Minecraft Education Edition
If you don't already have your own copy of Minecraft, you can run Minecraft Education Edition (EE) on your Lowell Chromebook!
Launch the Google Play Store and search for "Minecraft". Minecraft: Education Edition should be the first result. Click Install and wait for it to download. Then open it and sign in with your Lowell school account. I got a message saying "We can't connect to the service you need right now" because the Microsoft servers were having problems, but it looks like it is working today.
Click the hanger icon under your player at the lower right to change the "skin" or outfit your player is wearing. Then press the "Play" button to start the game. If you've never played Minecraft before, load the tutorial by pressing Create New->Templates->Minecraft Tutorial->Play and follow the instructions.
Education Edition players can only connect with other players from the same school, so you can't connect to public servers or Realms. I will set up one or more servers that EE players can connect to - a survival server and maybe one that highlights different educational worlds people have developed.
Minecraft Java Edition
Java Edition (JE) runs on Windows PCs, Macs, and Linux computers. I have the most experience playing Java Edition, and that is what the most interesting mods and servers use. I have set up my own servers, a Creative server running MC 1.16.3, and a Survival server with lots of fun plugins. running MC1.15.2 (I hope to update it to 1.16.3 soon!) I have added all the Java Minecraft IDs from the survey to the whitelists on the servers.
I also have a Mojang Realm so we can play minigames - you should be able to join if you left your Minecraft ID in the survey.
Minecraft Bedrock Edition
Bedrock Edition (BE) runs on Windows 10, Android and iOS tablets and phones, and game consoles like XBOX and Nintendo Switch. It doesn't have as many mods and add-ons, but everything is integrated through an in-game store where skins, server packs, and add-ons can be purchased. I will have a Mojang Realms Plus server that Lowell people can play together on. Please enter your XBOX Live gamertag in the survey so I can add you to the Realms server.