Saying that Minecraft is popular would be a massive understatement. This building game has been around for over 6 years and has been played by over 100 million users. In fact, it’s the third most popular game of all-time.
Minecraft has always been a building gaming and people all around the world have made some pretty awe-inspiring creations. The creators of this building game recognised the game’s potential to be a platform to learn certain skills and to inspire creativity.
In 2011 MinecraftEDU was started and this educational version of the popular game has been used in classrooms over 40 countries as an educational tool. Now MinecraftEDU has been acquired by Microsoft and will be called Minecraft: Education Edition. This will be a free trail that will become available later this year and you can test it out for a whole year. The game has been used to teach students about subjects like art and poetry.
With this new program, the game might be able to assist teachers and educators to use the game to teach students important skills in an engaging, interesting and (most importantly) fun way. The company explains:
By bringing Minecraft into the classroom, we are empowering educators and students to teach and learn through building and exploring within a fun, familiar environment.
There will be community pages that will host resources like Minecraft mentors that lets educators around the world connect with each other as well as suggested lesson plans.
COO of Mojang, Vu Bui notes that:
One of the reasons Minecraft fits so well in the classroom is because it’s a common, creative playground. We’ve seen that Minecraft transcends the differences in teaching and learning styles and education systems around the world. It’s an open space where people can come together and build a lesson around nearly anything.