Earlier this year, we launched an early access version of Minecraft: Education Edition. It went pretty well! Some 35,000 students and teachers got involved, helping to make our Minecraft-based smartification tools even smarter than they already were.
Now, we’re happy to announce that the full version of Minecraft: Education Edition will be available to buy from November 1. If you want to check it out before purchase, the early access version will still be freely available until then.
Based on the feedback we got from the early access version, we’re rolling out even more hot stuff in the November release build:
Classroom mode: a companion app that allows teachers to view the world as a map, list all the present students, teleport them about, grant resources and chat. Pretty handy if you want to keep an eye on what’s going on without being in the gameworld yourself.
The latest Minecraft Windows 10 edition features: updated UI, leads, horses, player skins, pistons and all the new redstone functionality.
Have other suggestions for what to include? Get in touch. You can also check out the dedicated Education Edition website for resources like lesson plans, tutorials, starter worlds and access to a network of likeminded educators via the Minecraft Mentors program.
Minecraft: Education Edition costs $5 per user, per year or through a district-wide licensing model. To begin using Minecraft: Education Edition early access:
- Upgrade your computer to Windows 10 or OS X El Capitan
- Sign up for a free Office 365 Education account using your school or district email
- Download Minecraft: Education Edition and start playing!
Marsh - @marshdavies