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Minecraft gets new, free education content to assist students during coronavirus pandemic

Schools worldwide have closed as communities reply to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But college students are discovering different methods to attach on-line; a method is thru Minecraft, which now has new, free instructional content material out there on Minecraft Marketplace.

Xbox head Phil Spencer addressed the Minecraft group on Tuesday, saying a brand new Education class within the market, designed to assist college students now at residence.

“We are living in unprecedented times,” Spencer wrote. “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of people around the world and changed the way we go about our daily lives. Here at Microsoft, we’re constantly asking ourselves what we can do to support people during this challenging time.”

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With the brand new instructional content material, gamers can “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, [and] learn what it’s like to be a marine biologist.” All this content material — and extra — shall be out there by June 30, Spencer mentioned.

“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,” Spencer mentioned. “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.”

Worldwide, individuals are working towards social distancing — and being ordered to shelter in place — in an effort to assist curb the unfold of COVID-19, the illness attributable to the novel coronavirus. Most deliberate occasions are being moved on-line, together with Wizards of the Coast’s weekly Friday Night Magic occasions, which have been added to Magic: The Gathering Arena, in addition to loads of esports tournaments just like the Overwatch League. Likewise, online game retailer GameStop is closing its doorways within the U.S. and providing solely digital orders and curbside pickup.

Minecraft gets new, free education content to assist students during coronavirus pandemic

Xbox Adaptive Controller

Designed to make gaming accessible for individuals with disabilities, the Xbox Adaptive Controller consists of giant, customizable buttons, and simply connects to different exterior gadgets like joysticks.

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