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Victorians roll out Minecraft to state schools

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Victorian schools are deploying Microsoft Office 365 and a statewide rollout of Minecraft: Education Edition (Minecraft: EE) which will be made available to more than 600,000 students attending Victoria’s 1,500 state schools.

The purpose of Minecraft: EE is to develop 21st century skills in schoolchildren, including collaboration, problem solving and communication, while encouraging students to both think for themselves and collaborate with peers to boost their learning.

In addition to this announcement, today at ISTE (the international educator’s conference), Microsoft Education also made the following announcements:

  • Aquatic for Minecraft: Education Edition– a new set of game features and underwater worlds available for free to all Minecraft: EE users
  • Inquiry based lesson plans – to compliment the BBC Earth and OCEANX film, Oceans Our Blue Planet
  • New STEM lesson plans – students can learn to write code, build sensors and analyze data while exploring the ocean
  • Limitless Libraries – a new Mixed Reality grant program designed to help foster Mixed Reality adoption in education.

14 Nov 2018 | National
Nowhere to run for cheaters News Image

While it’s prevalent at universities, cheaters’ days might be numbered as markers have shown themselves to be adept at indentifying which assignments are not the work of the student and the ability improves with training. Read More

14 Nov 2018 | NSW
Surf Lifesavers head Bush News Image

Over 6,000 youngsters will get a taste of the beach when the 25th annual Beach to Bush program rolls into towns including Tamworth, Lismore, West Wyalong, Young, Moree, Gunnedah, Narrabri and Canberra. Read More

13 Nov 2018 | National
Catholic School Principals plan for future News Image

As the current crop of Catholic School Principals retires there’s concern that no one is stepping up to the plate, The Catholic Schools’ Middle Leadership Program addresses the development of new leaders. Read More

13 Nov 2018
Students asked which anti-smoking ads work best News Image

Quit Victoria’s annual Critics’ Choice initiative invites students to appraise anti-smoking ads and high school students are being called upon to get involved.
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13 Nov 2018 | National
Program sees autistic toddlers thrive in mainstream kinder News Image

Toddlers with autism can thrive in normal kindergarten environments if provided with the correct scaffolding and La Trobe University’s Group-Early Start Denver Model (G-ESDM) looks to be one intervention that works well. Read More