Microsoft has acquired MinecraftEdu to launch a special version of Minecraft focused primarily on teaching certain subjects with the help of the game, called Minecraft: Education Edition.
The title will build on the learnings from MinecraftEdu while also offering an expanded set of features. In the coming months, Microsoft will help shape Minecraft: Education Edition with the help of a growing community of educators online at education.minecraft.net. The community pages hosted on the site will host a variety of resources, such as lesson plans, and a new Minecraft Mentors page that can help educators experienced in the ways of Minecraft to connect with new players.
“One of the reasons Minecraft fits so well in the classroom is because it’s a common, creative playground,” Mojang COO Vu Bui shares in a statement submitted to Shacknews. “We’ve seen that Minecraft transcends the differences in teaching and learning styles and education systems around the world. It’s an open space where people can come together and build a lesson around nearly anything.”
Minecraft: Education Edition will be available as a free trial this summer, while all existing MinecraftEdu customers will receive the first year of the title free of charge.