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Teaching kids can be tough, so why not use their favorite game to win them over?
Microsoft announced today that Minecraft: Education Edition has officially launched in 50 countries. This version of the block-building sensation strives to teach kids in the classroom by promoting creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving. Minecraft has sold over 106 million copies across all of its platforms, notably attracting an enthusiastic, young audience. That could make it a useful tool to get children excited about learning.
The Education Edition had been available in early access, but now schools will need to pay $5 per user, per year. However, the full release comes with the Classroom Mode companion app, which gives teachers a tool for supervising and aiding students in the game.
“Over 35,000 students and educators have participated in this program and provided feedback to help us fine-tune the experience across a diverse set of learning environments, including a STEM summer camp program in New York City and classrooms around the world,” developer Mojang noted on Minecraft’s website.
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Let’s just hope that all of those kids don’t begin to resent Minecraft for trying to teach them.
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