Microsoft has announced it will officially launch Minecraft: Education Edition for the PC on November 1. This is a special version of the popular sandbox game that's designed to be used by schools.
Microsoft previously released a free beta of Minecraft: Education Edition for schools to try out before its official launch. The final version will include some new features, including a "Classroom Mode":
The game will continue to be updated with features that are already available in the regular versions of Minecraft:
Microsoft will charge $5 per year for each user of Minecraft: Education Edition. It will also be available to purchase via a school district licensing deal, but detail have yet to be announced.
I like that this is available, however I don't see the educational aspect of it. Their Minecraft offering on Hour of Code is something I am trying to get the school to adopt, but I don't know what angle to use for this.
It's the job of the teacher to make it educational. Minecraft is a tool. For a technical class, a teacher could develop a lesson plan on Redstone circuitry. For a science class, a teacher could develop a lesson plan on renewable and non-renewable resources. For an art or music class, a teacher could have them create pixel art or music. For an architecture class, a teacher could have them work together to design and construct a building. And so on.
All this time, and I still haven't seen a single reason as to why exactly Minecraft could be useful in an educational setting.
"I love how working in Minecraft makes my students engage in, reflect on and talk about history – or any subject, really!” -Katja Borregaard" The teachers are seeing it, so something might be there.
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