What’s New in EDU: Hack the Classroom and hit the Oregon Trail with Minecraft: Education Edition

A classroom is more than a room built with brick and mortar. Inside, educators and students come together as builders too, assembling projects, lesson plans, and the skills they’ll need to thrive in the future. In the October episode of What’s New in EDU, our monthly round-up of the latest efforts and products from Microsoft Education, we put wheels on the whole classroom for a cross-country learning adventure through Minecraft: Education Edition, and we redesign it to ignite innovative ideas for our Hack the Classroom event.

We kick off What’s New in EDU this month with a rundown of the Oregon Trail Experience for Minecraft: Education Edition, which takes students on a lesson-packed trip from Missouri to the Oregon Coast. To learn more about the nostalgic adventure with a 21st century twist, visit aka.ms/oregontrail.

We also cover some of our recent updates to Learning Tools in Office 365 for Education: The team has introduced a Line Focus reading feature in Immersive Reader, brought the Class Notebook toolbar to iOS (answering one of your top requests), and released brand new sticker packs for everyone.

To learn more about making your classroom more accessible and inclusive for all learners, you can tune in to our #MSFTEduChat TweetMeets, where we hear from educators all across the globe and get a glimpse into how they’ve transformed their classrooms.

If you’d like to see what else is new in Microsoft Education, or discover what other educators are doing in their classrooms, visit and join our Microsoft Educator Community.