This week, Microsoft announced that it has bought MinecraftEdu from TeacherGaming LLC.
"Since 2011, MinecraftEDU from TeacherGaming LLC from Finland – a version of Minecraft built especially for the classroom – has reached thousands of classrooms in more than 40 countries around the world, all reporting wild success," said Microsoft in its announcement on Tuesday. "Today, we're excited to announce that Microsoft is acquiring MinecraftEdu and investing in a new and expanded version of Minecraft for the classroom called Minecraft: Education Edition." The new educational version of the game will be available as a free trial this summer and existing MinecraftEdu customers will get the first year of Minecraft: Education Edition for free. MinecraftEdu will continue to be available for purchase until Minecraft: Education Edition launches. Microsoft is not acquiring TeacherGaming LLC, just MinecraftEdu.
"One of the reasons that Minecraft fits so well in the classroom is because it's a common, creative playground," said Vu Bui, COO of Mojang. "We've seen that Minecraft transcends the differences in teaching and learning styles and education systems around the world. It's an open space where people can come together and build a lesson around nearly anything." The new educational version of the game will be developed by a community of educators online. The game looks to teach students a variety of subjects from STEM to art, and even poetry. "In education, we are constantly seeking pathways to explore learning beyond the confines of a textbook. Minecraft allows us that opportunity," said Rafranz Davis, Executive Director of Professional Development and Learning, Lufkin ISD. "When we see our kids enjoying the process of learning in this way, it's a game changer."
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