Learning2gether Episode 399
This Building Challenge took place on the EVO Minecraft MOOC 1.12.2 server on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 1400 UTC. It was hosted by Rose Bard, Dakota Redstone, and Jane Chien, with Don Carroll aka Abu Fletcher taking charge as natural master of ceremonies. The event was recorded by Vance Stevens as Learning2gether.net episode 399 (erroneously announced in the recording as being episode 499 — we’ll get there; wait for it). EVO Minecraft MOOC resides at https//missions4evomc. pbworks.com
Here is a document entitled Building Challenge for Language Learners professionally prepared by Rose, Dakota, and Jane:
Teacher Vance made this recording
The event was announced here:
This says that +Rose Bard, +Dakotah Redstone, and Jane Chien are hosting a building challenge. This is an activity designed for beginning English language learners. Please join us for a test run and we welcome your input afterwards.
Place: EVOMC19 Server, we’ll meet at /warp 14k
Here’s how to join our events
- Purchase your login to Minecraft from Mojang http://minecraft.net
With your login credentials, all logins plus software downloads including server software and client software for multiple devices are free;
you pay around $30 for your unique login credential
- Register with EVO Minecraft MOOC by filling in the Google form, https://tinyurl.com/evomc19-register
Here you tell us your Minecraft user name so we can whitelist you on our server
- Once we’ve whitelisted you, you can create a profile in Minecraft for build 1.12.2 and drop by our EVOMC19 server at this address mc.evomc.net
For detailed instructions, see
- Once you’re in Minecraft we can text chat
If you want to speak to us in voice, activate Discord by following these instructions
- Use the Minecraft text chat window to warp to 14k. At the beginning of the line type, starting with the slash /
Vance didn’t stream the event. I was distracted getting Discord to work.
However, Jane researched the discourse between Mattie and Emanuel and produced this article:
Chien, Y. (2019). The language of massively multiplayer online gamers: A study of vocabulary in Minecraft gameplay.TESL-EJ, 23(3), 1-16. http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej91/int.pdf. Also available: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume22/ej91/ej91int/
In it she reports that the level of vocabulary used by the young learners when playing Minecraft used vocabulary that appeared on General Word Lists well advanced from words they woud be expected to know at their respective grade levels.
Mon Jan 21 1400 UTC Learning2gether with EVO MInecraft MOOC
This posting includes the Sat Jan 19 1300 UTC
1.13.2 server extreme survival adventure
Tue Jan 22 1330-1500 UTC Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear hold a Guided Practice Sandbox on the EVO Minecraft MOOC 1.12.2 server
Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear plan to hold a Guided practice on the EVO Minecraft MOOC 1.12.2 server today Jan 22 from around 13:30 (we hope to get back home in time for it) until 15:00 max (bedtime)
This is for anyone with questions or who wants some guided practice or who just feels like playing and happens to be there. We’ll be in Minecraft 1.12.2 and in Discord.
What did we do?
EVO moderators met in Discord and talked about how to help participants who were weak in English. In the background we worked on our projects individually. Teacher Vance traveled to the 20k area and found a desert temple there. I hope to return there with an expedition to excavate it.
Wed Jan 23 1300-1500 UTC EVO Minecraft MOOC helps Michiyo build a home
No event was declared for today, but Teacher Vance went into Discord at around 1300 UTC to see who was there. Rose was there working on a project she was planning with Jane. I went to the server and found Michiyo there. I tracked her down wandering around the boat buildings near the Birch House. I asked her what she wanted to do. She said she wanted to build a house, so we wandered up the hill opposite the causeway leading out to the floating structures. I found a flat area, a clearing in the woods, and as the sun was getting low on the horizon, I suggested we build there.
We set to it. There was not a lot of conversation because Michiyo wasn’t in Discord and there was little time for text. I decided to model the process. I laid down dirt walls and when it got dark I planted some torches. When I ran out of dirt I added cobblestone for the ceiling. Michiyo followed my actions and helped building.
Soon Dak arrived, followed by Jane. By then I had pulled some glass from my inventory and made windows, and donated my bed (I can always make another). Dak added a door and attractive flooring. When Jane arrived I left them to complete the job because I had a real life dinner cooking in another room. When I returned next day, I found the place appearing much as I had last seen it.
There have been discussions among moderators as to the “correct” approach to getting newcomers into the game. Ideally it would be good to have workshops IF we could get people to attend them. Workshops can lead people efficiently into building, but self-guided tutorials are helpful for just-in-time learning. My approach is to just “be” on the server when I can and help people when they have a question. So when Michiyo said she wanted to learn to build, I was there to model it for her. Now that she knows what she wants to do, and as she often drops by the server, we learn more about how we can guide her, but in the MOOC way, in response to learning what SHE wants to know.
Both approaches have their merits. It’s good if a group of moderators can work on both approaches in aggregate.
There has also been much discussion about how we can help participants who are weak in English improve their language skills, or at least achieve a point of flow where they feel comfortable to where they want to learn enough language of their own accord to interact with us in English, and we have in fact written a lot ourselves on the language benefits we believe accrue from playing Minecraft, but that is for another post, perhaps for discussion of some sort as suggested by Don in this post on the Google+ Community.
But meanwhile, here is Michiyo’s house:
Sat Jan 26 0400-0600 UTC Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear host Sandbox Adventure on EVO Minecraft 1.12.2 server
We have created a Doodle Poll for Saturday Jan 26 for the times in the morning we can be available.
You can find the poll here, hopefully times given in your time zone (starting at 2 am UTC, 8 pm in Chicago): https://doodle.com/poll/ae98udezap5ce5ib.
If you’d like to join us, indicate your availability in the poll,
we’ll see it, and we’ll schedule a time we will definitely be in Minecraft when we know that others can be there.
We can either meet with no plan, or if you would like an adventure, we can explore the jungle mansion near the spawn point
Or go looking for desert temples. Teacher Vance knows where two are, at least one of which (the one pictured above) is likely unexplored (hence not yet looted).
Pictures from the Sandbox Adventure Sat Jan 26
In the end, EVOMC19 participants were online only briefly, so Dak and I chatted in Discord while Teacher Vance roamed around the server, making discoveries which would help me lead adventures later and creating paths.
In search of the Woodland Mansion I happened on mountains where alpacas live. There were several herds of brown and white ones.
I found a tower just west of my homestead
Southwest of that I came across a village. The alpacas were in the mountains in between.
I created a path from the village heading back toward the tower but I didn’t complete it because Dakota appeared and helped me find the mansion
I spent my last two hours in world setting a torch trail from the mansion back to Dak’s mushroom tower. The last part nearest the tower was over treetops (no torches)
Dak helped me find my way through the tunnel and into the pools to the north that exited again to the north on views overlooking my house and his builds
My way was torch-lit already up the mountain to my Scraggly Tower and down to my mountain eyrie, where I found a bed and a good night’s rest