Minecraft: Education Edition is a version of Minecraft for students. Yes, that’s right, Microsoft have designed a learning-focused version of the game for use in the classroom. No longer is it just about building a virtual world, it’s about immersing yourself to hone your maths and science skills, and much more.
What is Minecraft for students?
If you like the standard Minecraft, you’ll be pleased to see it’s not that different. There’s still the usual building and creativity element, but with extra tools to encourage problem solving and team work in the classroom. Tools include themed worlds based on subjects and in-game chalkboards.
There are interactive and engaging lessons available in subjects like science, technology, engineering, math, history, languages, and art.
Imagine being able to learn and understand about deforestation by creating a Minecraft world which shows the after effects and discusses ways to slow it down.
Or what about being able to ditch the boring maths textbooks and learning geometry by constructing shapes in-game as part of a world where you get to recreate historical settings?
With Minecraft for students, you can.
Is it worth it?
If you want an engaging and immersive learning experience and you’re a visual learner, you’ll love Minecraft for students.
There are plenty of other benefits too like:
- Students can collaborate on a project, wherever they are.
- The software is suitable for students of all ages and levels.
- There’s a code builder mode that allows students to learn how to code while they are in the game. Coding skills will open doors to exciting and well-paid jobs in the STEM industry.
Who is the software suitable for?
Minecraft: Education Edition is mainly designed for use in classrooms for students from the age of 5 up to college level. However, you can also access the software at home which is great news for home schooled students.
How much does it cost?
For schools, access to the software costs $5 per student per year. For home schooled students or anyone who isn’t part of an educational establishment, you can purchase it directly for $12 per user per year. You can buy either license here.
Once you’ve purchased the software, download it here to get started.
What are the system requirements for Minecraft for students?
Luckily, most laptops, desktops, and tablets support Minecraft. However, for the full computer version of the software, you’ll need Windows 10, macOS or iOS for tablets, and Chrome OS for Chromebooks.