If you're an educator or just someone who's curious about distance learning with Minecraft: Education Edition, you can learn more by following the link here. Minecraft is a game that has been around for a long time, and it has announced free educational content in the Minecraft Marketplace.
Microsoft confirmed it will offer free educational content for Minecraft, to help parents faced with the prospect of home schooling their children due to government lockdowns.
Microsoft have made a decision to step up to the plate, drawing from the Minecraft: Education Edition and adding worlds and lessons to a new Education category in the Minecraft Marketplace.
They include tours of the International Space Station and the inside of a human eye, which "can be played on your own, or with parents or friends". "The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of individuals around the globe and adjusted the way in which we go about our each day lives".
"I have previously stated that I believe gaming has a unique power to bring people together, to entertain, to inspire and connect us, and I believe that's even more true under these unique circumstances", said head of Xbox Phil Spencer in a message to the community. "With hundreds of millions of kids at home due to coronavirus-related school closures, more kids are going online to spend time with their friends, explore online worlds and learn through play". He hopes that screen time limits and content filters will help families "balance gaming with offline schoolwork and other responsibilities". While practicing social distancing and remaining indoors, gaming has risen by 75 percent in the US alone. Lessons and activities such as "creative writing activities, build challenges, and tricky puzzles" are included in the different worlds.
"We understand the important role gaming is playing right now to connect people and provide joy in these isolating and stressful times", Spencer told fans in his open letter. All of the worlds are available to download right now, and will be free to download until June 30, 2020.
Minecraft is available on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo, Switch, and mobile devices (iOS and Android).