Microsoft just launched Code Builder for Minecraft Education Edition three weeks after announcing it at the MicrosoftEDU event. Thousands of players worldwide downloaded the Code Builder Beta and now every user has the opportunity to try it.
Code Builder for Minecraft is a new tool by Microsoft designed to introduce coding to children in schools through their favorite game. The tool uses a drag and drop method kids can use to construct tsimple programs by putting code blocks one on another.
“Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition is a brand-new extension that allows educators and students to explore, create, and play in an immersive Minecraft world – all by writing code. Connecting to learn-to-code packages like ScratchX, Tynker, and a new open source platform called Microsoft MakeCode, players start with familiar tools, templates and tutorials. And, Code.org will bring Code Studio to Code Builder later this year to support even more learning opportunities,” says Microsoft.
With Code Builder for Minecraft Education, Microsoft combined two popular learning methods. First, Microsoft has been used in education if many countries for years. And now, the game has one more benefit to offer. Additionally, coding blocks and drag and drop programming are taking over as one of the most popular ways to start learning to program.
Microsoft also presented a few teaching tips and lesson plans to teachers so they can easily organize their classes and expose students to as many coding techniques as possible.
In addition to Code Builder for Minecraft Educatopm Edition, Microsoft will also release other tools later this year. The list of announced tools includes Command Blocks, texture pack support, villager trading, adventure mode, concrete, llamas, and additional languages.
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