Education version of Minecraft to launch in September
Microsoft has announced that it will be releasing the education edition of Minecraft for the iPad in September 2018.
The education version of the video game is already available for MacOS and Windows 10 devices, and educators primarily use it to teach students most subjects. One of the best parts about the game is that students can not only learn STEM subjects in an interesting and creative manner, but they can also use Minecraft to learn art, history and language.
Microsoft said that it currently licenses Minecraft: Education Edition to about 3.5 million students and teachers spread across 115 countries.
The technology giant added that the education version for iPads will allow students to construct historical monuments, explore coral reefs, conduct chemistry experiments and maintain records of their learning via the camera and portfolio features.
Minecraft launched in 2011 for the iPad and iPhone. It was an immediate hit, and even today, it is one of the most popular paid apps on the App Store. In 2014, Microsoft acquired Mojang, the developer of the game.
Deirdre Quarnstrom, General Manager at Minecraft Education, said that the company is looking to empower students and educators with Minecraft, which functions as an immersive learning platform and is perfect for creative exploration.
Quarnstrom added that many teachers who are customers of Minecraft Education have said that they use a mix of devices to teach students. Now that Minecraft: Education Edition will be available for the iPad, the company is excited, as teachers and students already use the platform.
She also said that Minecraft Education expects schools that are already using the education version of the game to start using the iPad version right away.
With the latest version of Minecraft, more students will be able to explore the block-style game using their iPads and learn STEM subjects in a creative manner.