Education Edition, priced at $5 per user per year — Microsoft launches Minecraft

Education Edition, priced at $5 per user per year — Microsoft launches Minecraft

That could make it a useful tool to get children excited about learning. And for some students, that dream is just around the corner with the launch of Minecraft: Education Edition, a school-friendly version of the popular video game. You can now buy it in 11 languages and 50 countries around the world. You could already do these things if you had OP rights to access the command line, along with a grasp of Minecraft server commands, but with Education Edition the teacher can spend less time managing the world and more time focusing on the lesson plan. For teachers who want to use the game in their classroom but aren't familiar with Minecraft, there's a "Minecraft Mentors" program that teaches them all of the basic principles of the game, along with how it can be adapted to education programs. But it also adds new features, such as the Classroom Mode companion app that lets educators manage world settings, communicate with students, gift items, and teleport students in the virtual Minecraft world. Educators will have the ability to build out worlds that coincide with what they are teaching. At launch, the official version includes all the latest updates that were previously available in the Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta, says Microsoft. The game is available for $5 Dollars per user, per year, or through a district-wide licensing model in fifty countries and eleven languages.

Microsoft also quickly recognized the game's potential in education.

The critically-acclaimed sandbox environment of ‘Minecraft’ serves as a stage for several new Lesson Plans preloaded in the game for pupils as young as three to five years old. Image Source YouTube

Some people might dismiss Minecraft in the classroom as a fad, as games are always rising and falling in popularity, but it's rather short-sighted to view Minecraft as simply a "game".

The generally available version of Minecraft: Education Edition includes everything educators saw in the Early Access Program.



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