Get Started With Minecraft

If you’re new to Minecraft, we’ve compiled some key resources – including training videos, sample lessons, starter worlds, and connections to other Minecraft educators, to make your on-ramp as smooth as possible. If you have suggestions for other materials to help you get started, please let us know.

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BEGIN A FREE TRIAL

Did you know all Office 365 Education users get a free trial of Minecraft: Education Edition? Download now and begin your journey.

HEY EDUCATORS, LET’S DO THIS!

It's time to jump in to an open world for learning, but where to begin? Select from the subjects below to get related lessons to teach, Minecraft Mentors to connect with, training materials to learn from, and worlds to download.

Learn Science in Minecraft

The Chemistry Update, now available for both Windows 10 and Mac OS, offers educators and learners a fun, accessible way to explore chemistry within the immersive world of Minecraft. All Windows 10 users will receive automatic update at the next login. Mac/iOS users will have to reinstall Minecraft: Education Edition to access the updated version. Science is all about hands-on learning, so get started!

Engage Your Students

Students can use chemistry to create new Minecraft items like helium balloons and sparklers, view elements in a complete periodic table and build a customized chemistry lab. “Bringing chemistry to Minecraft helps educators engage students in the scientific process, reinforcing creative problem solving and engaging experiments,” says Minecraft Education director Neal Manegold.

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Learning Across the Curriculum

Throughout the journey along the Oregon Trail, students will need to solve activities across STEM, Humanities, and even Fine Arts. Think through the ratios of supplies needed, strategize on crossing rivers, and learn how the postal service relied on military outposts before the days of email. See more of the 200+ lessons Minecraft: Education Edition has to offer.