If you thought that playing to much Minecraft was problematic for your child, you may want to re-think it. Microsoft has announced that they have purchased MinecraftEDU and will release a new version of Minecraft, “Dedicated to learning”. MinecraftEDU was a program created by teachergaming used in 40 different countries to help children learn and be creative using the tools and world of Minecraft. Those who purchased MinecraftEDU will get the first year of Minecraft: Education Edition for free.
“Of course, every Minecraft player learns essential life-skills like tree-punching and good Creeper-defense but, when used in the right way, Minecraft can help people around the world to learn lots more,” Mojang’s Owen Hill said in a new release
Minecraft: Education Edition can be purchased by schools, libraries, museums, and those in nationally recognized home-school programs. Further eligibility details are available here.
A Free trial for the game will be available this summer. The games vast landscape of MODS will not be available for the Education Edition.
“It’s going to be a collaborative thing,” Mojang said. “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.”