Nathan Beyerlein interviews moderators of EVO Minecraft MOOC for TEFLexpress

Learning2gether Episode 321

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This is the complete video of the entire interview session, starting with the Hangout on Air and ending with the cobbled-together Blab session of Nathan Beyerlein’s interviw of three moderators of EVO Minecraft MOOC, Rose Bard, Marijana Smolčec, and Vance Stevens.

On Sunday Feb 28 1400 UTC LEARNING2GETHER hosted Nathan Beyerlein who wanted to interview moderators of EVO Minecraft MOOC for TEFLExpress. We started in HoA, but the HoA crashed when Vance joined on another computer to try and share a Minecraft window from there. When it didn’t work and Vance exited the HoA from the second computer, it caused the whole HoA to close and the video of just that 15 min to be posted to YouTube. We couldn’t recover the HoA so we retreated to Blab where we continued recording the interview. Vance Camtasia’d the whole thing after the fact into one contiguous video segment, and you can see the results, plus text transcripts, and an audio rendition, above.

What was this about?

EVO Minecraft MOOC is an EVO session just ending its second run as a growing community of practice at

Nathan Beyerlein is the Vietnam-based blog editor for and he asked to interview the co-moderators of #evomc16 for an upcoming blog post, which he has since produced:


Vance and Nathan were present for the interview of course, as well as co-moderators Rose Bard and Marijana Smolčec. Jeff Kuhn and Aaron Schwartz were traveling over spring break. Other moderators of this session were Bronwyn Stuckey, Barbi Bujitas, and Tamas Lorincz.

Nathan sent interview questions in advance which Vance has put into a Google Doc here EVOMC16 moderators were invited to respond

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air

The proceedings were livestreamed at


What actually happened?

We started out in HoA, I joined from another computer to try and screenshare a Minecraft window from there but maybe because it’s a DOS window it didn’t share, so I exited the HoA from there

MISTAKE! I was the host so even though I was still in the HoA on my other computer, my action terminated the HoA. We tried to start a new HoA but we could none of us hear anything there

In Learning2gether we’d recently learned about Blab, so we regrouped there. Check it out:

The blab video has been appended at the end of the Hangout one in the recording at the top of this post, so all components have been pieced back together. In the video, after Rose and Marijana leave, the Vance appears to be engaged in monologue but in fact he is responding to questions in text posed by the interviewer, Nathaniel, who had logged on to Blab under his Twitter handle of @natesnotions. You can see that part of the exchange in the chat transcripts, preserved here:

Text chat transcripts



Earlier this week

Sun Feb 21 Vance Stevens answers question on gamification at 10 in 10

Learning2gether Episode 319×10/


Sun Feb 21 1400 UTC Learning2gether Episode 319 CALL-IS Bb Collaborate Refresher

Learning2gether Episode 320


Wed Feb 24 1530 UTC TESOL Virtual Seminar Gilda Martinez-Alba and Judith Cruzado-Guerrero on Wordless Books

This is not exactly open, and after the fact you probably won’t be able to get at the recording, but it’s free if you’re a TESOL member!


Sat Feb 27 1700 UTC Saturday LIVE! Show – Using Games in the Classroom

On February 27th Saturday Live hosts an “Open Mic” show on the topic of “Using Games in the Classroom.” We are using an “Open Mic” format for this show and hope you will be as excited about it as we are. We love the Open Mic format because it provides a way for all of our participants to be actively involved in the live show. For this show there will not be a guest presenter, but we are inviting all of you to join us and take the mic to engage in a conversation or share in the chat about your favorite classroom games as a teacher. Paula Naugle will facilitate the sharing and lots of great ideas will be coming from the participants. Start thinking about ways you have used games in your classroom and come prepared to share your stories and experiences on the microphone. Think back to your fondest memories of playing childhood games whether at home or at school. Think about games like dice games, board games, card games, or games using computers or mobile devices that you have enjoyed. Have you ever created original games or modified games for new purposes? Have you challenged your students to create their own games? What are some of the most successful games you have used in your classroom?

Come with your ideas, resources, and questions and together we will learn about some great possibilities for using games in the classroom and how games support learning and social/emotional development. Paula will facilitate the conversation and we hope you’ll come prepared to share something with your headset/earbuds on to take the mic and add to the conversation. We’ll have an awesome Livebinder prepared with ideas for playing and creating games and will look forward to adding your resources to the Livebinder. Invite your colleagues to join us in the conversation and we’ll all learn together.

More information and session details are at If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pm Eastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE! link at All webinars are closed captioned.

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site ( you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent ”Using Technology to Engage Students with Learning Disabilities” session with Billy Krakower. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

When tweeting about Classroom 2.0 LIVE, be sure to use #liveclass20. Special thanks to our sponsors: The Learning Revolution and Blackboard Collaborate!

Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Steve Hargadon

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