Vance Stevens on the importance of learning about blended & hybrid eLearning through engagement in communities of practice


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On Friday, April 30, 2021, Vance Stevens gave a presentation on the importance of learning about blended and hybrid eLearning through engagement in communities of practice

 

And here is the transcript of this video: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14MGJfY_gv_ICMlZee_P3L8pvgkUE37jwiNkR3mFgL3o/edit?usp=sharing 

The following was posted April 30, 2021, on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BlueOceanLanguageSchool
What an honour to have an international TESOL expert with over 150 publications in the field !!
Thank you Vance Stevens..

Vance Stevens lives in Penang, Malaysia. Founder/coordinator of Webheads in Action  and Learning2gether.net, he has produced over 500 podcast episodes since 2010. He has been On the Internet section editor of TESL-EJ since 2002. and has over 150 publications, many available at http://vancestevens.com/papers/, dealing with students using computers to learn languages and teachers learning to teach using technology by engaging in communities of practice and in participatory cultures. He has co-coordinated TESOL/CALL-IS Electronic Village Online (EVO) since 2003, and has co-moderated EVO Minecraft MOOC for the past 7 years. He was recently awarded the 2019 CALL Research Conference Lifetime Achievement Award.

You can follow the presentation slides here: http://bit.ly/blue2021vance 
Results from the Poll Everwhere survey and from the Padlet wall are included in the slides.

It was good to see Mike Kenteris and Benjamin Stewart there.

Mike shared this page in an effort to get into a finer definition of CoPs
https://msp2l1160225102310.blob.core.windows.net/ms-p2-l1-160225-1023-13-assets/18261_8%20Learning%20Communities%20and%20Support_v3_en-US.pdf

 


Zoom Chat Logs

20:08:34 From Vance Stevens : http://bit.ly/blue2021vance
20:11:10 From Vance Stevens : https://pollev.com/vancestevens602
20:17:48 From Mona Zubi : Could we get all the links in the chat please?
20:17:58 From Mr Mike KEDU : http://bit.ly/blue2021vance 
https://pollev.com/vancestevens602
20:18:07 From Mona Zubi : Thank you!
20:18:33 From Sundos Ismail : I can’t have an access to the links
20:19:01 From Blue Ocean : try the one Mona put on FB
20:20:17 From Mona Zubi : You might need a VPN 😊
20:20:52 From Sundos Ismail : Okay… I’ll try thanks
20:28:53 From Benjamin : personal learning network
20:53:28 From Vance Stevens : https://padlet.com/vancestev/ebh7f8uhx7q9bkqa
21:05:49 From Mr Mike KEDU : https://msp2l1160225102310.blob.core.windows.net/ms-p2-l1-160225-1023-13-assets/18261_8%20Learning%20Communities%20and%20Support_v3_en-US.pdf
21:09:33 From Benjamin : Thank you Vance for a great talk!
21:10:10 From Benjamin : To be autonomous: build a personal learning network.
21:11:02 From Benjamin : Perhaps those in your PLN are those you work with while others might come from building professional relationships with those outside your workplace.
21:11:20 From Benjamin : A PLN involves setting personal and professional goals.
21:12:26 From Benjamin : Connecting with others and sharing and reflecting on your own teaching and learning practice is key.
21:17:26 From Benjamin : Thanks everyone!

 


Promotion of Blue Oceans webinars, and Feedback

April 16-May 7 – 2nd international online TESOL conference – Blue Ocean Language School in Damascus

The second international online TESOL conference organized by Blue Ocean Language School in Damascus with many international speakers in the line-up took place in Zoom, hosted by Safwan A. Kadoura 

The conference schedule was posted here (in the comments)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2944769308907551/permalink/4191426734241796

 

 

Safwan’s post announcing the event was shared to these Facebook Groups

Here is the Facebook stream of my presentation:
https://www.facebook.com/BlueOceanLanguageSchool/videos/150465703749434

You can attend via the conference Zoom link or choose to watch live on our Facebook page
Recordings are accumulating here: https://www.facebook.com/BlueOceanLanguageSchool 

Here is

Amany AlKhayat’s presentation on May 3, 2021, on artificial intelligence and integrating ICALL into English language teaching and learning, posted to Facebook here
https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=4256411611059106&ref=watch_permalink

 

 


Earlier Events

Sat 17 April 1400 UTC Vance Stevens Keynote on Virtual Words at Virtual Conferences

https://learning2gether.net/2021/04/17/vance-stevens-keynote-on-virtual-words-at-virtual-conferences-at-virtuatell-conference-tell-sig-nys-tesol/

 

Sat 24 Apr 1430 UTC – Wesley Fryer – Lesson ideas and tips for language teachers using Scratch and Minecraft 

Recording, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT86IqWtosg

 

Wed 28 Apr noon UTC – Claire Bradin Siskin on Demystifying Digital Literacy and Autonomous Learning

The ELC PD Committee at University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Ibri, Oman cordially invites you to join a webinar on Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 04:00 pm Oman Local Time (GMT+4)

Claire Bardin Siskin (USA) will speak on the topic: Demystifying Digital Literacy and Autonomous Learning

The event took place in MS Teams: https://tinyurl.com/4jyrh4r6

 

 

 

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The date of this update is May 10, 2021 06:30 UTC

Vance Stevens Keynote on Virtual Words at Virtual Conferences at VirtuaTeLL Conference TeLL SIG / NYS TESOL

Learning2gether Episode 514

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Sat 17 April 1400 UTC Vance Stevens Keynote on Virtual Words at Virtual Conferences

I’ve been asked to speak at the VirtuaTeLL conference TeLL SIG at NYS TESOL #vtcon2021.  The conference theme is: Equity, Access, and the Digital Divide: Challenges and Opportunities for Language Learning and Teaching. The event is scheduled for April 17th from 9 am to 7 pm EST virtually.

I was told I was invited to present because “Your EVOs on Minecraft have always been inspiring to many attendees”

Title of my talk
Virtual Words at Virtual Conferences

Summary

With the onset of COVID-19 and the continuing need to move both teaching and professional encounters online, novel approaches providing effective ways of doing both are gaining increased attention. One such approach is an exploration of alternative online environments, such as virtual worlds. There was of course considerable work being done in virtual environments long before COVID-19 became a factor, but now it is becoming the norm for conferences once held exclusively face to face to be moved entirely online, as is the case for classroom environments. As should be obvious, development in classroom approaches to remote teaching can be modeled for teachers in virtual conferences, and vice versa as regards virtual classrooms providing models for how virtual conferences might most successfully be run.

One compelling model for virtual classrooms has long been virtual worlds (Stevens, 2008), with large communities of educators having formed in Second Life, Open Sim, and MInecraft involving students in those environments as well. Conferences have often been held in these virtual world spaces; in particular the SLanguages conferences starting in 2007 (Pegrum, 2007Vickers c.2007), the Virtual Round Table conferences with archives going back to 2009, https://virtual-round-table.com/main-venue-show-and-tell-2, and Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education with archives extending back to 2010 https://www.vwbpe.org/archives.

Taken from these perspectives, this talk takes a look at online versions of major conferences, in particular the TESOL 2021 Virtual Conference just ended, and its parallel track implemented and managed by the CALL-IS Interest Section in TESOL.

The focus of my discussion will be the Virtual Worlds presentations offered in the CALL-IS Electronic Village venues, with presentations and tours in Second Life / Open Sim and Minecraft. This talk will suggest that, apart from how such presentations are aimed at showing language teachers how they might incorporate virtual words into their online or blended teaching,  organizers of major conferences would do well to borrow from what presenters are modeling at their events.

Slides
I encourage participants to follow my presentation slides online, and click on the hyperlinks during my presentation
http://bit.ly/vtcon2021vance

Writeup
The writeup accompanying this presentation on the day I presented it is here http://bit.ly./vance2021vtcon

Meanwhile the writeup has been published as
Stevens, V. (2021). Virtual worlds at virtual conferences. Teaching English as a Second Language Electronic Journal (TESL-EJ), 25(1). https://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej97/int.pdf. Unpaginated HTML version:
http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume24/ej97/ej97int/

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See promotion of VirtuaTELL and Feedback

Sat 17 Apr 1300-2300 UTC – VirtuaTeLL conference TeLL SIG at NYS TESOL

https://educatorsinvr.com/2021/04/02/new-york-tesol-tell-sig-2021-language-learning-features-educators-in-vr/

Registration: https://bit.ly/vtcon2021
#tag vtcon2021

Official schedule
https://sites.google.com/nystesol.org/tellsig/virtuatell-2021/schedule


Earlier Events

Fri 16 April 1100 UTC Vance and Bobbi Stevens at VRT Webcon 2021 demo Getting started in Minecraft

https://learning2gether.net/2021/04/16/vance-and-bobbi-stevens-demo-getting-started-in-minecraft-surviving-and-thriving-at-the-2021-vrt-webcon/

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Vance and Bobbi Stevens demo Getting Started in Minecraft: Surviving and Thriving at the 2021 VRT Webcon

Learning2gether Episode 513

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Fri 16 April 1100 UTC Vance and Bobbi Stevens at VRT Webcon 2021 demo Getting started in Minecraft

Here is the recording: https://youtu.be/rPihIl-XPWs

Getting Started in Minecraft: Surviving and Thriving

This live demo shows where to get Minecraft, how to set it up, and then how to cope with the most daunting moment newcomers to Minecraft will likely face when joining a survival server for the first time: arrival in a strange world without resources, making shelter, crafting tools, surviving the night, and thriving thereafter.

Even on servers with protected spawn points, players may face this challenge when moving into the world beyond. You’ll learn about arrival, survival, and developing strategies for thriving in Minecraft by finding food and wool for a bed to return you to a predictable point after mishap, and keeping materials there to avoid having to restart from scratch. With a successful strategy, the game becomes enjoyably challenging. All you need now is a community where you can scaffold one another into becoming ever more proficient in understanding the depth of this powerful learning platform and how you might apply it to your professional context.

Writeup: This users manual for this presentation is available at http://bit.ly/vrtwebcon21vance
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17tXlP1PUGwMKnSa_haN6PAYNkeywLsyXI_xbkesbfaY/edit?usp=sharing

Slides: The associated slides are available through http://bit.ly/vance21vrtwebcon  

Here is the final hand clapping screenshot

Skullduggery

After explaining the difference between Java and Bedrock versions of Minecraft, and how to obtain and configure the Java version, I demonstrated in my demo how to arrive in world for the first time, chop trees, make a crafting table, craft a pickaxe, mine cobblestone, make a furnace, create charcoal from a tree log, make torches, complete my shelter, put a door on it, and light the shelter with torches — all in the ten minutes I had to work before nightfall. That left Bobbi Bear and I safe for the night in our secure shelter where we would be just fine until we starved (players have to eat) or gone outside, had an accident, and had to respawn. Respawn means you return to the game, but lose whatever you were carrying before your demise, and you respawn to a random spot somewhere near our original spawn point. But to get control over where we respawned, we could make a bed and put it in the shelter so that we would respawn each time inside the safe shelter.

To make a bed we would need some wool, and until we could find iron and make a set of sheep shears, the quickest way to get wool is to sacrifice a few lambs in the meadows. When you kill them with your sword, they drop wool and meat, and three of them produce enough wool to make a bed, and also leave you a bit of raw lamb meat, which you can cook in the furnace, and eat. So I Bobbi Bear and I went out into the meadows, found a few sheep, and dispatched three of them This raised a hue and cry from the participants, some of whom did not like the idea of taking out a few digital avatars representing sheep just in order to get their wool.

But we were able to craft a bed and put it in the shelter, and when I clicked on it, it became my “bed spawn”. Now we had a strategy; we could accumulate things in a chest we had left the shelter, go outside and mine minerals and accumulate more resources to expand our domain, leave some of these things behind in the shelter, carry just what you need outside, and if something bad happens to you, you end up back inside your shelter, bereft of what you were carrying, but with a chest in the shelter containing whatever you had left there against this eventuality.

Heike asked to be shown what would happen if I got killed, and I agreed to show her. It was night time and I started walking in the darkness. I expected to be caught by a zombie or a skeleton but instead I walked over a trench and ended up in the bottom of it. Unusually, there were no monsters to be found there and I could see no immediate way out (apart from hacking steps up and out, which would have taken time), and no way to commit suicide there, so Bobbi offered to teleport to me and kill me quickly with her sword.

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This had the desired effect. I “died” (only temporarily) and respawned back in the shelter where I had created the bed crafted from the three pretend digital sheep we had killed earlier. Heike’s question was answered, but interestingly, there was no hue and cry from the participants this time. The slaughter of three digital sheep was apparently more wrenching than witnessing the slaughter of a digital human. That’s what TV has done to us.

Another interesting thing was that Bobbi was able to retrieve my ‘skull’ after she killed me. Here she has it in her hand and can view it in her inventory (when she mouses over it in her inventory, it tells her that it is the skull of Teacher Vance).

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In the last picture she’s thrown it onto the floor where you can see that it indeed looks like me (or like my avatar). I had never seen a player’s skull in Minecraft before. In Minecraft, you learn something new each time you play (but try not to lose your head over it).


Zoom Chat Logs

19:11:14 From  Bendaoud Nadif : Hi, professor Stevens

19:11:24 From  Bendaoud Nadif : I am from Morocco

19:11:36 From  BARBARA STEVENS : Hi, welcome

19:11:58 From  Bendaoud Nadif : I attended your session last summer with prof Yamina Elkirat

19:12:12 From  BARBARA STEVENS : Nice

19:12:32 From  Vance Stevens : http://bit.ly/vance21vrtwebcon 

19:19:01 From  Heike Philp : Jane Chien is on the fb livestream and cheers you on

19:19:19 From  BARBARA STEVENS : sweet of her!

19:19:48 From  Zeynab Moosavi : Thank you all for your patience, It is my presentation slide

19:19:51 From  Zeynab Moosavi : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X5CpNaoUpOkqeaKGrZtfOnJJt1KEKS11/view?usp=sharing 

19:21:14 From  Heike Philp : thank you so much Zeynab, I will add this to the program – is this ok?

19:21:46 From  Zeynab Moosavi : yes of course

19:22:21 From  Vance Stevens : http://bit.ly/vance21vrtwebcon 

19:34:40 From  Heike Philp : wow Vance you are so fast!!!

19:34:50 From  Heike Philp : in only 10min you created all this?

19:34:53 From  Heike Philp : incredible

19:35:29 From  Georgia Maneta : Lots of homework again Heike and attendees!

19:35:52 From  Heike Philp : what Vance is doing in 15min took me 3 weeks!

19:37:09 From  Chris C : I can imagine it would take me 3 months! Could we ask how long it has taken Vance to become this proficient?

19:41:29 From  Heike Philp : haha

19:41:56 From  Heike Philp : this does not give you the right to slaughter them!

19:42:09 From  Heike Philp : I am a vegan in Minecraft

19:43:26 From  Heike Philp : a bed!

19:46:41 From  Heike Philp : haha

19:47:04 From  Andrea Kovács : I remember following my son as he was playing as a teenager with his friends. (almost 8 years ago)! I was very happy ’cause while playing, they were speaking on Skype  about all kinds of serious topics and were collaborating so nicely in building their “dream house”!

19:47:37 From  Georgia Maneta : Videogames DO have advantages Andrea I guess…

19:47:48 From  Heike Philp : ahhh

19:51:05 From  Andrea Kovács : Yes, and they were speaking in English, that was one of the advantages too! I was very happy about it, ’cause he didn’t really liked to speak with me, the teacher!

19:51:12 From  Michael Birch : Vance is invancible.

19:51:30 From  Andrea Kovács : like

19:54:12 From  Georgia Maneta : Yes Andrea! My son managed to speak also in English!

19:55:56 From  Andrea Kovács : WoW! I like the sustainability idea!

19:57:28 From  Heike Philp : brilliant!

19:57:31 From  Zeynab Moosavi : Thank you so much dear Vance, you are amazing…

19:57:53 From  Amal Abdulhaleem Al-Hakimi : Thank you

19:58:06 From  Andrea Kovács : Thank you, it was amazing!

19:59:10 From  Chris C : Thanks very much for this…. really impressive to watch.

19:59:41 From  Heike Philp : Ever so well done – exactly what I was hoping for – a real new user guide

19:59:54 From  BARBARA STEVENS : Glad you all enjoyed it!

19:59:58 From  Minnie : Great, thank you Vance and Barbara!

20:00:15 From  BARBARA STEVENS : You are welcome!

20:05:48 From  Vance Stevens : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfusidwHFs0&t=702s\ 

20:06:07 From  Chris C : 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

20:06:15 From  Michael Birch : Great stuff Vance and Bobby!

20:06:34 From  Joe McVeigh : Thank you Vance and Bobby ! ! !

20:08:51 From  Vance Stevens : Thanks @joe McVeigh

20:09:28 From  Vance Stevens : Here is the article where Filip’s mother explained how he became fluent through Minecraft http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume18/ej70/ej70int/ 

20:10:30 From  Vance Stevens : Here is the wiki where I explain through 13 video snippets how they relate to the affordances of Minecraft which I mentioned http://evomc21classics.pbworks.com/ 

20:12:28 From  Adrijana Rozdijevac : Thank you, Vance! 

20:13:36 From  Sana Nasfi : I missed yesterday session unfortunately. Where could I find the recording, please ?

20:14:15 From  Heike Philp : https://bit.ly/12vrtwebcon – all of the recordings are mentioned there

More background on this presentation:
http://bit.ly/vrtwebcon21vance


Promotion of the VRT Webcon and Feedback

Heike Philp has closed her community NING site and created her new website for VRT:
https://www.virtual-round-table.com

She invited all to come and join her for a tools festival, app swap party and games con!
Tools, apps and games for language education. We love them!

Tools for teaching and learning a language, for student engagement communication apps for parents, lesson planning software, games, apps for assessment, learning management systems, websites, webservices, professional development qualifications and much more.

Heike did a great job promoting and delivering this conference. She streamed to Facebook via Zoom and simultaneously to YouTube by capturing the stream from Facebook and streaming that out via OBS. As always she crowdsourced her program, added Zoom links, and followed that up with links to presenters’ slides and other materials as well as with YouTube recording links posted right below where there presentations appeared in the program. She placed all of the videos in an amazing resource: the 12th Virtual Round Table 2021 YouTube playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLugizRwFVygRYQHFa65q1ozFO5lRp0K-z

She also released some impressive statistics corroborating the impact of her efforts:
1598 participants – 412 in Zoom, plus 824 watching on Facebook, and 591 on YouTube.

Opening networking session screenshot, April 15

Opening networking warmup with Wonder.me April 16

Conference program: http://bit.ly/12vrtwebcon

Livestream

Recordings
Links to recordings are given in each presentation listing in the program here, https://bit.ly/12vrtwebcon

hashtag #vrtwebcon

Heike introduced the EVO Minecraft MOOC presentation by setting up this event on Facebook:
https://fb.me/e/3YnasI2Cl

To which we added our postings to these Facebook Groups

And to these Groups.io


Earlier Events

Fri 9 April 1000-1800 AEST – APACALL free Webinar

https://learning2gether.net/2021/04/09/vance-stevenss-invited-talk-on-engaging-teachers-and-learners-in-evo-minecraft-mooc-at-apacall-free-webinar/

Sat 10 April 0700 Peter Omal hosts adobe Indesign free webinar

The time given is Jamaica time, meeting in Zoom

Sat 10 April Nazarbayev University’s Writing Talks series of free webinars

Jane Hoelker was promoting the Nazarbayev University’s Writing Talks free webinars offered starting April 3 at 10:45 AM and ending at 11:30 AM . The time zone is not specified, but here is the info.

NU Writing Talks, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Join the free professional development online lectures called Writing Talks hosted by Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. Every Saturday in April a different topic will be discussed by a new Panel from 11:00 to 12:30. (April 3rd begins at 10:45 with Welcome.)

NU Writing Talks | NU WCP Website https://shsswritingcenter.wixsite.com/writingcenterprogram/

The Writing Center Program (WCP) at Nazarbayev University is pleased to announce the first edition of NU Writing Talks, a symposium dedicated to all aspects of academic writing and open to all perspectives on the teaching and learning of writing in English for academic and STEM research purposes. The aim of these webinars is to share experience and resources to support a wide range of learning outcomes and activities, across disciplines and institutions.

Symposium events will take place this coming April  3, 10, 17 and 24.

Recording in English, Russian and Kazakh will be made available after the live session.

Sat 10 April 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 VSTE 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.

Tue 13 Apr 11 am EDT Joe McVeigh and Sandra Story – Faces and Places across the United States

Here is a great opportunity for you (or your students) to practice your English and learn a little bit about the United States. On Tuesday, 13 April at 11:00 a.m. EDT (UTC-4) I will be in conversation with Sandra Story from the U.S. Department of State as part of a series called Faces and Places across the United States.  I’ll be talking about my home state of Vermont and what life is like here. To be sure that the conversation is accessible to intermediate level students, we’ll try to keep the language from getting too complicated.  The conversation will be held live on Facebook at this address: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishatState.  I hope you can join us! If you’d like to share this opportunity with friends, colleagues, and students. In cast you aren’t free at the time of the live conversation, a recording will be made available on YouTube afterwards.

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The date of this update is April 20, 2021 04:00 UTC

Vance Stevens’s invited talk on Engaging Teachers and Learners in EVO Minecraft MOOC at APACALL free Webinar

Learning2gether Episode 512

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Fri 9 April 1000-1800 AEST – APACALL free Webinar

The Zoom recorded video of my presentation can be found on YouTube here https://youtu.be/H_gBf-22180

This recording was made in Zoom by APACALL, the Asia-Pacific Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning, at a free Webinar held on Friday, 9 April 2021 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm AEST (time in Brisbane, Australia). The webinar was organized by Jeong-Bae Son, president of APACALL, https://www.apacall.org/, who hosted the one-day conference, and webcast it via Zoom.

Here is the program of events

The recordings are in the APACALL Channel below. The presenters of the sessions have kindly agreed to make their presentations available online.

The screenshot below was taken at the start of the conference:

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Phil Hubbard led us off, followed by Claire Bradin Siskin

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And then it was my turn

Vance Stevens was invited to talk on Engaging Teachers and Learners in EVO Minecraft MOOC

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I was asked to be an invited speaker for the webinar. I gave a 30-minute live talk and sat for a few minutes of Q & A afterwards.

Here is my brief  Abstract:

The speaker founded the Electronic Village Online (EVO) Minecraft Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) community of practice in 2015 as a way to help teachers learn Minecraft through collaborative projects with peers. Lately, young learners have become markedly more involved with EVOMC. This talk discusses various ways we engage and learn from our younger community members.

I invited those present to follow these slides during the presentation, with all hyperlinks live: http://bit.ly/apacall2021vance

You can also reach the prose write up at this link: http://bit.ly/vance2021apacall

If you reach one you’ll find a link to the other, in case you forget if the bit.ly link is apacall2021vance or vance2021apacall

Either will work 🙂


Promotion and Feedback

The following announcement was posted on the Facebook pages indicated below

Just a few hours to go now before the start of the #APACALL free web conference on April 9, starting at the stroke of midnight UTC.

The program at https://www.apacall.org/events/webinars/2021/APACALL_Webinar_2021_Program.pdf features 3 invited speakers at the start of the day, Phil Hubbard, Claire Bradin Siskin, and Vance Stevens. Vance will talk about engaging teachers and learners through the EVO Minecraft MOOC community. The entire event wraps up at 08:00 UTC with a presentation followed by a panel hosted by webinar organizer, Jong-Bae Son.

This was posted to these Facebook Groups


Earlier Events

Minecraft, Virtual Worlds, and MWIS/CPPLN March 25 at the 2021 Virtual TESOL Conference

https://learning2gether.net/2021/03/25/minecraft-virtual-worlds-and-mwis-cppln-march-25-at-the-2021-virtual-tesol-conference/

EVO Minecraft MOOC and Best of EVO at the 2021 TESOL Virtual Conference March 26-27

https://learning2gether.net/2021/03/27/evo-minecraft-mooc-and-best-of-evo-at-the-2021-tesol-virtual-conference-march-26-27/

Mon 29 March 2300 UTC -VSTE Swap Meet in Second Life

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VSTE Swap Meet in Second Life

We will show you how to create a giver box and put in it five things you have to share. If you don’t have anything we can help with that, too. We will each get five fun things from each other and have fun exploring them.

Basic directions to join VSTE Space in Second Life

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/ When you do this your avatar’s “home” is set to be the Rockcliffe University’s sim, bypassing the normal Second Life welcome area.

Download and install Second Life viewer software. You will be directed to download the Second Life viewer but we prefer the Firestorm viewer at https://www.firestormviewer.org/. Either one will work but Firestorm has some advantages.

When you are ready to join us, while your Second Life viewer (software) is open, click this linkhttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulgiver/155/144/58 to teleport yourself to VSTE Space. Look for an avatar and say, “Hey, I’m new!” We will take care of the rest. Someone is there most Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 AM Eastern Time (Same as New York).

Sat 3 April 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

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

Time where you are April 3, 9-11 am EDT, 1300-1500 UTC

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Sat+April+3%2C+9-11+EDT+-+VSTE+Second+Life+Saturdays&iso=20210403T09&p1=212&ah=2

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: 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.

Sat 03 Apr 1700 UTC – TESOL Career Path Development Professional Learning Network Tea Party

TESOL Career Path Development Professional Learning Network Tea Party. Join us on Saturday, April 3rd, 1 PM ET for an informal chat to share experiences and ideas for our CPD Post-TESOL Convention 2021 Tea. All are welcome. Attend with your favorite cup of tea! No pre-registration required.

Tue 06 April 0100 UTC Minecraft Mondays Visits AZCraft (Part 1)

This takes place on Monday, April 5th  8 PM Eastern time, 5 PM SLT, Midnight  UTC

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We will visit a different Minecraft server that K4 and Jaz have been enjoying.

If everyone likes it maybe we can pursue bringing some of the mobs to VSTE Place: an economy, dungeons, voting for rewards?

What actually happened?

I arrived a little late for this one, and by then the crowd had all moved off to WoW (World of Warcraft)

However., they were planning to meet the following week in AZcraft, so Dakota Redstone offered to take me to the server they would be using and get me set up there. Here are some screenshots from that:

Dakota and Dragoslayer show me their humble abodes:

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Dragoslayer mounts a skeleton horse in the corner of one of the builds

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Dokotah and Dragoslayer kindly help me lay claim to a parcel of land and establish myself there:

I’ll be back before the next Minecraft Monday, first Monday in May.

Basic directions to join VSTE Place, VSTE’s Minecraft world

You must have a computer Minecraft account from https://minecraft.net/en/ to join. There is a one time fee of $26.95.

  1. Download and install the software.
  2. Make sure you have installed and are running version 1.16.5
  3. Choose multiplayer and add a server: Name VSTE Place IP: minecraft.vste.org:11002.
  4. Our server is protected. You will need to be whitelisted to enter.
    Email Kim Harrison at K4sons@gmail.com from an educational email address with your real name and Minecraft account name.

VSTE uses its Discord server for voice communication while playing Minecraft

Discord is a voice and screen sharing application that will run on your computer or mobile device.

  1. Download and install it for free.
  2. Create an account. Many of us use the same name for our Discord account as our Minecraft account to keep things simple.
  3. Our channel is https://discord.gg/cp9tsWz

It helps us to be able to play Minecraft in one screen and listen via Discord with earbuds or headphones.

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The date of this update is May 7, 2021 07:00 UTC