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‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ will be available on Windows Store on November

More than 35,000 students and teachers worldwide have been playing “Minecraft: Education Edition” after Microsoft released an “early access” to the game in the beginning of summer.

By Staff Writer | Sep 23, 2016 11:17 AM EDT

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Mojang's 'Director of Fun' Lydia Winters speaks about 'Minecraft' during the Microsoft Xbox E3 press conference at the Galen Center on June 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Microsoft press conference is held in conjunction with the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) which focuses on gaming systems and interactive entertainment, featuring introductions to new products and technologies. (Photo : Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 

Microsoft will be sending "Minecraft: Education Edition" on Windows Store on November. Official release said that the MinecraftEdu team has created few education-focused features including the "Classroom Mode."

The new mode offers a complete look at the Minecraft world through a companion app. Using the app, teachers are able to manage the world settings, give students some items, bring them anywhere around the map and even talk to them within the game.

Since "Minecraft: Education Edition" is new, teachers are encouraged to submit their feedbacks and ideas to Minecraft support. Also, teachers who are new to the game, starter worlds and tutorials are being offered from education.minecraft.net.

Free lesson plans are also available with different subjects from storytelling to city planning and a program that connects an educator to other educators, as reported byEngadget.

The new game will be leaving the "early access" and will be available to all educators on Nov. 1 and will be available on Windows Store. It has an annual fee of $5.00 per user but Microsoft promised to cut the price for school districts depending on the number of licenses.

The team said they will keep on updating the game to include new features from other versions of Minecraft. The latest updates to "Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition" beta will also be included including player skins, leads and horses, pistons and the rest of the Redstone functionality and an updated user interface, Beta News reported.

The education edition of Minecraft is said to be geared towards creativity, collaboration and making. Even the children enjoy playing it; the team said that there still a lot of researches to be done before they can say that it is better than the usual classroom learning.

"Minecraft: Education Edition" is compatible with Windows 10 and OS X El Capitan and needs a free Office 365 account to use.

 

 

 

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