New facilities will help schools use the video game to teach science, history and coding
The Welsh Government plans to set up five centres to help schools and colleges in the country teach science, history and coding using the video game Minecraft. This follows the government’s initiative earlier this year to give schools free access to Microsoft 365.
Educators who visit the new Microsoft Learning Centres will find out how to use the open-learning environment of Minecraft: Education Edition to encourage creativity, self-expression and problem solving.
“Through projects like Enriching the Curriculum for Wales, we want all learners to benefit from the collaboration, communication, problem-solving and critical thinking opportunities that Minecraft: Education Edition offers,” said Kirsty Williams, education minister for Wales.
To launch the project, the Welsh Government team met with the Minecraft: Education Edition product team to host a train-the-trainer summit, where those hosting MLC workshops learned how to make the most of Minecraft in education.
“We are very excited to see the learning outcomes that educators will be able to drive in the upcoming year as they find ways to incorporate Minecraft: Education Edition across the curriculum,” said Allison Matthews, executive producer at Minecraft: Education Edition.