Microsoft plans to sell Minecraft Education Edition as a subscription service to schools, starting in September, for $1 to $5 per user per month. A free trial version is available now.
Minecraft Education Edition is based on MinecraftEdu with a concept to bring the world of Minecraft to the classrooms to be used as a learning tool where students can develop skills in areas like digital citizenship, empathy, literacy, and more.
Minecraft Education Edition enables collaboration by classrooms of up to 30 students without a separate server required. The Camera and Portfolio feature allows students to take screenshots of their work and document development of their projects. Single sign-on capabilities are enabled, and there’s a built-in “tutorial world” for guiding players on the details of Minecraft play.