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You are viewing the archived Missions pages for EVOMC19

To reach the Sidebar for the current version of this EVO sessionclick here



Missions for Week 1 Orient



Check here to tick off your missions accomplished for Weeks 1 and 2



Here are your missions for weeks 1 and 2


Missions for Week 1 Orient


Mission 1 - Introduce yourself on our Google+ Community



We'd like to get to know each other.


What should you be doing?

Join our Google+ Community and introduce yourself there

Save the link to your introduction


How can you do this?

Join at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112993649763396826671 (or join one of he spaces given in the NOTE below the graphic)

Create a post there to tell us who you are and what brings you to Minecraft

File your post under the INTRODUCTIONS category 

Get the link to your post by following these steps, https://www.screencast.com/t/LaQkiEdT 



How you can verify this mission accomplished

We will see all the introductions under the "introductions" filter at our G+C

Or if you choose to introduce yourself in one of the spaces below, we'll see you introduction there



As you may know, Google+ Communities is shutting down in April. Also, the G+C space has been problematic because people applying for access come from across the Googlesphere and we tend to reject applications with profiles that suggest that the person applying is (1) not representing his or her real identity, and (2) is not connected in some way with education. When we can see enough of the profile to determine that one or both of those is not the case we accept the application; otherwise we might ignore or reject it.


Meanwhile, the EVO Minecraft MOOC team have been working behind the scenes to create Google Classroom and Google Group spaces to eventually replace our G+C.  Both are active now, so if you are not accepted at G+C, or in addition to acceptance, please join one or both of these spaces, to insure your inclusion in the MOOC for this year 2019. Meanwhile we intend to continue interacting in our G+ Community to the extent possible during EVO2019, while members of our team work to preserve and archive our interaction there.



Mission 2 - fill in the Google registration form

Complete the 2-step registration process by filling in the Google form, https://tinyurl.com/evomc19-register



This registers you in our session and allows us to whitelist you on our Minecraft server


What should you be doing?

Assemble the following information

  1. Your real name and where you’re from
  2. The link to your introduction from step 1; see https://www.screencast.com/t/LaQkiEdT
  3. Your Minecraft player name (known or intended)
  4. You'll need to obtain a valid Minecraft user name  in order for us to whitelist you on our MC server
  5. Your level of experience with Minecraft (ranging from “noob” to expert)
  6. A link to where you will track your learning journey (e.g. a wiki, blog, or ePortfolio)
  7. Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
  8. Your Discord ID (Mission 3)


How can you do this?
Fill in the formhttps://tinyurl.com/evomc19-register


How can you verify this mission accomplished?

A field with your data will appear in the dBase linked to the Google form, so we'll know when you've registered

When you have registered and obtained a Microsoft user ID from Mojang, we can whitelist you on our server 



Mission 3 - Install Discord and Join our game chat space (EVO Minecraft)



We use this app to communicate in voice during our in-world Minecraft sessions.


How can you do this?

- If you have a discord account and know how to use it, join EVO Minecraft by clicking on this invitation link https://discord.gg/9QAvHcV . If clicking the link doesn't work for any reason please copy the link and use it to join the server.


- If you don't have Discord,  have never used it before or need help remembering how to join our server, do the following:


1- Visit http://discordapp.com where you will see these options. You can choose whichever option is convenient to you.



2- Follow the instructions here 


How can you verify your mission accomplished?

By speaking to us through Discord when you join us in-world in Minecraft




Mission 4 - Join our Missions Accomplished Google sheet


Join our Weeks 1-2 “Missions Accomplished” Google Sheet, https://tinyurl.com/evomc19-badgetrack 



This gets you into the system whereby we can award your badges based on information you supply here.


For example, you can fill in information here leading to the awarding of the Minecraft Survivor's Badge.

This sheet acts as the “evidence” for your accomplishments in the course toward attaining goals set forth for the awarding of the badge.


When you receive your badge, the evidence makes possible that ... 

  • Anyone can see and verify how they have completed the set criteria

  • Anyone clicking on a Credly awarded badge can be hyperlinked to this document giving evidence for what you did that led to the awarding of the badge, thus giving the badge its credibility.


What should you be doing?

You need to join the sheet so that you can enter your missions accomplished at https://tinyurl.com/evomc19-badgetrack

but you won't be accepted to write to this form until you have registered on our Google form in Mission 2


How can you do this?

Simply visit the sheet and request to join it



How can you verify this mission accomplished?

We'll see your entry in the list of writers on the Google sheet


Mission 5 - Join us in Minecraft

Once we have you registered we can white list you on our server.



This is the practice part of a student's practicing and reflecting


What should you be doing?

  1. Purchase your login to Minecraft from Mojang http://minecraft.net
    All software downloads including server software and client software multiple devices are free;
    you pay around $30 for your unique login credential
    (to Mojang, not to us, we can only use emeralds and diamonds which we get by trading with villagers in Minecraft)
  2. Check out some tutorials (start at https://minecraft.net/game/howtoplay)
  3. Rose has created an infographic with tips for evomc19

  4.  View one of our other videos, or one or more of your own choosing


Videos for beginners to help you work out what to do

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+VanceStevens/posts/R6q7ZS1Nuph n choosing

    1. Co-moderator Jeff Kuhn’s Minecraft Basics: https://plus.google.com/+JeffK/posts/YzNWqVXLNLs 

    2. Co-moderator Filip Smolčec’s How to Survive the First Night: 

    3. Vance's stab at recording a screencast of a first day survival in Minecraft 


    4. Dakota Redstone reveals some of his techniques in this charming video about how to stay alive your first night in Minecraft and thrive the next day



How can you do this?

  1. See how to join us in Minecraft <-- here
  2. See 2019 Server information <-- here


How can you verify this mission accomplished?

You can list the days you participated with us in the spreadsheet where you track your missions.

Your activity on the server is logged and can be verified.

Alternatively, you can give the link of any live online session in which you participated that is recorded here 2019_Live_Events



Missions for Week 2 Declare


You are viewing the archived Missions pages for EVOMC19

To reach the Sidebar for the current version of this EVO sessionclick here


Week 1 orientation missions will all likely carry on into Week 2 - Declare


Mission 6 - Attend live events scheduled for Weeks 1 - 2



How to create a Doodle poll to propose times for live meetings 


If you create a Doodle poll, be sure and click in Time Zone help so others will see your poll in their time zone. Here are the steps.


  1. Start at https://doodle.com/
  2. You can create an account if you wish. If you do this you will have a better tool set for tracking your poll and receiving notices when someone has altered it. But logon is optional when creating or participating in Doodle polls. Anyone can do it. 
  3. Create a poll that people will be able to see easily by limiting the day/time range and number of options they can vote on (you'll see once you've done it)
  4. Be sure to "use time zone for this poll" - This is what the poll looks like at the bottom of the page before you send it: 

  5. Once you "use time zone for this poll" people will be able to see the poll in THEIR time zone, and then at the bottom of your page, you see

  6. Once you've created your poll, you'll get a link to it. Share the link on your social network. 


Stick with us - this could be you 





Mission 7 - Reflect on your activities for Weeks 1-2

  • Do some background reading (see below)
  • Attend our live sessions
  • Join us in the game



On the theory that a student practices and reflects, whereas a teacher practices and demonstrates, we ask you to do both; see slide 22 from

Downes, S. (2007). Personal Learning the Web 2.0 Way. Stephen Downes: Knowledge, Learning, Community. Available: https://www.downes.ca/presentation/144


What should you be doing?

Read (parts or all of) one of more of these and write a reflective post 

  1. Review our proposal for EVOMC19,
  2. Smolčec, Marijana and Smolčec, Filip. (2014). Using Minecraft for Learning English, with an introduction by Vance Stevens. TESL-EJ 18, 2:1-15.
    Available: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej70/int.pdf and http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume18/ej70/ej70int/
  3. Kuhn, Jeff. (2015). Meaningful Play – Making Professional Development Fun. TESL-EJ 18, 4:1-8. 
    http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej72/int.pdf and http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume18/ej72/ej72int/
  4. Teachercraft: How teachers learn to use Minecraft in their classrooms, edited by Seann Dikkers, pdf available here:
  5. Kuhn, J. and Stevens, V. (2017). Participatory culture as professional development: Preparing teachers to use Minecraft in the classroom. TESOL Journal 8, 4:753–767. https://doi.org/10.1002/tesj.359. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tesj.359/full 
  6. Find more resources to explore at this crowd-sourced document maintained by EVOMC participants


Until we schedule events on this page: 2019_Live_Events

Enjoy the recordings (like the one below)

of our previous live events available through the archive links in the sidebar at right ------------>



How can you do this? 

  1. Start a blog or ePortfolio where you will share your learning journey and provide a link to it in the Google form
    If you need help with this please ask
  2. Create a post giving some reflection of your reading and impressions of the session so far
  3. Post the link to your post on Twitter and/or Google+ and tag it #evomc19

How can you verify this mission accomplished?

Your post should appear



Summary of Missions for Weeks 1-2

If you're keeping up with us, you'll have done all the following by the end of Week 2


  1. Missions for Week 1 Orient
    1. Mission 1 - Introduce yourself on our Google+ Community
    2. Mission 2 - fill in the Google registration form
    3. Mission 3 - Install and enter our Discord game chat space
    4. Mission 4 - Join our Missions Accomplished Google sheet
    5. Mission 5 - Join us in Minecraft
  2. Missions for Week 2 Declare
    1. Mission 6 - Attend live events scheduled for Weeks 1 - 2
    2. Mission 7 - Reflect on your activities for Weeks 1-2 


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