After Microsoft bought the sandbox game Minecraft for $2.5 billion in 2014, Microsoft has been experimenting a lot with it a lot and so far has only gone as far as bringing Minecraft to the windows 10 marketplace. Microsoft is attempting to regain some of its lost territory that was stolen by its greatest competitor to cheaper computing, the Chromebook. Those $300 budget devices that run the most limited version of Linux ever are actually beating Microsoft in the classroom.
According to Minecraft.net, Minecraft: Education Edition will be available this summer and is based off of the original Minecraft with no limitations to in-game items but also adds more administrative control for teachers. With lesson plans, pre-made lesson worlds, virtual selfies and endless creativity, Microsoft is definitely going to reconquer the classroom.
“Explore learning beyond the confines of a textbook.” stated Rafranz Davis, Executive Director of Professional Development and Learning, Lufkin ISD in the blog post for Minecraft: Education Edition.
At a generous price of $5 per user per year, schools who buy this version of Minecraft will get all the features that the regular version of Minecraft offers and Mojang will also have a free trial for “Qualified Academic Institutions”.
One of the biggest questions when you talk about an educational version of Minecraft is the difference between Minecraft: Education Edition and MinecraftEdu. Well, Mojang has an answer and it is quite interesting. On the FAQ page, it is stated that Mojang has worked with the creators of MinecraftEdu to build on top of the MinecraftEdu model to create a better version with more features and more personalization.
Even though Minecraft: Education Edition is different than the regular edition of Minecraft, it is still a fully fledged version of Minecraft is requires practically the same specs.
The minimum system requirements are:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Sadly, mods are not supported in the Education Edition and can only be purchased by an eligible educator with a proper email given by their institution that can receive external emails.