Minecraft Education Edition vs. Roblox Education: How do they compare?

Minecraft Education Edition vs.  Roblox Education: How do they compare?

Minecraft and Roblox: Two mega-popular sandbox video games, each with a legion of players around the world. While there are key differences between the two, both games offer open-ended play experiences that A) encourage player creativity and B) are generally kid-friendly.

In our previous Minecraft Vs. Roblox Feature: We took a brief look at these two titans of sandbox gaming, with an introduction to each and a cursory comparison of how the games stack up against each other. And as we said then, both Minecraft and Roblox are fantastic games that anyone can enjoy, and there’s certainly no reason someone couldn’t be a fan of both.

Today we take a look at the educational aspect of each game, which in each case is considerable given that both games have strong educational programs, complete with tools and resources for teachers and students alike.

Minecraft Education Edition is, as you might guess, a version of the game designed specifically for the classroom. Developed by Xbox game studios Y Mojang Studioswas released in 2016, replacing Minecraft Edu, with which it should not be confused.

Unlike Roblox Edu, Minecraft Education Edition has lesson plans that cover a range of topics from History and culture, Artistic designeven Climate and Sustainability a computer’s science. The latter has an emphasis on coding.

Minecraft Education Edition also uses tutorial worlds in its lessons, plus a companion app called classroom mode for educators, who can use the app to monitor student activity. Minecraft Education Edition is designed to facilitate collaboration in the classroom, and a class of up to 30 students can play together.

Roblox Education launched in 2018, and a dedicated Roblox Education website was launched the following year. And in November 2021 Roblox announced the Roblox Community Refund (RCR), which is geared towards expanding Roblox’s educational program. To this end it was also announced that Roblox would be giving $10 million in funding to support educators using Roblox Studio in their classrooms, as part of the RCR.

Since Roblox is essentially a game creation platform rather than a game itself, Roblox Edu’s focus is on teaching coding. The program has three sections of resources for educators: lesson plans (of which there are 4, and they were designed to facilitate installation in the classroom), Series (5 easy-to-follow step-by-step lessons available under the Creative Commons License), and Independent modules (In number of 21, the use of “individual concepts or as part of a series of larger projects” is recommended).

COMPARISON

As you have seen, Minecraft Education Edition and Roblox Education offer a great learning platform, with many lessons and resources for teachers. For those looking to learn through any of these platforms, it comes down to two things: price fixing Y Curriculum.

Prices:

  • Minecraft Educational Edition—Qualified educational organizations can purchase it for $5 per user/year. Individuals can shop for $12 per user/year. Please note that a Microsoft 365 account is required.
  • roblox education—Free, although there are microtransactions for certain content (typically $1).

Curriculum:

  • Minecraft Educational Edition—A variety of subjects: History, Digital Citizenship, Math, Equity & Inclusion, Computer Science (including coding) and more.
  • roblox education—The curriculum focuses on coding and game development skills, with a wealth of resources on these topics.

conclusion

Educators really can’t go wrong with Minecraft Education Edition or Roblox Education. For computer science teachers, Roblox Education presents an excellent teaching platform with an unbeatable price (free).

But Minecraft Education Edition is the clear choice for a more comprehensive lesson curriculum, though cost may be something to consider.

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