Closing Webcast of EVO 2017

Learning2gether Episode 363

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EVO Head Coordinator Mbarek Akaddar issued an invitation to the closing webcast to be held in the Webheads virtual office Sunday Feb 12 at 14:00 UTC. Many of the coordination team were there along with many EVO 2017 session moderators, and EVO participants were encouraged to come and share their evaluation of the session they participated in, the challenges they met and their recommendations for next year.

My wife was kind enough to stream the session for us
on her channel 

Here are details of the Sun Feb 12 1400 UTC Closing Webcast of EVO 2017  hosted by Mbarek Akaddar

Strike incurred on attempting to stream this event via YouTube

We were planning to live-stream this event on YouTube

However …

When setting up the event I was informed that the video which would have been created had it not been flagged, incurred a strike for deceptive posting or trying to drive traffic away from YouTube and onto my site.

Here is the text of what I posted as a description of the event I set up when I suddenly incurred the strike

Learning2gether Episode 363 Sun Feb 12 1400 UTC Closing Webcast of EVO 2017 takes place in Bb Collaborate, in the Webheads Virtual Office, Find more information here

I appealed as I have never engaged in deception nor do I monetize the sites I was linking to, which exist as free and open resources for the benift of educators

The appeal was rejected as the above appears to be a “violation of community guidelines,” and my three month ban on further streaming from my account will last from Feb 6 through May 6.

The video in question was flagged as shown above the instant after I hit the submit button to create the event (that is, the ‘review’ mentioned below lasted a nanosecond). Therefore, the “strike” was probably due to something an algorithm perceived as spam, as detailed in this followup email from YouTube

Hi Vance Stevens,

As you may know, our Community Guidelines describe which content we allow – and don’t allow – on YouTube. Your video “Closing Webcast of EVO 2017 – Learning2gether Episode 363” was flagged for review. Upon review, we’ve determined that it violates our guidelines. We’ve removed it from YouTube and assigned a Community Guidelines strike, or temporary penalty, to your account.

Video content restrictions

It’s not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted, or repetitive content to YouTube. If the main purpose of your content is to drive people off of YouTube and onto another site, it will likely violate our spam policies. In addition, misleading descriptions, tags, titles, or thumbnails designed to increase views are not allowed. Tags should only be placed in the appropriate tag section and not in the description. Learn more.

The impact of strikes

This is the first strike applied to your account. We understand that users seldom intend to violate our policies. That’s why strikes don’t last forever – this strike will expire in three months. However, it’s important to remember that additional strikes could prevent you from posting content to YouTube or even lead to your account being terminated.

How you can respond

If you believe this was a mistake, we’d like to hear from you. Please follow both of these steps as simply deleting the video won’t resolve the strike on your account.

  • The next time you sign in you will be asked to acknowledge this strike on your account.
  • If you would like to appeal this strike, please submit this form. Our team will thoroughly review your appeal and will contact you again very soon.

– The YouTube Team

URLs relevant to the violation

I wish this had not happened abruptly, without any warning or caution, but as near as I can make out it might be because I often mention where my videos are posted in blogs or place tags in the text (unaware of any problem) and YouTube interprets this as driving traffic to my sites (such as this one), which though they are in no way commercial, no ads even, YouTube sees streaming in the context of monetization and reacted in this way.

For the record, Learning2gether and Webheads in Action from which it derives, have always operated without any funding (apart from occasional largess, such as the grant of the use of the LearningTimes Bb Collaborate room that made this event possible). These projects are the initiative of me, Vance Stevens, and I do not monetize them; on the contrary I pay hundreds of dollars a year from my own pocket for hosting fees, sustaining domain names, and other expenses associated with being Internet connected. My work and the work of all others involved in these projects is donated on a strictly volunteer basis.

One complicating factor here is that when setting up events, if you wish to embed the video so that people can click on it before the event and see a timer counting down to the stream, and the stream itself during the event, and the recording afterwards (the way that was normal with Hangouts on Air), then YouTube requires you to  monetize  your channel. This does not mean I receive money from YouTube or from ads placed in my channel (I haven’t received any money nor noticed any ads) – it  means only that I set this up in order to be able to embed the video watch page in my announcement of the upcoming event (otherwise the Embed option under Share was not available).

This could have something to do with YouTube’s disproportional reaction to whatever terms of service I inadvertently violated. In future, when I recover my right to stream this May, I will

  • no longer set up events, but stream only on-the-fly through my channel,
  • not mention other websites such as this one in the video description, where viewers might  go for further context for the video they are viewing
  • take greater care in labeling my videos so as to avoid the impression I am posting “large amounts of untargeted, unwanted, or repetitive content to YouTube”

I hope this will resolve the problem


Earlier this week

Learning2gether Episode 362 Sat Feb 11 EVO Minecraft MOOC meets Jo Kay at Massively Minecraft

EVO Minecraft MOOC meets Jo Kay at Massively Minecraft

Learning2gether Episode 362

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This came about when  Jo Kay
posted this invitation to the EVO Minecraft MOOC Google+ Community: 8:04 AM
saying in effect that on Feb 11 at 1700 UTC, the Massively Minecraft kids would be ‘at home’ to visitors.

EVO Minecraft MOOC members wishing to attend were whitelisted at server address or running Minecraft v 1.11.2

For those who couldn’t join in Minecraft the session was recorded:

An event was set here

Who’s Jo Kay? What is Massively Minecraft?

Earlier this week

Learning2gether Episode 361 – Tue Feb 7 01:00 UTC – VSTE Minecraft Server Party

EVO Minecraft MOOC attends VSTE Minecraft Monday

Learning2gether Episode 361

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This mp3 has been edited to remove the gaps left by Vance’s unrecorded microphone, while leaving the rest of the conversation intact

On Tuesday, Feb 7 at 01:00 UTC, VSTE, Virginia Society for Technology in Education, invited EVO Minecraft MOOC to one of its “Minecraft Monday” server parties (for people in the USA this was Monday evening Feb 6). The event was hosted by EVOMC16 participants and VSTE members Kimball Harrison and Beth O’Connell.

Vance managed to stream this here,
However, guess what, I got set up at 5 a.m. for this and needed to leave for work at 6:00, and in the fog, I found I didn’t have my mic activated in the stream, so there’s not much here unfortunately, unless someone else recorded it :-(.

Here is Kimball’s announcement inviting the EVO Minecraft MOOC community to join the event:

 Kimball Harrison

Week 3: Network Jan 31, 2017

Next Monday at 8 PM Eastern VSTE meets in our Minecraft world, “VSTE Place.” I’d love to have some EVO Minecraft MOOC members join us. I want to present the idea to VSTE that we do a “Survive the Summer” event from Memorial Day, May 29th, through Labor Day, September 4th. We’d have a survival map members can teleport to.

I’d love for any of you to come talk it up with me. We might have a panel discussion if there are enough of us, answering some questions that come up…

  • What’s the big deal about survival?
  • How do you start?
  • What are some common goals we might adopt?
  • Where do you get your best information about how to survive?
  • That sort of thing.

To participate you need a Minecraft account from Mojang, and the free software running 1.11.2

  • On the login screen Edit Profile, choose release 1.11.2 from the dropdown menu, and save the profile.
  • Our multiuser server address is
  • Email K4sons (gmail) before 6 PM Monday with your Mojang Minecraft login name so you can be whitelisted.

For server information and more go to the flyer here

We will use Discord for voice to communicate.
Download it ahead of time if you don’t have it and set up an account. It’s free.
The link to join VSTE VE PLN Minecraft Monday is

Earlier this week

Fri Feb 3 1500 UTC Vance Stevens and Jeff Kuhn on EVOMC17 at the 8th annual free connecting online conference

Fri Feb 3 thru Sun Feb 5 8th annual free connecting online conference

Dr. Nellie Deutsch invites you to the 8th annual free connecting online conference February 3-5, 2017 on Moodle for Teachers website.\

Connecting Online is a free online conference that takes place on the first full weekend of February. CO17 is the 8th annual event. The theme of CO17 is teaching online to improve instruction and learning in education and business. The platform for the tutorials, webinars, discussions, badges, and certificates on CO17 conference area.

You may access the 24 live online sessions here:

Alternatively, you can use this link to find all presentation links in CO17 without signing on to the Moodle course

Everyone is welcome!

Sat Feb 4 12pm EST Classroom 2.0 on Formative Assessment with Technology

Saturday, February 4, 2017
“Formative Assessment with Technology”Presenter: Dr. Monica Burns We are excited to welcome Dr. Monica Burns, an amazing, creative, inspiring educator as our special guest presenter on Classroom 2.0 LIVE on February 4, 2017. As educators we know the importance of using formative assessment in our classes during the learning process. The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by teachers to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning. Formative assessments help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work and they help teachers recognize where students are struggling and address problems immediately. Monica will share some of her favorite tips about how we can use technology to support formative assessment to improve the learning process.Webinar Description Collecting meaningful formative assessment data and putting this information into action is a challenge for teachers at every grade level. Technology tools can make the collection and organization of formative assessment data more efficient. #FormativeTech can save instructional time, and help teachers organize data so strategic interventions can reach students in need. Join Dr. Monica Burns as she shares her favorite tips for using technology tools to check for understanding.

Dr. Monica Burns is an EdTech Consultant and Author, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, and EduTECH. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia. Monica is the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Press, 2016) and #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scannable Formative Assessment with Technology (Corwin Press, 2017). Monica visits school across the country to work with PreK-12 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible.

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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 EST (Time Zone Conversion) 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 “Charge Up Your PLN!” session with Peggy George and Kim Thomas. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

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

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Third time around overview: A short history of community in EVO Minecraft MOOC

Learning2gether Episode 360

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On Friday, Feb 3, 2017, at 1500 UTC, Vance Stevens and Jeff Kuhn, two of the co-moderators of EVO Minecraft MOOC, met online at the 8th annual free Connecting Online conference, CO17, to present what was billed there as “EVO Minecraft MOOC: Third time around overview.”

Here is Nellie’s Deutsch’s video of this event,

The blurb in the schedule ran as follows:

EVOMC17 is now in its third iteration of seeking to introduce teachers to “Big G” Gamification by experiencing the concept through interaction with teaching peers in the “little g” game of Minecraft. The presentation explains how the community has sustained itself for three years as a space where experienced players and noobies alike can contribute to each other’s appreciation of Minecraft as a “toy” for enabling learning over a wide range of concepts.

To this I had added

This presentation will focus on the evolution of the EVO Minecraft MOOC community from 2015 through the present, how it has indeed become a community, who it has attracted from other networks, and the interesting move from starting in creative and then morphing to survival (2015 and 20160, to the running of two parallel worlds as we do today (2017), with even a third (last year’s world from 2016) whose existence was just recently inadvertently exposed, with outcomes yet to be known (but we might have even more to report by Friday).

We didn’t mention the Big G vs. little g distinction in our presentation, but if curious, there is more about that here,

In WizIQ, the link in the schedule points here,

Google Slides

Stream and Recording on

I recorded the stream on a second computer while presenting on a first. I had learned previously that a stream of the presenter view of my presentation in WizIQ was not going to make a good experience for the viewing audience. Unfortunately, while presenting, I was unable to properly monitor the presentation computer and did not notice that WizIQ opened a notice and splashed it across Jeff’s and my video windows, where it remained until I finally discovered it and clicked it away. At that time I also remembered I had meant to elongate the chat window, which I did at the same time. In any event I did remember at the end of the presentation to copy the text chat and paste it to a Google Doc. These presentations end abruptly, at which point the opportunity to do this is irrevocably lost, but I did manage to grab the chat from very near the end of this event.

WizIQ chat transcripts

CO17 YouTube Playlist here

Blog posts: for further information, see Vance’s posts here


Earlier this week

Learning2gether 359 Thu Jan 26 1900 UTC David Dodgson aka ELT Sandbox talks / plays EVO Minecraft MOOC

Mon Jan 30 1900 UTC – ICT4ELT EVO 2017 event, Arjana Blazic, Tools for online assessment

Week 4 Live Session

Arjana Blazic

Tools for online assessment

In this webinar Aryana Blazic will present various online testing tools that teachers can use to create their own interactive quizzes, surveys, puzzles and games for testing student knowledge and measuring student progress.  The talk will focus on free user-friendly tools that can be used for testing different language aspects.

More information on session page: