Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Microsoft Unveils Minecraft Education Edition & Learning Tools for OneNote

Microsoft is acquiring the IP for the already successful MinecraftEdu and investing in a new and expanded title for the classroom called Minecraft Education Edition. The new title will be available for free trial this summer offering an expanded set of features, including interactive maps and student portfolios. Minecraft Education Edition will be shaped by a growing community of educators throughout its development this spring and through a new Minecraft educator community online. This site will also boast a new Minecraft Mentors program, matching educators with experience using Minecraft in the classroom with those looking to try it for the first time.

Not only this, but we are also introducing Learning Tools for OneNote. A Microsoft hackathon winner —Learning Tools for OneNote is an important toolbar add-in for OneNote 2013 and 2016. It is designed specifically to improve reading and writing experiences for all students, including for those with learning disabilities like dyslexia. Learning Tools incorporates special text formatting and other features that make classroom activities easier, including advanced dictation, focus mode, and immersive reading.

By offering a wide range of education tools, Microsoft is empowering students to achieve more and providing resources to accommodate any learning style. Supplemented by Minecraft Education Edition, educators are empowered to create deeper student engagement and collaboration.

Please visit the Microsoft blog for more information.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post.


  1. This sounds like a really positive advancement. I especially like that it's for all disabilities including dyslexia.

  2. That is awesome. Children can improve their skills by having fun.