Learning2gether about the Nether: Immersed in a VSTE Minecraft Mondays nether world community gaming adventure

Learning2gether Episode 521

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This VSTE Minecraft Monday event was promoted as a Nether Adventure on the VSTE Minecraft server. It took place on Monday evening, June 7, 2021 in the USA (hence ‘Minecraft Mondays’) which is Tuesday morning June 8 where I am in Malaysia. You can find out more about VSTE here: https://vste.org/

The join instructions were simple: “We are going to explore the nether, it’s biomes, some scary structures, and a blaze farm. Dakotah, Jazmar, and K4sons have this all set up for you. You don’t need to prepare at all, just show up!”

You can see what happened when we showed up in the video recording. First we rode a minecart to a gathering point at the end of the redstone powered rails and strolled together over to an elaborate build where we climbed a stairs and followed a maze through a series of iron doors where we had to press buttons to keep them open and then duck through, to arrive eventually at an elaborate hall full of beds, shokur boxes, and footlocker chests. Our first task was to divest ourselves of anything we had on us (that we didn’t want to lose) and put it in the shokur box. Then we needed to break the shokur box, which we could pick up off the floor with our possessions intact inside and put the shokur box into the foot locker where we could retrieve it later. Finally, we put signs on our beds to claim each as our own, and right click on the bed, so that our spawn points would be set back to our bed (in case of death, not that it would necessarily happen, just sayin’).

Next we wandered around to the dispensers placed at either end of the room and pressed their buttons to get them to spew out armour of the best quality, which we could gather off the floor and don, including gold items to wear so piglins would ignore us in the nether. Some dispensers had powerful weapons and tools, others potions to allow night vision (for up tp 8 minutes; it could be dark in the nether) and magic totems to carry in our shield hand to protect us (up to a point) from death (so we needed to get more than one, in case the spare would come in handy). There were golden apples which kept us on a constant high, restored health hearts quickly, and possibly provided some protection. We scooped up all these items and prepared ourselves for descent further into the maze where we would find and step through the nether portal that would transport us to a land of lava and dangerous creatures inhabiting phantasmagorical biomes not found on the overworld.

If you want to experience this with as little frustration as possible, and (if you’re new to this) with some hope of lasting long in this hellish environment for as long as an hour, then you are fortunate if you can travel in groups like this composed of community members who can help and support you, look after your scattered things if you succumb to mobs, and give you a place to teleport back to so you can retrieve them and continue into the fray. It can be chaotic and confusing, but if you don’t take in-game death personally, then the object is to rise to the challenge, enjoy it, and bounce back to persist in the tour so skillfully laid out by our friends and mentors Dakotah, Jazmar, and K4sons.

The recording was made in OBS by Vance Stevens, founder and coordinator of Learning2gether.net. This was episode 521 at https://learning2gether.net/ Some of the participants present were also moderators of EVO Minecraft MOOC http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/.


Promotion and Feedback

Mon 7 June 2355 UTC –  VSTE Minecraft Event – Nether Adventure

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Nether Adventure!

Time: Monday 8 PM June 7, 2021 = Tuesday 12 Midnight June 8, 2021 UTC

We are going to explore the nether, it’s biomes, some scary structures, and a blaze farm.

Dakotah, Jazmar, and K4sons have this all set up for you. You don’t need to prepare at all, just show up!

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

Whitelist

Our server is protected. You will need to be whitelisted to enter. You could email k4sons from an educational email address with your real name and Minecraft account name and she will whitelist you.

Discord

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

  • Download and install it for free.
  • Create an account. Many of us use the same name for our Discord account as our Minecraft account to keep things simple.
  • 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.


Earlier Events

Fri 4 June  – Sun June 6 – Learning2gether with JALTCALL 2021 3-day annual online conference

https://learning2gether.net/2021/06/04/learning2gether-with-jaltcall-2021-3-day-annual-online-conference/

Wed-Fri 7-9 Jul ‘International Conference on Technology-enhanced Language Learning and Teaching & Corpus-based Language Learning and Teaching

International Conference on Technology-enhanced Language Learning and Teaching & Corpus-based Language Learning and Teaching

(TeLLT & CoLLT 2021) [ONLINE VIA ZOOM]

7 – 9 July 2021, Hong Kong

The joint conference ‘International Conference on Technology-enhanced Language Learning and Teaching & Corpus-based Language Learning and Teaching (TeLLT & CoLLT 2021)’. TeLLT & CoLLT 2021 aims to bring together academics from around the world to report on their various research work related to technology-enhanced language learning and teaching (TeLLT), and corpus-based language learning and teaching (CoLLT). Given the current unforeseen circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be held virtually via ZOOM.

The conference fee is HK$300, around $40 US.

Conference keynote speakers

  • Professor Jozef Colpaert, University of Antwerp
  • Professor Glenn Stockwell, Waseda University
  • Professor Gu Yueguo, Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • Professor Chen Haojan, National Taiwan Normal University
  • Professor Randi Reppen, Northern Arizona University
  • Professor Alex Boulton, University of Lorraine

Organiser: The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Conference themes: technology-enhanced language learning and teaching (TeLLT), corpus-based language learning and teaching (CoLLT)

For more details, please refer to TeLLT & CoLLT website.

For enquiries, please write to us by email at telltcollt2021@eduhk.hk.

https://www.eduhk.hk/lml/tellt&collt2021/

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This blog is written and maintained by Vance Stevens
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The date of this update is June 8, 2021 08:00 UTC

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