edition a great choice to add to your school’s curriculum?

  • Collaboration and Problem Solving Skills – Students can work alone, in pairs or groups, or as an entire class to build projects and solve problems.
  • Multiple Subjects – As a versatile open platform, students and teachers can create and learn math, physics, history, language arts skills, as well as develop skills such as collaboration, communication in group activities, digital citizenship and problem solving. The sky is the limit when you combine Minecraft, a skilled teacher, and a student’s creative mind.
  • Guided Characters – Teachers will be able to create a non-player character to act as a guide for students using the game.
  • Camera and Portfolio – We know that teachers need to have evidence of student learning and progress. In Minecraft: Education Edition both a camera and portfolio feature will allow students to capture their work with screenshots and document their progress in their projects.
  • Chalkboards – Teachers will be able to create chalkboards to give students instruction and information within the game.
  • Easy, Secure Access – Students and teachers will log in with their Office 365 school accounts to ensure data integrity, privacy, and security.
  • Tutorial World – Microsoft has created a tutorial world to guide students and teachers new to the Minecraft world.
  • Lesson Plans – Microsoft is developing lesson plans for teachers across subject areas and ages.  Microsoft is also looking to teachers to share their unique lesson development with others.

Initially available for Win 10 and OS X, there are plans for an iOS version in the coming months. Students will need an Office 365 account to sign in and can use this at home or at school. Specific hardware requirements can be accessed here:

Look for the announcement of availability and pricing coming soon!

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