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Re: TESOL Virtual Conference March 24-27 has just ended, several EVOMC21 presentations available onlline #LiveEvents #bestofevo #evomc21

Vance Stevens
 

And finally ...

I've just posted Learning2gether episode 511, my final reflection on the TESOL 2021 conference just ended. This one is mainly focused on EVO Minecraft MOOC where Aaron Schwartz, Jane Chien, Don Carroll, Marijana Smolčec and I presented at the Best of EVO event on March 26 and contiguously in the following hour conducted a far-ranging discussion and EVOMC21 server tour shared with participants in Zoom. You can find my video compilation of the entire 1.5 hours of that at the top of this blog post: https://learning2gether.net/2021/03/27/evo-minecraft-mooc-and-best-of-evo-at-the-2021-tesol-virtual-conference-march-26-27/
 
You'll find here also YouTube embeds of the CALL-IS EV video renditions of the above-mentioned events, plus where I moderated a CALL-IS EV Tech Tips Q&A session with numerous participants on March 26, and the Best of EVO presentations of the Intercultural Competence and TECHNO CLIL EVO sessions given by MushtakHusen, Letizia Cinganotto, and Daniela Cuccurullo, on March 27. 
 
Finally, you'll find this post augmented with show notes, Zoom chat logs where available, screenshots, and other relics intended to give you a reasonable reproduction of these events. I have included a table of contents to help direct you to the individual presentations.

Hope you enjoy all the great videos produced this and so many other virtual conference and webinars. Let us know if you've seen any you think we should watch,

Vance


TESOL Virtual Conference March 24-27 has just ended, several EVOMC21 presentations available onlline #LiveEvents #bestofevo #evomc21

Vance Stevens
 

Hi everyone,

The TESOL Virtual Conference March 24-27 ended on a high note, and all of the EVO Minecraft MOOC presentations were archived online somewhere.

The CALL-IS side of the conference was free and open to all comers, and since CALL-IS sponsors EVO, this is where most or our presentations were lodged.

I've just finished the first of two blog posts from my perspective on the conference, detailing presentations that I gave or panels I was on, and other people's sessions where I was moderator. You can find that here
https://learning2gether.net/2021/03/25/minecraft-virtual-worlds-and-mwis-cppln-march-25-at-the-2021-virtual-tesol-conference/

I have designated it Learning2gether episode 510 (and the other still in the cooker will be 511). I've created a table of contents for it which might paste here links intact. We'll see

Presentations on March 25
— Minecraft MOOC at CALL-IS Classics Fair
— Virtual Worlds for ELT
— Creating Materials in a Digital World
Facilitation – Immersive Storytelling in VW and Scientific Literacy and CLIL
Skip down to the Zoom Chat Logs
Promotion of and preparation for the TESOL 2021 virtual events

Skip down to Earlier Events that happened since the previous Learning2gther post

EVO Minecraft MOOC figured in all three presentations listed above (and Jane Chien, one of our moderators, was presenting her other EVO session, Scientific Literacy and CLIL) If you follow the links above, you'll find YouTube embeds of three of the four sessions where EVO moderators took part on March 25, show notes, Zoom chat logs, screenshots, and other relics intended to give you the impression that you were there yourself.

CALL-IS left a number of artifacts online which you can view indefinitely. Two that come to mind are Marta Halaczkiewicz's Flipgrid channel here, 
https://flipgrid.com/halaczkiewicz6867
At the top of the page, upper left, click on "view 6 topics" to find a treasure trove of short tips and tricks and etc. presentations, and there are 20 videos up at the CALL-IS YouTube channel here 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLszpYG4zIPvNLxbZ-eTMzNp61qSVUQElu
There were 15 yesterday so I guess the list is growing.

These are from March 25 but in my next blog post I'll cover the EVOMC21 Best of EVO session and the interesting discussion and server tour that followed it. Hopefully that will be ready tomorrow or the next day.

Best,

Teacher Vance


#reflections on #evomc21 Week 5 End if this year's session, and focus on the affordances of community in teacher professional development #reflections #evomc21

Vance Stevens
 

Greetings all,

EVO Minecraft MOOC for 2021 has come to End of what for me has been its most satisfyingly successful session ever, and I have just completed a Learning2gether episode 509 post, my final overview after week 5 of our recent EVOMC21. This detailed and thoughtful reflection is posted at
https://learning2gether.net/2021/02/14/the-end-of-evo-minecraft-mooc-and-electronic-village-online-wrap-up-for-2021/
 
This one tries to show through numerous videos and other forms of example how working in communities of practice is critical for teachers to gradually become effective guides when aspiring to work in Minecraft with their students. It shows where the more proficient among members of the EVO Minecraft MOOC community are constantly helping to scaffold and modeling for the newcomers to the community. 
 
Besides the 1.5 hour video of Dakotah Redstone's leading our successful attack on the End Ship on our last day of #evomc21, the post also resurrects footage of a previous attempt on the end dragon mounted by Linda Gielen, Rose Bard, Mircea Patrascu, Aaron Schwartz, and I one month after the End of EVOMC16, five years ago. 
 
The post explains what the "End" is in Minecraft, and how for most users, having any hope of experiencing the End is the embodiment of community effort. For those of you teaching language learners, you can extrapolate this out as a project in your own language class.
 
The post also indicates to some extent how EVO Minecraft MOOC is developing as a community. It has certainly been my pleasure to work with all the skilled and knowledgeable moderators we have attracted over the years, as well as so many participants of all levels in #Minecraft. I've been one of the most impacted learners from the process.

I hope you enjoy these reflections and the dozens of videos we left behind. For the record, there is a playlist, with 47 videos, most of them extensively annotated, here
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL39I6JFIBntllpL1z1fNX8k5OdT-MOlNt

Hope to see you on the server soon, as long as Aaron keeps it running. Now that it's a family affair, that seems likely. Bobbi Dare Bear and I will certainly be there off and on (Bobbi is always going back there to check on her cats; could horses be next?).

As for EVO Minecraft MOOC, next we have some presentations coming up in the upcoming TESOL Virtual Conference. If you're interested in participating, please reply here, so I'll know to include you.

Best,
Teacher Vance


#reflections on #evomc21 Week 4 with some examples of using Minecraft with students #reflections #evomc21

Vance Stevens
 

Hi all,

It's taken a while for me to assemble my reflection on Week 4 of EVOMC21, but I've put a post together showing highlights and my impressions up through Feb 9. I included the 9th because though the week ended with Rose Bard's taking us through MineAcademy English Club, I thought Jamie Harrison's son Finch's tutorial on redstone basics two days later should be included as an example of how #Minecraft can engage students in ways I describe in my post here
https://learning2gether.net/2021/02/09/week-4-in-evo-minecraft-mooc-highlights-networking-with-and-learning-from-students-and-peers/

I'm still crafting in my head my Week 5 reflection, but I hope to get around to that shortly.

The reflections above include video material from our LIve Sessions archived here
http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/142133859/2021_Live_Events

While on that page please note the reminders at the top of the page to
If you're a moderator you can leave you reflections on a separate Flipgrid here: https://flipgrid.com/75f54086  

If you participated and appreciate what we have done here it would be very kind of you to take the short survey and leave us a few minute's message on the flipgrid; it's pretty much press record and go for it. Instructions are at the flipgrid links.

This has been one of (if not) the most documented EVO Minecraft MOOC sessions ever.
In addition to the videos of the live events, over two dozen videos were prepared in advance of this year's EVOMC21 here
http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/142108218/Video_Tutorials

And people are still posting to our FB and Discord pages, and even meeting online in Minecraft in case you'd like to join us.

I'll let you know when my Week 5 reflection is ready, and if you'd like to make one yourself, or have posted some already, if you could post their existence on Twitter using our #evomc21 tag then your posts will be immortalized forever, however many days or hours that converts to in Internet time nowadays.

At least we'll be able to pick it up in this list, https://twitter.com/search?q=%23evomc21&src=typeahead_click&f=live 

Hope to catch up with you soon in one or more of the above spaces,

Teacher Vance


Thanks to all who participated in EVO Minecraft MOOC 2021, and please provide your feedback as indicated here #evomc21 #reflections

Vance Stevens
 

Thanks to all the EVO Minecraft MOOC co-moderators and participants who made this year's session so special


Some of us were working in COVID19 lockdown conditions during this period. I think this helped us illustrate through through extrapolation from our own learning

and through the occasional participation of young learners in EVOMC21 how a Minecraft component could be a powerful stimulus for engagement in an online course with English language learners.

 

If you enjoyed this session and feel you benefited in some way, could you please leave us feedback in these spaces:

 

  1. Please fill in the EVO Participant surveyhttps://forms.gle/oGkDztFwqJPPsobn8 
    This survey is conducted by EVO after each session to help us justify continued support of EVO under TESOL/CALL-IS sponsorship
    The deadline requested is Feb 15, but asap after that will still be highly appreciated. 

  2. Please leave us a short recording of you spontaneous reflection on EVOMC21 on the Flipgrid here: https://flipgrid.com/af3fa4dd 
    Your recording will join the dozens of others you can see at that link and will appear as a gallery of voices in the upcoming TESOL 2021 Virtual Conference

 

As explained at the previous link

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of EVO sessions (2001-2021), we would like you to record a short (2-10 minute) testimonial, which will be shared by the CALL Interest Section during the upcoming virtual TESOL Convention, March 24-27, 2021.  

Please share the following information and more if you wish:

1. Please introduce yourself and your location (city/country).

2. Name of your EVO session or sessions you took.

3.  Reflect and tell the audience: "Why I love the EVO session(s) and how it has improved (or will improve) my teaching practice."

 

EVO Moderators can leave their Flipgrid reflections here: https://flipgrid.com/75f54086  

 

We appreciate your participation as well as your feedback in helping us to improve EVO Minecraft MOOC next year

and EVO, Electronic Village Online over its next 20 years.

I learned a lot during this EVOMC21 session, that's why I do it year after year.

Hope you did too,

Teacher Vance


Re: Blogpost about in-game management and challenges posted by the participants #evomc21 #reflections

Vance Stevens
 

Hi Rose,

Thanks for creating your blog post and for tweeting it so that it appears in the twitter search here
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23evomc21&src=typeahead_click&f=live 

I have referred to it also here:
https://learning2gether.net/2021/01/17/rose-bard-and-jane-chien-discuss-key-aspects-for-teacher-development-in-minecraft/#ChatLogs

best,
Teacher Vance


Blogpost about in-game management and challenges posted by the participants #evomc21 #reflections

ROSEMERE DAMASIO BARD
 

I finally finished my blogpost as promised at the end of the live session. I reflected on the challenges shared by the participants (a big thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to it.)
https://rosebardeltdiary.wordpress.com/2021/02/12/mineacademy-in-game-management-qas/

Your responses were grouped into cognitive and affective challenges. I did not tackle each one of them individually but added lots of food for thought for anyone who has watched or not to reflect on.

There was a particular interesting question added that I grouped as affective as it is related to students attitudes and behavior, which was "Aren't they 'socialized' to fight in video games generally?'

This question deserves a new post or a live session. I bought a book recently that I haven't been able to read yet. Values at Play in digital games. So whoever wrote that question, DM me. I'd love to hear more about your question. Maybe writing a blogpost together?

 

There are some of the challenges that I'd love to write a blogpost about when I find the time. Stay tuned. 



EVO-wide wrap up session Sunday Feb 14 at 1400 UTC - What about an EVO Minecraft MOOC closing session? #evomc21 #LiveEvents

Vance Stevens
 

Hi all,

I think all EVO Minecraft MOOC moderators are on this list but this is for anyone listening in.

First of all, you're invited to the 

Sun 14 Feb 1400 UTC EVO 2021 annual wrap up Zoom meeting

 

 

All EVO participants are invited to the EVO 2021 annual wrap up Zoom meeting

 

When: Feb 14, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwucO2sqT8tEteMZjcmMBu-RtBCO5ABqDiD

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

All participants and moderators of TESOL CALL-IS Electronic Village Online sessions are welcome to attend and help close the 20th annual 5-week culmination of this year's EVO. 

 
Secondly, we haven't planned for an EVO Minecraft MOOC wrap-up event.
I think we have been busy working within our clusters and on multiple servers.


The EVO closing event is Sunday but our event could be after that, if we want to have one.

Maybe a final BBQ at Dak's place or an open house at Sura's Spawn Mansion, or better yet, at one of her desert builds such as Awesome, which is near Dak's sky saucer, or at the desert village at the Double_VIlage complex, lot's of colorful open party space there. It could even be a peripatetic event.

And if could be the week following the EVO closing to give us more time to plan. Any interest in any of this?

In any event, I've learned quite a lot this time around and left dozens of videos to record our shared experiences
http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/142133859/2021_Live_Events
and http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/142108218/Video_Tutorials

If any of you have artifacts to share you could also post them to Zzidkha's padlet,
https://padlet.com/aschwar/moegyvkptftcdvfr 

or tweet us their existence and tag the tweet #evomc21
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23evomc21&src=typeahead_click&f=live

It would be nice to see what you have done.

And finally, the EVO server is not expected to go offline any time soon (but then someone might trip over the plug),
so maybe see you online there, if not at a closing event soon.

As you see, we're a loose mob,

Teacher Vance



Re: Live Session 07/02 at 1400 UTC Sharing MineAcademy English Club with EVOMC

ROSEMERE DAMASIO BARD
 

😁 Thanks JamieH and Vance for attending it.
 
👍 Thanks for those who were able to attend, contribute to the discussions and for the feedback. I'll write a post on my blog soon.

🎯 MineAcademy Club especially designed for teachers coming soon! It will be space for teachers to develop their game and pedagogical skills in a structured environment, much like MineAcademy club for kids and be able to co-create lessons with other teachers and try it out like I did in a safe environment with a few students. More news on how to participate in this project for teachers in couple of weeks. 
 
➡️ Here is the link to the recording.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOsxn1lQDaw

Feel free to send me a feedback or ask further questions.


Re: Live Session 07/02 at 1400 UTC Sharing MineAcademy English Club with EVOMC

Vance Stevens
 

Thanks Rose,

Sounds very interesting and I'll be sure to be there.

I've updated the wiki at this link and will ensure that any further information is updated there.
http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/142133859/2021_Live_Events#Sun07Feb1400UTCMineAcademyEnglishClubBardRosehosting

Thanks for arranging this,

Vance


Re: Live Session 07/02 at 1400 UTC Sharing MineAcademy English Club with EVOMC

JamieH
 

Thank you for doing this! I plan to be there and am looking forward to learning from you.

Jamie

 

From: minecraftmooc@groups.io <minecraftmooc@groups.io> on behalf of ROSEMERE DAMASIO BARD <rosebard@...>
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 9:40 AM
To: minecraftmooc@groups.io <minecraftmooc@groups.io>
Subject: [minecraftmooc] Live Session 07/02 at 1400 UTC Sharing MineAcademy English Club with EVOMC

Hi, dear EVOMC participants and co-Mods! 🙃

📣I'd like to invite you to a live session tomorrow in ZOOM! I look forward to meeting you live tomorrow.

Session description:

If students can learn English in a physical classroom with limited concrete resources, why wouldn't they develop their communicative skills if class could happen inside in immersive ludic environment? Minecraft provides concrete experiences and meaningful opportunities to learn and practice the language. In MineAcademy English Club the official language is English and projects are negotiated and agency is promoted.

I'd love to share with EVOMC community how MineAcademy started, give an overview of the pedagogical frameworks I've created for language learning and managing project-based learning and discuss managing students in-game.

Time: Feb 7, 2021 02:00 PM Universal Time UTC
Timezone event announcer: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html...
Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86724359048...
Meeting ID: 867 2435 9048
Passcode: 940689


Live Session 07/02 at 1400 UTC Sharing MineAcademy English Club with EVOMC

ROSEMERE DAMASIO BARD
 

Hi, dear EVOMC participants and co-Mods! 🙃

📣I'd like to invite you to a live session tomorrow in ZOOM! I look forward to meeting you live tomorrow.

Session description:
If students can learn English in a physical classroom with limited concrete resources, why wouldn't they develop their communicative skills if class could happen inside in immersive ludic environment? Minecraft provides concrete experiences and meaningful opportunities to learn and practice the language. In MineAcademy English Club the official language is English and projects are negotiated and agency is promoted.
I'd love to share with EVOMC community how MineAcademy started, give an overview of the pedagogical frameworks I've created for language learning and managing project-based learning and discuss managing students in-game.
Time: Feb 7, 2021 02:00 PM Universal Time UTC
Timezone event announcer: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html...
Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86724359048...
Meeting ID: 867 2435 9048
Passcode: 940689


Thu 04 Feb 0200 UTC - EVOMC21 explores together what's beyond the door that says Enter if you Dare #evomc21 #LiveEvents

Vance Stevens
 

Thu 04 Feb 0200 UTC - EVOMC21 explores together what's beyond the door that says Enter if you Dare


We are recruiting volunteers to accompany us in an exploration of what lies behind the sign teasingly placed on a door somewhere on our EVO Minecraft MOOC server.
If you would like to join us, you would be welcome.

In this spreadsheet,

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14kSDVi8jhLN7LGyYpoBj61IFaJa0kFG3fe1QOaOisuM/edit#gid=0 

Mirea Artican posted that she would like to explore together what's beyond the door that says, "Enter if you dare!"

Moderator team Bobbi Bear and Teacher Vance entered our names in the moderator column to volunteer to accompany her

 

 

Here is the door in question

 

 

and its position in our world relative to Spawn

 

 

Teacher Vance went down to reconnoiter and found a set of caverns, well lit, with waterfalls that help with orientation.

Though precipitous drops I could see magma below. I only went down to about level 40 or so.

 

When I revisit tomorrow I will carry only things easily replaced, 

  • a bed,
  • a stone sword
  • both stone and iron pickaxes 
  • torches and spare sticks and coal,
  • some carrots or any sufficient food
  • a chest, in case I want to leave anything I find in a safe place before exploring further
  • a stack each of dirt and cobblestone, handy for marking the way back, making bridges and repairs, and easily removed afterwards

 

Where does this happen?

  • On the EVO Minecraft MOOC 2021_server
  • You can text chat in Minecraft but it's so much easier if we can speak to one another in our EVO Minecraft MOOC 2021_Discord

 

When exactly? 02:00 UTC Thu Feb 4; but that's still Wed night Feb 3 if you're on the USA side of the Atlantic

You can find the time wherever you are on the planet at this link

 

The adventure could go on beyond an hour 

 

Announcements

 

 

Hope to see you there


Thu 28 Jan 0300 UTC - Bobbi Bear shares the art of cat taming with Teacher Vance and Mirea Artican and others interested at #evomc21 #LiveEvents

Vance Stevens
 

Thu 28 Jan 0300 UTC - Bobbi Bear shares the art of cat taming with Teacher Vance and Mirea Artican and others interested at EVOMC21

 

 

It will still be Wed in San Francisco when Mirea Artican joins us online after her supper to catch Bobbi Bear and Teacher Vance finishing breakfast Thu morning in Penang Malaysia. But it will be just the right time in Minecraft when Bobbi Bear and Teacher Vance collect some string at the local /stringfarm and put a pair of strings together with three sticks to make fishing poles, and then go off to catch some fish. Next step is to go where there are likely to be some cats (a village somewhere) and attract them with raw salmon and cod. That's the tricky part, but Bobbi has perfected the technique and will try to pass it on to participants present. Once you have a cat, your life will be purrrfect; it will follow you, even when you teleport, and you will wake up to find useful bits and bobs the cats have collected such as feathers and rabbit hides and feet (must bring good luck, yeah?). 

 

Where does this happen?

  • On the EVO Minecraft MOOC 2021_server
  • You can text chat in Minecraft but it's so much easier if we can speak to one another in our EVO Minecraft MOOC 2021_Discord

 

When exactly? Well, it's exactly 03:00 UTC; Wed night Jan 27 if you're in the USA but Thu Jan 28 if you're across the Atlantic

You can find the time wherever you are on the planet at this link

 

Announcements

 


with updates posted at

http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/142133859/2021_Live_Events#Thunbsp28Jan0300BobbiBearsharestheartofcattamingwithTeacherVanceandMireaArticanandothersinterestedatEVOMC21

Hope to see you there, if not, you can hopefully catch the recording,

Teacher Vance

 

 


Welcome to #evomc21 Week 3 #evomc21

Vance Stevens
 

Hi all,

I think we could probably make better use of this forum, but lacking much feedback here, what I like to use if for is to draft what I want to say in FB and on Discord about the upcoming weeks.

Topics to cover:

Get on our Whitelist - We have 117 registrants for this session via our Google form and we've whitelisted all we can, for a total of 38 Mojang Minecraft accounts. Of these about a dozen are moderators, leaving about two dozen who are successfully whitelisted according to what we can see in the database produced by the form. We have a lot of registrants we can't whitelist because they did not provide user names, or they provided IDs not recognized by Mojang.

Join us in Minecraft - Many are starting to join us on the server. As MOOCs go, the first stage is orientation on the ecosystem inherent in the MOOC and the 2nd stage is to emerge from that and pop your head up in some sort of declaration. Many have come on the server (you can see a record of who has been there here https://discord.com/channels/516656532499464202/516656532499464205 ). A few of you have blogged your reflections. Many have introduced themselves on Facebook.

We moderators have been having a blast working with new participants on the server. I've been listing events and archiving them as best I can here
http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/142133859/2021_Live_Events

As a sample of what is there here is a screenshot of Mireaartican from earlier today killing spiders through protective glass near a subdued spawner deep underground at /warpstringfarm so she could make fishing poles and crossbows.



There are a couple dozen videos made by Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear on our adventure treks around out server. Have a look to get a taste of what it's like here, or to identify a place you'd like to visit. Then tell us when we can meet you and we can take you there (or join us at one of our server play times.
http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/142108218/Video_Tutorials 

What's coming up in Week 3 - So, week 3 is designated Networking in Cormier's logical progression in MOOCs. Bobbi Bear and I did that earlier today, visiting Dakotah Redstone on his Halliwell realm server (video forthcoming). On Feb 2 we visit VSTE's server for Minecraft Monday, and on Feb 7 Rose Bard will take us to visit her MineAcademy English Club.

Get oriented and hop on when ready - Meanwhile, this  session follows a hop-on, hop off format. All instructions are at our wiki http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/, and all questions are dealt with here and on Facebook and in Discord, but all learning takes place in Minecraft. So when you are ready, log on to our server. If you can't get on, make sure we have your Minecraft id for whitelisting, or resort to the wiki to see where you went off, or use our question platforms. 

We look forward to having you with us in world,

Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear


Join Bobbi Bear and Teacher Vance in Meaningful Play - Adventure Safari Hangouts #evomc21 #LiveEvents

Vance Stevens
 
Edited

On Sat 23 Jan and Sun 24 Jan 1230-1430 UTC
You can join Bobbi Bear and Teacher Vance in Meaningful Play - Adventure Safari Hangouts

 

 

Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear keep trying to find an evomc21 event title that will characterize what we are trying to do when engaging participants on our Minecraft server. We've settled on Meaningful Play - Adventure Safari Hangouts

 

First we have to find a time when participants are likely to be available. We set events to draw them to our server and monitor our Discord #serverchat channel to see when they are there on their own. If we find a participant online we send them a message in world and ask if we can assist. If they want help we go there.

 

We don't set plans in advance for teaching people about Minecraft since our participants range from newbie to knowbie, and we have other moderators who are mounting more systematic approaches. If you need to be shown what to do we can help you with whatever you need to learn. If you know a bit about Minecraft and want to be shown around some interesting places on our server, we know of a few.

 

Either way, clueless or clued-in, you need to come online so we can show you. The ultimate goal is for you to become familiar enough with the medium so you can work out in your mind, Aha! THIS is how I might use this with MY students! We are all in pursuit of such aha moments; hopefully there will be more than one.

What do we mean by Meaningful Play - Adventure Safari Hangouts?

 

Meaningful play is a term Jeff Kuhn threw into an article we wrote together. You can find the original reference for it here:

Kuhn, J. and Stevens, V. (2017). Participatory culture as professional development: Preparing teachers to use Minecraft in the classroom. TESOL Journal 8, 4:753–767. https://doi.org/10.1002/tesj.359 and http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tesj.359/full

Pre-publication proof available: https://vancestevens.com/papers/tesol/r1_TESJ_359_review2017oct25_1_archivecopy.pdf

 

Adventure Safari is where we agree on a destination and go there and talk through where we are headed and what we are doing using Discord. I feel that this is where we all learn best how to function in any multiplayer communicative/collaborative game environment, whether it be Minecraft or learning a target language by moving around a city where they speak that language and interacting with the natives there. You call on resources you already have and develop new ones as the need arises. It's like meeting your friend on a street corner and starting with "Whatdya feel like doing today?" ("oh, I dunno, I hear Olivetree found a skele spawner near her farm area, wanna go look?" - or wherever, and off we go).

 

If you aren't up to moving about quite yet, then we can hang out with you and help get you up to speed.

 

We hope you can join us between 1230-1430 UTC on nights we can be there (between dinner time and bedtime for us in Penang), but if that's not a good time for you then tell us what IS a good time for you. You can leave us a note on Discord (#convos is a good place) or on Facebook, or write us at https://groups.io/g/minecraftmooc/

 

It will help a lot if you can have 2021_Discord set up for voice beforehand.

 

Where? on the Minecraft server; see 2021_server_info

  • For voice, we'll be in 2021_Discord - Look for us in Playground #3 (or wherever you see our names)

 

When? What time is Sun 24 Jan 1230-1430 UTC wherever you are on the planet? (Applies to Sat Jan 23 as well)

 

Announcements


And today, Saturday, Bobbi and I are at home and online and keeping an eye out for who else is on our server. If you want to meet us at any time between now (when you read this) and 14:30 UTC today, drop us a line (reply to this msg) and we'll join you.

Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear


A learning theory in there somewhere, from Tilly's blog #evomc21 #reflections

Vance Stevens
 

Hi all,

I have enjoyed Tilly's posts at her rejuvenated blog. She and I have some things in common. For one we like to write about our adventures in Minecraft. You can see some of my narratives on the tutorial video page; for example this one here
http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/142108218/Video_Tutorials#EVOMC21Tutorial16TowerVillagetoMountainBaseviapeninsuladesertvillageamptradeforemeralds

That's episode 16, but in Episode 21 I come to the point at the bottom of that narrative
And that took 20 minutes in YouTube time. It also prompted a fair bit of prose in addition to the multimedia component. Maybe your students would like to record and annotate their adventures as well. Ask them :-)

Another of our moderators is a very readable blogger. He is known mainly by his initials MP, a well known explorer among some villagers in Minecraft. He blogs his adventures in a short-story genre, well worth reading for the entertainment, for the information, and as perhaps a guidebook to some of the routes you might want to try and follow on our server: https://evominecraftmp.wordpress.com/author/mirceapatrascu/ 

Tilly seems to be an upcoming blogger of this stripe, which brings us to another thing we have in common, our approach to learning through gaming. Consider her reflection here:
https://tillysreflections.blogspot.com/2021/01/one-step-forward-two-steps-back-more.html

My main reflection this time from doing the EVO MC MOOC is that it might not be a good idea to make it too easy for new starters (teachers as well as students!). I noticed an invitation to mining with a diamond pickaxe. To a newbie that has no value at all. You only begin to appreciate the value of higher level items if you have personally been through the lower levels. I don't think short cutting is a good idea, at least for me personally. I have enjoyed the struggle of my own little world a lot more than having things done and prepared for me. It's great to get tips and tricks and I wouldn't know how to survive without the help of the MOOC moderators of previous years. But in general you only learn well (and enjoy!) if it's what you need and want at that moment. Perhaps there's a learning theory in there somewhere!!

This observation reveals her personal approach to her own leaning and is not to suggest that we should not provide diamond swords to newcomers or go to the trouble to create elaborate builds for their benefit. I appreciated having places to run and hide when I was new to Minecraft. But I didn't actually learn the game until I arrived at Tilly's strategy (get killed, get up, build a shelter, hide all night, accumulate the most rudimentary of resources, get killed, loose everything, work out a strategy for preserving valuables in a chest within a shelter so when you respawned you could start from there, not from scratch). Nor did I twig on the potential of the game for students until I saw it as place where students would need to employ strategies as a way of learning something useful.

So  this brings us to how to use it Minecraft with students. Would they learn best in such a context, where they would land in the game, establish themselves through working out the best strategy, communicate that to one another, communicate their accomplishments, blog them or in some way reflect on them?

I could write a book chapter on this, on learning through chaos. In this view, chaos is where learning starts, the need to construct meaning from nothing that makes sense. George Siemens, co-founder with Stephen Downes of the connectivist MOOC in 2008, says that when the teacher paves the path for the student so that the student can more easily follow that path, it "eviscerates" the learning experience, as opposed to letting the learner hack his or her own path by entering the deep end and figuring out how swim. In real life, drowning would be a tragic outcome, but in a simulation such as Minecraft, it simply triggers a respawn and another go. Learning results (learning of something, whatever) but the resulting rich learning opportunities can be leveraged for learning something else, like a language.

Not to let this drag on too much, but this is my approach to the game and to learning (as opposed to teaching, though it is often argued that teachers teach best when facilitating from the sidelines). Bobbi Bear and I have spent the past couple of months establishing ourselves in Minecraft using tools and techniques available to newcomers to our server. Our tutorial video series walks learners through how they might arrive at a spawn crisis (our videos show that crisis as being at the Spawn Point, where a new resort has since appeared, but as Tilly shows us, that crisis could be elsewhere on the server). We go on to model how you can overcome the crisis, establish your base, and get around on the server, find minerals, make beds so you can sleep (no more huddled all night in muddy caves) and so on.

We have other moderators eager to show you what they offer on the server. Sura has her approach as does Olivetree, and these certainly appeal to certain types of learners who might not be at home with chaos. I benefit from being in the company of these knowledgeable moderators myself. The other day I learned from Olivetree how to make a mulch pit and mash a bunch of wheat seeds around in it until you get bone meal which you can throw on fields to make flowers, or what I use it for, add it to saplings which I always plant to replace any tree I've cut. Sustainable living is one of the valuable lessons in Minecraft.

But Bobbi and I like to apply our approach to learning by guiding your through chaos in safety; in other words, let's go on a walkabout somewhere on our server, maybe build a shelter somewhere (if we feel like it), mine for minerals, learn from each quandary as you approach it (I learned about mulch pits because I was asking Bobbi if she had any bone meal on her, not because I took a lesson on forestry, though that would be another valid approach, and for some learners possibly more effective, to arriving at the same informatio

I think Tilly is suggesting that she might like to try my approach. If you think you'd like to just pop about on the server acquiring objects and skills as you feel you need them, you can reply to this message and let's set a time we can meet. The only catch if you are in the USA is that I am 12 hours away in Penang. If you are in Europe or SE Asia time zones, it's going to be a lot easier to find a time.

Meanwhile Bobbi Bear and I will continue to propose our Meaningful Play - Adventure Tutorial Safaris at around 1400 UTC, 10 pm for us, 9 am in the USA, and afternoon in Europe. We could also meet earlier than that (count back 12 hours) but not much later. We are free almost any day because every day is lockdown here in Malaysia, and home is the safest place to be. Even Minecraft with its occasional mobs is safer than going out into the real world, until they introduce diseases in Minecraft (for which you would have to craft a vaccine - let's not go there; it stops being fun :-)

Sorry about the length of this but I love to write. Write back if you want Bobbi and I to meet you in Minecraft and show you around, tell us what times you are available. View our videos if you want to see where we've been; we can take you there, but we like to explore new places too.

Hope to hear from you and see you in world,

Teacher Vance


Re: Tue 19 Jan 1230-1430 UTC Join Bobbi Bear and Teacher Vance in Meaningful Play - Adventure Tutorial Safaris #evomc21 #LiveEvents

Vance Stevens
 


On Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 8:39 PM Vance Stevens via groups.io <vancestev=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks for the note Tilly and for the link to the cool blog!

You didn't miss anything today Jan 20 because the server is down and I'm guessing Aaron is just now waking up to the problem, maybe had to go to work, who knows, but he'll fix it when he can. It probably has something to do with the sudden shift from 1.16.4 to 1.16.5.

You can see when the server is running by checking this thread in Discord, the server status report and chat
https://discord.com/channels/516656532499464202/516656532499464205

And the event scheduled there for today has been postponed to tomorrow, so hopefully, we'll see you there.
http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/142133859/2021_Live_Events

Feel free to let us know when you can conveniently be there and we'll send along a moderator, or a skele, or an enderman, or all three, whomever is available :-)

Having fun is a big part of this

Dinner time!

Teacher Vance


Re: Tue 19 Jan 1230-1430 UTC Join Bobbi Bear and Teacher Vance in Meaningful Play - Adventure Tutorial Safaris #evomc21 #LiveEvents

Vance Stevens
 

Thanks for the note Tilly and for the link to the cool blog!

You didn't miss anything today Jan 20 because the server is down and I'm guessing Aaron is just now waking up to the problem, maybe had to go to work, who knows, but he'll fix it when he can. It probably has something to do with the sudden shift from 1.16.4 to 1.16.5.

You can see when the server is running by checking this thread in Discord, the server status report and chat
https://discord.com/channels/516656532499464202/516656532499464205

And the event scheduled there for today has been postponed to tomorrow, so hopefully, we'll see you there.
http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/142133859/2021_Live_Events

Feel free to let us know when you can conveniently be there and we'll send along a moderator, or a skele, or an enderman, or all three, whomever is available :-)

Having fun is a big part of this

Dinner time!

Teacher Vance


Re: Tue 19 Jan 1230-1430 UTC Join Bobbi Bear and Teacher Vance in Meaningful Play - Adventure Tutorial Safaris #evomc21 #LiveEvents

Tilly Harrison
 

Hi guys 
Sorry I missed this - it sounded fun. I'm a bit overwhelmed with marking and prep for asynchronous and synchronous teaching this week so can't really justify much time playing. I wanted to join for a few minutes today (20th Jan) to meet up and let you know but  I couldn't connect to the server (kept getting timed out). I've started my own survival world in 1.16.5 and have been blogging about my adventures https://tillysreflections.blogspot.com/
Bye for now,
Tilly

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