Many believe that the educational system in its current state needs a serious overdo, as the results achieved with recent generations might not be the best. It seems that Microsoft has been sharing in their opinion as the tech giant has announced the official release of Minecraft.
Of course, we’re not talking about the regular version of Minecraft, which has been out for quite some time, but the Education Edition of the game. Minecraft: Education Edition is an initiative developed by Microsoft in collaboration with various organizations that seeks to bring Minecraft into the educational system and make it an integral part of every child’s learning experience.
Minecraft: Education Edition has been released on the 1st of Novemeber, but Microsoft in fact started the project back in June. Starting with June 9th to be more specific, the company initiated a trial period of sorts, so they can receive important feedback on how educational systems are responding to Minecraft.
Over 35000 students and their teachers have tested the game and submitted feedback. Microsoft kept tweaking the product to increase its viability according to what testers were saying.
There was an influx of positive responses to the initiative, as many people involved in the education system agree that this Minecraft version is a good way for children to remain motivated and also let their creativity loose.
There are already schools that utilize Minecraft in their lessons, which a variety of subjects being covered in the game through various subject-related building activities. For example, a class learning about ancient Egypt could learn while building a pyramid.
While this sounds like an interesting concept that could potentially change how education is perceived, it’s not all peaches as Minecraft: Education Edition requires Windows 10 and Office 365 accounts all around. Depending how many people (staff and students) are involved, making the necessary PC upgrades could get quite costly, not to mention tedious. It remains to be seen how Minecraft evolves in an educational environment.
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