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Gaming expands to the classroom with Minecraft: Education Edition

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The education of our young is paramount to the success of any society. So much hinges on it that should educators fail to equip students adequately; it could lead to an erosion of the progress made in all walks of life. In a nutshell, education can make or break a child, and we should all care about it. There is, of course, many different views as to what educators deem proper education. However, one thing no one can deny is how much technology has changed the world. Living in a connected world has changed the way we do almost everything - and it should change the way we educate children as well. Microsoft acknowledges the changes needed in teaching the student of today and offers Minecraft: Education Edition to educators who want to move with the times.

“In education, we are constantly seeking pathways to explore learning beyond the confines of a textbook. Minecraft allows us that opportunity. When we see our kids enjoying the process of learning in this way, it’s a game changer," said Rafranz Davis, Executive Director of Professional Development and Learning, Lufkin ISD.

"At its core, Minecraft is an open world that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving. It’s enjoyed by a worldwide community of over 100 million players who constantly inspire us with their creations.

Many of the skills required to enjoy Minecraft to its fullest are important to educators who might be searching for inventive ways to engage their students. By bringing Minecraft into the classroom, we are empowering educators and students to teach and learn through building and exploring within a fun, familiar environment." Minecraft Official

Microsoft offers Minecraft: Education Edition for free during its trial period. For those already using MinecraftEdu, Microsoft offers use of the Education Edition free for one year. Alongside Minecraft: Education Edition will be "community pages" - a collaboration between players, educators and Minecraft creator, Mojang, to help teachers implement the game as part of their teaching schedule.

Just imagine the potential if you combine gaming, VR and education.... More on this later.

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