Minecraft Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition is Free for Educators to Support Online Teaching

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Schools around the country and the world are closing to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which means many students and teachers are using online tools for education. Microsoft is helping teachers and students stay connected by offering Minecraft: Education Edition for free to all educators through June 30.

In order to qualify, teachers will need to have a valid Office 365 Education account, and fill out this form. You’ll also need to make sure your school is eligible. If you receive access, you can download Minecraft: Education Edition for Windows, Mac or iOS (iPad). If you don’t have a valid account, or just want to check it out, you can still download the game and try a free demo lesson.

Microsoft has also put together a remote learning toolkit that includes 50 lessons, activities, and projects that educators can use with Minecraft: Education Edition. A new category of educational Minecraft worlds are also available in the Minecraft Marketplace. All of these worlds are free to download through June 30.

“Distance learning requires students to be engaged in content in news ways,” said Becky Keene, Minecraft certified trainer and educator. “As they work remotely, they need to have activities and environments that motivate them to learn. Minecraft supports almost any content area, and students can show me their learning without missing a beat!”

Xbox One S Roblox Bundle Includes 2,500 Robux and Exclusive Avatars

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Xbox and Roblox released a new Xbox One S Roblox Bundle, for $299 at the Microsoft Store and retailers worldwide. The bundle includes exclusive Roblox content, as well as 2,500 Robux, Roblox’s in-game currency.

The Roblox Bundle includes a 1TB Xbox One S console with controller, as well as a 1-month trial of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Xbox’s Netflix-like gaming subscription service which includes over 100 games, and Xbox Live online multiplayer.

Roblox is a massively popular kid-friendly online game where players can create and play mini-games, hang out with friends, design homes, and socialize in towns. It originally released in 2006 on PC and arrived on Xbox One in 2015.

Last year Roblox surpassed 100 million monthly active users. The PC version is a wild-west of content and gaming, while the mini-games are more heavily curated on Xbox One.

Roblox is already a free-to-play game. The Xbox One S Roblox Bundle includes additional exclusive content and in-game currency:

  • Exclusive Avatar Bundles
    • Brawk Tyson, Featherweight Champ
    • Metal Menace Mech
    • Kijo the Vengeful Samurai
  • Exclusive Accessories
    • Word Championship Belt
    • Mecha Domino Crown
    • Kidomaru the Cursed Blade
  • 2,500 Robux

Avatars and accessories can be mixed and matched. Robux can be spent in the in-game shop to purchase items, emotes, avatars, or upgrades.

Roblox is rated E10+ for Fantasy Violence.

Lego and Nintendo Tease Lego Mario Collaboration

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Mario is one of the most iconic mascots in pop culture, and one of his best-known qualities is smashing bricks. This time he’s joining forces with brick-building Lego toys.

Both the official Nintendo and Lego twitter accounts are teasing an upcoming crossover project using the hashtag #LEGOSuperMario. It’s such an obvious partnership that it took me a minute to realize that it hadn’t happened until now.

Neither company is announcing what exactly this partnership, or project, entails. The biggest question: is it a new licensed Lego video game, like Lego Star Wars or Lego Marvel Super Heroes? Or a new physical Lego set with Mario figures?

Judging by the brief video clip showing a Lego Mario figure, we’re guessing the latter. Lego is no stranger to using official licenses with their Lego toys, including video game licenses like Overwatch and Minecraft.

Today is also Mario Day (Mar. 10), making it a fun day to announce a new Mario-related project.