Microsoft Launches Minecraft for Schools
The app was developed last January, and Microsoft has been working to get it into as many schools as possible. The educational tools first went into beta in the summer, with Microsoft hoping to have its full release for September. While it missed that date by a couple of months, it is now ready to go on with both Windows 10 and macOS, according to The Verge.
Despite the name, it isn't actually all that different from a regular Minecraft game. It is pretty much the same thing with some educational tools built into it. Teachers will be able to see where their students are on the map, what resources the students may need, and be able to move a child's location. There are also some new in-game items like a camera and a chalkboard.
Microsoft hopes that Minecraft will keep kids engaged while teachers use it to teach other things. Educators will have the ability to build out worlds that coincide with what they are teaching.
There are already some worlds pre-built and there is a hope that teachers will be able to share worlds for the most popular subjects in English, social studies, science, and beyond.
The game is available to schools starting today, for $5 per student for a year’s subscription.