MinecraftEdu is a school-ready remix of the original smash hit game Minecraft, played by over 60 million people worldwide. Created by teachers for classroom use and officially supported by Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, MinecraftEdu contains a set of powerful yet simple tools to fine-tune the Minecraft experience for learning. Teachers in over 40 countries use MinecraftEdu in every subject area from STEM to Language, to History, to Art. Many lessons and activities are made available for free, and there is a vibrant, active teacher community exploring uses of the game.
What makes MinecraftEdu different
MinecraftEdu is built on the same technology as the commercial edition of Minecraft and contains the same gameplay, items, and graphics included by Mojang. However MinecraftEdu is a separate edition of Minecraft that includes additional features that optimize the experience for classroom use. Like the commercial edition of Minecraft, MinecraftEdu includes client software that the individual players use as well as multi-player server software, but the MinecraftEdu client software will not work with a standard Minecraft server and vice versa.
- The same award winning creative sandbox-style open ended gameplay as the original Minecraft
- A Robust set of teacher designed classroom management tools
- An easy-to-use graphic interface for connecting students together in a multiplayer environment
- Student moderation tools to limit student interaction with the world - or not - based on the requirements of the lesson.
- Access to a library of teacher-created lessons and activities
- Powerful building tools that allow teachers to quickly add and modify their own content in the game.
- Custom blocks to help in the classroom and mapmaking
- Affordable! Discounted licenses of the full desktop version of Minecraft included!
- Offline functionality! No internet connection required beyond installation!
- Designed to work with school proxy servers and firewalls!
- Continuous development for years; software is being developed and features added in a daily basis. All updates are included for the price of a software.
- Extensive Mod Compatibility, ships with Forge Modloader, all forge mods supported
What about Minecraft Pocket Edition
Minecraft: Pocket Edition (Minecraft: PE) is designed for use on tablets running iOS or Android operating systems. While Minecraft:PE is a great way to introduce younger students to Minecraft, it lacks many of the features that make it powerful enough to work with our tools. It also lacks the centralized control and moderation that makes the desktop version of Minecraft, and MinecraftEdu so suited for a classroom environment. Many intrepid tech savvy teachers have come up with some home grown work-arounds, but none of these are official and are completely unsupported by Mojang.
Comparison of features
|Minecraft: Pocket Edition||Minecraft||MinecraftEdu|
|Platform||iOS & Android||Mac / PC||Mac / PC|
|Infinitely Generated Worlds||X1||X||X|
|Dedicated Server||unofficial solution exists||X||X|
|Survival with no death||X||X|
|Toggle Animals / NPC's||X||X|
|Teacher / Student Login||X|
|Hyperlink Sensitive Text Blocks||X|
|Build / Allow Blocks||X|
|Student Building Control||X|
|Toggle Fire / TNT||X|
|Class / Player Moderation||X|
|World Editing Tools||X|
|Robust Graphic Interface||X|
|Class / Player Moderation||X|
|Simple Graphical Server||X|
1. World Size Limited by Device Type.
2. Lacks some gameplay elements, such as hunger and brewing
3. Limited - entire block library unavailable
4. Limited support - wireless LAN up to 10 peer players or Realms only.
5. Limited crafting results, not placeable
6. Ravines, Witch Huts, Temples and Ocean Monuments are not present.
How it works
Both Minecraft and MinecraftEdu work in a server-client relationship across a network. A server is a computer that hosts the world information in a light interface program. Clients are individual computers that connect to the server, and the game interface for the user. In Minecraft, clients connected to the same server share the same world. With MinecraftEdu, the server may be the teacher workstation, or another computer connected to the school network. Teachers and students can connect together in the same virtual space.
To see what you need to get started with MinecraftEdu, see Getting started
Yes. TeacherGaming, the company behind MinecraftEdu, licenses the game from Mojang for the explicit purpose of making the game more affordable and accessible to educational institutions worldwide.
MinecraftEdu development has continued on a daily basis since it first launched in 2011. New features and fixes are being actively published. All current and future updates are included in the cost. Changes to the software can be viewed on the Changelog page.
The developers behind MinecraftEdu are Aleksi Postari (@Kulttuuri) and Toni Paavola (@Tonsse). You can follow them on Twitter for more information. Also stop by the development blog to read about how things are going.
Have to pitch a use case to your adminstration? Working on a professional development presentation for your faculty? Below are some slide based presentations created by educators who use MinecraftEdu.
- Presentation for Michigan MACUL 2013 - By Chris Scott
- CUE 2014 Minecraft Presentation - By John Miller
- Teaching with Minecraft - Minecraft for Teachers - By Rick Henderson
- MinecraftEdu in a Library Setting - By Patty Poe
- Two learning processes - By Santeri Koivisto
- MinecraftEdu Elective for Grades 6-8 - West Tisbury, MA, USA - By David Crawford
- LES EXPÉRIENCES MINECRAFT (French) - By David Vannier
Articles about MinecraftEdu
Several mainstream press articles supporting and discussing the use of Minecraft as a project based learning tool.
- MinecraftEdu Teaches Students Through Virtual World-Building - Time.com
- The new way to learn? Brick by brick - Fortune.com
- Using Minecraft as a Teaching Tool - Forbes.com
- Why and How to Use Minecraft in the Classroom - EdTech Review
- Video game 'Minecraft' finds a home in schools - Chicago Tribune
- Disruptions: Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool - NYT Bits Blog
- Minecraft spawns classroom lessons - Washington Post
- Why Minecraft is more than just another video game - BBC News Magazine
- Educator Review of MinecraftEdu - Graphite.org
- Minecrafting the Classroom - Public Library of Science Blog
- Practical Lessons Kids are Learning from Minecraft - EducationPossible.com
- Masters Thesis on Collaborative Problem-Solving in Minecraft - Björn Berg Marklund
- Article on MinecraftEdu & SimcityEdu as tools of interdisciplinary learning - Edudemic
Video Testimonials and Examples
Testimonials, student feedback, and use case examples in video format.
- Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool? - PBS Idea Channel
- MinecraftEdu Creator Joel Levin - PBS Idea Channel
- MinecraftEdu - The Craft of Digital Citizens - Institute of Play
- Teaching with Games: GLPC Case Study: Joel - Joan Ganz Cooney Center
- "Minecraft": Altes PC-Spiel wird zum neuen Lehrmittel - Sat.1 Regional (In German)
- MinecraftEDU Ultimate Teaching Tool: Conversation with 8th Graders - Chris Scott
- Ethridge Minecraft Digital Citizens Library - valibrarian
- Learning Through MinecraftEdu - Reid Wilson
- Minecraft Camp 2014 Coast USD - Henry Danielson, John Miller, Chris Scott, Dan Hartzell
- Minecraft in the classroom with MinecraftEdu - PD Session from Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (frm. ITCEV) 2013
- The Cognitive Architect: Follow the Learning - Marianne Malmstrom
- Book Scene Recreation - VES 4th
Through this link you can can find usable logos and assets for MinecraftEdu, which can be used to for ex. advertize different nonprofit events.