In early 2011, teachers in Finland and the United States were exploring ways to engage students with a new game called Minecraft. The potential was huge, but teachers like Joel Levin (@MinecraftTeachr) and Santeri Koivisto (@Aalvisto) realized the need to develop a special version of the game just for education.
The developers behind MinecraftEdu are continually adding new features based on close feedback with Joel and other teachers working directly with kids. Coding wizards Aleksi Postari and Toni Paavola lead the charge, with the support of learning designer Mikael Uusi-Mäkelä (@Miiku87). Be sure to follow them on Twitter for updates and musings about MinecraftEdu.
There is also a development blog (mcedudev.tumblr.com) where Aleksi and Toni share their thoughts about the development and post progress updates.