what you need to know
- Minecraft: Education Edition combines the creative joys of Minecraft with knowledge to become a powerful learning tool.
- With the Mobile Update, the Education Edition finally comes to Android and iOS platforms, among many other changes.
- The Render Dragon engine brings improved performance, multiplayer is easier to join, and in-game coding has been improved.
- Finally, 1.18 Caves & Cliffs Update Part Two also comes to Minecraft: Education Edition with this version.
It’s a good day for educators around the world as today the popular and powerful learning tool from Mojang Studios based on Minecraft enjoys a ton of major improvements and new features. The Minecraft: Education Edition Mobile Update extends the education-focused version of the popular creative survival game to Android and iOS platforms, in addition to a host of other improvements.
Minecraft: Education Edition is used by hundreds of institutions and educators around the world to teach children all kinds of subjects using Minecraft. On Wednesday, Mojang Studios started releasing the Mobile Update to all users, and it’s a big release that should delight educators and kids alike.
Some of the standout features of Minecraft: Education Edition Mobile Update include:
- Availability on Android and iOS platforms. For the first time, Minecraft: Education Edition is available on Android and iOS platforms, massively expanding the potential user base. The tool comes with a variety of tweaks and settings to ensure it runs and looks good on smaller devices, and is compatible with a wide range of iPhones, Android phones, and Android tablets.
- Minecraft 1.18 “Caves & Cliffs Update Part 2”. The Mobile Update also includes all of the features and changes included in the final Minecraft content updates of 2021, the second half of the Caves & Cliffs update. This means greatly improved world generation for mountains, caves, and other terrains, as well as increased world height and depth.
- Improved in-game coding. Minecraft: Education Edition can be used to teach kids how to code and it will be improved in the mobile update. In-game coding is now available to all users and features a host of new improvements to help kids learn to code, including improved accessibility to tutorials and information.
- Improved multiplayer. Minecraft: Education Edition removes some of the barriers to multiplayer, a staple of vanilla versions of Minecraft. This should make it easier for educators to get all of their children together in the same Education Edition rooms, with little manual configuration required to get everything working.
- Improved graphics performance. Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, the universal version of Minecraft spanning platforms and ecosystems, is powered by the flexible and modern Render Dragon engine. Starting with the Mobile Update, the Education Edition is supported by the same. Users should observe improved performance after the update, especially on lower-powered devices that are common in education.
- New NPC skins. Educators and developers creating new learning content for Minecraft: Education Edition now have 20 additional NPC skins to customize their worlds with. Divided into farming, business, and kiosk categories, the new skins aim to bring more diversity to the educational worlds.
Minecraft: Education Edition is built on the same creative freedom as Minecraft, but it’s not just a video game. It aims to teach children collaboration, creative problem-solving, and open-minded critical thinking while providing informative information on a wide variety of subjects such as science, math, history, coding, and more. With the mobile update, it’s now available on more platforms with improved features across the board.
Will the Education Edition usurp its Bedrock sibling as one of the best Xbox games? No, it’s primarily an educational tool and not as accessible as other versions of Minecraft (if you’re not an educator and want to explore the Education Edition content, several features, worlds, and lessons from it are available in Bedrock Edition). However, the Education Edition of Minecraft is important to many educators and children, and with today’s update, it’s much better.