Microsoft, owner of the wildly popular open world Minecraft game — available on pcs, game consoles, smartphones, portable devices, and played by millions worldwide — has acquired the education version of the program, MinecraftEdu. Microsoft will soon incorporate the teacher-designed features of MinecraftEdu and add some new ones of its own to offer a new version of the program for schools:
Minecraft Education Edition.
Due this summer, Minecraft Education Edition promises to really make Minecraft sing as a classroom tool for teachers wishing to exploit the program’s engaging exploration and group building of game structures and environments for classroom activities that support the teaching of subjects across the curriculum. See the Minecraft Education Edition site for more information and some teacher resources to get you started. Microsoft will also be sharing news throughout the week at @playcraftlearn and at the project’s Facebook page.
Seventh-grade students from Walden School, Louisville, collaborating during a KET MediaLab workshop on using MinecraftEdu
We at KET will be making the transition to the new Minecraft Education Edition software as soon as possible. Schools will then be welcome to join us at KET’s Media Lab for an introductory workshop on using the new Minecraft Education Edition software. More to come as things develop.
Comments from teachers who have attended MinecraftEdu workshops at
KET’s Media Lab:
I have started a club for several at risk students. We are using the Minecraft software to teach content to students in an engaging, motivating way.
We plan to purchase the Minecraft EDU to run in our Middle School computer lab!
We will be using this to engage students and see how we can use this program to increase other students involvement in other subjects.
The kids were very engaged and this gave the teachers an opportunity to see the program in action.
I liked that I was able to play the game with guidance and support.
I liked seeing all of the students engaged in the program. Some who have never tried it came out wanting to do the assignment.
I have already sent out information to the STCs in my school district.
The Minecraft class was awesome. The tour showed students what a real studio looks like and how TV stations produce shows. They loved the green screen studio and since we have a green wall in my room, they want to start using that.
Great experience, workshop and studio tour. Thank you!
This was great. I would like to try some of the other workshops. It was more than I could have hoped for.
I liked seeing the interaction and enthusiasm of the students as they were learning. I’m planning on implementing this is the classroom.