Microsoft Bringing New Version Of Minecraft To Classrooms

Lots of us have spent countless hours playing Minecraft, but typically not at school. Microsoft, which bought Minecraft and its developer in 2014, is looking to change that with Minecraft Education Edition, which will be available for free trial this summer. In a blog post making the announcement, Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s vice president of worldwide education, said the company has seen great possibilities for using Minecraft in education settings, including helping boost student skills in digital citizenship, empathy, and social settings while improving literacy and allowing students to get real-time feedback from teachers about their problem-solving skills. The new version of Minecraft will have an expanded set of features, including improved and enhanced maps and a way for teachers to personalize projects and track progress. Microsoft is also working to develop an educator community online where teachers can download starter lessons, join forums, and provide feedback.