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  • March 08, 2021

    Celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day with New Lessons About Malala and the Suffragettes

    For International Women’s Day and Women’s History month, we want to help you inspire girls to change the world, whether they aspire to be engineers, artists, programmers, designers, world leaders, or anything that ignites their passion! To celebrate, we’re releasing new lessons for our Good Trouble: Lessons in Social Justice world about two activists who’ve had an enormous impact on women’s education and their place in society.

  • March 04, 2021

    Creative Learning and Leadership | Minecraft: Education Edition at India’s Sat Paul Mittal School

    Sat Paul Mittal School is a Microsoft Showcase School in Ludhiana in Punjab, India. When a chance mention of Minecraft on a Skype call piqued their students’ interest, they took a chance on game-based learning. Head of IT Monica Joshi tells the story of how, in just two short years, Minecraft: Education Edition became a mainstay for creative, cross-curricular learning.

  • February 23, 2021

    Sift Through the Sands of Time with New Egyptian History Lessons

    Pyramids, pharaohs, mummies, and the mighty Nile River… now your emerging Egyptologists have a chance to explore all of their favorite topics in Minecraft: Education Edition!

  • February 16, 2021

    Explore Indigenous History and Culture with Manito Ahbee Aki

    Indigenous Peoples around the world are the stewards of incredible networks of knowledge and history. By accessing Indigenous wisdom, society as a whole stands to discover millennia of expertise and learn more about our connection with the land we all share. Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, the capital of central Canada’s province of Manitoba, wanted to provide students an opportunity to learn about the Anishinaabe Peoples, their cultures, and the histories of their region. So the division partnered with Microsoft Canada and Minecraft: Education Edition to create Manito Ahbee Aki, the world’s first Anishinaabe community built in Minecraft. The project was led by the LRSD Indigenous Council of Grandmothers and Grandfathers, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers from Manitoba, and LRSD’s Indigenous Education staff.

  • February 04, 2021

    Teaching Financial Literacy Through Play with Minecraft: Education Edition

    Were you taught about money matters in school? Financial literacy is often overlooked in K–12 education, but it sets students up for success and security as they make decisions in adult life. Canadian Learning Experience Designer Blaise Patterson recognized an opportunity for learning and decided to create the Financial Literacy World, a city where students can explore everyday economic decisions. This guest post shares the inspiration for the world, the process of creating it, and how this open-ended activity can help your students explore financial decisions.

  • January 28, 2021

    Sustainability City: Explore Energy Efficiency in the Urban Space

    Today, Microsoft shared early progress and learnings on its 10-year strategy to become carbon negative, water positive, and zero waste, and develop a planetary computing platform. You can learn more about Microsoft’s sustainability commitments and read its first annual environmental sustainability report here.

  • January 14, 2021

    Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month with New Lessons and a Free Demo World

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month are important opportunities to teach students about the history of Civil Rights and the ongoing struggle for social justice and racial equity. To celebrate, we’re offering four new lessons and a free demo experience to support teachers as they address these critical topics. Students can learn about the life and activism of Dr. King, investigate ideas behind identity, experience important moments in the American Civil Rights movement, and learn how Black Lives Matter is continuing the work of racial justice.

  • January 12, 2021

    Using Minecraft to Write Survival Fiction

    When teachers use Minecraft: Education Edition for lessons, they usually operate in creative mode so students aren’t bothered by scarcity and the business of resource gathering—not to mention monstrous mobs prowling in the night! But Canadian educator Jim Pedrech encourages his students to lean into the challenge of survival mode as a tool for writing fiction in his English classes. Read his story in this guest post.

  • December 29, 2020

    Teesside University Welcomes New Students in a Virtual Campus

    A resourceful team from Teesside University in the UK came together to help new students connect during the pandemic using Minecraft: Education Edition. Read how they created a beautiful forum where incoming students could meet and build relationships in this guest post by one of the project’s leaders, Dr. Helen Tidy, Principal Lecturer in Learning and Teaching at Teesside’s School of Health and Life Sciences.

  • December 22, 2020

    Canadian Storytelling in Minecraft: A Creative Response to Teaching During a Pandemic

    In the spring of 2020, Canadian schools were in the midst of closures due to the global pandemic. Teachers were looking for ways to engage students virtually. The Canadian edtech trainers at Logics Academy came up with a plan: a countrywide storytelling challenge for students with Minecraft: Education Edition as their medium! Read this guest post about the competition from the team at Logics and experience the incredible student builds.

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