Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Microsoft Launches Minecraft Education Edition

Do you have a Minecraft-obsessed kid in your house like I do? Actually, I have two of them. Well then perhaps you'll be delighted to hear that Microsoft has bought MinecraftEdu and is expanding it into a major resource for classrooms. It will be available as a free trial this coming summer.

Here's a direct quote from their announcement:
In the spirit of the Minecraft community, we are dedicated to making sure Minecraft: Education Edition is shaped in the coming months by a growing community of educators online at education.minecraft.net. We’re also excited to also share that these community pages will host a variety of resources like lesson plans and a new Minecraft Mentors page that allows educators experienced in Minecraft to connect with those interested in trying it for the first time.
I have to admit that I've always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Minecraft because it concerns me that my kids are so addicted to it. But at the same time, I love the concept behind the game. I originally thought of it as virtual LEGOs, but really, it is so much more than that.

Anyway, I feel that if there is a way that I can use this program that my kids love so much in an educational manner to teach or reinforce concepts they are learning in school, then it is a win-win for everyone.

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