Minecraft Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition To Launch November 1

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Minecraft has been a terrific educational tool since it was first created in 2009, and over the years players have added features and mods to make it even better. But Microsoft has taken it up a notch since it purchased Minecraft and created Minecraft: Education Edition. Education Edition has been available for free in an early access version for several months.  It will be officially available for purchase starting November 1 for $5 per user per year, or by school district-wide licenses.

This special edition of Minecraft is aimed at teachers, administrators, and students. You have to have a school email address to buy it. Read More

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New Research Says Video Gaming Kids Are More Social and Smarter

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Conventional wisdom may still say video games are a bad thing, but the evidence is slowly piling up: moderate video gaming is associated with emotional and intellectual intelligence. A new study in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology says video game use is associated with better academic functioning and sociability in grade-schoolers. Lee Banville, in an article in Games and Learning, interpreted the study for us non-medical types. Read More