‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ rolls out pilot launch for Filipino students

Screenshot: Minecraft Education Edition (YouTube)
Screenshot: Minecraft Education Edition (YouTube)

Although more public schools are gearing up to return to face-to-face classes this year, Microsoft and the Department of Education have launched a pilot of the mobile version of Minecraft: Education Edition that is seen to benefit 23 million students in the Philippines.

Launched exclusively in the country, Minecraft: Education Edition aims to provide an “expanded learning experience” in any remote learning environment.

In the country, 91 percent of Filipinos play games on their mobile devices — making game-based learning more accessible to students nationwide.

Joanne Velez Rodriguez, Public Sector director of Microsoft Philippines said that game-based learning approaches can improve a child’s memory capacity, computer, and simulation fluency, strategic thinking, problem-solving, and build other skills such as map reading or practical thinking.

Minecraft: Education Edition provides students across all grade levels with over 300 Minecraft worlds to explore and over 600 standards-aligned lessons. These engage learners across the curriculum from history, languages, social and emotional learning, equity and inclusion, and STEM-focused areas such as chemistry, coding, and more. 

DepEd will also provide tutorials on Minecraft: Education Edition through its ETulay sessions on social media.

Students and teachers can access Minecraft: Education Edition through their Microsoft 365 school accounts and can download the application on Google Play Store.

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