Minecraft is getting free educational content in response to school closures

Minecraft is getting free educational worlds to help kids stuck inside

This curated list comes from Minecraft: Education Edition, the version of the game designed for use in classrooms.

Microsoft and Mojang have released several free Minecraft Education lessons in an effort to entertain and educate some of the many school kids who are now missing classes due to coronavirus lockdowns. "These worlds educational the you can play yourself, with children, parents, or friends".

Gaming platforms have seen a surge in activity in recent weeks, as governments across the world advise citizens to stay at home and avoid socialising.

We've heard it more and more in the last several weeks; we're all in this together.

"Many are looking to gaming to remain connected with their friends... and we are seeing an unprecedented demand for gaming from our customers right now", Spencer said. While many people are working from home, there are a large number of students who are also trying to learn from home.

The free content pack is now available, and will continue to be free until at least June 30th, according to the blog post.

The new content includes a tour of the International Space Station, learning to code with a robot, visiting famous landmarks in Washington DC and learning how to be a marine biologist, Xbox said. Minecraft is providing a way to ease their stress while learning, and there are family settings that help parents choose the screen time limits, content filters, purchase limits, communication and sharing settings. We're learning lots of new phrases like social distancing, contact tracing, and stop snacking just because you're bored.

"We understand the important role gaming is playing right now to connect people and provide joy in these isolating and stressful times, and our teams are working diligently to ensure we can be there for our players", Spencer writes.

"To that end, we are actively monitoring performance and usage trends to ensure that we are optimizing service for our customers worldwide and taking into account new growth and demand".

By downloading different worlds, kids can take part in lesson plans that feature various tasks such as creative writing assignments, puzzles, and build challenges.

Minecraft is available on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo, Switch, and mobile devices (iOS and Android).

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