Minecraft has been used by students and educators for several months now with the release of Minecraft: Education Edition. This week Microsoft has announced a new Code Builder feature designed…
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
Firaxis Games and 2K announced that they are bringing Sid Meier’s Civilization V to North American High Schools. Nonprofit GlassLab Inc is being tapped to create a modified version called CivilizationEDU. The acclaimed strategy game has sold more than 8 million units since 2010. The partnership was announced at the 13th Annual Games for Change Festival. Read More
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
Nicole, Simone, and Linda are joined by Dr. Randy Kulman, a child psychologist, author, and founder of LearningWorks for Kids. As always, we talk about the news. Then we launch right into Dr. Kulman’s recommendations for kids and digital media and wrap up with what we’re reading and playing. Read More