Minecraft: Education Edition is a version of Minecraft designed for education in a classroom setting. Education Edition allows teachers to offer a fun and interactive lesson for their students through playing the game of Minecraft. Students of all ages can learn from this edition. Educators can create their own lesson plans using the resources available to them in-game. In addition, there are multiple lesson plans already available that cover a variety of subjects like language arts, science, history and culture, computer science, art and design, and math. To learn more about these lesson plans, see our Subject Kits page.
Education Edition Features
Minecraft: Education Edition contains additional features and resources from the original game to help foster a better learning environment. Some of these features include:
- Border blocks These are blocks that prevent players from being able to walk across them. This border extends the full range of the Y coordinate. Helpful for keeping players corralled.
- Allow and deny blocks Used to allow or deny players form building in specific areas.
- Camera and Portfolio These allow players to take pictures of themselves and their surroundings. These pictures are saved in their portfolio.
- Chalkboards Used to write messages. Chalkboards can differ in size and can be used to explain instructions or learning goals.
- Non-player characters (NPCs) Educators can create an NPC to act as a guide for students. These NPCs can be named and share messages with students. Along with messages, the NPC also can link to URLs for additional information.
Learn more about Minecraft: Education Edition features.
Trying out Minecraft: Education Edition for Free
There are two ways to try Minecraft: Education Edition for free, through the free trial or through the demo lesson. The free trial requires you to have an account, either an Office 365 Education account or a Microsoft 365 account. The trial is limited by the number of logins (25 for teachers with an Office 365 Education account and 10 for all other users) before a paid license is required to continue playing.
As an alternative to support remote learning, instructors also can download this remote learning toolkit that contains 50+ lessons that educators can use while their students are in school or at home. If you don’t have an O365 EDU account, you can try the free demo coding lesson on Minecraft: Education Edition. This Hour of Code lesson explores basic coding concepts while also teaching about artificial intelligence. Learn more about the Hour of Code demo and how to get started.
There’s more educational content on the Minecraft Marketplace. The Minecraft Marketplace can be accessed by anyone with Minecraft for Windows.