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Minecraft to launch education edition

minecraft_logoAn ‘education edition’ of Minecraft is to be launched by Microsoft. The product will offer teachers new ways to use the world-building video game in a range of subjects.

Microsoft paid $2.5bn (£1.8bn) for Mojang, Minecraft’s Swedish creator, in 2014. And late last year, it bought the four-year-old MinecraftEdu version of the game from Finland-based independent developer TeacherGaming.

It is now promising to add features, but schools may face extra costs.

It says more than 7,000 classrooms around the world already use Minecraft in some form.

“Teachers are using Minecraft to do so many things, including teaching maths, science, religion and poetry,” Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s vice-president of worldwide education, told the BBC.

“Once we make the tools easier for schools to get access to and employ, I think you’ll see that number [of classrooms] grow quite quickly.”

 

Source: BBC

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