Minecraft adds education section to facilitate at-home learning amid coronavirus pandemic
Learning from home.
What you need to know
- Minecraft is adding an "Education" category to facilitate learning from home.
- Xbox head Phil Spencer stressed the importance of staying home.
- The Education tab includes how to code, trips to various monuments, and more.
- It seems like a great resource for kids to "travel" while under quarantine.
Today, Xbox head Phil Spencer announced that Microsoft is adding an "Education" category to the Minecraft Marketplace so that children can learn from home. You'll be able to learn how to code, tour the International Space Station, and much more though Minecraft.
The coronavirus pandemic is sweeping across the United States and it seems like all containment efforts have failed so far. Please stay home so that you're safe. You can read an abridged version of Spencer's statement on Xbox Wire below which stresses the importance of staying at home.
That's not all though, the Minecraft team is doing its part to help. Spencer added the following.
In these trying times, it's important to realize that we all have to do our part to make sure those most vulnerable are safe. That means staying at home and practicing social distancing. If you think you'll benefit from Minecraft's Education section that features a variety of experiences, you should give them a go.
Hundreds of millions of people use Minecraft every day not just for enjoyment, but also to educate students around the world. If you're skeptical, be sure to give it a go and then decide if it's for you. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised, just like I was a few months ago.
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