Microsoft has announced a new version of Minecraft which has been specifically designed for schools, Minecraft Education Edition.
The company has announced that the new Minecraft Education Edition has been built on MinecraftEdu, which was launched back in 2011.
Microsoft has acquired MinecraftEdu and is building upon its proven success to create a new version of Minecraft that’s dedicated to learning. The new title will be available as a free trial this summer. All existing MinecraftEdu customers will get the first year of Minecraft: Education Edition free of charge.
It’s going to be a collaborative thing. Development of Minecraft: Education Edition will be shaped by a community of educators thanks to education.minecraft.net. The site will host lesson plans and give Minecraft: Education Edition users somewhere to discuss ideas and provide feedback. We know teachers can be a rowdy bunch, so we’re looking into the best ways to moderate the forums as I type. Wish us luck.
The new Minecraft Education Edition will launch this summer and the software will be available for free for the first year, you can find out more details at the link below.