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Minecraft is a building block game. Think Lego Blocks, but in the digital world.
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Minecraft allows the player to use his/her creativity to build things. Almost anything can be built. It takes world building to its most logical conclusion. People have built everything from small houses to Game of Thrones castles in Minecraft. Minecraft also has some physics rules in its world, and it is possible to build machines. Further, it allows multiplayer so it is a great way to get people/students to work together.
Finally, Microsoft has a Minecraft Education edition tailored to the use in education.