Can ‘Minecraft’ Really Change the Way Teachers Teach?

From the Motherboard post:

“Not every teacher is going to have the creativity to create good lesson plans that incorporate Minecraft, either. That’s where education.minecraft.net plays a role. While it’s somewhat limited right now, the website already has a host of resources including lesson plans educators can use. Eventually, Quarnstrom told me that the website will be a hub for the community to share and vote on lesson plans, creating an endless resource for teachers who might lack an intimate enough understanding of Minecraft to develop their own.”

Microsoft Acquires Minecraft App for Schools

From the NY Times article:

“When Microsoft acquired the creator of the game Minecraft in 2014, the giant software company instantly got a cachet bump with children, picking up a blockbuster game app for a generation that didn’t depend on its products the way their parents did. Now Microsoft hopes Minecraft can help it in classrooms, another area where its once-mighty grip has been shaken by companies like Google and Apple. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it had acquired MinecraftEdu, a modified version of Minecraft tailored for use in schools. Over the last several years, MinecraftEdu has attracted a strong following and is used in over 7,000 classrooms in more than 40 countries.”

Microsoft Is Doing Something Really Smart With Minecraft

From the Time magazine post:

So this may be what, when Microsoft paid a bazillion dollars for Minecraft last year and everyone said “This could go really, really well or really, really poorly,” would be an example of it going pretty darned well: Microsoft is joining hands with Code.org (the diversity-focused nonprofit aiming to massively popularize computer science) to bring Minecraft to a major coding event next month.