Vice president of Microsoft Education, Anthony Salcito, today announced that Minecraft can now be used to develop strategy, survival, collaboration, and creativity among over 100 million players of the game globally.
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And the reason for this is largely because Minecraft can now be deployed to increase learning potentials across a wide range of fields all over the world. With a virtual world created with the gaming platform, players can become digital citizens and learn the skills of citizenship, social graces, improve literacy, natural empathy amidst a real feedback from a teacher and other players.
To this extent, over 7,000 teachers globally have started using Minecraft to teach interesting subjects in the classroom; and with its announcement on Code.org, Minecraft-based coding tutorials can now be accessed by teachers and students. This is made for Hour of Code – the yearly worldwide campaign held December 7-13 during the Computer Science Education Week.
The new tutorial can be accessed at Code.org/mc and here players can develop coding skills in the best of learning environments.
Considering the fact that people everywhere now rely on technology to run their daily lives – governments, educators, parents, NGOs, students, and others now have growing demands for technology that change the way they do things. With quality computer science skills, students can now develop computational thinking and problem-solving abilities that will enable them to create technology that will innovate and drive future growths and economic opportunities.
To boost participation, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sometime ago announced a $75 million fund to drive community programs such as the Microsoft YouthSpark so that youths everywhere can learn and develop computer skills – regardless of their backgrounds and limited environments. Microsoft’s collaboration with Code.org led to the Hour of Code initiative, and it drives students participation in computer science skills and innovations.
Microsoft further partners with edX to develop new courses for school leaders so that they can access education resources already in Microsoft’s online portals; and new online courses will be develop to help school masters and principals as well as teachers improve learning materials and classroom conditions.
Students can access over 35 courses offered by Microsoft among other professional courses hosted on edX.org, and university scholars and educators around the world will be able to make inputs into developing most of these courses.