'Minecraft: Education Edition' to Launch on iPad in September [Update 9/6: Out Now]

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    Mojang's classroom-focused "Minecraft: Education Edition" will launch on the iPad in September, allowing teachers to incorporate the game into their lesson plans for the new school year (via GeekWire). Minecraft: Education Edition first launched in November 2016 on macOS and Windows platforms, and since then teachers have used the game as a tool to teach students science, engineering, math, history, art, and more.

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    Deirdre Quarnstrom, general manager of Minecraft education at Microsoft, confirmed that students on Windows, Mac, and iPad will all be able to play and connect to one another. The company says it decided to launch Minecraft: Education Edition on iPad due to the number of school districts that already support Apple's tablets in classrooms.
    Minecraft: Education Edition costs $5 per user, although volume pricing is available for larger schools. Those eligible to download Minecraft: Education Edition extend beyond normal public schools, and include libraries, museums, and individuals who are part of "nationally recognized home-school organizations."

    There are also a few features that first launched in the Education Edition version of Minecraft that have begun appearing in the normal edition of the game, including a "Chemistry Resource Pack." With this pack, players have access to the full periodic table and can use a "Compound Creator" to build basic or complex substances.

    Eventually, Quarnstrom says that Microsoft's goal is to "bring over all of the education features and give access to all players," except for the administrative classroom tools for teachers. "Bedrock" Minecraft (what the company refers to as the consumer version) is on 21 platforms, compared to Education Edition on three with the upcoming launch on iPad.

    For teachers getting started with Minecraft: Education Edition, the game's website includes resources like pre-made lesson plans, helpful tutorials, and starter worlds that'll make it easier to acclimate students into the game's mechanics. There's also a "Minecraft Mentors" program that educates teachers on all of the basic principles of the game, along with how it can be adapted to their classrooms.

    Update 9/6: You can download Minecraft: Education Edition on the iOS App Store for iPad starting today [Direct Link].

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    Awesome!!!! I will add that to my list of things to offer for PD to my staff this year.
     
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    Brilliant! I wish I was back at that age and would totally nag my parents for the new iPad Pro 11" as a school requirement :D
     
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    All I learned from videogames in school is that dysentery isn’t fun and that being a banker in the 1800s was probably the best career choice anyone could have made.
     
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    Well I guess you were in school before Zoombinies (1996). :D
    I hate the iPad education program in schools (Chromebooks work way better), but this is one good thing, provided they don't actually try to teach the main lessons through video games. We were given some designated free time in elementary school that I sometimes chose to spend on the classroom iMac G3 playing educational games.
     
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    So, if you don't home school, and your kid's school doesn't not use iPads, is there any other way to purchase the lessons?
     

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