North Carolina Teams With Microsoft To Bring Minecraft CS Curriculum To All Middle Schoolers
Monday February 14, 2022. 07:04 AM , from Slashdot
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: [T]he North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction on Monday issued a press release announcing it's going all-in on Microsoft's idea of having kids learn to code by using Minecraft and will be bringing a Minecraft-based CS curriculum to the state's 340K middle schoolers. From the press release:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction announced today a collaboration with Microsoft and [Dublin-headquartered] Prodigy Learning to bring the award winning 'Coding in Minecraft' credential program to all middle school students across the state over a three-year period. The deployment of the program starts with providing access to up to 8,000 students and 200 educators during year one and exposure for every middle school student by year three. In all, the program has the potential to reach nearly 340,000 students and more than 14,000 educators. 'We are pleased to see that the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Prodigy Learning are building tailored experiences that can inspire students with the possibilities of computer science through Minecraft,' said Paige Johnson, vice president of Education Marketing at Microsoft. 'North Carolina is harnessing the intrinsic engagement that happens when students play games to teach them the critical skills of computational thinking, coding and computer science. By combining the immersive Minecraft: Education Edition platform with critical curriculum, students will be better prepared for college and career.'
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