Xbox announces free educational Minecraft content for children in lockdown

25 Mars, 2020, 13:12 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Microsoft and Mojang release free Minecraft Education pack to help kids stuck in quarantine

These educational worlds can be played on your own, with your kids, parents or friends.

"While these are unprecedented times we are living in, I have no doubt that we'll come through this experience stronger than ever".

The 2019 novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has officially been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

If you start displaying symptoms of COVID-19, the smartest thing to do is to isolate yourself from others and remain at home until you recover. Here at Microsoft, we're constantly asking ourselves what we can do to support people during this challenging time.

"That's why we announced today that we are adding a new Education category to the Minecraft Marketplace with free educational content players and parents can download".

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"I believe gaming has a unique power to bring people together, to entertain, to inspire and connect us, and I believe that's even more true under these unique circumstances", Spencer said.

Xbox Live is undergoing "unprecedented demand" due to the number of people staying inside to stop the spread of coronavirus, and the Xbox teams are "working diligently to ensure we can be there for our players".

As well as learning about the ISS, kids will code with a robot, explore landmarks in Washington DC, build 3D fractals and learn what it's like to be a marine biologist. He hopes that screen time limits and content filters will help families "balance gaming with offline schoolwork and other responsibilities".

Any player with Minecraft for Bedrock platforms (the newer version of Minecraft) will be able to find the worlds by launching the game and opening the in-game store.

The free content pack is now available, and will continue to be free until at least June 30th, according to the blog post. Minecraft is available on Android & iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows 10 PC, Gear VR, Oculus Rift, Fire TV, Xbox One, Windows MR, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4. To combine Minecraft with education seems like another no-brainer, because while maybe some of the hardcore audience has moved on after so long, a lot of kids still play it, making it an invaluable teaching aid if used appropriately.

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