As you may be aware, Microsoft has released an Education Edition of the popular software Minecraft. However, what you may not know is that Minecraft: Education Edition is now available for education customers through their EES volume licensing agreement.
Minecraft is essentially a virtual learning lab where students can demonstrate their concept mastery, as well as document their achievements. Teachers can set up a variety of activities/challenges within the game that map to specific learning outcomes and curriculum standards. Minecraft: Education Edition has a strong emphasis on STEAM departments (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and is built with a focus on collaboration and creative problem solving:
Students collaborate together to build projects and solve problems within an immersive environment
Built-in and customizable lessons
Teachers can tap into the creativity and expertise of the Minecraft community for lesson plans, and build their own curriculum
“Mods” can be added into the game with a curriculum and programming plug-in
Through an EES Agreement, Minecraft: Education Edition can be licensed either organization wide or as an “additional product” offering. There are different price points for each of these options, including students versus faculty/staff.
**Please note that if you license all of your faculty and staff in your organization, you are able to cover all students for no cost!**
Minecraft: Education Edition requires that each user/player has an Office 365 Education account. NOTE: students will only be able to play with other O365 Education accounts in the same school domain/tenant.
Device: MacBook or Windows 10 compatible device
Operating System: Windows 10, or OS El Capitan
Identity: Office 365 Education account for each player
Network: Wi-Fi or LAN to log in and for multi-player capabilities