Microsoft in January acquired MinecraftEdu, a version of the game designed by Teacher Gaming co-founder Joel Levin with classroom use in mind, for an undisclosed sum (Teacher Gaming licensed the popular building game from its creator, Mojang, so everything was on the up and up).
Minecraft was already being used in more than 7,000 classrooms across more than 40 countries before Microsoft purchased MinecraftEdu.
With help from more than 50,000 students and educators participating in an early access program, Microsoft has spent the better part of 2016 fine-tuning Minecraft: Education Edition.
Priced at $5 per user, per year (there’s also a district-wide licensing model), the full version includes the highly anticipated Classroom Mode companion app that grants educators the ability to manage world settings, communicate with students, disperse in-game items and more.
The official version also features all of the latest updates from Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta including additional player skins, leads and horses as well as an updated user interface.
Educators interested in learning more are encouraged to visit the Minecraft education portal where you’ll find tutorials, lesson plans, starter worlds and a place to collaborate with others already using the game in the classroom.