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Minecraft: Education Edition is a version of the popular open world game, Minecraft, specifically designed for education.  

Minecraft: Education Edition is a special version of the game developed specifically for educational use. This version adds features and controls for classrooms, specialty blocks and communication tools, and tutorial for first-time educator useVisit this list to see the main features, and bookmark our changelog to see what changes, updates, and fixes have been added lately.  

Please check the minimum specifications for Windows 10 and macOS.

You can buy Minecraft: Education Edition here and visit our Purchasing Minecraft: Education Edition guide in the Knowledge Base.

Yes, all users of Minecraft: Education Edition will need an Office 365 Education account to play the game. Learn more about Office 365 for Education and Minecraft: Education Edition here. 

Our team is adding countries frequently. To access the current list please view our current availability link of countries or languages offered in our Knowledge Base. If you have a suggestion for a new country or language, please get in touch with us to let us know you are interested and also please subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated for future availability. 

Minecraft: Education Edition is available for purchase by schools, libraries, museums, and participants in nationally recognized home-school organizations. Check specific details on eligibility are available here in our Knowledge BaseHome school educators can go here to get more information. 

If an individual is not affiliated with an academic institution (see eligibility), they will not be able to purchase Minecraft: Education Edition, but other versions of Minecraft are available on a large number of platforms, including PC/Mac, Xbox, Windows 10, or iOS and our website educator resources are free to all.

Minecraft: Education Edition costs 5 US dollars per user, per year (or local currency pricing). To purchase directly, please visit our website to get started. Opportunities for volume licensing are also available by contacting your preferred reseller. Click here for more information on volume licensing or to locate a Microsoft Partner.  

School districts and municipalities with a Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions volume licensing agreement may add Minecraft: Education Edition to their agreement which will give them access across their organization.  

Our current pricing levels are in line with many other educational software and services, and there is great value in having Minecraft in the classroom as a virtual maker space, replacing many alternative hands-on learning lab kits which are more expensive. 

Students are able to use Minecraft: Education Edition at home by signing in using their Minecraft: Education Edition login. 

You can find that information right here.

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Much like the game Minecraft, Minecraft: Education Edition is designed to be a versatile and open platform. By utilizing the digital platform and classroom experience, students can also develop skills in collaboration, problem solving, communication, digital citizenship, and more. There is no limit to what students can learn in the game, and no limit to how the game can extend classroom learning.  

A range of Minecraft lessons are available for educators to use across subjects and age levels. Each lesson includes learning objectives, activities, suggested reflection questions, and evidence of learning criteria.    

Video games are a great way to engage students and personalize lessons. For more information about research on game-based learning, you can download our resources here. 

Minecraft: Education Edition multiplayer games take place connecting over IP. You can read about Multiplayer games in our Knowledge Base. 

Classroom Mode is a companion app for Minecraft: Education Edition that enables educators to manage world settings, communicate with students, give items and teleport students in the Minecraft world. For videos and extensive documentation on Classroom Mode, head to our full set of training materials.

Yes, you can! Code Connection is an extension (released on May 22, 2017) that allows educators and students to explore, create, and play in an immersive Minecraft world – all by writing code. Head here to a training that answers all your questions, and get in touch with support if you need further assistance.

The only time you need to be connected is for logging in and multiplayer games.

We have created a basic troubleshooting page due to popular demand. It covers frequent technical questions educators like you may encounter (like finding your IP, or students being unable to connect) and suggests things to try before contacting support. 

MinecraftEDU is a modified version of Minecraft developed for schools and sold by a company called TeacherGamingYou can read more about that here.  If you are interested in starting a trial of Minecraft: Education Edition, you can get started here.  

Not at this time. Minecraft: Education Edition provides multiplayer games at a classroom scale, which is simple for teachers to set up and play locally in schools.

Mods are modifications to Minecraft and available through a number of third-party websites. They can add or remove content to the game, or change how it is played. Community created mods are not currently supported in Minecraft: Education Edition.

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