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‘Minecraft: Education’ Arrives on Chromebooks

A structure resembling a human eye, built in Minecraft.

Many schools prefer Chromebooks thanks to their low cost and reasonable performance. But simultaneously, schools are increasingly turning to Minecraft: Education for interactive coding, building, and STEM lessons. And the good news for everyone is that Minecraft: Education is now available for Chromebooks.

If you’re a personal Chromebook user, it isn’t all good news. While Minecraft: Education made the jump, the regular edition of Minecraft didn’t come with it. Don’t expect to try and use Minecraft: Education as a substitute, either. You need a Microsoft 365 for Education (A3 or A5) license to use it, or you need to purchase an educational program using it.

But anyone using the tool to teach math, arts, language, coding, and more, it’s great to have another device that runs the program. Chromebooks are popular in school, because they are low-cost and, unlike cheap Windows machines, perform well and generally require less troubleshooting.

The Chromebook version of Minecraft: Education has all the same features as Minecraft: Education for Windows, Mac, and iOS, and those three are seeing an update today. All versions will have cross-player multiplatform support, and the latest updates enable remote and hybrid learning support.

While you currently need a Microsoft account to log into Minecraft: Education, Google Account support is on its way. You can download the program today at the Minecraft Education site or through the Google Play store.

Source: Microsoft via TechCrunch

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