Minecraft: Education Edition is a version of Minecraft designed for education in a classroom setting. Education Edition allows teachers to have a fun and interactive lesson for their students through the game of Minecraft. Students of all age ranges 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 for use 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, please go here.
Features of Education Edition
Minecraft: Education Edition contains additional features and resources from the original game to help foster a better learning environment. Some of these features include the following:
- Border blocks - 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 - Allows players to take pictures of themselves and their surroundings. These pictures show up 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 - Educators can create an NPC to act as a guide for students. These NPCs can be named and give messages to students. Along with the message, the NPC can link to a URL for additional information.
Trying out Minecraft: Education Edition for Free
With the current COVID-19 pandemic, Minecraft: Education Edition is now available through June 2020 for all teachers and students with a valid Office 365 EDU account. To request access and verify your account, fill out this form. Instructors 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 a valid O365 EDU account then 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 here.
You can find more educational content on the Minecraft Marketplace. The Minecraft Marketplace can be accessed by anyone with Minecraft Bedrock. Educational worlds can be downloaded and played for free through June 30, 2020. These worlds allow you to explore various concepts and include lesson plans.
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