Roughly one-and-three-quarters days later, I realized my mistake. Yes, my kids were able to put their vast expanses of free time to good use and learn new things. But the time it took me to prepare material and guide them through it was overwhelming. So I was more than a little excited when the news hit that Microsoft was releasing free educational content wrapped up in every grade-school kid’s favorite video game, Minecraft. Here was the promised land — a way to have children learn without complete parent micromanagement. But could it live up to the hype?
Introducing the Education Collection
Four years ago, Microsoft spun off a Minecraft education version aimed at teachers and schools. In the years since, some of those features have slowly seeped back into the mainstream builds. Minecraft’s new educational worlds are just the latest example.
Starting now, the in-game Minecraft Marketplace has a new section called the Education Collection. Visit that page, and you’ll see 12 very different worlds that are based on content from the education edition. All of these worlds are free to download until the end of June. But once you download them, they remain yours forever.
There’s one catch. This content is only available in the Bedrock edition of Minecraft, not the older Java-based edition. That means Windows 10 users have access, but macOS users are sadly out of luck.