Minecraft: Education Edition is an educational version of Minecraft designed for classroom use. It is developed by Mojang and Xbox Game Studios and contains features that make Minecraft easy to use in classrooms.
The full game was released on November 1, 2016, with a beta test taking place between June 9 and November 1, 2016. It was later released on the App Store for iPadOS on September 6, 2018. On March 27, 2019, it was announced that the Education Edition would be operated by JD.com in China. Education Edition was made available for Google Play Store compatible Chromebooks on August 7, 2020, with a public beta being released on June 26, 2020.
- Enhanced maps with coordinates for students and teachers to find their way around the Minecraft world together.
- World import and export, where teachers and students can create and save their worlds in the game.
- Secure student login IDs with individual avatars to personalize learning experiences and help educators track student activity.
- Camera and Student Portfolio, where students can take photos of their projects in Education Edition to demonstrate learning and progress.
- Classroom management features including Peaceful world settings to ensure students stay on task.
- A collection of specialized blocks to enhance teaching and learning, including new signs to share information and give direction, as well as border blocks to manage students within a world.
- Enhanced multiplayer, where up to 30 students can collaborate and work together on a set of learning activities without a separate server.
- Tutorial experience for first-time Minecraft educators.
Lessons plans through the Education Edition are available to download, covering various subjects such as engineering, history, and visual arts. Lessons plans are split into three groups based on certain age groups: Ages 5–9, Ages 10–13, and Ages 14+. Educators can also upload lesson plans that they have created for others to use, and they are downloadable from the main website.
- Creating A Virtual Community
- Factors and Multiples
- Landmarks in the Community
- Story Setting
- State History
- Area and Perimeter
- Preventing Urban Sprawl
- Loss of Biodiversity
- Ignoring Climate Change
- Fraction Stories
- Storytelling (Badlands)
Ages 14 and up
- City Planning
- Sustainable Living
- Solar Planning
- Rube Goldberg Machines
- Animal Farm
The full game will cost $5 per user per year to use, although schools and districts who already have MinecraftEdu will be able to get the Education Edition for free.
According to the FAQ page:.
- 1 GHz or faster 32-bit or 64-bit processor.
- 1 GB RAM or 2 GB RAM.
- 16 GB available hard disk space or 20 GB.
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
OS X El Capitan
- 2 GB RAM
- 8.8 GB available hard disk space.
- All Mac models listed here.
- iOS 8 or later.
- Chrome OS version 83 or newer.
- Device that supports Play Store apps.
- ~500MB hard drive storage free (250MB client + space for worlds) per account on the device.
An Office 365 account is required to log into Education Edition.