In order to make classroom education an engaging experience, Microsoft has launched a new program called Minecraft in Education.
So far, the biggest development from Microsoft’s multi-billion dollar acquisition of “Minecraft” maker Mojang has been when the company showed off an interesting demo of the game developed for augmented reality glasses HoloLens. Now, Microsoft wants to use the open-world building game for helping children learn in a better way.
According to Microsoft, “Minecraft” has already been used by educators around the world in innovative ways to teach students. To facilitate collaboration among these educators, the company’s education-focused division has announced its newest initiative called Minecraft in Education.
With this program, Microsoft has collaborated with various schools to introduce students to “Minecraft.” Using the Minecraft in Education forums, teachers can discuss and share their ways of using the game to teach students about various subjects.
Elementary students in Seattle are learning foundational math skills by calculating perimeter, area and volume in Minecraft during a Saturday math program. Middle school students in Los Angeles are learning about major world religions as part of their humanities class. They are visiting sacred sites in their city, researching international sites and then building them in Minecraft.
Alfriston College students in New Zealand are partnering with Auckland War Memorial Museum to learn the history of the New Zealand people who served in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign by re-creating the landscape in Minecraft, block by block. Middle schoolers are learning the building blocks of computer science in an online Minecraft coding camp. Elementary students in Scotland are learning about city planning and engineering by reimaging, redesigning and then building in Minecraft what they think Dundee waterfront should look like.
Technology empowers educators and inspires students to achieve more. It opens the door to a classroom and world full of possibilities and learning infused with curiosity. Innovative educators are seeking resources that can spark this curiosity and imagination, drive discovery and creation, and foster sharing and collaboration.