Minecraft Education Edition will be available for users in Windows Store starting November 1. The Microsoft game may seem a peculiar educational tool at first, but both developers and educators are confident about the product. As alternative teaching methods are very popular and quite effective, the new Minecraft edition might turn out to be a very useful tool.
Microsoft mentioned the arrival of the game at the beginning of the year. The full version of Minecraft Education Edition will be released in less than two months from now, and teachers and educators can purchase the game on the Windows Store platform. Playing the game at school brings technology one step closer to both children and teachers, in a monitored educational environment.
As far as the price is concerned, schools which acquire Minecraft Education Edition have to pay five dollars a year for every student. However, developers have yet another proposal for customers. They can negotiate a more affordable offer with districts, so that schools should spend less money on each student, but still guarantee the game.
Minecraft Education Edition is neither a traditional video game nor a traditional teaching aid. However, developers, teachers, and students alike understand one of its’ great educational advantages, namely boosting creativity. The game offers unlimited possibilities when it comes to imagination and freedom of expression. Users can build their own houses, villages, and extend further. In other words, they can become the creators of a new world.
Official sources declared that the educational version of Minecraft would be further updated. Most of the new features will be borrowed from older versions of the game, and reintroduced in the new format. Such details make the difference, and children will be thrilled to examine and work with the new options.
For the Microsoft-powered game to be used properly at school, developers added a so-called ‘Classroom Mode.’ Teachers can supervise the activity of children, and connect and communicate with all the class members through a chat window. Teachers can also set the features of the world in which children are introduced, so educators carefully watch their time spent playing video games at school.
Specialists don’t know yet if Minecraft Education Edition will be a real success in the classroom, but they are confident about it. They explain that the game allows children to discover and learn on their own, which helps them built their self-esteem. They also talk about the fact that modern education has to respond to modern children’s needs.
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