Free copies of sandbox survival game Minecraft will be given to every secondary school in Northern Ireland.
The version of the game supplied will beMinecraftEdu, a discounted version with features designed for use in classrooms.
MinecraftEdu also includes a hosting service so players can easily connect and join in games together.
The scheme is a joint project organised by the annual CultureTech festival and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.
“The level of engagement is the first thing you notice,” said Mark Nagurski, chief executive of CultureTech. “This is work that the kids really want to do and if you’re able to harness that enthusiasm, energy and creativity you end up with a pretty significant learning opportunity.
“The other exciting thing for us is the scalability and ‘sharability’ that Minecraft offers. If someone creates an engaging way of teaching, say, ancient history, using Minecraft, that can immediately be shared with all the other teachers using the game.”