Minecraft: Education Edition Comes to Chromebook

Posted on August 10, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Chrome OS, Chromebook, Games with 4 Comments

Microsoft announced today that Minecraft: Education Edition is now generally available for users on Chromebook.

“The Chromebook update for Minecraft: Education Edition includes 11 new STEM lessons with a special Minecraft world to introduce students to honeybees and pollination,” Microsoft told me. “This is available for all users on Chromebook, Windows, Mac, and iPad devices to support remote and hybrid learning for back-to-school.”

If you were using the preview version of Minecraft: Education Edition for Chromebook, you will be automatically upgraded to the non-preview version, Microsoft says. The Chromebook version of Minecraft: Education Edition offers the same set of features as other versions, including cross-platform multiplayer. For those that wish to deploy Minecraft: Education Edition to a fleet of managed Chrome devices, Microsoft provides a handy Chromebook deployment guide.

Those with a Microsoft 365 for Education (A3 or A5) subscription automatically gain access to Minecraft: Education Edition for Chromebook. But educational institutions can otherwise purchase subscriptions through the Microsoft Store for Education, via volume licensing agreements, and through partner resellers.

Educators who want to know more about Minecraft: Education Edition will find online training, starter lessons, and onboarding resources at the Microsoft Education website.

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