Three years ago, after repeated requests from the homeschool community, Google welcomed homeschool co-ops to begin using its G Suite for Education (now known as Workspace). Beginning in 2018, co-ops who wanted to use the popular classroom collaboration software could do so.
Now Microsoft has taken a similar step with the popular game Minecraft: Education Edition.
After numerous homeschool groups contacted the software giant pointing out that their members wanted access, Microsoft announced earlier this month that “Minecraft: Education Edition is now available for camps, clubs, after-school programs, homeschools, nonprofits, and other institutions via our beta program.”
It doesn’t appear that the education edition of the game is available to individual families. Also, it’s not a free product—like many online services, it is based on a monthly subscription.
HSLDA doesn’t take a position on whether groups should use Minecraft as part of their curriculum, although some parents like our bloggers do suggest using games as “stealth education”!
But as part of our mission to make homeschooling possible, we are glad to see more organizations and businesses granting access to homeschoolers.
So if your family likes learning with games, talk to your group leader about whether the blocky graphics of a made-up online world might lead to real-life education.