School Teachers & Students Invited to Game & Learn with New Minecraft Education Edition at All Aboard 2017

All Aboard 2017 are encouraging schools to sign up for a “getting to know you” session on Minecraft Education Edition, a new version of Minecraft designed for teachers and classrooms.  
This latest edition is packed with new features that will make it easier for teachers to outline learning objectives, set tasks and manage their worlds while students play collaboratively and build in-game portfolios.  
In this session, Stephen Howell, Academic Program Manager at Microsoft Ireland will showcase the new features of the game and provide some ideas on how to teach with Minecraft, for gamers and non-gamers alike. 
Speaking about the forthcoming Minecraft workshop, Dr Terry Maguire, Director of the National Forum said: 
“This workshop blends gaming fun with digital skills for learning. We are all aware of the concerns that are voiced about children and screen time. This game is an excellent example of screens being used in a highly productive way that promotes co-operation while also teaching students online. Education editions of globally popular games like Minecraft are to be welcomed as a new option in digital skills for learning for students, teachers and parents.”  
 
Stephen is the Academic Program Manager at Microsoft Ireland. In this role he engages teachers and students of all disciplines and levels with tech talks and curriculum advice. Stephen is a passionate advocate of CoderDojo and Computational Thinking both in and outside the classroom.
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenrichardhowell
“Teaching and Learning with Minecraft Education Edition” takes place @ 11am-12 pm on Thursday 6 April in G10, Foundation Building, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick