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Minecraft Education Edition Celebrates First Anniversary!

Minecraft Education Edition Celebrates First Anniversary!

In conjunction with its first anniversary of Minecraft Education Edition, Microsoft today announced that a new Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial, Hero’s Journey, which has been released as part of its ongoing support for Hour of Code. This is the third consecutive year that Microsoft is supporting this global movement, held between 4 to 10 December, to help students learn the basics of coding.

 

New Minecraft Education Edition Tutorial

Working with Minecraft game designers, computer science educators, and Code.org’s learning designers, the new Minecraft tutorial introduces coding concepts using the popular video game that millions of players around the world are already exploring, teaching, and learning with every day. To date, nearly 70 million people around the world are using Minecraft tutorials to learn about the basics of coding.

 

New Minecraft Education Edition Character

A new character, Minecraft Agent will be introduced in the tutorial, along over 10 new challenges that teach core coding concepts like loops, debugging, and functions. Upon completing the tutorial, students can import their code into Minecraft Education Edition for the first time ever, bringing their work to life in the game, or share their work via email, text message or social media. The tutorial will be available for free and is playable across iOS, Android and Windows platform.

 

More Than 2 Million Users!

Microsoft also announced that the Minecraft Education Edition has crossed over 2 million licensed users in 115 countries within a year of its launch, and more than 250 educator-created lesson plans have been developed in the community.

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The First Malaysian School To Adopt Minecraft Education Edition

Locally, the Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephen – Mara Junior Science College, Sandakan is the first school in Malaysia to adopt the Minecraft Education Edition. The Microsoft showcase school which has close to 1000 students and more than 60 students is using this platform to make learning more enjoyable and as a teaching aid for its educators.

Aliff Othman, Educator, Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephen – Mara Junior Science College, Sandakan said “Our students are engaged and excited to learn in the fun familiar Minecraft environment, and they have learnt a number of skills in the process – things like computational thinking, digital citizenship and of course, creativity.   We saw the potential to take this work to a new scale we as educators can use Minecraft in our classrooms.”

 

Coding Is Essential In 4th Industrial Revolution

The World Economic Forum has highlighted the importance of complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity as skills required for individuals to thrive in the 4th industrial revolution. As such, developing computation thinking is a key priority for education institutions today. One way to develop students’ computational thinking capabilities is through the introduction of computer sciences education, including coding classes.

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Minecraft Education Edition Launched In Asia Pacific

1 November 2016Microsoft today announced the general availability of Minecraft Education Edition, an open world game specifically designed for the classroom to promote creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving for 10 markets in Asia Pacific, including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

Minecraft Education Edition

The full-release of the Minecraft Education Edition includes a companion application called Classroom Mode enabling educators to manage world settings, communicate with students, give items, and teleport students in the Minecraft world. It displays a map view of the Minecraft world, a list of all the students in the world, a set of world management settings and a chat window.

There is even a Minecraft clock to show time of day in the world. Classroom Mode offers educators the ability to interact with students and manage settings from a central user interface. It also offers a range of new, built-in lesson plans for educators to use across subjects and age levels and easy collaboration with up to 30 students to work together to build projects and solve problems.

The release comes after months of feedback from over 50,000 educators and students worldwide who gained early Beta access in June 2016.

According to the recently released Microsoft Asia EduTech Survey 2016, one in two educators wanted to make classroom learning experiences both immersive and fun through gamification and personalized learning. The use of Minecraft in the classroom enables educators to inspire their students in new ways, while mapping student activities to specific learning outcomes and curriculum standards.

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Minecraft is one tool that has the power to transform learning on a global scale. By creating a virtual world and then exploring in it, students can simulate the real world. Younger students can learn digital citizenship, empathy, social skills and even improve their literacy. Older students can explore more complicated humanities questions, while also learning basic engineering and programming skills.

Don Carlson, Director – Education, Microsoft Asia Pacific, said, “Visit a classroom that’s using Minecraft, and you may be surprised to witness a focused kind of enthusiasm — students who are motivated to learn, who are engaged, confident, and working collaboratively to solve a problem. We want to empower educators and students to teach and learn through doing and exploring. While great technology can never replace great teaching, it is essential that schools have access to the right tools that will help drive the most effective learning, and prepare students for the workforce of the future.”

Minecraft Education Edition will include new game features and the latest updates to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta which will include user interface, leads and horses, additional player skins, pistons and the remainder of Redstone functionality.

 

Minecraft Education Edition Availability

The full version of Minecraft Education Edition is now available for purchase by schools, colleges and universities for US$5 per user, per year.

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