Closing Webcast of EVO 2017

Learning2gether Episode 363

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EVO Head Coordinator Mbarek Akaddar issued an invitation to the closing webcast to be held in the Webheads virtual office Sunday Feb 12 at 14:00 UTC. Many of the coordination team were there along with many EVO 2017 session moderators, and EVO participants were encouraged to come and share their evaluation of the session they participated in, the challenges they met and their recommendations for next year.

My wife was kind enough to stream the session for us
on her channel 

Here are details of the Sun Feb 12 1400 UTC Closing Webcast of EVO 2017  hosted by Mbarek Akaddar

Strike incurred on attempting to stream this event via YouTube

We were planning to live-stream this event on YouTube

However …

When setting up the event I was informed that the video which would have been created had it not been flagged, incurred a strike for deceptive posting or trying to drive traffic away from YouTube and onto my site.

Here is the text of what I posted as a description of the event I set up when I suddenly incurred the strike

Learning2gether Episode 363 Sun Feb 12 1400 UTC Closing Webcast of EVO 2017 takes place in Bb Collaborate, in the Webheads Virtual Office, Find more information here

I appealed as I have never engaged in deception nor do I monetize the sites I was linking to, which exist as free and open resources for the benift of educators

The appeal was rejected as the above appears to be a “violation of community guidelines,” and my three month ban on further streaming from my account will last from Feb 6 through May 6.

The video in question was flagged as shown above the instant after I hit the submit button to create the event (that is, the ‘review’ mentioned below lasted a nanosecond). Therefore, the “strike” was probably due to something an algorithm perceived as spam, as detailed in this followup email from YouTube

Hi Vance Stevens,

As you may know, our Community Guidelines describe which content we allow – and don’t allow – on YouTube. Your video “Closing Webcast of EVO 2017 – Learning2gether Episode 363” was flagged for review. Upon review, we’ve determined that it violates our guidelines. We’ve removed it from YouTube and assigned a Community Guidelines strike, or temporary penalty, to your account.

Video content restrictions

It’s not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted, or repetitive content to YouTube. If the main purpose of your content is to drive people off of YouTube and onto another site, it will likely violate our spam policies. In addition, misleading descriptions, tags, titles, or thumbnails designed to increase views are not allowed. Tags should only be placed in the appropriate tag section and not in the description. Learn more.

The impact of strikes

This is the first strike applied to your account. We understand that users seldom intend to violate our policies. That’s why strikes don’t last forever – this strike will expire in three months. However, it’s important to remember that additional strikes could prevent you from posting content to YouTube or even lead to your account being terminated.

How you can respond

If you believe this was a mistake, we’d like to hear from you. Please follow both of these steps as simply deleting the video won’t resolve the strike on your account.

  • The next time you sign in you will be asked to acknowledge this strike on your account.
  • If you would like to appeal this strike, please submit this form. Our team will thoroughly review your appeal and will contact you again very soon.

– The YouTube Team

URLs relevant to the violation

I wish this had not happened abruptly, without any warning or caution, but as near as I can make out it might be because I often mention where my videos are posted in blogs or place tags in the text (unaware of any problem) and YouTube interprets this as driving traffic to my sites (such as this one), which though they are in no way commercial, no ads even, YouTube sees streaming in the context of monetization and reacted in this way.

For the record, Learning2gether and Webheads in Action from which it derives, have always operated without any funding (apart from occasional largess, such as the grant of the use of the LearningTimes Bb Collaborate room that made this event possible). These projects are the initiative of me, Vance Stevens, and I do not monetize them; on the contrary I pay hundreds of dollars a year from my own pocket for hosting fees, sustaining domain names, and other expenses associated with being Internet connected. My work and the work of all others involved in these projects is donated on a strictly volunteer basis.

One complicating factor here is that when setting up events, if you wish to embed the video so that people can click on it before the event and see a timer counting down to the stream, and the stream itself during the event, and the recording afterwards (the way that was normal with Hangouts on Air), then YouTube requires you to  monetize  your channel. This does not mean I receive money from YouTube or from ads placed in my channel (I haven’t received any money nor noticed any ads) – it  means only that I set this up in order to be able to embed the video watch page in my announcement of the upcoming event (otherwise the Embed option under Share was not available).

This could have something to do with YouTube’s disproportional reaction to whatever terms of service I inadvertently violated. In future, when I recover my right to stream this May, I will

  • no longer set up events, but stream only on-the-fly through my channel,
  • not mention other websites such as this one in the video description, where viewers might  go for further context for the video they are viewing
  • take greater care in labeling my videos so as to avoid the impression I am posting “large amounts of untargeted, unwanted, or repetitive content to YouTube”

I hope this will resolve the problem


Earlier this week

Learning2gether Episode 362 Sat Feb 11 EVO Minecraft MOOC meets Jo Kay at Massively Minecraft

EVO Minecraft MOOC meets Jo Kay at Massively Minecraft

Learning2gether Episode 362

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This came about when  Jo Kay
posted this invitation to the EVO Minecraft MOOC Google+ Community: 8:04 AM
saying in effect that on Feb 11 at 1700 UTC, the Massively Minecraft kids would be ‘at home’ to visitors.

EVO Minecraft MOOC members wishing to attend were whitelisted at server address or running Minecraft v 1.11.2

For those who couldn’t join in Minecraft the session was recorded:

An event was set here

Who’s Jo Kay? What is Massively Minecraft?

Earlier this week

Learning2gether Episode 361 – Tue Feb 7 01:00 UTC – VSTE Minecraft Server Party

EVO Minecraft MOOC attends VSTE Minecraft Monday

Learning2gether Episode 361

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This mp3 has been edited to remove the gaps left by Vance’s unrecorded microphone, while leaving the rest of the conversation intact

On Tuesday, Feb 7 at 01:00 UTC, VSTE, Virginia Society for Technology in Education, invited EVO Minecraft MOOC to one of its “Minecraft Monday” server parties (for people in the USA this was Monday evening Feb 6). The event was hosted by EVOMC16 participants and VSTE members Kimball Harrison and Beth O’Connell.

Vance managed to stream this here,
However, guess what, I got set up at 5 a.m. for this and needed to leave for work at 6:00, and in the fog, I found I didn’t have my mic activated in the stream, so there’s not much here unfortunately, unless someone else recorded it :-(.

Here is Kimball’s announcement inviting the EVO Minecraft MOOC community to join the event:

 Kimball Harrison

Week 3: Network Jan 31, 2017

Next Monday at 8 PM Eastern VSTE meets in our Minecraft world, “VSTE Place.” I’d love to have some EVO Minecraft MOOC members join us. I want to present the idea to VSTE that we do a “Survive the Summer” event from Memorial Day, May 29th, through Labor Day, September 4th. We’d have a survival map members can teleport to.

I’d love for any of you to come talk it up with me. We might have a panel discussion if there are enough of us, answering some questions that come up…

  • What’s the big deal about survival?
  • How do you start?
  • What are some common goals we might adopt?
  • Where do you get your best information about how to survive?
  • That sort of thing.

To participate you need a Minecraft account from Mojang, and the free software running 1.11.2

  • On the login screen Edit Profile, choose release 1.11.2 from the dropdown menu, and save the profile.
  • Our multiuser server address is
  • Email K4sons (gmail) before 6 PM Monday with your Mojang Minecraft login name so you can be whitelisted.

For server information and more go to the flyer here

We will use Discord for voice to communicate.
Download it ahead of time if you don’t have it and set up an account. It’s free.
The link to join VSTE VE PLN Minecraft Monday is

Earlier this week

Fri Feb 3 1500 UTC Vance Stevens and Jeff Kuhn on EVOMC17 at the 8th annual free connecting online conference

Fri Feb 3 thru Sun Feb 5 8th annual free connecting online conference

Dr. Nellie Deutsch invites you to the 8th annual free connecting online conference February 3-5, 2017 on Moodle for Teachers website.\

Connecting Online is a free online conference that takes place on the first full weekend of February. CO17 is the 8th annual event. The theme of CO17 is teaching online to improve instruction and learning in education and business. The platform for the tutorials, webinars, discussions, badges, and certificates on CO17 conference area.

You may access the 24 live online sessions here:

Alternatively, you can use this link to find all presentation links in CO17 without signing on to the Moodle course

Everyone is welcome!

Sat Feb 4 12pm EST Classroom 2.0 on Formative Assessment with Technology

Saturday, February 4, 2017
“Formative Assessment with Technology”Presenter: Dr. Monica Burns We are excited to welcome Dr. Monica Burns, an amazing, creative, inspiring educator as our special guest presenter on Classroom 2.0 LIVE on February 4, 2017. As educators we know the importance of using formative assessment in our classes during the learning process. The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by teachers to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning. Formative assessments help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work and they help teachers recognize where students are struggling and address problems immediately. Monica will share some of her favorite tips about how we can use technology to support formative assessment to improve the learning process.Webinar Description Collecting meaningful formative assessment data and putting this information into action is a challenge for teachers at every grade level. Technology tools can make the collection and organization of formative assessment data more efficient. #FormativeTech can save instructional time, and help teachers organize data so strategic interventions can reach students in need. Join Dr. Monica Burns as she shares her favorite tips for using technology tools to check for understanding.

Dr. Monica Burns is an EdTech Consultant and Author, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, and EduTECH. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia. Monica is the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Press, 2016) and #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scannable Formative Assessment with Technology (Corwin Press, 2017). Monica visits school across the country to work with PreK-12 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible.

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On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site ( you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “Charge Up Your PLN!” session with Peggy George and Kim Thomas. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Paula Naugle, Steve Hargadon

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Third time around overview: A short history of community in EVO Minecraft MOOC

Learning2gether Episode 360

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On Friday, Feb 3, 2017, at 1500 UTC, Vance Stevens and Jeff Kuhn, two of the co-moderators of EVO Minecraft MOOC, met online at the 8th annual free Connecting Online conference, CO17, to present what was billed there as “EVO Minecraft MOOC: Third time around overview.”

Here is Nellie’s Deutsch’s video of this event,

The blurb in the schedule ran as follows:

EVOMC17 is now in its third iteration of seeking to introduce teachers to “Big G” Gamification by experiencing the concept through interaction with teaching peers in the “little g” game of Minecraft. The presentation explains how the community has sustained itself for three years as a space where experienced players and noobies alike can contribute to each other’s appreciation of Minecraft as a “toy” for enabling learning over a wide range of concepts.

To this I had added

This presentation will focus on the evolution of the EVO Minecraft MOOC community from 2015 through the present, how it has indeed become a community, who it has attracted from other networks, and the interesting move from starting in creative and then morphing to survival (2015 and 20160, to the running of two parallel worlds as we do today (2017), with even a third (last year’s world from 2016) whose existence was just recently inadvertently exposed, with outcomes yet to be known (but we might have even more to report by Friday).

We didn’t mention the Big G vs. little g distinction in our presentation, but if curious, there is more about that here,

In WizIQ, the link in the schedule points here,

Google Slides

Stream and Recording on

I recorded the stream on a second computer while presenting on a first. I had learned previously that a stream of the presenter view of my presentation in WizIQ was not going to make a good experience for the viewing audience. Unfortunately, while presenting, I was unable to properly monitor the presentation computer and did not notice that WizIQ opened a notice and splashed it across Jeff’s and my video windows, where it remained until I finally discovered it and clicked it away. At that time I also remembered I had meant to elongate the chat window, which I did at the same time. In any event I did remember at the end of the presentation to copy the text chat and paste it to a Google Doc. These presentations end abruptly, at which point the opportunity to do this is irrevocably lost, but I did manage to grab the chat from very near the end of this event.

WizIQ chat transcripts

CO17 YouTube Playlist here

Blog posts: for further information, see Vance’s posts here


Earlier this week

Learning2gether 359 Thu Jan 26 1900 UTC David Dodgson aka ELT Sandbox talks / plays EVO Minecraft MOOC

Mon Jan 30 1900 UTC – ICT4ELT EVO 2017 event, Arjana Blazic, Tools for online assessment

Week 4 Live Session

Arjana Blazic

Tools for online assessment

In this webinar Aryana Blazic will present various online testing tools that teachers can use to create their own interactive quizzes, surveys, puzzles and games for testing student knowledge and measuring student progress.  The talk will focus on free user-friendly tools that can be used for testing different language aspects.

More information on session page:

David Dodgson, David Plumel, Dakota Redstone, and Rose Bard talk and play EVO Minecraft MOOC

Learning2gether episode 359

Our Thursday, January 26, 2017 server party was organized around a commitment by David Dodgson aka ELT Sandbox to meet us at his mountain retreat in Minecraft and talk about EVO Minecraft MOOC. In the end we were taken on tours of the mines under the retreat, the mob-spawning tower created by David Plumel, and the village protected by Dakota Redstone so he could have trading partners to supply him with emeralds.

David Dodgson was one of our original EVO Minecraft MOOC moderators.

He was having trouble getting on the Minecraft server from Bahrain but he agreed to try and connect by 1900 UTC on Thu Jan 26, and with luck, it worked. I streamed it on this watch page:

I set an event for this community for 1900 UTC here

The event was attended by Rose Bard, David Dodgson, Linda Gielen, Maha Abdelmoneim,  Jeff Kuhn, Jo Kay, David Plumel, Dakota Redstone, Christophe Menard, in addition to myself (and if I left anyone out, let me know, and I’ll rectify the oversight here).

David posted his reflections on the event here

Wed Jan 25 streaming on-the-fly Rose Bard takes us on a tour of her mob farm in-progress

This took place after I had posted the following, and a bunch of us hooked up on the EVO Minecraft MOOC server

We visited David Plumel’s very elaborate mob farm in his castle keep with +Linda Gielen, but we didn’t record it. Meanwhile +Rose Bard invited me to see the mob farm she was making beneath her house.

She was using Discord, so we decided to stream the tour, and you can see it here, and in the embed above.


Earlier this week

Sat Jan 21 1500 UTC Learning2gether 358 – Special streaming from Minecraft and Discord


Sat Jan 21 1700 UTC Peggy George and Kim Thomas on Classroom 2.0 – Charge up your PLN

Saturday, January 21, 2017
“Charge up your PLN! A Credit Card with No Expiration Date!”
Presenters: Peggy George and Kim ThomasIn these times of severe budget cuts and compelling needs for meaningful professional development for teachers, we need high quality, no-cost/low-cost alternatives. They must be flexible and support teachers who are eager to take charge of their own learning in relevant, meaningful ways at times that work for them (“PD on Demand”). Claim your “Super Hero Credit Card” and learn about how to build your PLN through fantastic resources for free, online webinars, virtual conferences, Twitter, Pinterest, Periscope, blogs, Livebinders, and much more. Charge Up Your Super Powers by Charging Up Your PLN!In this webinar Peggy and Kim will share a Livebinder full of resources to help you build your own professional learning network through participation in and collaboration with many free, virtual learning opportunities.

  • Take a guided tour of specific free conferences, webinars and resources available for global educators and receive an introduction to Livebinders as a powerful tool for curating and sharing resources
  • Receive tips and resources for tools that will support your learning and sharing including Twitter, Pinterest, Periscope, Blab, blogs and more
  • Takeaway: access to the entire Livebinder of curated PD resources to fully explore following the session.

Dr. Peggy George is a retired educator who lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and has been a professional educator for over 50 years with many roles including principal, teacher, special education director and university pre-service teacher education instructor at ASU-W. She hosts the weekly Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinars, is a STAR Discovery Educator and member of the K12 Online Conference Organizer Team. She is an Organizer for EdCampPhoenix and a regular volunteer moderator in the virtual conferences hosted by Steve Hargadon via the Learning Revolution.

Kim Thomas is the Technology Integration Specialist in the Madison School District in Phoenix, AZ. For 16 years she has been fortunate enough to be able to follow her passion of working with teachers and students in finding fun and interesting ways to integrate technology. She is also an Organizer for EdCampPhoenix and a STAR Discovery Educator. Prior to this position Kim was a 4th-6th grade teacher in the Glendale Elementary School District.

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On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site ( you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “Imagineering Your Classroom: 21 Disney Projects and Applications to Engage Students” session with Dr. Howie DiBlasi. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Paula Naugle, Steve Hargadon

Mon Jan 23 2000 UTC – Nik Peachey, Thinking Critically Through Digital Media, an ICT4ELT EVO 2017 event

Week 3 Live Session

Nik Peachey

Thinking Critically Through Digital Media


In this session Nik will look at a range of tools and resources to encourage students to look at web based information in a more critical way.

Show notes on the ICT4ELT session page:


Special streaming from EVO Minecraft MOOC from in-world using Discord

Learning2gether Episode 358

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 1500 UTC, Learning2gether delivered a special treat by streaming an EVO Minecraft MOOC Server Party and Tour from Minecraft in-world using Discord for voice.

Members of the #evomc17 Google+ Community, who had filled out the registration form and become whitelisted on our server, could join us in-world. But anyone could watch us on YouTube, at, and interact with us in real time at our text chat space at

Tour guides who had indicated they’d be there included Rose Bard, Linda Gielen, Maha Abdelmoneim, Jane Chien, and Vance Stevens. All were welcome to participate in Minecraft live or in the stream, and as all worked well, a recording was created at the YouTube link.

For more information visit

Those who couldn’t text us in Minecraft could text us at, and if there were no monsters around at the time, we could text back 🙂

Dennis Newson dropped by and left these comments in response to mine

Hi, Vance and all – Dennis aka Osna, Germany and Second Life, EduNation.
I find, after a lot of time in Second Life, I am much more aware of colour I am in First Life. I’ve also just decorated my study here in Germany and realised after a while that I was nconciously copying colour schemes I had tried out in a villa I have in Second Life.


I’ve always thought Second Life was a stupid name. To some people it means death… Where is Second Life if it is not in in First Life. Better, surely, to think of virtual worlds as part of our human world, not an alternative.
This is my first time in Minecraft, if that is where we are. I am surprised of comments I have read in the past that people coming into Second Life were disappointed at the way things looked. What I am looking at looks like Lego compared to the look of objects in Second Life.
Hi Dennis, sorry I missed you. Thanks for your comments. I’ll be sure and post them in our blog archive


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Earlier this week

Sun Jan 15 1400 UTC Vance Stevens on Gamification and CLIL: A Minecraft perspective – webinar for Techno-CLIL EVO session

Tue Jan 17 Nicky Hockly: Going mobile – webinar for ICT4ELT EVO Session



Show notes

Vance Stevens on Gamification and CLIL, A Minecraft perspective: webinar for Techno-CLIL EVO session

Learning2gether Episode 357

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Where? In WizIQ

What is this about?

Vance Stevens was invited to give a talk for the EVO Session Techno CLIL on the congruence of that session with EVO Minecraft MOOC, which Vance is co-moderating for the 3rd year in a row. After looking at some of the assumptions of CLIL, Content and Language Integrated Learning, Vance shows how three of these, language competence, learning curricular subjects in a foreign language, and combining teaching strategies and technical tools, are supported in Minecraft.

In Vance’s view, one teaching strategy supported by Minecraft with great potential for CLIL is gamification. Vance touches on the MOOC concept and community as curriculum before introducing Gee’s notion of Big G and little g games as one framework for gamification. The little g game is Minecraft, but the big G game is EVO Minecraft MOOC, which was itself designed as a game.

Vance explains how the Big G game of EVO Minecraft MOOC was designed and what happens when participants go to the Google+ Community and figure out what to do to play the Big G game, and what they learn by doing so.

This is contextualizes what the organizers of this session put in the description they left on WizIQ.

Description About Class

Vance Stevens on Minecraft for language teaching and CLIL

Vance will explore the potential of Minecraft for language teaching and CLIL.

We are all learning about gamification here, it’s not so much about Minecraft. Minecraft is the little game, the enabler of our emerging knowledge of gamification. When you enter survival mode you’ll find that you are assisted by others in world. With their help you stay alive and learn. So gamification turns out to be learning through teamwork and mutual support and meeting challenges and achieving your goal, whatever it is. In this game you set your own goals. By achieving your goals in the game light bulbs go off in your head and light your way to some realization of how what you are learning in Minecraft might work to meet your real world challenges.

You have to enroll in the EVO session to reach the link below, so I made a Camtasia version and uploaded it to YouTube here, It’s the video at the top of this post.

But here is the recording in WizIQ as stored in the course.

I made a Camtasia version viewable by all because it gives the participant view with participant text chat visible and my web cam prominent, unlike the view I recorded while streaming as I was presenting it, so that people in our networks would be able to tune in live, or play the recording immediately thereafter.

Streaming details: 

Watch on YouTube,

or here

Text chat from WizIQ







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Earlier this week

Learning2gether Episode 356 Sat Jan 7 1400 UTC Electronic Village Online Kickoff Webcast

Tuesday, Jan 17, ICT4ELT EVO 2017 event – Nicky Hockly, Going Mobile

Nicky Hockly is Director of Pedagogy of The Consultants-E, an award-winning online training and development organisation. She has worked in the field of English Language Teaching since 1987, is an international plenary speaker, and gives workshops and training courses for teachers all over the world. Nicky writes regular columns on technology for teachers in ETP (English Teaching Professional) magazine, and in the ELTJ (English Language Teaching Journal). She has also written several prize-winning methodology books about new technologies in language teaching, many of them with co-author Gavin Dudeney. The latest of these books are Focus on Learning Technologies (2016), and ETpedia Technology (forthcoming 2017). She is a member of the Oxford University Press ELT Expert Advisory Panel, a Consultant for the Cambridge English Teacher platform (Cambridge University Press), and is a member of the NILE Advisory Panel, as well as being a member of the TESOL Journal Advisory Board. Nicky lives in Barcelona, and is a technophobe turned technophile.

You can find out more about Nicky on The Consultants-E website here, including a complete list of her publications.

Recording (Adobe Connect)

Show notes

Tuesday, Jan 10, ICT4ELT EVO 2017 event – Using Wikis in Education

Elizabeth Anne and José Antônio give participants a tour on the many ways PBworks and other wikis can be used in class with students and with peer teachers to share and collaborate. They will showcase practical examples of projects carried out using this tool.

Recording (Bb Collaborate)

Show notes

Fri Jan 13 Rob Howard and Nellie Deutsch on Techno CLIL

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