Minecraft: Education Edition is now available in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Ten markets in Asia Pacific can now use Microsoft's Minecraft: Education Edition, an open world game designed for the classroom to promote creativity, collaboration, and improve problem-solving skills.
The game is now available in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The full release of the Minecraft: Education Edition includes a Classroom Mode application to enable educators to manage world settings, communicate with students, give items, and bring the students in the virtual Minecraft world.
The application displays a map of view of the Minecraft world, a list of all the students in the virtual world, a set of world management settings, and chat window. It also offers a range of new, built-in lesson plans that educators can use across subjects and age levels, and easy collaboration with up to 30 students to work together to build projects and solve problems.
In addition, students are also able to simulate the real world in the Minecraft world. As such, Microsoft noted that this can be an avenue for young students to learn digital citizenship, empathy social skills, and improve their literacy.
"We want to empower educators and students to teach and learn through doing and exploring. While great technology can never replace great teaching, it is essential that schools have access to the right tools that will help drive the most effective learning, and prepare students for the workforce of the future," said Don Carlson, Education Lead of Microsoft Asia Pacific, in a press release.
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