Minecraft: Ed­u­ca­tion edi­tion to launch Novem­ber 1

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS -

As we head into the new school year, we’re ex­cited to an­nounce that the full ver­sion of Minecraft: Ed­u­ca­tion Edi­tion will be avail­able to pur­chase on Novem­ber 1. For ed­u­ca­tors in­ter­ested in try­ing the new ti­tle in their class­room for free be­fore pur­chas­ing, the early ac­cess ver­sion of Minecraft: Ed­u­ca­tion Edi­tion will still be avail­able for free through Novem­ber 1.

In June, Minecraft: Ed­u­ca­tion Edi­tion launched in early ac­cess to stu­dents and ed­u­ca­tors around the world. Over 35,000 stu­dents and ed­u­ca­tors have par­tic­i­pated in this pro­gram and pro­vided feed­back to help us fine-tune the ex­pe­ri­ence across a di­verse set of learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments, in­clud­ing a STEM sum­mer camp pro­gram in New York City and class­rooms around the world.

Minecraft: Ed­u­ca­tion Edi­tion con­tin­ues to be built on feed­back from the ed­u­ca­tor com­mu­nity and fea­tures and ca­pa­bil­i­ties they have told us are im­por­tant to en­hanc­ing the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. While we de­buted sev­eral of these fea­tures with early ac­cess in June, we’re ex­cited to roll out even more key ca­pa­bil­i­ties in Novem­ber, in­clud­ing:

The Class­room Mode is a com­pan­ion app for Minecraft: Ed­u­ca­tion Edi­tion that en­ables ed­u­ca­tors to man­age world set­tings, com­mu­ni­cate with stu­dents, give items and tele­port stu­dents in the Minecraft world. It dis­plays a map view of the Minecraft world, a list of all the stu­dents in the world, a set of world man­age­ment set­tings and a chat win­dow. There is even a Minecraft clock to show time of day in the world. Class­room Mode of­fers ed­u­ca­tors the abil­ity to in­ter­act with stu­dents and man­age set­tings from a cen­tral user in­ter­face.

Mi­crosoft will con­tinue to up­date Minecraft: Ed­u­ca­tion Edi­tion to in­clude new game fea­tures from other edi­tions of Minecraft. All the lat­est up­dates to Minecraft: Win­dows 10 Edi­tion beta will be in­cluded, such as leads and horses, ad­di­tional player skins, pis­tons and the re­main­der of Red­stone func­tion­al­ity and an up­dated user in­ter­face.

“Once I un­der­stood the fact that teach­ers don’t have to be ex­perts or gamers, I got started in Minecraft. Let the stu­dents be the ex­perts – they are a great re­source. I love how work­ing in Minecraft makes my stu­dents en­gage in, re­flect on and talk about his­tory – or any sub­ject, re­ally!” says ed­u­ca­tor Katja Bor­re­gaard.

We’re com­mit­ted to re­leas­ing the high­est qual­ity prod­uct that is re­li­able and se­cure to use in class­rooms around the world, and we will con­tinue to im­prove Minecraft: Ed­u­ca­tion Edi­tion with each re­lease.

Those new to us­ing Minecraft in the class­room can also check out ed­u­ca­tion.minecraft.net, which in­cludes les­son plans, starter worlds, a tu­to­rial ex­pe­ri­ence, and the Minecraft Men­tors pro­gram, which con­nects ed­u­ca­tors with oth­ers ex­pe­ri­enced in teaching with Minecraft. Ex­plore ideas and les­son plans cre­ated by ed­u­ca­tors cov­er­ing top­ics from sto­ry­telling and po­etry to city plan­ning, sus­tain­able liv­ing and ge­om­e­try.

The com­plete ver­sion of Minecraft: Ed­u­ca­tion Edi­tion will be avail­able for pur­chase on Novem­ber 1st and will be avail­able for $5 per user, per year, or through a dis­trict-wide li­cens­ing model. To be­gin us­ing Minecraft: Ed­u­ca­tion Edi­tion early ac­cess:

Up­grade your com­puter to Win­dows 10 or OS X El Cap­i­tan

Sign up for a free Of­fice 365 Ed­u­ca­tion ac­count us­ing your school or dis­trict email

Down­load Minecraft: Ed­u­ca­tion Edi­tion and start play­ing!

For more in­for­ma­tion and re­sources on Minecraft: Ed­u­ca­tion Edi­tion, and to sign up for up­dates, please visit ed­u­ca­tion.minecraft.net.

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