Microsoft partners with WhiteHat Jr and offers minecraft game-based learning

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On December 9, Microsoft India and online learning platform WhiteHat Jr announced a collaboration to provide students and teachers with access to a personalized learning experience with the popular game Minecraft.

The collaboration focuses on a new approach to learning in India with updated technology to open up 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 highly organized Minecraft-based curriculum will provide students with the opportunity to master important coding concepts. As part of this collaboration, Microsoft will also help develop WhiteHat Jr educators 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 game-based learning with Minecraft. Here they can create their own game hero, their own game world and play multiplayer games in the rich and evolving environment of Minecraft while learning basic coding concepts 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.

Minecraft introduces students to different basic shapes, objects and blocks to imagine and create the whole world. Students use simplified block chord editing to change everything from how letters look to the physics that govern them. Additionally, Minecraft gives students access to a global community of 140 million players and developers.

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