Microsoft releases new education-focused collection for free in the Minecraft Marketplace

Minecraft Education Edition
Minecraft Education Edition (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft and Mojang offer an Education Edition of Minecraft for schools and other learning institutions.
  • It features a ton of tools, lessons, and resources to help educators in teaching their children.
  • Today, Microsoft and Mojang are taking a bunch of those lessons and releasing them as a free collection.
  • Until June 30, 2020, children can download and play these lessons and worlds in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition.

There was already a great way to use Minecraft: Education Edition to help your children while they're home from school, but Microsoft and Mojang are taking it a step further to make it even easier. While the full Minecraft: Education Edition was given increased access for any kids with a Microsoft Education account, there are still a ton of children stuck at home who are struggling to maintain their education.

Starting today, there is a new collection of lessons, maps, and challenges from the Education Edition available for free through the Minecraft Marketplace. These maps include exploring the International Space Station, or even exploring the inside of an eye, amongst others. This should make it even easier for parents to use Minecraft as an educational tool, and is another push from Microsoft to help the schooling situation with the coronavirus outbreak. They'll be available until June 30, 2020.

You can read more about the new maps here, while Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox at Microsoft, released a blog post here (opens in new tab) detailing the various ways parents can use gaming as an educational tool to teach their children while at home.

Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer primarily focused on covering the latest news, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been with Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019. While originally brought on to write about all things Minecraft, Zachary has since expanded to write about practically everything that Windows Central covers. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.