Minecraft: Education Edition

/ September 11, 2018

Minecraft has taken the world by storm and Microsoft has created an Education Edition available to schools. Today on EdTech Shorts, we’re going to learn about Minecraft: Education Edition.

Minecraft: Education Edition is a collaborative and versatile platform that educators can use across subjects to encourage 21st-century skills. This makes for an awesome tool to use in the classroom that students are already using in their leisure time. M:EE provides an open canvas for creativity and experimentation for students and teachers. With the additional tools as part of Code Connection and the Classroom Mode for Teachers, classroom usage takes on a different experience that playing Minecraft at home.

To use M:EE your computers or devices need to meet the following requirements:

  • Windows 10/10s or MacOS (OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher) – If your system meets the minimum requirement outlined by Microsoft and Apple to run the current version of their operating systems, then it will run M:EE.
  • M:EE is now available for iPad (iOS 9 or higher) devices and can be found in the iOS App Store.
  • M:EE is NOT compatible with Chromebooks or Android devices at this time. Microsoft has provided no evidence that it will be made available on these platforms.

To get started, users need to have an Office 365 account provided by their school or district and have a license tied to that account. If you’re an educator in West Virginia, then you, and your students, are already licensed and ready to go. The West Virginia Department of Education was able to license approximately 300,000 users for this great product. If you’re else where, then talk with your technology contact to see about obtaining the licensing for this great classroom tool starting at $5/user per year.

If you want to learn more about Minecraft: Education Edition, you can find a list of resources and information over at my personal website by going to http://randallblack.com/minecraft.