Microsoft and Whitehat Jr jointly offer Minecraft game-based learning

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The collaboration is part of Microsoft and WhiteHat Jr’s shared vision to reinvent learning in India with technology

New Delhi: Microsoft India and online learning platform WhiteHat Jr on Thursday announced a collaboration to provide students as well as teachers with access to personalized learning experiences with the popular game Minecraft.

The collaboration is part of Microsoft and WhiteHat Jr’s shared vision to reinvent learning in India with technology to unlock new possibilities for learners and empower educators.

“The skills of the future will be very different from the skills that exist today. Platforms like Minecraft ensure students have deep and immersive learning experiences that unleash both creativity and critical thinking. Our partnership with WhiteHat Jr is a important step in making learning engaging and preparing young adults with the skills they need to thrive in a digital economy,” said Navtez Bal, Executive Director, Public Sector, Microsoft India, in a statement.

The Code with Minecraft program will provide students with the opportunity to master important coding concepts through a highly organized curriculum based on Minecraft. As part of the collaboration, Microsoft will also help WhiteHat Jr educators develop through special workshops delivered by the Minecraft Education Edition Teacher Academy.

The course is available in several packages for students aged 6-14. Students begin with game-based learning in Minecraft where they can create their own game heroes, game worlds, and play multiplayer games in the rich and ever-changing environment of Minecraft, while learning the concepts of coding fundamentals such as commands, sequences, variables, loops and conditions.

“Students love our classes as they work on live projects and develop new skills with the support of a live teacher. For years Minecraft has fascinated kids all over the world. Microsoft India and for bringing such an engaging learning experience for children,” said Trupti Mukker, CEO of WhiteHat Jr.

With Minecraft, students are introduced to fundamental building blocks for imagining and creating various shapes, objects, and entire worlds. Students use simplified block code editing to modify anything from the appearance of characters to the physical laws that govern them.

Additionally, Minecraft gives students access to a thriving global community of 140 million players and creators.

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