EVO Minecraft MOOC for 2021 kicks off with a playdate event at VWMOOC20

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On Sunday, September 20 at the usual Weekly Webheads Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar time of 1200 UTC, a group of adventurous miners about to restart EVO Minecraft MOOC for it’s 7th year of meaningful play as a session in Electronic Village Online 2021 met in Minecraft and in Zoom in order to participate in the annual Virtual Worlds MOOC, VWMOOC20.

This is Nellie’s rendition of our session: https://youtu.be/kp4UDcT3FTw

From her playlist at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8JUcjyABKxmbwi5hMdBtyIakQ7aDvD2L

The EVO Minecraft MOOC participants were, in alphabetical order
Beth O’Connell (Beth Ghostraven), Don Carroll (Abu Fletcher), Jane Chien (Jane Chien), Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro), Kim Harrison (K4sons), Laura Briggs (Sura), and Vance and Bobbi Stevens (Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear)

The event was hosted by Nellie Deutsch as part of her Virtual Worlds MOOC taking place with 1 or more events held almost daily on each day of the the entire month of September, 2020. Here is where we fit in that program:

2020-09-20_EVOMC-vwmooc

The full schedule for the MOOC and recordings of events available at the playlist are both linked below:

  1. Presentations https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ew-wl9hai5JcMDMxDzhjICell7N4pb4JWClr0JJk75U/edit?usp=sharing
  2. YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8JUcjyABKxmbwi5hMdBtyIakQ7aDvD2L 

Our event was called MOOCing about with EVO Minecraft MOOC 2021

EVO is Electronic Village Online http://evosessions.org. Come experience a playdate with the denizens of EVOMC21 as we poke about on our server and talk you through what we’ve been doing here for the past 6 years and what it means for educators and students, and their children, when they engage creatively in meaningful play in Minecraft, 
http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/ 

Vance had proposed a visit to a jungle river temple. I had no idea if it had been looted or not, but here is what we hoped to find when we got there https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Jungle_pyramid. This one turned out to have be partially recreated. It was certainly sterilized (Laura visited beforehand and reported that the trip wires had been dismantled). I snapped these screenshots on my own reconnoiter visit there.

2020-09-13_17.46.51templeHarbor

2020-09-13_16.56.22jungleTemple

Still it made an interesting destination. Getting there was half the fun, and the iterative processes of discovery, incessant collaborative problem solving, and conversation along the way are among the essential benefits of Minecraft in Education.

After we had explored the temple, we /warped to a woodland mansion which had spawned algorithmically in Minecraft, though it too had been explored and cleared of its characteristic mobs found only in untamed woodland mansions in Minecraft. If you stumble upon an undisturbed one, this is what you would find 
(see https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Woodland_Mansion).

Someone had placed a nether portal outside the mansion so we all entered into a dark underworld lit with lava flows and populated with feisty piglins.

We exited there via a second portal back to the “overworld” and found ourselves not far from the woodland mansion, which itself was on the outer perimeter our known map in Minecraft.

Here is my own Zoom recording of this event:


This Zoom recorded video at https://youtu.be/ujGBaroJhps?t=413
starts in earnest at 6 minutes 53 seconds

 

There was an EVOMC21 rehearsal for VWMOOC20 on Fri 18 Sept noon UTC

Information about the rehearsal was posted at our Facebook page 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/evomc 

All were invited to join us in Zoom and on the EVO Minecraft MOOC server later that day at noon UTC, or simply join us in Zoom (without Minecraft) and that we would stream if from Zoom onto our FB page.

This was the recording of the rehearsal streamed onto Facebook:

Keep in mind that

  • this was a rehearsal and it took us over 12 minutes to work through Zoom + Minecraft issues
  • Plus we had to literally ‘wait out the clock’ while night turned into day on the server
  • We didn’t have beds and none of us had the admin powers needed to reset the game clock to morning

After that it’s rather entertaining.

I wasn’t able to embed the facebook link here (it left a message that either the video was not available or I had no permission to view it, neither of which were true) so I recorded it in Camtasia (minus the initial 12 minutes of wheel spinning) and uploaded this video to YouTube, https://youtu.be/_gkIIs1iCuI

 


Zoom Chat Logs

20:00:58 From Donald Carroll : That’s not how I do it on my MAC.
20:01:31 From Beth O’Connell : Hi Jane!
20:01:53 From Donald Carroll : When I click on screen share, there is a button that says “share computer screen”
20:02:25 From Nan Zingrone : Hi guys!
20:02:35 From Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro) : Hello
20:02:51 From Beth O’Connell : Hi Nitro!
20:03:00 From Beth O’Connell : Hi Nan!
20:03:12 From Nan Zingrone : hey! good morning!
20:03:32 From Donald Carroll : Go back to the beginning.
20:03:40 From Beth O’Connell : Nellie, maybe share your screen and show Vance what to do?
20:04:01 From Nan Zingrone : at the top
20:06:07 From Donald Carroll : Can you open up this discussion to everyone???
20:06:44 From Beth O’Connell : I can share my screen
20:06:49 From Beth O’Connell : I can’t unmute myself
20:07:37 From Beth O’Connell : hello, can someone tell Nellie I’m trying to talk to her in chat?
20:08:04 From Nan Zingrone : Nellie can you unmute Beth for a second?\
20:08:17 From Nan Zingrone : Beth would like to say something to Nellie
20:08:45 From Nan Zingrone : Nellie Beth can share her screen for you. Check the chat
20:09:17 From Nan Zingrone : yes
20:09:58 From Nan Zingrone : thanks Nellie
20:10:26 From Donald Carroll : PLEASE UNMUTE THE MIKES!
20:11:43 From Peter Omal : yes
20:11:53 From Beth O’Connell : yes but we’re all muted
20:11:56 From Jane Chien : we can hear you
20:12:01 From Laura Briggs : yes, I can hear Vance and Nellie
20:12:10 From Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro) : I hear you on Zoom
20:12:10 From minnie : I can hear you
20:12:52 From Nan Zingrone : wow is that fast!
20:13:02 From Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro) : no
20:14:10 From Jane Chien : Can you unmute Don’s mic, I think he’d like to speak
20:14:28 From Jane Chien : We can’t unmute ourselves
20:14:32 From Jane Chien : no permission
20:14:32 From Beth O’Connell : there’s no voice in Minecraft; we usually use Discord for sound, but we can use Zoom if you unmute us
20:15:03 From Jane Chien : we’re muted by the host in zoom
20:15:26 From minnie : yea
20:17:14 From Nan Zingrone : Vance is a co-host and can mute you all himself, Beth.
20:17:47 From Nan Zingrone : unmute I meant
20:17:55 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : It’s Ok. I can do help out. That’s fine.
20:23:41 From Jane Chien : yap
20:23:44 From Jane Chien : go on without me
20:27:38 From Jane Chien : my connection is not stable
20:28:35 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Can you give an example of “thinking” involved in the game? Is it a coding thing?
20:30:28 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Oh, so I guess “staying alive” is the “thinking” part.
20:32:04 From c chee : cannot hear anything I can see video
20:32:30 From Jane Chien : When we’re in-world, we’re constantly having to problem solve all the time. We need to build and create from scratch. Some players like to explore, and for that we need to be able to navigate in word using coordinates.
20:35:51 From Jane Chien : Some players love to create with a team of people. Dak was building a pyramid and he’s taught me how to build a ship.
20:37:28 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Thank you, Jane.
20:38:10 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : if you cannot hear, please reload the ZOOM meeting
20:40:38 From Nan Zingrone : How does this fit into a curriculum? That’s not clear. What are students actually learning?
20:40:47 From Nan Zingrone : that would be cool to know about.

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/

20:41:55 From minnie : bchee@yahoo.com
20:42:52 From Beth O’Connell : students learn collaboration, too–more soft skills than actual curriculum objectives
20:43:09 From minnie : would anyone invite chee, thank you
20:44:06 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Yes, I agree with Nan. I would like more specific examples. If I had to sell “minecraft” to my school (young learners), what would I say?
20:44:55 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : It reminds me of video games where you can create and fight.
20:47:37 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Nice
20:48:10 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : How do you do it for ELL?
20:49:10 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I guess the problem solving and learning is the experience itself.
20:50:13 From Nan Zingrone : so there are things that need to be completed by using higher order mathematics?
20:50:22 From Nan Zingrone : Myst seemed to be very good for teaching math?
20:50:48 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Yes, it seems to be “task-based”. Solving the “tasks”.
20:51:05 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : How to get from A to Z without getting killed.
20:52:03 From Jane Chien : Mattie says dig straight down 🙂
20:52:27 From Nan Zingrone : It may just be that they are exploring through the world without having a purpose to discuss. I remember a Minecraft course in an early MOOC in which the teacher was showing how her grade school students learning about growing food, and markets for food and all that kind of thing, so the presentation was more curriculum oriented, instead of just walking around showing us the interface.
20:52:50 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : This is probably great for people with cognitive issues, and maybe, early onset of Alzheimer
20:53:10 From Beth O’Connell : Nan, at VSTE Minecraft Mondays we often show curriculum based lesson ideas
20:53:29 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Thank you, Beth.

Here is an example of a VSTE recording of students raising turtles at a turtle farm in Minecraft from Tue, Feb 5, 2019 – EVO Minecraft MOOC visits East Coast Miners for VSTE Minecraft Monday, hosted by Kim Harrison
https://learning2gether.net/2019/02/05/learning2gether-episode-400-evo-minecraft-mooc-visits-east-coast-miners-for-vste-minecraft-monday/

20:54:09 From Beth O’Connell : there are LOTS of lesson type ideas on the Internet for Minecraft, too, plus Minecraft: Education Edition is set up for that; e.g. Minecraft: Education Edition Lessons and Subject Kits: https://education.minecraft.net/class-resources/lessons

20:54:15 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Minecraft could be very therapeutic.
20:54:43 From Beth O’Connell : Nellie, yes, I’ve spent a lot of time in MC just roaming around and exploring
20:54:49 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I have Minecraft Education. I’ve had an account for a long time, but never really got into it.
20:55:42 From Beth O’Connell : MinecraftEDU is the old version, Nellie, is that what you have?
20:55:47 From Nan Zingrone : That would be great presentation for next year, something that is more education oriented as opposed to relaxation and collaboration for the educators.
20:56:13 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I think I upgraded it after Microsoft bought it. I have two accounts.
20:56:27 From Jane Chien : MinecraftEDU’s got a lot of well designed built in curriculum for math, science, digital literacy, language arts, etc.
20:56:29 From Nan Zingrone : Or a tour that has more information about how people would use it for various types of education
20:56:36 From Nan Zingrone : that would be great for next year
20:56:37 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Support is a lot better since MS bought it.
20:57:01 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Definitely, Nan
20:57:11 From Nan Zingrone : 🙂
20:58:25 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I guess you could create a collaborative story with activities.
20:59:15 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : You can generate games. Can you do that in SL or VW?
20:59:23 From Nan Zingrone : that would be an interesting use, construction a narrative, building a story, that would help with language arts and language learning
20:59:29 From Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro) : me
20:59:30 From Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro) : ;p
20:59:59 From c chee : I have created karaoke songs, there is diction, etc.if you want to see email me: bchee@yahoo.com
21:00:41 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Minnie, can you access Minecraft in China?
21:00:43 From Nan Zingrone : interesting Mr Chee!
21:01:40 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : @c chee can you create speech (audio) in Minecraft?
21:06:03 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Any questions???
21:06:49 From Nan Zingrone : Beth, the session ends at 9am. Can we wrap this up? Nellie is asking whether or not we can close down the session?
21:07:01 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch to Vance Stevens (Privately) : Vance, we’ve gone overtime. Do you want to wrap up?
21:07:54 From minnie : no, I can’t access Minecraft here.
21:09:19 From Nan Zingrone : Yes you can in SEcond Life, we’ve had a number of presentations over the years. Some of Greg’s work, Speedrunner’s quest.
21:09:31 From Nan Zingrone : But people do build gamification within Second Life.
21:10:08 From c chee : youtube, search: han chee
21:10:26 From Nan Zingrone : I don’t see any reason to have death be part of the game, or monsters etc.
21:10:43 From Nan Zingrone : That’s personal, I think this is kind of clunky
21:10:54 From Peter Omal : SL is the best
21:10:55 From Nan Zingrone : I’d rather be in something more realistic..
21:10:59 From Nan Zingrone : And it’s educational use
21:11:12 From c chee : I am making videos using cellphone
21:11:31 From Nan Zingrone : Mr Chee your work sounds fascinating!
21:11:36 From Nan Zingrone : thank you guys
21:11:38 From Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro) : Thanks 😉
21:11:48 From minnie : ok
21:11:55 From minnie : cool
21:11:59 From Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro) : bye bye

Vance’s note:  I was multitasking heavily during this session and was not following the text chat. My apologies after the fact, but I was not aware that we had a time limit. Other sessions I have attended in VWMOOC20 have gone on well beyond an hour, and I just assumed we had as long as people wanted to hear from us. 

Some recommended reading

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

Smolčec, M., Smolčec, F. & Stevens, V. (2014). Using Minecraft for Learning English. TESL-EJ, 18(2), 1-15. Retrieved from http://www.tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej70/int.pdf. Also available: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume18/ej70/ej70int/

Teacher craft: How teachers learn to use Minecraft in their classrooms (2015)
Download free pdf: http://press.etc.cmu.edu/index.php/product/teachercraft-how-teachers-learn-to-use-minecraft-in-their-classrooms/

teachercraft

 


Promotion and Feedback

The event was announced at these Facebook groups

  1. Learning2gether – https://www.facebook.com/groups/learning2gether/
  2. Webheads in Action – https://www.facebook.com/groups/webheadsinaction/
  3. EVO Multiliteracies MOOC – https://www.facebook.com/groups/evomlit/
  4. Learning with Computers – https://www.facebook.com/groups/6577061586/
  5. TALIN – Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN – https://www.facebook.com/groups/talin2020

And announced on Webheads in Action groups.io here 
https://groups.io/g/webheadsinaction/topic/event_24th_weekly_webheads/76773660

 


Earlier Events

14 Sept 2000 EDT (Midnight UTC 15 Sept) VSTE Minecraft Mondays

https://learning2gether.net/2020/09/15/crafting-connections-for-cottage-communities-at-vste-minecraft-monday-14-sept-2020/

Tue 15 Sept 1000 ET TESOL B-MEIS panel discussion on Envisioning TESOL through a Translanguaging Lens

Please join us for an online panel discussion featuring “Envisioning TESOL through a Translanguaging Lens” on September 15, 10-11 am (eastern time). Please see more details in the attached flyer and here’s the registration link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtf-yqqTspHdyM4Uw6veVTmP4pHg6GcFfI
This webinar is organized by the B-MEIS (Bilingual-Multilingual Education Interest Section) at TESOL International Association. We hope to see you there!Best,Zhongfeng, Laila, Peter, and Jamie

 

The webinar “Envisioning TESOL through a Translanguaging Lens” hosted by TESOL’s Bilingual-Multilingual Education (B-MEIS) is now available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Su6ykCc0qAw

  • The presentation slides are available via this link
  • For more information about the edited volume “Envisioning TESOL through a Translanguaging Lens: Global Perspectives” (Springer, 2020) visit: www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030470302

 

Tue 15 Sept 0800 PDT Refugee Concerns Interest Section Social Hour – Connecting with the Unconnected

Hsin-Yu Hsu-Contreras, known as Teresa, is excited to coordinate the next Refugee Concerns Interest Section Social Hour on Tuesday, September 15th at 8:00 AM PDT. She will facilitate a discussion based on the topic of this month Connecting with the Unconnected. She will cover some personal experience, alongside with supportive research and media references.

The conversation focuses on the role of community members, including educational personnel, volunteers, and community members in an educational institution or organization. All are invited to participate with relatable questions, suggestions, and experiences.

Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84891527179?pwd=enlkaHYwTW5wSzdMcE9STXMxRC9uQT09
Meeting ID: 848 9152 7179

C. 15 or 16 Sept Graham Stanley on Food for thought in the remote teaching/learning era

Graham Stanley gave a talk in the 2nd New Directions in English Language Assessment Pre-Conference Webinar focusing on innovative teacher training projects (National English Adaptive Test (NEAT) & Ceibal en Ingles). Food for thought in the remote teaching/learning era.

The link to “Innovations in Education Remote Teaching”
https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/sites/teacheng/files/Innovations%20in%20Education%20-%20Remote%20Teaching-V8_1-164_WEB.pdf

The recording has been posted here: 
https://americas.britishcouncil.org/new-directions/webinars 

Slides:
Teacher Education & Training for Language Assessment presentation
(Adobe PDF 2MB)

 

Wed 16 Sept TESOL Career Path Development webinar on Professional & Institutional Retooling

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 3 PM – 4:30 PM EDT, 3 a.m. in Malaysia

Hosted by Liz England and the
TESOL Career Path Development Professional Network Group

Online Event in Zoom 
https://su.zoom.us/j/7160283832

Please join us for this sure-to-wow session in which three TESOL Career Path leaders describe how they and their programs have “retooled” for the new realities of our professional lives! 

Mon-Thu 14-17 Sep Innovation Festival 2020

EduNation Island in Second Life has been invited by the innovation festival committee to be an active part of the program with a variety of social activities.

There will be 

  • Free-style building sessions
  • Escape Room Game Challenges
  • Beach Volleyball 
  • Water Sports
  • Fireside chats
  • A games night
  • A club night and a Virtual 3D Builder award ceremony

All of the sessions were ZOOM’d and LIVESREAM’d
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/99111512011
Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/user/letstalkonlinedotcom/live

The NWG Innovation Festival 2020 took place from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 September 2020

You can download the Innovation Festival App here for useful updates on the go. We’ll keep you up to date and send you notifications as more details about the Innovation Festival are announced.

Alternatively you can keep up with what’s happening at the Innovation Festival on our website here

To register for the festival and receive email notifications click HERE

All times mentioned below are BST – British Standard time – London (ie. 12pm BST = 11am UTC) 

  Monday 14 Sept 20 Tuesday 15 Sept 20 Wednesday 16 Sept 20 Thursday 17 Sept 20
12pm BST4am SLT Orientation Orientation Orientation Orientation
1pm BST 1pm Free-style building 1pm Free-style building 1pm Water sports 1pm Free-style building
2pm BST     2pm Escape room challenge  
3pm BST7am SLT 3pm Beach volleyball      
4pm BST   4pm Water sports  4pm Free-style building 4pm Basketball
5pm BST 5pm Water sports 5pm Games Night Backgammon, chess, Jenga    5pm Water sports
6pm BST10am SLT 6pm Fireside chat 6:30pm Escape room challenge 6pm Fireside chat Virtual 3D builders Innovation award ceremonyRed carpet event!
Get social!8pm BST12pm noon     Club night (from 8pm)Cube24 in virtual New Berlin with DJ Gromit Mayo  

Heike’s Thu Sept 16 Escape the Room Challenge with Doris Molero


Here, we have entered the house and the first room; escape leads to a basement


Now it’s more a game of escape the algorithm; things have to be done in a very precise and complex order

Here is a 
Summary of Innovation Festival 2020 Social Events and Recreation programme

EduNation in Second Life has been proud to be part of the Innovation Festival 2020, 14-18 September 2020. Over a period of 4 days we provided a social events and recreation program which included Escape Room Games, free-style building classes, water sports, ball games, https://youtu.be/dzdlZFz2q-c

Graham Stanley was an invited speaker

And what was it all about? This might help, https://youtu.be/FpdxSLBpuzY

And from their last bulk email …

Well this is it. Innovation Festival 20. Done. Over. Well, for this year at least…I suspect we’ll be back for 2021.

 

So wipe away those tears, think happy thoughts about the amazing week you’ve just had and be proud of what you’ve achieved, because it has been truly incredible.

To help boost positivity then take a look below at some of the coolest bits from the last day of Innovation Festival 20. And after you’ve watched, read and recapped, please send us a tweet telling us what your favourite part of the week was (@NorthumbrianH2O). It’ll help cheer us up too!

We’ll be in touch really soon, keeping you updated on all of the cool ideas and inventions to come out of IF20, so until then festival fans, goodbye and keep innovating!

The IF20 team.

WATCH: Highlights from day four at Innovation Festival 20

SPRINT UPDATES – Check out the FINAL update pages from the sprintshacksdashes and years’ work in a week sessions

Don’t forget to share your #InnovationFestival20 journey with us on social media and share all of your favourite bits!

For more information on the festival, visit innovationfestival.org

Thu 17 Sept – Faridah Pawan – Blended & Online Learning at SEEU

Video plus transcript
https://iu.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/Blended+%26+Online+Learning+at+SEEU/1_ip7xgr40

 

The 7th annual Virtual Worlds MOOC (VWMOOC20) taking place September 15-19, 2020

The 7th annual Virtual Worlds MOOC (VWMOOC20) is happening from September 1-30, 2020 https://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=114. and Smore https://www.smore.com/wgv6s-teaching-as-a-way-to-learn

The theme of the current MOOC is peace through learning and connecting online for instruction and learning via web technologies such as Second Life and Virtual Worlds. The MOOC will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching around the world through Second Life. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats. 

Resources 

  1. Presentations https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ew-wl9hai5JcMDMxDzhjICell7N4pb4JWClr0JJk75U/edit?usp=sharing
  2. YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8JUcjyABKxmbwi5hMdBtyIakQ7aDvD2L 

VWMOOC20 Tue Sept 15 2359 UTC Beth Ghostraven

Beth Ghostraven – ISTE VEN Focus Session: International Dot Day

Inspired by The Dot, a picture book by Peter H. Reynolds, Dot Day celebrates the creativity in all of us

VWMOOC20 Wed Sept 16 2000 UTC – Dieter Heyne

Edward Tarber (RL: Dieter Heyne)

EdwardTarber.jpg

Web Based Virtual World Education
“Lessons Learned” from a university’s master course held in a web based virtual world environment. Held in VWMOOC Headquarters 
SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chilbo/167/53/97 

 

VWMOOC20 Thu Sept 17 1800 UTC – Dr. Christian Jonathan Angel Rueda

Dr. Christian Jonathan Angel Rueda (ecoonis in SL) 

The Three-Dimensional Immersive Digital Environments (3D-IDEs) (what is VR, AR, VW) and its relationship with digital pedagogy

 

VWMOOC20 Thu Sept 17 1900 UTC – Panel: Why do communities thrive or die?

Sheila Yoshikawa (Chair); Gann McGann (Mark Childs outside SL) and other panelists tba
Why do communities thrive or die?
A Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable event 
Panel discussion chaired by Sheila Yoshikawa: “Why do communities thrive or die?” Panellists will include Gann McGann (Mark Childs outside SL: The Open University, UK)  

A Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable event at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Infolit%20iSchool/229/26/22  

Contact: Sheila Yoshikawa

 

VWMOOC20 Fri Sept 18 1400 UTC – Lissena/ Wisdomseeker, Thuja Hynes, Francisco Koolhoven

Navigating a Virtual World
As our programs and number of volunteers have grown, we have developed tools to make the 4 levels of Inspiration Island easier to visit, especially for newcomers to virtual worlds. These tools are key to creating an immersive environment where well-being research is translated into practice. 
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Inspiration%20Island/144/227/38

 

VWMOOC20 Sat Sept 19 2130 UTC – Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg

Metaliteracy in the Metaverse
Kitely Digital Citizenship Museum
Introduction to: Metaliteracy in the Metaverse 

  • Visit the DC Museum to discuss new literacy in virtual spaces.
  • Get a Kitely avatar, use the opensim version of Firestorm Viewer.
  • Start at Cookie II Welcome Center then walk through the portal to the Digital Citizenship Museum

Topics include personal digital citizenship and archival particularly in virtual environments

Sat 19 Sept 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

About this intitiative, https://vste.org/upcoming-events-virtual-environments-pln/ 

Jaz and Thunder are at VSTE Space in Second Life every Saturday morning from 5 am to 7 am Pacific time. Feel free to come learn more about the VSTE VE PLN there.

Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VSTEVEPLN/

Below are directions for joining the VSTE VE PLN in Second Life and Minecraft

Basic directions to join VSTE Spaces

If you don’t have a Second Life account get one, it’s free. We recommend setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium’s Gateway here: https://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/ 

  1. Download and install the software.
  2. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulgiver/155/144/58 
  3. and voila! Look for an avatar on VSTE Island and say, “Hey, I’m new!” We will take care of the rest.

 

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The date of this update is September 23, 2020 14:00 UTC

Crafting Connections for Cottage Communities at VSTE Minecraft Monday 14 Sept, 2020

Learning2gether Episode 490

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On Monday evening September 14 at the usual time of 8 pm EDT, which for many of us around the world was midnight UTC on Tuesday 15 Sept, VSTE miners convened for another informative and inspirational session of what they call, for whatever reason, Minecraft Mondays. I recorded the most exciting part of their efforts, a train ride touring their evening’s accomplishments.

The VSTE Minecraft Monday miners had noticed that parts of their server had fallen into disrepair. Not the back end; that was doing fine – they had just installed a dynamic map and were trying it out. But their villagers were poor and unhappy, plagued by pillaging mobs at night, and with no means of improving their lot. So they decided to do something about it.

They located three villages some distance apart and set about sprucing them up. They installed light beams pointing skyward so they would be able to find them and orient on them, and they set about constructing a railroad connecting the three villages utilizing the finest redstone rails available in creative mode in Minecraft (it would be tough doing all this in survival). They routed their railroad through some of the most scenic parts of the terrain between the villages, from lofty mountaintops to deep pits crying to be mined, and no doubt harboring lurking skeletons in their dark corners (but we were in creative mode, no need for the treasures of the pits nor to worry about skeletons or other mobs).

In the village we visited at the end of the train ride at the end of the video, the miners were busy putting doors on the villager’s hovels and furnishing them with comfortable beds, and the team of miners were setting out job site blocks and spawning villagers nearby to claim them. Job site blocks are specialized crafting tables for things like making arrows or maps (see https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Villager#Professions). When villagers wander near these blocks, they claim them, so it’s possible to populate a village with craftsmen who will trade what they make on their blocks with anyone who right clicks on them and is able to come up with the commodity that will help the craftsman carry on his work.

They were also building a wall around the last village and fixing it with safety doors to keep mobs out at night, and they would be able to revisit the villages and find happy, thriving villagers with food from well tended gardens, and shelter when the sun set in survival.


Promotion and Feedback

This event was announced in an email sent 3 hours prior to it’s start time, 5 a.m. for me in bed in Malaysia. But my wife noticed the mail on her Kindle, which she checks now and then at night, and she poked me awake, “Isn’t this Minecraft Monday?”

Well, actually it was Tuesday already, but I got up and turned on my computer and found the mail:

Tonight, Monday, Sept 14 8 PM EDT, we are going to save dying villages. We call it Connections for Cottage Communities! Think Habitat for Humanity.

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They had located three neighboring villages in various states of disrepair and the team planned to work in creative mode to connect them with railroad, repair and build them up. It’s an ongoing project; they’ll be back to continue the build and watch them thrive.

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They invited anyone to come help. They said you can name a village and adopt it as your own!

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I joined in, became enamored with the railway, and decided to video a trip on it. We ended with a tour of one of the villages and learned how to spawn villagers and determine their calling by spawning them near a tool of their trade. The video, just over 15 minutes, is here,
https://youtu.be/kJJ1CGjVCdA


Earlier Events

Sat 12 Sept – 24th Weekly Webheads Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar – Minnie Wang presents Guzheng from Second Life at VWMOOC20

https://learning2gether.net/2020/09/12/24th-weekly-webheads-open-mic-sandbox-funinar-minnie-wang-presents-guzheng-at-vwmooc20/

Sun 13 Sept – Proposals are due for 20th annual Electronic Village Online sessions

The Electronic Village Online (EVO) is excited to invite proposals for its 20th anniversary round of sessions, We would love to have inspiring educators present an online session in EVO 2021.

Here’s how to submit your proposal, courtesy of Nellie Deutsch,
https://youtu.be/PejOfyOF88I

Since 2001, the Electronic Village Online (EVO) has functioned as a virtual extension of the Electronic Village (EV), a project of TESOL’s CALL Interest Section, and provided free online professional development sessions for language teachers worldwide.

Please help us develop timely topics and recruit moderators by distributing our Call for Proposals to your list. The link is http://evosessions.pbworks.com/. Proposals may be on any topic relevant to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. Proposals are due by September 13, 2020. A development session will be held for all moderators and co-moderators from October 18 to November 15, 2020. During this time, moderating teams will create the online spaces for their session and finalize their syllabus with the assistance of the EVO Coordination Team. The actual five-week EVO sessions for this season will take place between January 9 and February 14, 2021.

Please help us recruit potential moderators by distributing this Call for Proposals to your e-list. Potential moderators will find instructions on how to create a page for their proposal at evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/140454060/….

To see what types of sessions were offered in the past, please go to evosessions.pbworks.com/EVO-Previous-Sessions.

Important dates:Due Date for proposals: September 13, 2020
Moderator Development Session: Oct. 18 – Nov. 15, 2020
EVO 2021 20th Anniversary Sessions: January 9 –  February 14, 2021

Please note that the proposals are for 5-week online courses called “sessions”. The sessions are both synchronous and asynchronous.

Click if you’d like to read more about EVO: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/10708587/What%20is%20EVO

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary with us
On behalf of the EVO Coordination Team

The 7th annual Virtual Worlds MOOC (VWMOOC20) taking place September 13-15, 2020

The 7th annual Virtual Worlds MOOC (VWMOOC20) is happening from September 1-30, 2020 https://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=114. and Smore https://www.smore.com/wgv6s-teaching-as-a-way-to-learn

The theme of the current MOOC is peace through learning and connecting online for instruction and learning via web technologies such as Second Life and Virtual Worlds. The MOOC will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching around the world through Second Life. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats.

Resources

  1. Presentations https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ew-wl9hai5JcMDMxDzhjICell7N4pb4JWClr0JJk75U/edit?usp=sharing
  2. YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8JUcjyABKxmbwi5hMdBtyIakQ7aDvD2L \

VWMOOC20 Sun 13 Sept 1800 UTC – Nonprofit Commons Community

Nonprofit Commons Community Networking Party
September Blues!

Wear BLUE and come hear the blues at the CVL Marly Milena Music Library

This is an opportunity to network across virtual world communities. Hosted by the Community Virtual Library

Landmark: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/113/164/21

VWMOOC20 Sun 13 Sept 2359 UTC – Zinnia Zauber

Action-packed Superheroes workshop

Based on Zinnia’s book, “Action-packed Superheroes: Your Guide to Revealing and Utilizing Your Superpowers”, learn how to communicate your unique, authentic motivation, zeal, and mission to be productive, successful, and encouraging to other emerging superheroes. Landmark:https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Brauni/180/0/22

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The date of this update is September 16, 2020 04:00 UTC

24th Weekly Webheads Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar – Minnie Wang presents Guzheng from Second Life at VWMOOC20

Learning2gether Episode 489
24th Webheads Revival Weekly Sandbox Open Mic-inar

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The regular Webheads in Action weekly open mic FUNinar was held on Saturday Sept 12 this week. At our weekly meeting on September 6 we had closed on the understanding that Minnie Wang would be be presenting in Second Life at noon UTC on the following Sunday, and we decided to attend as the time coincided with our normal Webheads open mic sessions, but her presentation turned out to be not on Sunday, but on Saturday. As it seemed a logical extension of our focus in the most recent Webheads in Action webinars, I decided to change our weekly meeting to Saturday.

The video is Nellie’s VWMOOC20 YouTube recording of the session
https://youtu.be/Hgh0sIqgURU

About this event

This post archives last Saturday’s Virtual Worlds MOOC presentation organized in Second Life by long-time Webhead Doris Molero and broadcast in Zoom by another long-time Webhead Nellie Deutsche. In our most recent Weekly Webheads Open Mic Sandbox FUNinars we have been joined by Minnie (Michelle) Wang, a student in English of Han Chee (another Webhead from the old days), both of whom have been hanging out with us in the Webheads revival open mic sessions recently.

Dr. Doris Molero has been a frequent visitor at our recent Webheads sandbox FUNinars. Whenever Doris has dropped by she has talked about her Virtually Anywhere project, which has as one of its episodes an adventure at the tombs over which the terracotta warriors stand guard (the adventure is to retrieve artifacts from the tomb near the river of mercury there). Doris has presented on various aspects of this project in several sessions at this month’s Virtual World’s MOOC.

When Doris met Minnie at one of our Webheads webinars a few weeks back, and learned she played guzheng (Chinese zither) she recruited her to help authenticate this episode, and she created an avatar for her in Second Life,

In this posting you can see the YouTube video that Nellie made Sept 12 of Minnie’s playing and Doris’s tour afterwards. Heike Philp, another longstanding Webhead who was there, also sent me a video file that I haven’t had time to process yet. But there are a number of screen shots of the event from promotions of the event and from Doris’s Facebook post afterwards.

Minnie’s presentation was entitled Transmedia Storytelling and Music

Here Minnie is playing the Guzheng in a video rendition of “A tale of Yunshui Chan Xin” https://youtu.be/t8AQmsShnnM

During the early Song Dynasty, in the mountain of Shijingshan, there was a young girl named Chanxin, who was born with wisdom and high savvy.  Soon, there came a Taoist, his monastic name Yunshui Zhenren (Yunshui Immortal), who traveled from far away. He stayed at Chanxin’s place.

One year later, he had no intention of leaving. During the day, they discussed and learned the zither, and at night, they watched the stars. As time went by, people around there started gossiping. Feeling forced and helpless, Yunshui decided to leave.

As they were apart, Chanxin picked a piece of willow to Yunshui as a gift. Yun Shui played the music as a farewell. It was said that later on Chanxin became depressed and died young. As she was dying, she played the first note of the music on her zither. The music was called Yunshui Chan Xin.

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This was the avatar Doris created for Minnie so that she could perform in Second Life. In the second hour of the presentation, Doris took participants on a tour of Virtually Anywhere: The Terracotta Army. You can see this in the video.

 


Feedback

From Doris Molero’s Facebook posting on the event she organized for the Virtual Worlds MOOC in Zoom and Second Life

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Promotion of the event

Doris announced the event on Facebook as follows:

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Virtually Anywhere: The Terracotta Army and the Emperor’s Tomb
Saturday, September 12
9:00 – 10:00am Argentina
5 am SLT
8:00 am EST https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html…

Description: Presented by Michelle Wang (MinnieGuzheng)
Virtually Anywhere: Terracotta Army- Transmedia Storytelling and Music
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86348591771…

Join us and get immersed in the stories behind the music. In China music tells stories of farewell between friends, or encouraging soldiers to win battles. Michelle will be performing a piece of music that represents 3 Chinese Stories.
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Sign up for the Moodle portion of the Virtual Worlds MOOC to qualify for discussions, weekly badges, and certificate at this link: https://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=114

To see the month-long Virtual Worlds MOOC schedule on the course Google doc go here: https://docs.google.com/…/1ew-wl9hai5JcMDMxDzhjICell7…/edit…

To visit the Virtual World MOOC 2020 Headquarters visit this location inworld:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chilbo/167/53/97

#VWMOOC2020 #VirtuallyAnywhere #secondlife #terracottaarmy #VirtualWorlds #education #china

Vance announced the event as Learning2gether episode 489 in the usual places:

This event was posted to these Facebook Groups

A calendar event was set at Learning2gether – https://www.facebook.com/groups/learning2gether/,

And thanks to my discovery that I could get a 48 hour reprieve from having to endure Facebook’s new, uninmproved interface, I was able to share the event with the following groups.

And I posted this as a calendar event at this Groups.io
https://groups.io/g/webheadsinaction/message/32721 

 


Earlier Events

Sun 06 Sept noon UTC 23rd Weekly Webheads Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar Karaoke Night

https://learning2gether.net/2020/09/06/the-23rd-weekly-webheads-open-mic-sandbox-funinar-karaoke-night-jukeboxes-provided-by-heike-philp-and-han-chee/

Sun 06 Sept 2100 UTC – Jennifer Verschoor shares her experience integrating technology using Instagram

Before we can embrace any new technology, we need to declare our educational goals and demonstrate how a particular technology can help us to achieve them – Howard Gardner

Join me this coming Sunday to discuss the effective implementation of tech tools in the classroom. I´ve just started using Instragram to share my experience integrating technology. Please check my latest posts. We will discuss the pedagogical implementation of the tech tools shared.Hope to see you this Sunday in my first Instagram live. 

Sat 8 Sept noon UTC British Council live on Facebook – Mixing online and in-class teaching

https://www.facebook.com/TeachingEnglish.BritishCouncil/

Wed 9 Sept 1800 UTC 7th NileTESOL PD Committee CoffeeNight on Music and Lyrics

You’re cordially invited to join the
#NileTESOL #PD_Committee #CoffeeNight (7): #Music & #Lyrics.

Plz tag yourself below in the comments box if you wish to read a life-changing/heart-warming/heartrending/ … #song or #poem. Next to yr name, plz add the name of the song or poem.

(A list of readers follows in the FB post)

Cya there!

Zoom link (open 15 min bf event) 
https://tinyurl.com/pdcommittee-coffeenight7

The 7th annual Virtual Worlds MOOC (VWMOOC20) taking place September 6-12, 2020

The 7th annual Virtual Worlds MOOC (VWMOOC20) are happening from September 1-30, 2020 https://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=114. and Smore https://www.smore.com/wgv6s-teaching-as-a-way-to-learn

The theme of the current MOOC is peace through learning and connecting online for instruction and learning via web technologies such as Second Life and Virtual Worlds. The MOOC will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching around the world through Second Life. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats. 

Resources 

  1. Presentations https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ew-wl9hai5JcMDMxDzhjICell7N4pb4JWClr0JJk75U/edit?usp=sharing
  2. YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8JUcjyABKxmbwi5hMdBtyIakQ7aDvD2L  
  3. Presenters https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B8r42hfbmgFwF974UqSwGRPCfNDZox9xUjFX5YtP6m8/edit?usp=sharing
  4. Presenters’ Bios
  5. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qTWiUmoO7Bx4aj36FmrTfghvsSVXTay_I_1ybfYSrlA/edit?usp=sharing
  6. Access Free Certificates https://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=114

VWMOOC20 Sun Sept 6 1900 UTC – ACRL Virtual World Interest Group 

The ACRL Virtual World Interest Group presents Sheila Webber/ Sheila Yoshikawa 

Ageism and Libraries – Landmark for Selby Park CVL 
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/103/107/21

Sheila will start by discussing ageism and the way it can manifest itself, including in the current pandemic

VWMOOC20 Mon Sept 7 midnight Tue Sept 8 – VSTE Minecraft Monday

Thunder Insippo conducts VSTE Minecraft Monday

When I tried to attend this event I discovered its link was invalid. I double checked in the VWMOOC schedule and discovered that the event had been removed. So I went to discord and found Thunder Insippo online and I asked her about it. She said she had never herself been on this schedule (even asked me for its link) and had been unaware that an event had been set up there in her (avatar’s) name. In any event, she told me, the monthly Minecraft Monday would be next week, not this one.

VWMOOC20 Tue Sept 8 1600 UTC – Ramesh Sharma

Ramesh Sharma 

Virtual Worlds in Education

Ramesh’s 77-page slide presenation is here, 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WjMmeftXxUnFbY5rYuxyxt3_WwLLD_UB/view?fbclid=IwAR03OLLmBQkoZTiJouELjoPmxYN2tVUv01EouqFjJen1J-GtEi8kmlBhW3Q 

VWMOOC20 Wed Sept 9 1230 UTC Scificlassroom Sevan/ Sevan Inchrizt

Scificlassroom Sevan/ Sevan Inchrizt, Virtual Education Software architect

Empowering educators to face COVID-19 related virtualization challenges 

Empowering educators to face COVID-19 related virtualization challenges through simulative gamification and innovative virtual architecture.

1. Power of game based learning formulas in Simulative gamification.

2. Insights on creating educational content that is Future ready using Simulative gamification

3. Innovative Simulation possibilities that restore schools and universities buildings (in accessible due to Covid) as virtual replicas and parallel activity centers.

https://virtualarchitect7.weebly.com

See the PPT here

VWMOOC20 Wed Sept 9 140 UTC Aabha Sharma

Dr. Aabha Sharma

Develop Hardiness for the Hard times

Significance of 3 C’s

VWMOOC20 Wed Sept 9 1600 UTC Becky Adams and Valerie Hill

Becky Adams/Elli Pinion & Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg

Networking in Virtual Worlds – The CVL Education Network

Come to Elli’s Office Hours at CVL and join our discussion.  We will start with an introduction to the Google Doc that is our CVL Education Network.  How can we work together to help everyone know what is going on in Virtual Worlds?  There is so much happening in education and VWs, let’s work together to make sure our communities’ efforts are getting noticed.Meet at the Community Virtual Library(CVL):

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/217/204/21

VWMOOC20 Thu Sept 10 1900 UTC Dodge Threebeards, Widget Whiteberry

Dodge Threebeards and Widget Whiteberry

Plans for teaching in Second Life during the 20-21 academic year and what issues are people encountering: a discussion

This week’s discussion is led by Dodge Threebeards and Widget Whiteberry. The topic is : plans for teaching in SL during the 20-21 academic year and what issues are people encountering. Dodge will also say something about the 3rd edition of his Virtual Worlds Teaching Manual.
https://www.sciencecircle.org/?ddownload=6715.

A Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable event at
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Infolit%20iSchool/229/26/22

Contact: Sheila Yoshikawa

VWMOOC20 Fri Sept 11 midnight UTC Valibrarian Gregg, and Wordsmith Jarvenin 

Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg & Wordsmith Jarvenin

CVL-Caledon Literary Study

Come learn about literature with a virtual world study group.
Description: Join us for a read aloud.  Here’s the story:
https://www.tor.com/2016/09/28/the-city-born-great/

Volunteer to read or simply enjoy listening

Meet at Stonesedge Outdoor Meeting Area Where: Caledon Stonesedge Outdoor Meeting Center
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Caledon%20SouthEnd/201/121/24

VWMOOC20 Fri Sept 11 1400 UTC Yan Lauria, Valibrarian Gregg

Yan Lauria & Valibrarian Gregg

Gateway To Thinking- TelePortal for Education Monthly Tour- #5: Modern World Tour

Visit a teleportal system in Second Life with numerous educational categories

Meet at the Community Virtual Library
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/81/85/21

(Past chat-logs)

#1 on 8th May- Introduction and space tour:http://jogrid.net/abyss/pdf/TelePortal-1May8th2020.pdf

#2 on 12 June- Art history tour: http://jogrid.net/abyss/pdf/TelePortal-2June12th2020.pdf

#3 on 10th July- Dinosaur World Tour:http://jogrid.net/abyss/pdf/TelePortal-3July10th2020.pdf

#4 on 14th Aug- Sense of Wonderland Tour: coming soon.

VWMOOC20 Fri Sept 11 1530 UTC Jena Ball/Jenia Morane

Jena Ball/Jenia Morane

The Hug Felt Round the World for September 11th

At 8:30 AM SLT, Friday, Sept 11 at the Nonprofit Commons Meeting, join us for a presentation from Jena Ball / Jenaia Morane about the upcoming “The Hug Felt Round the World”. This 24-hour event on Oct 10, includes virtual hugs, live music, art displays, and inspiring speakers who will talk about the importance of compassion, creativity, and collaboration.

See you at http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

VWMOOC20 Sat Sept 12 0200 UTC Vicky Gouliard

Led by Vicky Gouliard (eliseyvette in SL)

CVL Book Discussion around the Campfire

Try out a book discussion! No need to have read the book to come enjoy the campfire.Title: Trading in Danger by Moon, Elizabeth

Landmark to CVL Campfire
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/32/36/22

VWMOOC20 Sat Sept 12 1200 UTC Minnie Guzheng

Michelle  Wang (Minnie Guzheng)

Virtually Anywhere: Terracotta Army- Transmedia Storytelling and Music

Join us and get immersed in the stories behind the music. In China music tells stories of farewell between friends, or encouraging soldiers to win battles. Michelle will be performing a piece of music that represents 5 Chinese Stories.

 

 

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The date of this update is September 17, 2020 05:00 UTC

The 23rd Weekly Webheads Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar Karaoke Night, jukeboxes provided by Heike Philp and Han Chee


You can stream or download this audio
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/audio_only_2020-09-06_23rdwebheadssunday.m4a?

Learning2gether Episode 488
23rd Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar

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On Sunday, September 6th at the usual time of noon UTC we had the
23rd Weekly Webheads Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar Karaoke Night

Heike Philp is planning to cat-herd our open mics tonight. She said she
“would like to try out singing together. If you know of great songs with Karaoke type videos, please bring then along.

It would be interesting to find out whether it is actually possible to sing together due to the inherent lag of this system.”

Heike through this might be possible if all listen to a joint music source.
“Maybe this works, maybe it doesnt. Let’s give this a try.”

Spoken like a true Webhead!

Here are some examples of music created by educators sung in unison over the Internet

Heike pointed out that these are actually mixed after-the-fact, like ths one, from a group called “Goat Rodeo” whose members are nevertheless obviously not playing together in the same space, https://youtu.be/-yiQbeB7Bk8

But if you look at the comment from Josh Rogosin, Sept 2, 2020, you can see that Heike was correct …

In case anyone’s curious how their producer put this together: “There’s too much latency to all record together, unfortunately.  So we recorded in this order: mandolin/vocal > bass > Aoife (on The Trappings) > fiddle/vocal > cello.  I would make a pretty-close-to-final comp of each part before recording the next person so they could play to the best version of each performance. And then I did final editing tweaks after I had all the parts recorded  and then mixed it.”

Han Chee joined us as well. He said …

I use karaoke to teach the students pronunciation and diction. Sometimes I say the words and let them hear it then I will try to sing the song. I hope you can use these

https://youtu.be/dWc1eaMSVW0

https://youtu.be/P5mfGGes6Ug

(This one uses a copyrighted song but the YouTube bot was unable to detect it since it was so cleverly diguised by Chee’s singing 🙂

https://youtu.be/9Ox3RYBblrM (This one has been removed for a copyright violation where I am but maybe you can see it wherever you are)

Copyright violations can be annoying with YouTube. When I uploaded my video from last week’s Back to School night I was informed that the bot had detected a copyrighted melody in Minnie’s concert. The bot informed me that the tune was copyrighted in some parts of the world, and that I would not be able to monetize my video. The bot told me this was not going to cost me a strike, but that it could remove the melody from the video I had just uploaded (the entirety of Minnie’s concert!) or I could go ahead and post it but accept the restriction on monetization. I don’t monetize my videos anyway, so I was unconcerned, and went ahead and posted it.

Can Heike’s plan and Chee’s experience help Webheads to overcome the physical force of latency over the Internet?

Our communities were invited to join us in Zoom,
and learning2gether we’ll find out …

Yet another treat was when Doris Molero appeared and took us on a tour of  her Virtually Anywhere Language Learning Project (see the last event in VWMOOC20, at the very bottom of this post).

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Doris introduced us to Minnie Guzheng, Minnie’s new avatar in Second Life

We got there because Heike took us via screenshare in Second Life to her island and showed us where Doris’s castle was. Doris and Minnie are planning to present at VWMOOC next Saturday at noon UTC, as listed in the program:
Virtually Anywhere: Terracotta Army- Transmedia Storytelling and Music
(Click on the title to access the ZOOM meeting; Password: 719629)


Chat Logs

There was not much of significance in either the Zoom chat or Facebook commentary this week. Only when I mentioned that we were approaching the 500th Learning2gether episode, Heike said in the conversation that we should do something special to mark the occasion, and this was posted as a Facebook comment:

500 should be celebrated with a party😇


Promotion and Feedback

This event was posted to these Facebook Groups

An event was set at Learning2gether – https://www.facebook.com/groups/learning2gether/,
but thanks to Facebook’s new, uninmproved interface, I was unable to share the event with the following groups. When I Googled for help, I landed on a Facebook help page that explained that the feature was not yet available.

In the old interface it had been a simple matter to create an event and then share it across a number of associated groups. In the new interface I had to copy the event description as a discussion post in each of the following groups:

And the event was posted as a calendar event at this Groups.io,
https://groups.io/g/webheadsinaction/message/32717

And as usual we streamed from Zoom on
https://www.facebook.com/groups/webheadsinaction/

From Minnie’s Facebook page

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Earlier Events

Sun 30 Aug noon UTC 22nd Weekly Webheads – Back to School Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar

https://learning2gether.net/2020/08/30/22nd-weekly-webheads-back-to-school-open-mic-sandbox-funinar/

Wed 2 Sept midnight UTC Sept 3 – Free workshop – How to Make Remote Learning Personal: 5 Quick Ways to Develop an Authentic Connection

How do I build a connection, and a relationship with students and staff, when we are in hybrid and remote learning environments?

Well, this Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 8:00 PM, Thomas C. Murray will be hosting a free online workshop answering that exact question heading into this school year.

Register for Free Here:

How to Make Remote Learning Personal: 5 Quick Ways to Develop an Authentic Connection with Students and Staff this Year

8 am Sept 3 in Malaysia, a ‘doable’ time for me, so I tuned in on my iPad

Thomas Murray was talking about the importance of making connections with students apart from the Zoom room, in personal contacts to find out if anything happening in their lives was impacting attendance, or across the door stoop where possible.

Here is the video replay link
https://event.webinarjam.com/t/click/475z2swh7ycgkfnpvlip041a9ntz

Sat 05 Sept 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

About this intitiative,
https://vste.org/upcoming-events-virtual-environments-pln/

Jaz and Thunder are at VSTE Space in Second Life every Saturday morning from 5 am to 7 am Pacific time. Feel free to come learn more about the VSTE VE PLN there.

Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VSTEVEPLN/

Below are directions for joining the VSTE VE PLN in Second Life

Basic directions to join VSTE Spaces

If you don’t have a Second Life account get one, it’s free. We recommend setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium’s Gateway here:
https://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/

  1. Download and install the software.
  2. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulgiver/155/144/58
  3. and voila! Look for an avatar on VSTE Island and say, “Hey, I’m new!” We will take care of the rest.

The 7th annual Virtual Worlds MOOC (VWMOOC20) taking place September 1-5, 2020

The 7th annual Virtual Worlds MOOC (VWMOOC20) are happening from September 1-30, 2020 https://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=114. and Smore https://www.smore.com/wgv6s-teaching-as-a-way-to-learn

The theme of the current MOOC is peace through learning and connecting online for instruction and learning via web technologies such as Second Life and Virtual Worlds. The MOOC will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching around the world through Second Life. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats.

Resources

  1. Presentations https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ew-wl9hai5JcMDMxDzhjICell7N4pb4JWClr0JJk75U/edit?usp=sharing
  2. Presenters https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B8r42hfbmgFwF974UqSwGRPCfNDZox9xUjFX5YtP6m8/edit?usp=sharing
  3. Presenters’ Bios
    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qTWiUmoO7Bx4aj36FmrTfghvsSVXTay_I_1ybfYSrlA/edit?usp=sharing

VWMOOC20 Tue Sept 1 2000 UTC

Dr. Nellie Deutsch (Nellie Homewood), Dr. Doris Molero (Pionia Destiny), and Dr. Nan Zingrone (Maggie Larimore)

VWMOOC20 Wed Sept 2 1900 UTC

Dr Nan Zingrone (Maggie Larimore in virtual worlds)
Virtual Worlds Education Overview for Newcomers – A brief overview of sources for understanding the history of virtual world education, the current research and theory. A bibliographic tour of sorts. Held in VWMOOC Headquarters, SLURL:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chilbo/167/53/97

VWMOOC20 Thu Sept 3 2000 UTC

Nexus Dot, chaired by Sheila Yoshikawa
A tour and talk about the installation on Molas  produced by Guna women, and Emberá culture – A Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable event: An educational tour from cultural anthropologist Nexus Dot. He will give a short tour of the installation on the Molas produced by Guna women; and, Emberá cosmology & ethnobotany. This Panama exhibit was curated by Nexus Dot and Shiloh Emmons. Nexus will talk about developing the information and insights he had into an educational exhibit. We start athttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Infolit%20iSchool/229/26/22

Contact: Sheila Yoshikawa

VWMOOC20 Fri Sept 4 1530 UTC

[Nonprofit Commons meets every Friday in SL; contact Rhiannon Chatnoir]

Janie Teague-Urbach (Katsii Tennen in SL)

Virtual World Music Library Discussion – Visit the CVL Marly Milena Music Library to discuss virtual world original music and future plans for the new music library.
Landmark http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/84/171/40

VWMOOC20 Sat Sept 5

Introducing Virtually Anywhere in Second Life – The
Virtually Anywhere Language Learning Project

Virtually Anywhere is a trans-media experience for language learning. Students employed Trans-media Storytelling techniques to collaborate in the creation of a new fiction based on an existing  audio series. The story line used for our project is part of the audio series by Cambridge Assessment English. These audio episodes were created primarily to help students improve their English listening skills.

The series tells a story about university students Geeta and Paul. They are struggling with their archeology coursework, when a mysterious professor offers to help, and takes them in a series of virtual traveling to different sites. In the original series our characters visit two sites: The Terracotta Army in China and the Citadel of Teotihuacan in Mexico.

Students created two new episodes following the original ones as models. Since students are in different countries, they thought of a situation happening in their countries. Students in Argentina chose Pucara de Tilcara in the province of Jujuy in Argentina and students in germany decided to work on The Imperial Palace of Goslar  (Kaiserpfalz Goslar)

This project includes virtual worlds where students can visit the sites involved in the story line of Virtually anywhere. Also, students participate in a series of short presentations in the sites in both Second Life and the virtual platform Zoom.

Ann Von Rhein and Pionia Destiny then presented

Virtually Anywhere: The imperial Palace of Goslar – As Geeta, Paul and The professor visit different archeological sites, they get the chance to participate in a quest to find an important lost artifact. Help our friends find it and have a little virtual fun!

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The date of this update is September 17, 2020 03:00 UTC