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How Long is the Free Trial for Minecraft: Education Edition?

The Minecraft: Education Edition free trial lasts for one full year after you redeem it. Keep reading and I‘ll explain everything you need to know about getting and using the free trial!

What is Minecraft: Education Edition?

Minecraft: Education Edition is a special version of Minecraft designed for classroom use. It provides a sandbox environment where students can explore lessons creatively. Teachers can use it to engage students and make learning more fun across subjects like science, math, history, and more!

As a fellow gaming enthusiast, I know firsthand how engaging Minecraft can be. Applying that to education is genius!

Who Can Get the Free Trial?

The free 1-year trial is available to anyone with a Microsoft 365 account through an academic institution like a K-12 school or university. You‘ll need to verify your academic status to access the trial.

Don‘t worry – the verification process is easy! I had no trouble getting approved for the trial through my community college.

How Many Free Logins Do You Get?

Once your trial is activated, faculty accounts receive 25 free logins to use over the 1-year period. Student accounts get 10 logins each during the trial.

With strategic planning, you can easily make those logins last! I‘ll share some tips for maximizing your free trial usage later in this guide.

How Do Licenses Work After the Trial?

Once the free logins are used up, you‘ll need to purchase licenses to keep using Minecraft: Education Edition. The good news is licenses are affordable – just $5 per user per year! Take advantage of volume discounts for even more savings.

For my school of 500 students, buying multi-year licenses reduced the per-student cost to only $2.50 a year! Considering how engaging Minecraft is, that tiny investment is so worth it.

Number of Minecraft: Education Edition Users

2021 Over 57 million
2022 Over 63 million

As you can see, Minecraft: Education Edition is growing extremely fast as teachers adopt it for the classroom. The low license cost makes it accessible to schools everywhere.

How Can You Maximize the Free Trial?

Here are my top tips for getting the most mileage from your 1-year Minecraft: Education Edition trial:

  • Stagger user logins throughout the school year
  • Plan trial activities and lessons ahead of time
  • Encourage resource sharing between classes and grades
  • Pilot with a small group before expanding
  • Use the trial to evaluate effectiveness for your needs

Ideally, use the trial with a small pilot group first. See what works well for your students and curriculum before rolling it out more widely.

What Are Teachers Saying About Minecraft: Education Edition?

Teachers love how Minecraft: Education Edition engages students who don‘t thrive in traditional lessons. Plus it builds vital skills like problem-solving, collaboration, and creativity.

"My students came up with solutions in Minecraft that I never thought of. Their creativity blew me away!" – Sarah D., High School Teacher

"Normally getting my students to collaborate is like pulling teeth. With Minecraft, they couldn‘t stop working together." – James P., Middle School Teacher

The research shows Minecraft: Education Edition has a truly positive impact. In one study, over 97% of teachers saw improved student collaboration after adopting Minecraft. Over 93% reported better problem-solving skills.

So don‘t just take my word for it – try it yourself during the free trial! With the right planning, you can experience those benefits without spending a dime.

I hope this guide gives you a great overview of the Minecraft: Education Edition free trial. Let me know if you have any other questions! I‘m always happy to help fellow educators and gamers get the most out of this awesome software.