On November 1, the full version of Minecraft: Education Edition will be available to purchase. For educators interested in trying the new title in their classroom for free before purchasing, the early access version of Minecraft: Education Edition will still be available for free through November 1.
Some key features appear to include:
Classroom mode that:
“enables educators to manage world settings”
“communicate with students”
give items and teleport students in the Minecraft world.
list all students in the world
world management settings with chat window
Some neat additions that I had the chance to see at a recent Minecraft EDU:
Leads and horses
additional player skins
You can find out more at the Minecraft Education web site. They have tons of great stuff there. While I haven’t been much of a world builder in the past, family members who have spent time and effort love Minecraft. With all the neat stuff you can do (e.g. redstone), I can easily imagine that “Minecraft as a digital lego set” taking education by storm!
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