Kids back at school yet? Get them learning with the full version ofÂ Minecraft: Education Edition, out November 1, 2016.
Educators can pick up an early accessÂ version to try before launch, and also giveÂ education.minecraft.netÂ a look, which comes with lesson plans,Â and a new Minecraft Mentors program that connects educators the world over that are using Minecraft as a resource.
Since June, more than 15,000 students and teachers have played the game and have offered up feedback to fine tune it so that it’s suitable for different environments – thanks to that, there’s a ton of new features, including Classroom Mode. This is a companion app that shows a map view of the Minecraft world, a list of students in that world, the ability for a teacher to teleport students, and a chat window to talk to students and give them resources. Basically, teachers can observe without actually being in the game.
Minecraft: Education Edition will continually be updated to include new game features of the regular Minecraft, along with the ones from the Windows 10 beta (updated UI, leads and horses, additional player skins, pistons, and the remainder of Redstone functionality).
Interested? Pick it up November 1.