New Programs For Schools To Build Digital Tech Skills

09 February 2020

Every government school student will have access to Minecraft: Education Edition as part of a new partnership with the Andrews Labor Government to give students access to the very best digital and science technology.

Under the new agreement between the Government and Microsoft, a broad range of software, including Minecraft: Education Edition is now available for use by all Victorian government schools, students and staff.

Minecraft: Education Edition is a classroom version of the hugely popular game Minecraft, specifically created to immerse students in various Minecraft worlds to promote creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration between students.

Providing a safe, shared learning environment within the classroom, the Education Edition of Minecraft is tailored to teach collaboration and build their skills in technology and science.
Students will interact with virtual learning experiences that directly link and expand on the subjects being taught in the classroom.

Teachers can also use the program to engage students, meet their learning needs and build their skills around a particular subject such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), history, geography or coding.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“This is about giving our schools and students access to the best digital technology and programs to prepare them for the jobs of the future.”

“We know our kids will need skills in science and in technology as well as critical thinking, and programs like this give them the opportunity to develop in these areas.”

Reviewed 26 June 2020

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