At the BETT show in January, we announced a new version of Minecraft for education called Minecraft: Education Edition. Since then the Minecraft team have been busy working on features, and partnering with educators, students and administrators to get feedback on their priorities and what they need to use Minecraft for teaching and learning.
Our Simon Baddley was able to give his feedback: @simbadd64
"As an English teacher using Minecraft for storytelling, one of my main challenges was how to evidence student learning and projects outside of the game. The new camera and portfolio tools are going to be great features, allowing students to be able to export these shots directly from the students' portfolio into a specified OneDrive folder is a major step forward and allows much easier integration with other applications."
Simon Baddeley, English Teacher in Wakefield,
Teachers have helped prioritize the most valuable features of MinecraftEdu, and what else they'd like to see in Minecraft: Education Edition.
Dates for your diary
In May, a Beta program starts with over 100 schools from 30 countries around the world to experience Minecraft: Education Edition, share more detailed feedback on the product with us, and help us fine-tune the experience across a diverse set of learning environments.
In June, we will release Minecraft: Education Edition with an early access program for educators to download, try for free,
and give us feedback. Minecraft: Education Edition early access will be available in 11 languages and 41 countries. During the summer months, we are also going to be focused on working with educators on building out lesson plans, sharing learning activity ideas, and creating re-usable projects.
If you are new to Minecraft, or if you aren't sure where to start in bringing Minecraft into your classroom and incorporating into your curriculum, the early access program is going to be a great way to familiarize yourself with Minecraft: Education Edition.
At the conclusion of our early access program, Minecraft: Education Edition user licenses will be available for purchase through direct and volume licensing channels.
The first release of Minecraft: Education Edition will run on the latest versions of Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan. To prepare for using Minecraft: Education Edition,
For more information and resources on Minecraft: Education Edition, and to sign up to be notified when the early access program becomes available, please visit education.minecraft.net.