Microsoft and DepEd release Minecraft app driver

Designed for students of all learning styles and grade levels, Minecraft: Education Edition features over 300 Minecraft worlds to explore and over 600 standards-aligned lessons to engage learners across the curriculum. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

In partnership with the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd), Microsoft recently launched a pilot of the mobile version of Minecraft: Education Edition exclusively in the Philippines, giving 23 million Filipino students early access to a learning experience. extended to school, home or any remote learning environment.

Minecraft: Education Edition is a game-based learning platform designed to promote creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive and safe digital environment. Educators around the world use the platform to engage students across different levels and programs to bring abstract concepts to life, making learning interactive and fun. Public and private schools in the Philippines have incorporated Minecraft: Education Edition as part of instruction to increase school engagement and stimulate students’ interest in learning, especially during the pandemic as classes are held in much of it virtually for nearly two years. With 84 million smartphone users in the Philippines, Microsoft aims to provide access to game-based learning to more students nationwide.

“With the right tools and program interventions, game-based approaches to learning can improve a child’s memory capacity, computer and simulation fluency, strategic thinking [and] solve problems and develop other skills such as map reading or practical thinking,” says Joanna Velez Rodriguez, Director of Public Sector, Microsoft Philippines. “Due to the availability of Minecraft: Education Edition, more teachers and students can access the app whether they are using Windows, Mac, iPad, Chromebook or even your Android mobile devices. At Microsoft, we remain committed to supporting DepEd in preparing our teachers and students for future skills by making technology accessible to everyone. Our partnership has always been anchored to enable quality and accessible education by supporting the digital transformation of DepEd and the learning journeys of students and teachers in the Philippines.”

The pilot version of the app is exclusive to the Philippines and is now available for download through the Google Play Store.

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