Microsoft Unveils Minecraft: Education Edition, To Cost $5/student

By 03:42 Fri, 30 Jul 2021 Comments


Microsoft has recently acquired the MinecraftEdu mod for Minecraft game, which sole purpose was to be used for educational purposes in school and at home. The education potential behind Minecraft was one of the reasons Microsoft acquired the game in the first place.

Now the TeacherGaming team behind MinecraftEdu is part of Microsoft, it can achieve its purpose faster and deliver it much cheaper.

The purpose of the Minecraft Educational Edition is to allow students to explore different places, historical monuments, ancient cities, all recreated accurately, and learn from them.

The game went through minor optimizations, which include better mapping, in-game capturing camera and a scrapbook for screenshots. Everything else is the same - Microsoft says while it wants to create it an educational too, it's still a game and will be haged the fun factor.

Microsoft is launching a platform, where teachers could submit lessons (Minecraft worlds) and download such. The company won't be building the places, it wants to rely on a wide contributing community of schools, students and teacher. Hopefully this pans out in time.

The Edu edition of Minecraft will cost $5 per student in school and each registered student will be able to play the game at home as well upon logging with the same account.

You can learn more about the initiative here.

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