Minecraft

  • 10 gizmos and gifts to encourage kids to learn to code

    Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Looking for gifts for others on your list? Check out our full 2016 Gift Guide Hub. Think you’ve got a budding coder in your house? The learn-to-code space has no shortage of ideas to inspire young minds and… Read More

  • Minecraft: Education Edition officially launches

    Minecraft: Education Edition officially launches

    Following months of testing and free trials for early adopters, Microsoft announced this morning that its learning-focused version of the popular Minecraft game, Minecraft: Education Edition, is now available for purchase. The game is available in 50 countries and in 11 different languages, the company said, and will include the Classroom Mode companion app that lets teachers manage settings… Read More

  • Minecraft: Education Edition arrives November 1

    Minecraft: Education Edition arrives November 1

    The full version of Minecraft: Education Edition is finally arriving on November 1, following an extended testing and free trial period that began this summer. The version of Minecraft aimed at educators and schools came out of Microsoft’s acquisition of learning game MinecraftEdu earlier this year, which built upon Minecraft to give teachers tools to build lessons around STEM, art… Read More

  • Engaging kids in design-based learning Crunch Network

    Engaging kids in design-based learning

    While most kids their age are glued to various digital devices, often wasting hours playing mindless games or watching cat videos, 164 fourth and fifth graders, along with eight elementary school teachers, have been using those same devices to explore new paths to learning. Read More

  • Minecraft comes to VR via Oculus Rift next week

    Minecraft comes to VR via Oculus Rift next week

    Minecraft in virtual reality: It’s a dream for fans of the immersive crafting and world building sim, and it’s going to be a reality for Oculus Rift owners starting next week. The VR version of the popular Microsoft-owned game was tipped for launch in “the next few weeks” on Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta late last month, and was supposed to arrive with the… Read More

  • Why Microsoft’s Satya Nadella equates LinkedIn with Minecraft

    Why Microsoft’s Satya Nadella equates LinkedIn with Minecraft

    You could make a case that Minecraft is the professional network of 10-year-olds, but you’d have to work pretty hard at it. That’s not what Satya Nadella means when he uses Minecraft as an example of why LinkedIn was a great acquisition target for Microsoft, speaking to Bloomberg today in an interview reflecting on Microsoft as a company advancing in years. Here’s the key… Read More

  • Why Minecraft predicts the future of collaborative work Crunch Network

    Why Minecraft predicts the future of collaborative work

    Kids are the ultimate beta testers. As soon as they figure out what a new technology is for, they try to make it do something else. They push boundaries, break rules, play with possibilities and share their results in real time. When I see how my son and his friends play Minecraft, I see the future of engineering and technology — and it’s an exciting one. Read More

  • Minecraft support for Oculus Rift is finally almost here

    Minecraft support for Oculus Rift is finally almost here

    After months of teasing, Microsoft is finally almost ready to give Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta users a taste of VR. In a blog post celebrating the first anniversary of Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta, Microsoft announced that support for the Oculus Rift will be coming “in the next few weeks” as a free update to existing users. People who want to get in on the action have… Read More

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