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

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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,

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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.

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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.


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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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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



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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

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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.

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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.

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Fri Jan 13 Rob Howard and Nellie Deutsch on Techno CLIL

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Electronic Village Online Kickoff Webcast

Learning2gether episode 356

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On Saturday, Jan 7, 2017, Electronic Village Online celebrated the Kickoff Webcast marking the 16th iteration of the ever-popular EVO (free online professional development sessions for English language educators everywhere) with Vance Stevens, lead coordinator Mbarek Akaddar, past lead coordinator Nina Liakos, and Nellie Deutsch acting as show hosts, and featuring members of the Coordination Team and moderators from this year’s 16 sessions.

Bb Collaborate (Elluminate) Recording:

Chat transcripts from Bb Collaborate, Chatwing, and the stream on YouTube

While watching the stream, participants were able to chat in real time at on the YouTube watch page and at

The event took place in the Webheads Virtual Office

and was live-streamed on YouTube here:

An event was set for EVO moderators:

Here is the part of the video where the session begins and where Linda Gielen and I introduce the #EVOMC17 session


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Fri 23 Sep Ayat Tawel and Hana Khamees discuss EVO with participants in NileTESOL LTSIG

Sat Jan 7 noon EST – 8th Anniversary Celebration & Open Mic: Back to the Future Classroom 2.0 Styles

Happy New Year! We are energized and excited to return after our winter break with our Annual Anniversary Celebration. In this first webinar of the New Year we will be celebrating our 8th Anniversary on Classroom 2.0 LIVE as well as holding an Open Mic show on a topic all of us will surely have something we can share! “Back to the Future Classroom 2.0 Style” Which tools were you using in 2009 when Classroom 2.0 LIVE first began? What has changed? How do we do these things today? What is obsolete, what’s on the horizon? Share tools, apps, stories, examples, questions. We chose this topic because we felt it was broad enough to include everyone! Join us, take the mic and share your memories, tools, apps, stories, examples, questions and advice. <ahref=”“>Paula Naugle will facilitate the conversation and we hope you’ll come prepared to share with your headset/earbuds on to take the mic and add to the conversation. We’ll have an awesome Livebinder prepared with resources and will look forward to adding your resources to the Livebinder.

We are looking forward to celebrating our Anniversary and to taking a few minutes at the beginning of the show to recognize our amazing 2016 special guest presenters, participants and Advisory Team members with a quick trip down memory lane with a few special memories all the way back to 2009! We also have some exciting raffle prizes to share with participants throughout the show. Come and join the celebration!

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If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pm EST(Time Zone Conversion) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE! link at All webinars are closed captioned.

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

Ayat Tawel and Hanaa Khamis discuss EVO with participants in NileTESOL LTSIG

Learning2gether Episode #355

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NileTESOL LTSIG coordinator Ayat Tawel has received inquiries and questions from members about the pnature of Electronic Village Online (EVO) sessions,, how to join an online course, what platforms can be used, the nature of online work and interaction, and how EVO can be a good professional development opportunity.

We noticed that some of our members are not so much familiar with online sessions and need an orientation into the nature of these sessions. That’s why Hanaa Khamis (LTSIG coordinator) and Ayat conducted this online session as a kind of orientation into online sessions, different platforms and how to manage online work in light of EVO sessions.

This is not about the different sessions as the facilitators advise participants to join the kick off for more details, as can be heard at the end of the session.

All are invited to participate and maybe share something about EVO. The session is provisionally scheduled for Friday (23/12) at 16:00 GMT.


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The recording could be posted on NileTESOL website later as well as at, which will serve as a promotion for EVO as well. I believe this will get the attention of a big number of educators all across Egypt.


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Earlier these few weeks

Sun Dec 4 1400 UTC Learning2gether 354 with David Winet on using WeChat, Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger in writing classes

Mon Dec 5-Fri Dec 11 Hour of Code Week

The Hour of Code week took place Dec. 5-11, 2016

Mon Dec 5 Globinar with Susan Hillyer – English through Drama

Dec 8 Globinar with Tilly Harrison Exploring Free Online Polling Tools: Socrative, Kahoot and Quizziz

Sat Dec 17, 2016 12pm EST Valerie Lewis: Featured Teacher on Classroom 2.0

If you’re feeling completely exhausted as you head into your Winter break, this is a “must-see” webinar to get re-charged and inspired to recapture your passion for teaching with our Featured Teacher, Valerie Lewis! This webinar will show teachers how to find their own voice and passions in order to create their own lane. During a time, where teachers may be facing criticism in the profession and burn-outs from overwhelming expectations, they will be encouraged to “ignite the spark” within themselves and spread that passion like a wildfire amongst others. The speaker will share examples of things that have inspired her and share how she went from concept and ideas to reality.

Valerie Lewis is an EDUPRENEUR, technology fanatic, a forever learner, and a DISRUPTOR of normalcy within education from Miami, FL but a 10 year resident of Atlanta, Georgia! Valerie considers herself a natural leader with a gift and calling to teach all students. Her philosophy is that all students can learn once great strategies are implemented. Every teacher should always seek ways to challenge not only their students but themselves as well. This idea has pushed Valerie to build collaborative learning spaces such as: PasstheScopeEDU, Preparing Next Generation Innovators, Teacherpreneur Chat, EdObstacles and other community service learning projects which makes “giving good”.

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

David Winet on using WeChat, Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger in writing classes

Learning2gether Episode 354

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On Sunday, December 4, at 1400 UTC, David Winet connected with Learning2gether episode 354 to explain and discuss with us his latest publication in the On the Internet column of TESL-EJ on using Mobile Instant Messaging in the ESL Writing Class

Where: Hangout on Air
Stream and recording:

Meet for live text chat at to interact with participants in HoA and for latest information on the day

Chatwing Transcripts here:

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I didn’t realize before now that YouTube/Live sends out an additional announcement on my Twitter feed; I guess that’s where I’m prompted for a message to accompany the video 🙂


Earlier this week

Learning2gether 353 – Mon Nov 28 1400 UTC Nellie Deutsch, Nives Torresi, Tom Hodgers, and Vance Stevens at MM9 – Panel on Badges: Choices and Options

November 30 Cristina Costa on Privacy

Here are brief and a longer renditions of Dr. Costa’s lecture on Privacy

Long-time Webhead Dr. Cristina Costa streams another installment in one of the courses she teaches as Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning in the School of Education, Strathclyde University,

Thu Dec 1 Globinar on Using a Single iPad in the Classroom

E4.512-3567 Using a single iPad in the classroom

Jan Hambsch / Host: Tobias Rodemerk

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Nov 30-Dec 2 vConnecting from Berlin

Sat Dec 3 Nikki Vradenburg: Featured Teacher on Classroom 2.0

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Nikki Vradenburg: Featured Teacher

We are so excited to have Nikki Vradenburg on Classroom 2.0 LIVE as a Featured Teacher for the month of December! Nikki teaches a grade 4/5 classroom in a K-8 rural school with 70 students in Bozeman, MT. This presentation is intended to showcase the wide variety of authentic products created by elementary students to share their learning. Participants will view examples of blog posts, screencasts, concept maps and audio recordings created by students in her classroom. Participants will learn basic principles for managing technology in the elementary classroom and will explore and analyze tools for creating authentic products with elementary students. Misconceptions about the limitations of young students using technology will be addressed as examples and explanations of student work are shared.

Nikki currently teaches fourth and fifth grade at LaMotte School in Bozeman, MT. She taught the K/1 class at her school for 12 years. She has been a classroom teacher since 2001 and has been at LaMotte since 2004. Before finding her place at LaMotte she taught for three years in Lake Havasu, Arizona. Nikki is a National Board certified teacher in the area of ELA Literacy. She is passionate about technology integration, especially blogging with students. Her classroom is a 1:1 Chromebook classroom and when she taught K1 they had 1:1 iPads. She is a BrainPOP certified teacher and a 2014 PBS Digital Innovator. She was named a finalist for the 2017 Montana teacher of the year. She delivers professional development to teachers all over the state of Montana in the areas of differentiation and technology integration and she recently presented at national education conferences NCCE in Seattle and ISTE in Denver in 2016. Nikki is a proud wife and mother, pet owner, reader and a writer. She loves camping, hiking and backpacking in the beautiful mountains of Montana where she has lived nearly all of her life.

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On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site ( you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “Peekapak for Social Emotional Learning” session with Ami Shah. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

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


Tue Nov 1 Moodle Mooc 9 begins, ends Dec 4

What takes place and when?