At the #MicrosoftEDU event, Microsoft unveiled a new code construction tool for Minecraft.
Minecraft Education Edition is available for free to schools using Windows 10 S devices, and it's an education-focused version of the hit block-builder game that allows teachers to download lesson plans shared online for various types of classes, including English, Math, and Science.
In the examples shown today, Microsoft demonstrated how Minecraft Educational Edition can plug into existing code-building technologies to help kids learn to code.
Using the popular Tynker plugin, Microsoft showed how kids can place blocks of code with ease and produce instant, recognizable results. Minecraft's code-builder "Agent" allows kids to visualize code being executed in real time, performing loops to craft buildings, for example.
Minecraft's new "Code Builder" can leverage various existing code plugins to help youngsters learn to code. Code Builder can be used in simplistic blocks, or flipped into a more powerful code-view mode.
Minecraft's Code Builder beta will be available as part of Minecraft Education Edition. Head over to the link below for more details.
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