MinecraftEdu & Minecraft: Education Edition

On January 19th 2016, Microsoft announced that they would be acquiring MinecraftEdu from TeacherGaming. At the same time, a new educational version of the game was announced: Minecraft: Education Edition has since launched to schools around the world. You can read Minecraft: Education Edition FAQ here. This FAQ will address the most common questions about Minecraft: Education Editions and MinecraftEdu.

If you have any questions not addressed here, use the contact page to get in touch with us!

My school bought MinecraftEdu licenses, how does this affect us?

There are no negative effects to your MinecraftEdu purchase. You will have access to the products you have paid for and in addition you will have a free one-year subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition if you decide to switch to that. MinecraftEdu can be used just as before as the licenses are perpetual and will never expire.

How about MinecraftEdu development?

Unfortunately, MinecraftEdu development has stopped. Version 1.710, build 22 is the final version.

Will you continue to support MinecraftEdu?

Unfortunately, support for MinecraftEdu has also stopped.

Can I still purchase MinecraftEdu?

No, additional licenses for MinecraftEdu licenses are no longer available.

Will my MinecraftEdu installation still work, now that Minecraft: Education Edition has been released?

Yes. You can continue to use MinecraftEdu normally even though Minecraft: Education Edition is released.

What about MinecraftEdu Classroom Server Hosting?

The MinecraftEdu Hosting Service has terminated. The only way to run MinecraftEdu now is to run your own local servers.

Where can I find more information about running a local MinecraftEdu Server?

You can look on our Wiki.

What’s the difference between MinecraftEdu and Minecraft: Education Edition?

Minecraft: Education Edition is built on the experiences we’ve had with with MinecraftEdu over the years so there will be a lot of similar features. In addition, the Education Edition will offer new, enhanced features such as student portfolio. You can read more details from the Minecraft: Education Edition FAQ.

Education Edition is still being developed and there are some features in MinecraftEdu that have not yet been announced for the Education Edition. They include

  • Mod support Currently there is no mod support in Education Edition. MinecraftEdu online mods will continue to function normally and you can install any Forge mods you want into MinecraftEdu.
  • Offline functionality MinecraftEdu doesn’t require student login and functions offline within school’s local area network. Education Edition introduces a new login system to provide more customizability and personalization.

What will TeacherGaming do next?

TeacherGaming will carry on with its mission to bring great games to the classroom. We continue to work on KerbalEdu which is based on the award-winning Kerbal Space Program. And we'll be making other exciting announcements about our portfolio of games soon, too! There is still so much untapped potential for using games to educate, inspire, and connect with students. We can't wait to continue the journey.

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