Rose Bard and Jane Chien discuss Key Aspects for Teacher Development in Minecraft

Learning2gether Episode 506


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EVOMC21 moderators Rose Bard and Jane Chien helped us bring Week 1 of EVO Minecraft MOOC to an end with a live session to help participants reflect on the key aspects for teacher development when it comes to implementing Minecraft in Education.

As they put it:

In order to get started in education with Minecraft, teachers will need to delve into the world of the game and develop a new set of skills. In this live event, we would like to introduce you to the key aspects for teacher development to enable teachers to implement Minecraft in their context and also help you define your learning goal(s) for EVOMC21 MOOC.

Bring your thoughts to our live event and be prepared to actively share and discuss!

Some screenshots from the event
showing who was there and content displayed

The presenters introduced the TPACK, Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge, model

There were polls using


This statement was made on one of the slides and participants were asked to go on to Mentimeter and agree or disagree, and say why not. More responses can be seen in the video.

The concepts of language acquired in, through, and for gaming is covered in Jane’s article in TESL-EJ

Chien, Y. (2019). The language of massively multiplayer online gamers: A study of vocabulary in Minecraft gameplay. TESL-EJ, 23(3), 1-16. Also available:

Group selfie:

Zoom Chat Logs

I need to ask if Zoom chat logs can be made available, in full or excerpted form.

I never found out if a chat log was available, or parts of it that might be of interest, but meanwhile, Rose has blogged a reflection on a later presentation for EVO Minecraft MOOC, here

I left a comment at that blog mistakenly pointing here. I tried to correct my mistake by leaving an additional comment on Rose’s blog post.

But in case you have arrived here via my original comment on her post, please carry on to the correct link here:

My mistake should be clear if you follow the links. Abashedly, Vance

Promotion and Feedback

The event was announced as taking place in Zoom, courtesy of Jane Chien

There was an event announcement made on Facebook

Rose Bard’s post on Declaring Goals Now and Then in EVO Minecraft MOOC
Here, Rose contextualizes how she discovered Minecraft, came to grips with it, and expanded on her knowledge to use it with students, leading up to this presentation on Key Aspects, in her blog post here:

Earlier Events

There had been several EVO Minecraft MOOC events since the previous Learning2gether episode 505 posted here:

Mon 11 Jan 1400 UTC – Teacher Vance, Jane Chien, and Bobbi Bear host EVO Minecraft MOOC kickoff event in Zoom and Minecraft

Wed 13 Jan 2300 UTC – Sura hosts Weekly Warping Wednesday

Where server and Discord


Join us each Wednesday as we explore fun locations in our Minecraft world!
Get set up in Discord and grab some items from our Spawn Base before we go.

Make a sword too, as we will need it where we are going! Hope you can join us!

Facebook event:

Wed 13 Jan 1000-1100 UTC – Olivetree Lighthouse hosts Play and Learn in Discord and on the EVOMC21 Minecraft server

For newbies we are going to go through the basics, of the Discord set up, where to find things and how to communicate. In Minecraft we will practice moving, teleporting, warping, getting our first resources in the wild including dying and finding our way back 🙂 We’ll have fun playing and later reflect on the language that we used and how the environment can be used for learning.

If you are not new, come get acquainted with the server and the different builds that we have, and find a place for yourself.

You’ll need to set yourself up in Discord beforehand; see 2021_Discord

If you need back-channel asynchronous help, join and ask your questions there.

Thu 14 Jan 1300-1400 UTC Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear facilitate meaningful play in Discord and on the EVOMC21 Minecraft server

Facebook event created:

Teacher Vance and Bobbi bear will hang out on the server and greet anyone who wants to come online and get any kind of help with learning and playing with us in Minecraft.

It will help if you set yourself up in Discord beforehand; see 2021_Discord

If you need back-channel asynchronous help, join and ask your questions there.

If you want to arrange to meet us at different times, you can send us a message through, or in any of our other online spaces (but will reach Teacher Vance most directly).

We recorded a part of what we did here

We met at the spawn point but went exploring Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear’s tracks with special guest Walton Burns who had dropped in for the Meaningful Play experience. As Bobbi and I had been about to create part 21 of our trek through various biomes we’d visited the past couple of months, we invited Walton to join us as we journeyed through icebergs from Savanna Beach to Greenland and continue by boat to an eroded badlands biome, ending in a shelter on a lonely mesa as part of a Meaningful Play experience in EVO Minecraft MOOC 2021

After that we went with Walton, at his request, back to the spawn point and then over to Ari’s builds where Walton climbed the tricky scaffold that leads up to the balloon. We visited Ari’s colored wool factory, and found where he keeps bees, then tp’d to spawn and started on a trek to Dak’s pyramid, when Walton needed to go because his son needed more bandwidth for his school project. So Bobbi and I kept on up the trail with the blue glass markers, past a panda lying on its back across the trail, and found the bed at the entrance to Dak’s where we went from dusk to dawn. Then we took our boats northeast to where Ari has made his hole in the ocean. We continued to the island just beyond but got caught in a spillway there where the boat rode it down and got lodged in a crevice. Fortunately it was easy to just walk back to the top. There we found an ender chest, one of only a few objects on the flat postage-stamp sized island, but we’d spent a couple of hours already, and tp’d back to our own beds.


Sun 17 Jan – Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear at Meaningful Play – At Home Office Hours on the EVOMC21 Minecraft Server

Between the hours of 1 pm in Malaysia to 8 pm Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear will keep an eye on the EVOMC21 dynamic map: and Discord #server chat in case anyone wants to drop by our server and needs help.

If you need a hand with anything or want to take a tour, hope to see you there

To connect

Sun Jan 17 1600-2100 UTC Dakota hosts Great Expectations, Herding Cats

Found under the door in the Google Calendar, a note … who could have left it … and what time ??? where ?

Wait, scroll down, there’s more …

For “2-legged avatars” we are going to go through the basics of education in Minecraft
we will focus on discussing “What could happen?”,

oh my goodness, you mean “Things could happen?!?!?”  [yep, and dollars will get you donuts… they will.]

investigating what 2 and 4-legged avatars are up to in the wild, including how to prepare for and hopefully to cope with when we (inevitably) fail… and Why Failing Is A GOOD Thing. 🙂

We’ll have fun playing and later reflect on the language and the environment that can be used for learningctrl-H ctrl-H ctrl-H ctrl-H ctrl-H ctrl-H ctrl-H telling stories.
(and chasing, err I meant to say herding cats.)  😉

[hey… wait a minute… haven’t you said that education/learning is the exact same thing as telling stories???…   Shush!!!!!!]

< /teaser off >

Organizer: EVO Minecraft
Created by: Dakotah Redstone

Here are two other events that Learning2gether had listed this past week

Fri 15 Jan – Bilingual-Multilingual Interest Section (B-MEIS) webinar on Multilingualism, Social Justice and Intercultural Competence in the Remote World of Virtual Exchange

When:  Jan 15, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 10:00 AM (ET)

Multilingualism, Social Justice and Intercultural Competence in the Remote World of Virtual Exchange

Through a dialogue format that will include both students and teachers in the virtual exchange program between the U.S. and Spain, we will engage in a critical discussion of language and culture, their power and the challenges in supporting cross-cultural collaborations.


devin_thornburg.jpgDevin Thornburg is an educator, psychologist and committed advocate for social justice and human rights in his teaching, his scholarship and his life. He is a tenured Full Professor at Adelphi University and just published a book on trust within learning.

oscar_ceballos.jpgÓscar Ceballos is Academic Director and professor at CIEE Seville, where he has developed multiple programs for undergraduate students and faculty from the U.S.. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Seville in 1989 where he also holds an MA of art and philosophy.

clara_bauler_jpeg.jpgDr. Clara Vaz Bauler is an associate professor of TESOL/Bilingual Education at Adelphi University. Her research focuses on how digital media technology can be used to support multilingual learners’ academic writing skills while valuing their voices, linguistic assets and composition strategies, ways to better prepare pre-service an in-service teachers to effectively work with linguistically diverse learners in face-to-face and remote learning environments, and integration of disciplinary content, academic discourses, and translanguaging practices to support and empower emergent bilinguals.

The webinar was held in Zoom

Sat 16 Jan 1400-1600 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

About this intitiative,

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 VSTE on Facebook:

 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:

  1. Download and install the software.
  2. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link
  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 February 15, 2021 08:00 UTC

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