Minecraft is being played on millions of people of all ages from different parts of the world. The price of this game is $26.95 and it can be played on computers and mobile devices, but soon, it will be used by teachers and students, who will collaborate and interact virtually. Microsoft has announced Minecraft: Education Edition back in January and now, the beta version of the game can be tried out by teachers who want to get familiarized with it, before the company will make it available to one hundred schools and 1700 students, who are participating in this program.
The moment has finally arrived. Microsoft has waited five months to launch Minecraft: Education Edition in an early access – where participants in the program are able to test out the beta version before developers are releasing the final form of it. If players see bugs popping out, they must report these issues to the game creators and they will fix them before September, when the complete version of Minecraft: Education Edition will be released by educators, teachers, and their students.
“One of the most common requests we get from educators is the ability for students to collaborate together to build projects and solve problems. In Minecraft: Education Edition, an entire classroom of up to 30 students can play in a world together without a separate server required. Or, students can work together in pairs or groups simply by joining their classmates’ worlds,” said Microsoft on education.minecraft.net.
Teachers will allow their students to take pictures of their work with their cameras and they will set up Non Player Characters to give them links with information and instructions on how to play the game. However, teachers who are more involved and want to make sure that they students will understand better the basics of Minecraft, will write instructions on chalkboards.
Minecraft: Education Edition is slightly different from the original version, as it has additional features. It will include a chat window which will be used by teachers and students to communicate with each other, a map that will allow teachers to monitor their students, and players will be able to teleport from one place to another. Teachers will use this game to learn about different subjects, and one of the topics will be about the “Effects of deforestation.”
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