Project aims to develop the digital skills of young people for the future workplace through game- based learning.
Teachers will learn how to utilise the creativity and innovation of Minecraft: Education Edition in their classrooms as Wales becomes one of the first
countries in the world to fund Microsoft software for all maintained schools, thanks to a new £1.2M investment from Welsh Government.
Minecraft executives, from their United States of America headquarters, have visited both Darran Park Primary School and Ynyshir Primary School in Rhondda Cynon Taf to see the software already being effectively used by pupils.
The licensing deal includes Minecraft: Education Edition, which is all available via Hwb, the Welsh Government’s digital learning platform, which is actively used by over 97% of schools in Wales.
The open learning environment in Minecraft worlds gives learners the freedom to experiment, encouraging creative self-expression and problem solving whilst offering educators a transformative way to be innovative, creative and engage learners using Minecraft to ignite their passion for learning.
This project also offers practical examples to support the Welsh Government’s ambitions for all learners to develop Digital Competence skills that will help them thrive in an increasingly digital world.
Councillor Christina Leyshon, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “I had the pleasure of seeing Minecraft:
Education Edition in use at our schools. The children are very enthusiastic and are already putting the software to excellent use.
“I am sure it will encourage them to be innovative, creative and will set them in
good stead for the future.”
Wales Education Minister Kirsty Williams, said: “I’m proud to say we’re one of the first countries in the world to take this progressive approach to providing school staff and learners with access to Microsoft software.
“Through projects like ‘Enriching the Curriculum for Wales,’ we want all learners to benefit from the collaboration, communication, problem-solving
and critical thinking opportunities that Minecraft: Education Edition offers.”
Allison Matthews, Executive Producer Minecraft: Education Edition, said: “We are very excited to see the learning outcomes that educators will be able to drive in the upcoming year as they find ways to incorporate Minecraft: Education Edition across the curriculum.
“It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm being shown by the children and I would like to thank everyone at Darran Park Primary School and Ynyshir
Primary School for the warm welcome afforded to us.”
Schools have been identified in the four Welsh regional consortia to become Hwb Minecraft Learning Centres, which will guide educators across the
country in using Minecraft: Education Edition in transformative ways to engage students.