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Education Edition
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Author(s)

Mojang AB
Microsoft Studios

Platform(s)

OS X El Capitan
Windows 10

Written in

C++

Latest version

1.0

Released

November 1, 2016

Rating(s)

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Minecraft: Education Edition is an educational version of Minecraft designed for classroom use. It is developed by Mojang and Microsoft Studios, and contains features that make Minecraft easy to use in classrooms. It was announced on January 19, 2016 and was fully released on November 1, 2016.[1] Minecraft: Education Edition was released to educators as an early access version on June 9, 2016.[2]

Features

The Minecraft: Education Edition is based off of Pocket Edition[3], and it contains features that make Minecraft more accessible and effective in a classroom setting, including:

  • Enhanced maps with coordinates for students and teachers to find their way around the Minecraft world together
  • World import and export, where teachers and students can create and save their worlds in the game
  • Secure student login IDs with individual avatars to personalize learning experiences and help educators track student activity
  • Camera and Student Portfolio, where students can take photos of their projects in Education Edition to demonstrate learning and progress
  • Classroom management features including Peaceful world settings to ensure students stay on task
  • A collection of specialized blocks to enhance teaching and learning, including new signs to share information and give direction, as well as border blocks to manage students within a world
  • Enhanced multiplayer, where up to 30 students can collaborate and work together on a set of learning activities without a separate server
  • Tutorial experience for first-time Minecraft educators

Lesson plans

Lessons plans through the Education Edition are available to download, covering various subjects such as engineering, history, and visual arts. Lessons plans are split into three groups based on certain age groups: Ages 5-9, Ages 10-13, and Ages 14+. Educators can also upload lesson plans that they have created for others to use, and they are downloadable from the main website.

Ages 5-9

  • Creating A Virtual Community
  • Factors and Multiples
  • Landmarks in the Community
  • Story Setting
  • State History
  • Area and Perimeter

Ages 10-13

  • Preventing Urban Sprawl
  • Loss of Biodiversity
  • Ignoring Climate Change
  • Fraction Stories
  • Deforestation
  • Storytelling (Badlands)

Ages 14 and up

  • City Planning
  • Sustainable Living
  • Solar Planning
  • Rube Goldberg Machines
  • Animal Farm

Pricing

The full game will cost $5 per user per year to use, although schools and districts who already have MinecraftEdu will be able to get the Education Edition for free.

Requirements

According to the FAQ page:

Windows 10

  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • 1 GB RAM or 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB available hard disk space or 20 GB
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

OS X El Capitan

An Office 365 account is required to log into Education Edition.

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