The iconic computer game The Oregon Trail, which sold 65 million copies, is coming to Minecraft: Education Edition. This is thanks to a new partnership between Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the Minecraft team. Educators and students can both expect a modern and educational way to experience the challenges, wonders that pioneers explored in their famous journey across our continent.
The Oregon Trail will be made available as a Minecraft world which can be downloaded from this website, allowing students to travel across the rugged landscape of North America. Students will even be able to add their own paths to the game or create their own communities during the journey. Teachers can also explore the 200 lessons which are available in the world by checking here. Caroline Fraser, SVP, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, commented on the partnership.
We are delighted to partner with Minecraft Education, giving students a new way to experience one of the most popular educational games of all time, The Oregon Trail. Through the unique magic of Minecraft, students will be drawn to discover the wonders and challenges that pioneers encountered on this famous journey.
As part of today’s announcement, it was also teased that some more features will be coming to Minecraft: Education Edition next month. The Minecraft detailed that three yet to be announced new features will be incoming, as well as other Minecraft features such as stained glass, crafting recipe book, ravines, parrots, and coarse dirt. There is also Minecraft Structure Blocks, which will allow students to export Minecraft creations in 3d and view them in Remix 3D along with manipulating them in Paint 3D.Further reading: Microsoft, Minecraft, Minecraft Education Edition