'Minecraft: Education Edition' a Teacher's useful tool will be released on Nov. 1

By Raymond Valledor, Posted: 09/23/16 05:13AM EDT
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Minecraft is set to release their Education Edition on November 1, which will enable teachers to use the video game as a teaching tool for their students.(Photo : Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Teachers from across the nation will get a step-up in using unorthodox educational tools when the 'Minecraft: Education Edition' gets released on November 1. The sandbox-themed video game will be used as an educational tool in schools starting November.

Swedish programmer, Markus Persson, created the game and it was further developed by Swedish video game developers, Mojang. In 2014, Microsoft bought Mojang and they have been in charge of publishing Minecraft ever since.

The game features cuboid figures that players can build into any structure. Minecraft features gameplays such as exploration, crafting and even combat. It has been a popular game since its inception, but it was only until recently that the people behind it saw its potential as an educational tool.

According to Engadget, the people behind Minecraft gathered more than 350,000 students and teachers from various parts of the world to play the game. They designed a new feature called the 'Classroom Mode,' wherein teachers can interact with their students in the world of Minecraft.

Minecraft enables teachers to provide their students a versatile learning environment wherein they can work together building structures with the help of math, geometry and even art. CNET noted that Minecraft's virtual world where players can do whatever they want with the structures and the environment convinced the people behind it to use it as an educational tool.

Since using it this summer for educational purposes, Minecraft has earned a positive critique amongst teachers and even students. Also, seeing that the game encourages creativity and critical thinking, parents have become supportive of their kids playing with the game.

When Minecraft: Education Edition is launched in November, it will carry more features than its predecessors. According to Marsh Davies, a key person in Mojang, the Education Edition will feature new options that let kids construct machines or even electrical circuits.

He said that they added redstone circuitry and pistons so that players can use them to build electrical devices or machines. They added that the Education Edition will come with features that will enable teachers to form lesson plans and other activities for their students.



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