Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox published a post on Xbox Game Wire on March 24th revealing what Xbox is doing throughout these unprecedented times. He stated with hundreds of millions of children now out of school and at home around the world that children are going online to spend time with friends. Many parents are now trying to balance schooling and time for fun, all whilst staying in the house.
I believe gaming has a unique power to bring people together
Phil Spencer announced they are adding a new educational category to the Minecraft Marketplace which offers free educational content for players and parents to download. The educational content includes players being able to explore the International Space Station available through a partnership with NASA, learn to code with a robot, build 3D fractals and find out what’s its like to be a marine biologist. The educational worlds have been detailed at Mincraft.net and include worlds that explore the human eye, renewable energy, Greek history, as well as lesson plans for creative writing, build challenges and puzzles. A complete content list can be found at www.minecraft.net
All players or parents have to do is download the Minecraft game or app on their desired device and head to the in-game store. Minecraft is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, Windows 10 PC, Windows MR, Gear VR, Oculus Rift, Fire TV, and Kindle Fire
The educational content is available from March 25th through June 30th 2020 and is free to download on all platforms. As if we needed anymore reasons to get our game on during these unprecedented times.