Microsoft announced Minecraft: Education Edition, and that it will be in the classroom soon.

MinecraftEdu was originally announced in 2011 and was designed specifically as a tool for the classroom. Since then, Microsoft has acquired MinecraftEdu and has decided to make an investment for the development of a new version of the game that will be available as a free trial some time this summer.

Educators will be able to find lessons based around the game at education.minecraft.net. This site will also give teachers a chance to communicate with each other and will also have a Minecraft Mentors page, where more experienced players can help newcomers.

Those who have already purchased MinecraftEdu will be able to continue using the product, and will be able to use Minecraft: Education Edition one year for free.

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“One of the reasons Minecraft fits so well in the classroom is because it’s a common, creative playground,” said Vu Bui, COO of Mojang. “We’ve seen that Minecraft transcends the differences in teaching and learning styles and education systems around the world. It’s an open space where people can come together and build a lesson around nearly anything (via IGN).”

Microsoft has also announced that Minecraft: Story Mode will be coming to the Wii U in North America and Europe on January 21. The Order of the Stone will be available on the Nintendo eShop for $4.99.

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