More than 7,000 classrooms in more than 40 countries around the world are already using Minecraft in education. Building on this success of Minecraft in the classroom, Microsoft today announced today that they are acquiring MinecraftEdu. Microsoft is also announcing a new and expanded version of Minecraft for the classroom called Minecraft Education Edition.
Building on the success of the title from Teacher Gaming LLC, this new title – available for free trial this summer – will offer an expanded set of features to empower educators to foster deeper student engagement and collaboration. Minecraft Education Edition will be shaped by a growing community of educators throughout its development this spring and through the educator community online at http://education.minecraft.net. I’m happy to share that this site will also boast a new Minecraft Mentors program, matching educators with experience using Minecraft in the classroom with those looking to try it for the first time.