Many people around the world are practicing social distancing, which means students are having to attend class online or learn from home. Today, Mojang and Microsoft announced they are making some tools available to keep young minds both entertained and educated.
Lessons from the Minecraft: Education Edition have been made free on the in-game Minecraft Marketplace from now through June 30, 2020. Teachers can also find more remote learning resources by heading to the Minecraft blog post and following the instructions for setup.
The custom maps include exploring the International Space Station, learning about different elements of code, and even topics like renewable energy and marine biology. Worlds feature lesson plans with creative writing, puzzles, and building challenges.
As families stay indoors and turn to virtual outlets to keep themselves busy amid the coronavirus outbreak, this is a pretty cool idea. Yes, you might be gamifying school, but adding an interactive and explorable element should help make the learning palatable.
Other educational tools are out there, too. Ubisoft held a free weekend for Assassin's Creed Odyssey, which has a Discovery Tour mode. Rabbids Coding, a cute educational game that helps you learn the basics of coding, was also made available for free.
With so many kids at home, this is certainly one neat way to get them to still learn and explore new worlds while they stay healthy and indoors. Getting them engaged, while also potentially playing online on a server with their friends, can probably ease a lot of anxious parents' minds.