Xbox says it’s working to accommodate demand, amid COVID-19 lockdowns

Minecraft is getting free educational worlds to help kids stuck inside

Microsoft and Mojang release free Minecraft Education pack to help kids stuck in quarantine

This curated list comes from Minecraft: Education Edition, the version of the game designed for use in classrooms. Minecraft is a game that has been around for a long time, and it has announced free educational content in the Minecraft Marketplace.

Microsoft and Mojang have released several free Minecraft Education lessons in an effort to entertain and educate some of the many school kids who are now missing classes due to coronavirus lockdowns.

Players will able to choose from ten worlds chosen from the Minecraft Education Edition lessons, created by users such as Everbloom, Jigarbov, Lifeboat, Razzleberries, The World Foundry, Blockworks, and Imagiverse. Millions of workers have been forced to stay in, either without work or working from home.

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Xbox Live is undergoing "unprecedented demand" due to the number of people staying inside to stop the spread of coronavirus, and the Xbox teams are "working diligently to ensure we can be there for our players".

"Many are looking to gaming to remain connected with their friends while practising social distancing, and we are seeing an unprecedented demand for gaming from our customers right now".

Microsoft has released the collection to help families "navigate the need to help their children with distance learning and balance that with taking time to have fun".

The new content includes a tour of the International Space Station, learning to code with a robot, visiting famous landmarks in Washington DC and learning how to be a marine biologist, Xbox said. While practicing social distancing and remaining indoors, gaming has risen by 75 percent in the USA alone.

All of these worlds are launching today and are free to download through June 30, 2020.

"The worlds include lesson plans like creative writing activities, build challenges, and tricky puzzles", Mojang said in a blog post. Minecraft is available on Android & iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows 10 PC, Gear VR, Oculus Rift, Fire TV, Xbox One, Windows MR, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4.

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