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Minecraft Education Goes FREE

Minecraft
Written by Miguel Guhlin

Take advantage of this fast bargain as Microsoft gives a special version of Minecraft Education away to districts for free! Now your students can gamify their learning.

The cost of getting Minecraft in your school has gone down temporarily! Take advantage of it!

Why would you want to download this “gaming system” for your students? Well, there are lots of great curricular tie-ins. You can see what the research has to say about gaming in the classroom in this blog post.

Minecraft: Education Edition is a way to bring the classroom and curriculum to students. It is the same game many students enjoy and play, but with some additional capabilities to enable student collaboration in the classroom, and support educators to deliver lessons and learning activities. This new title – available as a free trial this summer – will build on the learnings from MinecraftEdu while offering an expanded set of features. And in support of MinecraftEdu customers, they can continue to use MinecraftEdu and we will offer the first year of Minecraft: Education Edition for free.(Source: Microsoft)

If you are interested in getting this innovative and engaging program in your school district, don’t hesitate. The deal will not last long.

…Microsoft announced that schools and teachers can download a special education version of the game for free. The company also added several new features to the game that make it easier for teachers to give feedback, as well as classroom collaboration tools and a simpler setup process. A full version of Minecraft: Education Edition will go on sale in September and will cost school districts an average of $1 to $5 per player each year. About 1,700 students participated in the beta program. (Source: CNN.com)

Interested in getting Minecraft: Education Edition for free? Click on the GET STARTED link at the Minecraft education site, You’ll find tons of resources to help you implement it here.

Animated GIF from MineCraft

Image Credit: Animated GIF, MineCraft Camp, Summer 2015 – by TCEA Member, Mary Ray (@mray29)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opportunities to Take Your Innovation to a Whole New Level

If you would like to take part in a free-to-anyone, one-day Microsoft Innovative Educator academy, please register at one of the many locations below.

Session Date

City

Location

Registration Link

7/8/2016

Wichita Falls

Region 9 Educational Service Center

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7/18/2016

Abilene

Region 14 Education Service Center

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8/2/2016

Killeen

Killeen ISD Career Center

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8/4/2016

Lumberton

Lumberton Performing Arts Center

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8/8/2016

Austin

TCEA Conference Center

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8/19/2016

Kilgore

Region 7 Educational Service Center

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9/9/2016

Arlington

University of Texas at Arlington, College of Education

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9/19/2016

Pittsburg

Region 8 Educational Service Center

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9/23/2016

Edinburg

Region 1 Educational Service Center

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9/28/2016

Victoria

Region 3 Educational Service Center

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Miguel Guhlin

Director of Professional Development at TCEA
A former director of technology, Miguel brings a unique perspective to TCEA’s professional development team. He specializes in Microsoft’s educational products and has extensive instructional technology experience. A prolific writer, Miguel blogs at Around the Corner and for TCEA’s TechNotes Blog. Miguel earned both his Master’s degree in Bicultural/Bilingual Studies with an ESL Concentration and his B.A. at University of Texas, San Antonio.

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