Microsoft on Monday said Minecraft: Education Edition is coming
The education-focused version of the popular video game, which was previously available on
devices, helps educators teach everything from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to language, history and art. Currently, the program has been licensed by 35 million teachers and students in 115 countries, Microsoft, which owns Minecraft, said in a release.
Students on iPads will be able to build historic monuments, swim through coral reefs, experiment with chemistry and document their learning with the camera and portfolio features, said Microsoft.
Minecraft first made an appearance on
and iPads back in 2011 -- back before Microsoft acquired Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion in 2014. The blocky
remains one of the top-paid apps in
"Our goal is to empower every educator and learner with Minecraft as a platform for immersive learning and creative exploration. Many of our existing customers tells us they use a mix of devices with their students, and we're excited to extend the use of Minecraft: Education Edition to a platform many students and teachers are already using," said Deirdre Quarnstrom, general manager of Minecraft Education, in an email statement. "We're expecting a lot of early usage from schools already using Minecraft: Education Edition to start using it on iPad right away."