News Gaming Minecraft Gets Free Educational Content for Kids Stuck at Home Focusing on a task can help kids stay calmer By Rob LeFebvre Writer, Editor Rob LeFebvre has been a freelance technology writer for 10 years and an educator for 20. His articles have appeared in 148Apps, Cult of Mac, Engadget, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Rob LeFebvre Updated March 24, 2020 Gaming Phones Internet & Security Computers Smart & Connected Life Home Theater Software & Apps Social Media Streaming Gaming View More Tweet Share Email Why This Matters With schools closed and social distancing in effect, kids need all the educational and meaningful content they can get. Mojang/Microsoft Developer Mojang and publisher Microsoft made a ton of educational content free for their insanely popular video game Minecraft. What do you get: The devs say there are more than ten different educational worlds to explore. Kids (and adults) can tour the International Space Station, the inside of a human eye, renewable energy options, marine biology, Greek history, and more. Each world comes with its own lesson plan that offers creative writing activities, building challenges, and puzzles to solve. How to get it: You'll need to use a device that runs the Bedrock version of Minecraft (as opposed to the Java version on Mac/PC). This includes Android & iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows 10 PC, Gear VR, Oculus Rift, Fire TV, Xbox One, Windows MR, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4. Simply navigate to the Marketplace on your device and choose the new Education category. They'll be available for free through June 30, 2020. The bottom line: Kids need to stay engaged and busy just as much as adults do to help manage their concerns during our pandemic and shelter-in-place directives. Having educational experiences within a game they already find fun is a no-brainer for parents hoping to help their children in these troubling times. Via: Games Radar Become an Expert on Minecraft What is Minecraft? A Retrospective Overview Minecraft is More Fun With Mods, But How Do You Tell if a Mod is Safe?