Microsoft Store Honors Black History Month With Virtual Field Trips and More

Thursday, February 4th, 2021 7:50 am

Minecraft: Education Edition also has new lessons available for teachers.

February is Black History Month, and in honor of the occasion, Microsoft Store is hosting a variety of virtual field trips and book readings for students focused on topics such as diversity and inclusion.

Parents can sign their kids up for a number of different events throughout February, with options being available for multiple age groups.

To start, Microsoft Store will host virtual book readings featuring NBA and NFL players like Greg Jennings and Marcus Smart, who will read from books like Hidden Figures and Let the Children March. There are lots of book reading events designed for kids in Kindergarten – 2nd grade, as well as a few for those in 2nd – 4th grades.

Next, Microsoft Store partnered with 13 different museums to create virtual museum tours. These “Virtual Museum Experience” events will allow kids to virtually experience the Muhammad Ali Center, the Grammy Museum, the Freedom Rides Museum, and more.

While these Virtual Museum Experiences are scheduled events that participants need to sign up for, Microsoft Store also created its own virtual museum called the Legacy Museum, which anyone can tour in their web browser at any time. The museum highlights prominent Black voices from history and the present day.

Finally, Microsoft Store and Flipgrid will host a series of virtual field trips that feature authors like Frederick Joseph.

In addition to these Microsoft Store events, Minecraft: Education Edition is also offering four new lessons for teachers as a free demo until February 28. Teachers and students can explore the “Good Trouble” world in Minecraft: Education Edition, which is inspired by the life and teachings of Congressman John Lewis. Additional lessons focus on the current Black Lives Matter and U.S. Civil Rights movements, as well as the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

To learn more about this update for Minecraft: Education Edition, head over to Minecraft’s website. Or, to view all of the Microsoft Store virtual events being held to honor Black History Month, visit the Microsoft Store website.

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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