As schools transition to alternative learning models amid the ongoing pandemic, Microsoft shows support for collaboration and inclusive classrooms with special lesson tool kits and other resources at the distance learning section of the official Minecraft: Education Edition.
The Chrome OS release ‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ will cross-platform play between the Windows, iPad, and Mac versions of the game, so students will have the chance to socialize and collaborate on projects no matter what device they’re using.
Minecraft the massively popular block-building game, Minecraft: Education Edition focuses on providing students a learning platform with hundreds of lessons, design challenges, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) curricula while offering templates that allow teachers to create their own activities.
The program is also capable of supporting social-emotional learning by providing the opportunity for socialization in-game and for working together in projects.
Microsoft officials said Chromebook, iPad, and Windows users will automatically be upgraded to the latest version of Minecraft: Education Edition. According to Microsoft, Chromebook edition offers the same set of features as the other versions, including multiplayer with other platforms.
Minecraft: Education Edition has been available since 2016, so it’s surprising to learn it’s only coming to Chromebooks this year.
Currently, Minecraft: Education Edition requires a Microsoft account to log in, but officials said they are working to enable users to log in with a Google account in the near future.