By Yue Lynn

Photo Credit: education.minecraft.net

The Bett Asia Leadership Summit and Expo, which was held at Mandarin Oriental last week contained plenty of activities and opportunities revolving around education and technology (edtech) and one of the biggest stars of the event was none other than the Microsoft School Leaders and the Teachers Academy.

One of the topics covered in the academy was the Minecraft: Education Edition. Microsoft announced that a new Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial, Hero’s Journey, has been released as part of its ongoing support for Hour of Code. This marks the third consecutive year that Microsoft is supporting this worldwide movement, held between 4 to 10 December, to assist students in learning basic coding.

On top of that, a new character, Minecraft Agent will be introduced in the tutorial, together with over 10 new challenges that teach core coding concepts like loops, debugging and functions. After completing the tutorial, students can import their code into Minecraft: Education Edition for the first time ever, bringing their creation to life in the game, or share their works via email, text message or social media. The best part? This Hero’s Journey tutorial is free and is playable on iOS, Android and Windows.

Lastly, Microsoft also announced that the “Minecraft: Education Edition has surpassed over 2 million licensed users in 115 countries within a year of its launch and more than 250 educator-created lesson plans has been developed in the community.” This means  that students and teachers alike are embracing technological alternatives (read: video games) in the education system, which totally sounds dope!

To learn more about Minecraft: Education Edition do visit https://education.minecraft.net.