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

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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 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,

Earlier Events

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

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 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….

To see what types of sessions were offered in the past, please go to

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:

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 and Smore

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.


  1. Presentations
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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


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:

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