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
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
- Website – http://education.minecraft.net
- Blog – http://education.minecraft.net/announce011916/