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Microsoft Education Releases Two Major Updates for Minecraft: Education Edition

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In this episode of the Microsoft Innovative Expert: Spotlight Series Podcast, Jeff sits down with Sara Cornish and Trish Cloud from the Minecraft Education team at the Microsoft Education booth.  The big announcement at this years ISTE Conference revolved around the two new updates for Minecraft Education Edition.

Topics Include

  • Minecraft Aquatic Edition
    • Filing the oceans of Minecraft with marine life
    • Constructing underwater ships and coral reefs.
    • How do you “code” a coral reef?
  • What is Minecraft and how can we use it in the classroom?
    • An open world game that uses the imagination using unlimited materials
  • Minecraft Education Website
  • Integrating Minecraft into your curriculum
    • How to setup Minecraft servers for your classroom
    • Minecraft EDU vs Minecraft Commercial
    • Using Minecraft as an assessment tool
    • How to “live the history” of your lessons through Minecraft
  • What can I find on the Minecraft Education website?
    • Finding Lessons and Resources
    • Aligning Minecraft to the Standards

New Minecraft: Education Edition Lesson Plans

This week, the Microsoft Education team released brand new lesson plans to help teachers “dive in.”

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Trish Cloud

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Trish has been working with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for ten years first as a Technology teacher at Grand Oak Elementary now as Coordinator of School Partnerships at the district level. She began with a Minecraft club seven years ago and has been growing the use of Minecraft: Education Editon across curriculum ever since. She is a Global Minecraft Mentor, MIE, and Google Certified Educator. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @trishcloud

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