Minecraft today announced the full release of their Education Edition, due for launch on the 1st November 2016. Following the launch of the early access version, 15,000 student and teachers got involved to help make the Minecraft-based smartification tools even smarter than they already were.
Additionally, the company announced a few new features…
Classroom mode: a companion app that allows teachers to view the world as a map, list all the present students, teleport them about, grant resources and chat. Pretty handy if you want to keep an eye on what’s going on without being in the gameworld yourself.
The latest Minecraft Windows 10 edition features: updated UI, leads, horses, player skins, pistons and all the new redstone functionality.
Teachers can also check out the dedicated Education Edition website for resources like lesson plans, tutorials, starter worlds and access to a network of like-minded educators via the Minecraft Mentors program.
Minecraft: Education Edition costs US$5 per user, per year or through a district-wide licensing model. To begin using Minecraft: Education Edition early access:
- Upgrade your computer to Windows 10 or OS X El Capitan
- Sign up for a free Office 365 Education account using your school or district email
- Download Minecraft: Education Edition and start playing!