Based on the already existing MinecraftEdu program, Microsoft and Mojang has announced a brand new Minecraft Education Edition for classroom and is set to be distributed to educational institutes worldwide sometime this summer.
The new edition of the massively popular game aims to teach kids a variety of different subjects, from math and physics to history and language arts. Allowing them to play together on the same server, create and learn. The Education Edition will also come with growing Resource page to help teachers create lessons for their students.
Some of the cooler features of the Education Edition includes the following:
Enhanced maps with coordinates for students and teachers to find their way around the Minecraft world together.
Student Portfolio feature, where students can take photos and selfies to show their work and learning.
Enhanced multiplayer, where a classroom of up to 40 students can work together toward a greater world in Minecraft.
Login and personalization, where students have personalized avatars and feel more engaged in the game and teachers can know who each player is.
World import and export, where teachers and students can create and save their worlds in the game.
The current plan according to the game’s FAQ is to sell the game at $5 per user per year to meet the financial demands on today’s educators.