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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Earning Achievements in the Classroom

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We’ve come a long way since the days of Mortal Kombat and Senate hearings on video games. In the last decade gaming has earned mainstream acceptance. Everyone games, whether it’s a teenager gunning down strangers online in Call of Duty, a child playing Minecraft with friends, or a grandparent playing Candy Crush on their phone.

For the most part gaming is still considered a purely leisure activity. That doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from video games and what makes them so successful. Gaming concepts like achievements and intrinsic motivation can help inspire students in the classroom to improve their grades and attitudes toward learning. Read More

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Extra Credits EDU Channel Officially Launched on Steam

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Games can be a huge boon in the classroom—or not. It’s not always easy for teachers to find good games. Even if a game is a good learning tool, teachers may need help and training to deploy the game in the classroom. Today the Extra Credits website announced the official launch of their new curation channel, Extra Credits EDU, on Steam. The channel’s aim is to help teachers unlock the huge educational potential of games in the classroom. (The channel has been in beta testing for a while.) Read More