As children all across the planet find themselves out of school, parents are left with a big problem; How are we going to look after our children and teach them things?
In no uncertain terms, some parents have found themselves as make-shift teachers. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, have faith in the knowledge that Big Phil is here to save the day.
A recent announcement from the Head of Xbox himself has laid down some really helpful news:
“With hundreds of millions of kids at home due to coronavirus-related school closures, more kids are going online to spend time with their friends, explore online worlds and learn through play. Families are trying to navigate the need to help their children with distance learning and balance that with taking time to have fun. That’s why we announced today that we are adding a new Education category to the Minecraft Marketplace with free educational content players and parents can download”.
The new update will include, but is not limited to:
- explore the International Space Station through a partnership with NASA,
- learn to code with a robot,
- visit famous Washington D.C. landmarks,
- find and build 3D fractals,
- learn what it’s like to be a marine biologist,
- and so much more.
Thank You, Phil
Phil Spencer also knows the impact the current global situation is having on gamers the world over. Within the update to Xbox.com, Spencer noted:
“Many are looking to gaming to remain connected with their friends while practising social distancing, and we are seeing unprecedented demand for gaming from our customers right now.
We understand the important role gaming is playing right now to connect people and provide joy in these isolating and stressful times, and our teams are working diligently to ensure we can be there for our players. To that end, we are actively monitoring performance and usage trends to ensure we’re optimizing the service for our customers worldwide and accommodating for new growth and demand”.
The better news is that this isn’t exclusive to the Xbox. As the blog post on Minecraft.net mentions:
“Anyone with Minecraft for Bedrock platforms can find these worlds by launching Minecraft and visiting the in-game store. Minecraft is available on:
- Kindle Fire,
- Windows 10 PC,
- Gear VR,
- Oculus Rift,
- Fire TV,
- Xbox One,
- Windows MR,
- Nintendo Switch, and
- PlayStation 4.
So, regardless of how you play, you can find some space to learn a little as you do your part for the world.
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ABG’s Senior Editor (News), YouTube content creator/streamer.