Microsoft today announced several new features for education. The unique circumstances of the past year have pushed education into new areas, and many of the new features help extend the educational experience beyond the walls of a classroom. Among the new features, Microsoft announced Minecraft: Education Edition for camps and clubs and the ability to integrate Microsoft Teams with Minecraft: Education Edition.
Minecraft: Education Edition and Microsoft Teams may be very different technologies, but they are two powerful tools for education. They are also both owned by Microsoft. Now teachers can integrate the two together, including integrating a Flipgrid topic, Forms quiz, or assessment tool using links to resources. In a Minecraft lesson, students can open a Flipgrid topic, save and share creations, and invite others to join.
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Minecraft: Education Edition makes learning architecture, math, chemistry, farming, and programming more fun. It’s an expansive game with a variety of educational tools, but it has, at least so far, been limited to educators. Minecraft has an Education toggle that activates some of the features of Minecraft: Education Edition, but the full version of Minecraft: Education Edition has been limited to specific organizations, such as schools, libraries, and certain museums.
Luckily for those who want to use it outside of the classroom, Microsoft has just announced Minecraft: Education Edition for Camps and Clubs. Starting this summer, camps, clubs, homeschool organizations, and nonprofits can purchase licenses for Minecraft: Education Edition.
This greatly expands the availability of Minecraft: Education Edition and helps people use Minecraft to learn in more environments.
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