Minecraft is a great tool for keeping kids engaged, and now Microsoft is adding a bunch of free educational content to the game.
COVID-19 is shutting down schools worldwide. Not only does this mean kids are stuck home all day, but they’re also not really learning anything. Luckily, Minecraft has stepped in to fill the void in one of the best ways possible.
Microsoft has made a bunch of content from Minecraft: Educational Edition free for all users. Now, during the Coronavirus Pandemic, kids will be able to educate themselves. All within a game which most kids already play and enjoy.
Kids learn the most when they’re actively engaged with a subject. In schools that can be quite difficult because not every child finds every subject interesting. Not only does Minecraft have more of a chance of engaging children, but it will allow kids to look at subjects they’re actually interested in.
There is a surprising variety of educational modules available. From scientific education, such as exploring the international space station, to historic modules like ancient Greece. In general, a child could learn a lot from this content.
More measures like this are a great plan. While kids are all trapped at home, maybe we can get a boom in educational software that is actually interesting? Who knows, historical Fortnite could be coming soon?
It doesn’t need to be only Minecraft that gets these sorts of educational updates. It might take work, but imagine what could be done by adding educational content games kids are already playing. I joked earlier about historical Fortnite, but it wouldn’t be difficult to add some learning opportunities to the game.
Aside from Minecraft and Fortnite, LEGO games are also immensely popular with children. Considering the huge variety of different activities across the LEGO series, there are hundreds of opportunities in each game to impart knowledge. All without boring the pants off of your quarantine kids.
Video games really do have the power to do good things. Educating your kids while keeping them distracted is just one of them. In a time when parents likely need as much help as they can get, who’d have thought it would come from Minecraft.
This article was edited by Samburaj Das.