Microsoft has confirmed Minecraft: Education Edition will release on November 1, 2016.

Since June, 15,000 students and teachers have tested the early access game and fed back on experiences and bugs.

The new edition features Classroom Mode, a companion app for Minecraft: Education Edition that shows a map view of the Minecraft world, a list of all the students in the world, the ability for a teacher to teleport students, and a chat window to communicate with students and grant resources, enabling teachers to remotely observe students without being in the game themselves.

There’s also new Minecraft game features from other editions, including the Windows 10 Edition beta, such as the updated user interface, leads and horses, and additional player skins.

The early access version will continue to be available, for free, until November 1. For more, head on over to

What do you think? A fabulous utilisation of a valuable learning tool, or a waste of time and money?


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