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Hi all, I can't find anywhere on the site how to do this. I want to setup minecraft education in my classroom. What are the steps for getting the licenses and setting up student accounts? Ideally I would like to have one or two teacher stations where I can create worlds for 5-6 students to join and have the student accounts specific to each computer. Any help is greatly appreciated!  

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July 11, 2017 9:29 PM UTC

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Posted By MEE Community

July 12, 2017 4:18 PM

Hello there,

To purchase directly, you can visit our website's "Get Started" link (the purple button on top of every page) to get started. The store mentions it is browser compatible with Internet Explorer 10 or later, or current versions of Microsoft Edge, Chrome or Firefox. JavaScript must be supported and enabled.



Minecraft: Education Edition accounts are designed to work per user. I have attached some helpful information that should answer your question below. Thanks for your questions!



All students must have an Office 365 education account. This does not mean that all students have to be able to utilize Exchange, SharePoint, etc.. Office 365 can also be restricted by admins to allow only what you want your students to have access to. Office 365 doesn’t have to be an all or nothing service, you can pick and choose what you want to give to your students. Whether that is just an account (that looks like an email address), Office Online, and a Minecraft license, you can do that.



If you do not have an Office 365 education environment already setup, you can start an Office 365 Education trial (https://products.office.com/en-us/academic/compare-office-365-education-plans) . This lasts 30 days, and during that time period, you would have to attach a domain (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Add-users-and-domain-to-Office-365-6383f56d-3d09-4dcb-9b41-b5f5a5efd611) that you own/manage.



By attaching a domain, this doesn’t mean that you have to start using Office 365 for email. You can attach the domain with a TXT record (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Create-DNS-records-for-Office-365-when-you-manage-your-DNS-records-B0F3FDCA-8A80-4E8E-9EF3-61E8A2A9AB23?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US) , and that would allow you to continue using your email solution as you have it setup currently.



Once you have added your domain, as long as it is verified as educational, you will be able to access the free Office 365 Education licenses. You can then create users (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Add-users-individually-or-in-bulk-to-Office-365-Admin-Help-1970f7d6-03b5-442f-b385-5880b9c256ec) on a one-by-one basis, in bulk via CSV file, or in bulk with PowerShell as well.



You can then assign users (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Assign-reassign-or-remove-licenses-in-Office-365-operated-by-21Vianet-3f53ab07-88e6-4da9-9aae-8a8987fbd810) the Office 365 Education license, as well as the Minecraft Education Edition license (https://businessstore.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/minecraft-education-edition/9NBLGGH4R2R6) that you would purchase. Users could then login to Minecraft Education Edition application with their Office 365 accounts that you created to play Minecraft.

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Posted By Brian Downer

August 2, 2017 12:34 AM

Don't worry Teachers! If that response sounded like it was in Greek it is because it is. Well not really Greek, but ITese. That info is only for IT Administrators. And as an IT administrator I can translate for you.

Basically it says that Teachers cannot setup Minecraft Education Edition on their own with out involving the Administration and IT.

If you remember MinecraftEDU it was awesome. Teachers could simply buy it like any other software. Install it like a normal software. Then Run it like a normal software. It didn't require 365 accounts for all your students. The license was per computer so all student could use it. Microsoft with the introduction of Education Edition destroyed that ability. Now it takes an act of congress ... or the school district equivalent ... to get even a single classroom running.

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Posted By ANTHONY BRYANT

October 13, 2017 12:19 PM

Well said Brian! It's an absolute disgrace...we were among the first people to use minecraftedu...I teach in Hong Kong and our school doesn't provide each teacher with individual accounts. And that means we're not eligible for the new version!! Can you believe that? Frankly speaking, why are we denying educational to anyone? It should be available to anyone who wants to purchase it!

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Posted By MEE Community

August 2, 2017 3:38 PM

Thanks for the feedback, Brian. I'll make sure the team is aware of it. That being said, support is more than happy to help any user get up and running with resources and available help channels, as well as pass along constructive input on how we can improve the process for everyone involved.

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Posted By JORDAN HARRISON

October 17, 2017 1:41 PM

I am also wanting to add my students to the Minecraft Education experience. How do I go about this?

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Posted By MEE Community

October 17, 2017 2:13 PM

Hi Jordan,

For complete guidance to assign and manage Minecraft: Education Edition licenses through the Microsoft Store for Education, please reference this article for end-to-end documentation on assignment and management of licenses. Note that you can assign licenses to individual users but you can also assign to groups you’ve set up in Office 365 Education, for example a grade level or a specific school.



Hope that helps, and as noted above, please contact support if you run into issues.

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Posted By Carolyn White

December 15, 2017 8:15 PM

In the MinecraftEdu edition, there was a way to have a teacher account. In the Minecraft Education edition running on Windows 10, is there a way to have a separate teacher account?

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Posted By Miguel Sánchez Olmos

March 26, 2018 1:28 PM


I have a question about the student and teacher accounts.

Is it possible for a student to complete the teacher tasks with his account if the student has access to the Class Mode?

I understand that we are in the beginnings of MEE, but I think that its access should be restricted only to the account of profeosores.
Or maybe not?

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Posted By Hethyr Fouse

February 17, 2018 9:51 PM

We are just getting started with this, so I'm not certain we set it up correctly. I made one of the licenses I purchased for our school a Teacher account. We're doing our first in class test hopefully this next week, so I'll let you know if that works. I think the teacher account can share the worlds they create through the classroom app, but we haven't tried it yet so I might be missing something. I also learned, the hard way, that the Minecraft Education app needs to be the same version (updated) as the Classroom and Code apps to work. I couldn't find a way to have it tell me when an update is available, so I wasn't aware of that when they wouldn't work together. Hopefully that helps you too!

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Posted By MEE Community

December 15, 2017 10:29 PM

Technically, there are no differences between teacher and student accounts (except in trial mode). Our Knowledge Base is filled with a great number of resources, including how to get started with Classroom Mode.

Classroom Mode is a companion app for Minecraft: Education Edition that shows a high-level map view of the world, a list of all the students, the ability for a teacher to teleport students, and a chat window to communicate. Classroom Mode is provided for Educators who may want to observe student activity without being in the game, and is not needed for students to play.

Hope that helps.

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Posted By LOIS SEAMAN

December 19, 2017 1:40 PM

I set up my class in Microsoft Education, and I would like my students to begin using the program. We had purchased 17 licenses for my class. I no longer see the page where students have access. Will they simply be able to sign in through Office 365?

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Posted By MEE Community

January 3, 2018 10:51 PM

Hi Lois, your students should be able to log in to the game with their Office 365 Education accounts. If you are running into issues, please contact support at aka.ms/meesupport.

Thanks!

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Posted By Melissa Whitman

January 19, 2018 2:23 PM

Are licenses able to be recycled? For example if I have one group of students for one quarter, can I deactivate them and enable my new group of students for quarter 2. Just wondering.

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Posted By MEE Community

January 19, 2018 6:19 PM

You can manage your licenses via the link above in the thread (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/education/windows/school-get-minecraft) and be able to remove and add students through that same interface.



If you have any issues, please feel free to contact support (aka.ms/meesupport) and we can either help you out, or use can use the link to store support to connect with Store support if you run into issues during that process.



Hope that helps. :)

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Posted By ryan sargeson

January 26, 2018 5:12 PM

Hey I am a private language teacher that has been using Minecaft as a teaching resource for several months with some of my students.



I have noticed a huge improvement in their language ability, as this forces them to use the language they need to communicate with their team when building projects.



I would like to open a center this year in Ho Chi Minh, and expand into teaching STEM using Minecraft education as a tool.



What are the steps that I would need to go through to be able to use Minecraft education in my center?

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Posted By José Hernández Ortega

April 12, 2018 7:15 PM

Hi Ryan!
I'm interested in languages teaching as well. Do you have any public lesson to be consulted? I want to create a lesson to my Spanish language students and I would appreciate so much a example, even in another language.

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Posted By Miguel Sánchez Olmos

March 26, 2018 2:20 PM

Ryan,

you should first create the Office 365 accounts for the new students.

Subsequently, you should buy the MEE licenses in the Microsoft store. (https://www.microsoft.com/es-es/store/b/home).

Finally, you can assign the licenses purchased to students with the office 365 account you want.

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