Minecraft Education Edition or (M:EE) is a special version, based on the Bedrock Edition, of the popular sandbox game, Minecraft, specifically designed for educational use in a classroom environment.
The video below does a great job of introducing you into the world of Minecraft Education Edition.
Minecraft Education Edition is available for Windows 10, MacOS, iOS/iPadOS, and Chrome OS.
It is not currently available on any consoles such as the Xbox or Playstation.
Eligibility and Availability:
In order to purchase the Education Edition, a player must be eligible by meeting the following requirements:
- An eligible educator must be a full-time or part-time faculty or staff member at an academic institution and have a school-specific email address provided by the school that can receive external email.
- An eligible district or school must be a qualified education user, defined as an accredited institution organized and operated exclusively for the purpose of teaching its enrolled students.
- An eligible public library must provide general library services without charge to all residents of a given community, district, or region.
- An eligible public museum must be an agency or institution organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes and utilize a professional staff to exhibit tangible objects to the public on a regular basis.
- Finally, an eligible home-school program must provide K-12 education to a student or students with written proof that it either belongs to a nationally recognized home-schooling organization or is expressly recognized by a local school district as an acceptable alternative to an accredited or state-recognized/approved educational institution.
There is currently a free trial available for all educators who are interested in getting started with Minecraft Education Edition.
The free trial is not limited on time but rather the number of logins allowed. There are 25 logins allowed for teachers and 10 logins allowed for students.
If you want the full game rather than the trial you will need a license that can be purchased as a yearly subscription from the Microsoft Store for Education or through resellers.
Once the licenses are purchased you will have to assign the licenses to each user which includes both teachers and students.
Minecraft Education Edition can then be installed on supporting platforms of your choice.
Educators will then need to be trained in the Minecraft Education Edition. The Minecraft Education Edition website has a bunch of resources for educators to get trained.
What is Different?
This edition of Minecraft has many unique features to help facilitate classroom learning.
Chalkboards, cameras, and portfolios can be used to help educators outline their goals and collect evidence of student’s learning and progression.
Allow, Deny, and Border blocks allow educators to place specific areas where students can/can not build as well as preventing players for enter or leaving certain areas.
The Education Edition also features a unique update specific to this version and that is the Chemistry Update.
This update puts the elements and periodic table in Minecraft for easier visualization for learning. The elements can be used as decorative blocks or also used as ingredients in crafting, brewing or lab table experiments.
Elements can also be combined into compounds using the unique compound creator block.
Some unique items that can be crafted from compounds include Ice Bombs that turn water into ice, and bleach which can be used to dye things white.
So what do you think? Is Minecraft Education Edition something that will be helpful to students around the globe?
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