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Minecraft Education Edition coming to the Windows 10 Store

See the full article here: http://betanews.com/2016/09/22/microsoft-minecraft-education-edition-windows-store-november/

Why Minecraft in Education?

Student Engagement


Students live in a digital world already. Minecraft: Education Edition is a way to bring the classroom and curriculum to them. Minecraft: Education Edition is the same game many students enjoy and play, but with some additional capabilities to enable student collaboration in the classroom, and support educators to deliver lessons and learning activities.


Collaboration


Minecraft: Education Edition is designed for students to play together – whether that’s working in teams to solve a problem, or collaborating as an entire class to go through learning activities and master challenges within the game. Having students engage in collaborative work teams and learning environments that foster cooperation in the classroom will help prepare them for their futures.

Creative Exploration


Children learn naturally through a combination of observation, trial-and-error, and play-based practice. An open learning environment like Minecraft encourages independence and self-direction, allowing students the freedom to experiment and challenge themselves. Much like real-life, there are no step-by-step instructions – students must try, fail, and try again to achieve the result they want.

Tangible Learning Outcomes


Learning-by-doing in Minecraft teaches students independence and perseverance, giving them great satisfaction and sense of accomplishment when they can demonstrate their knowledge. And because Minecraft: Education Edition is a flexible platform for learning, educators are able to map student activities directly to specific learning outcomes and curriculum standards.

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