We already know that Minecraft can be used as a teaching tool; it has already been used to teach kids how to code. Now Microsoft has made Minecraft: Education Edition, specifically designed for classrooms, generally available in Australia.
Minecraft: Education Edition, aimed at K-12 students, has a range of built-in lesson plans for teachers to use across a number of different subjects. It comes with a companion application called Classroom Mode that gives teachers a map view of the Minecraft world and lets them monitor as well as mentor students during gameplay.
For students, they can take snaps when they're in Minecraft to document their learning adventures and build a portfolio of their work. There are non-playable characters in the game that acts as tour guide to additional resources.
Students can work together in pairs or groups simply by joining their classmates' world.
Minecraft: Education Edition costs between US$1 to US$5 per user per year depending on the size of the school and volume licensing agreements. You can visit the official website for more information.
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