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Missions for Weeks 1 & 2 Orient & Declare



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

Jan, 11-18, 2020


Mission 1 - fill in the Google registration form

Complete the 2-step registration process by filling in the Google form, https://forms.gle/zE1D5JPBHtuVPaUF7 

Please review the information here with screenshots of things you should be aware of when filing in the form, how2joinUs



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. Please provide a link to one of your web or social media profiles, or to your introduction to our community  in one of our networks; e.g. Groups.io from step 1
  3. Your Minecraft player name (known or intended)
    You'll need to obtain a valid Minecraft user name  in order for us to whitelist you on our MC server
  4. Your level of experience with Minecraft (ranging from “noob” to expert)
  5. A link to where you will track your learning journey (e.g. a wiki, blog, or ePortfolio)
  6. Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
  7. Your Discord ID (see Mission 3)


How can you do this?
Fill in the formhttps://forms.gle/zE1D5JPBHtuVPaUF7


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 


What you can do if your application is not accepted


We accept people requesting to join us when their profiles suggest that the applicant is (1) representing his or her real identity, and (2) is connected in some way with education. When we suspect from what we can see in a user's profile that one or both of these is not the case we might reject the application. As we mentioned in our proposal here:



We only allow to remain with us, and accept join requests from, potential professional colleagues and their students (and sometime their children) whose profiles appear to link to identifiable people who could be potential colleagues as opposed to gamers apparently using pseudonyms, and whose reasons for joining us would likely be incompatible with our goals and passions, which relate to gamification in education, not just playing Minecraft for hedonistic reasons. As we are a community of practice interested in assisting each other in using Minecraft creatively and constructively with students, we might reject profiles that appear irrelevant to our goals or indicate no evidence of shared aspirations.


If you are a bona fide educator wishing to join us, and for some reason we reject you, please send an email to the primary contact given at the end of the proposal, which is vancestev at gmail.com


Mission 2 - Introduce yourself on Groups.io/minecraftmooc



We'd like to get to know each other.


What should you be doing?


  • Join our groups.io: https://groups.io/g/minecraftmooc/ and introduce yourself to the group
  • Create a New Topic and tell us who you are and what brings you to Minecraft


How you can verify this mission accomplished

We will see your introduction at https://groups.io/g/minecraftmooc/ 



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 in DIscord
    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:



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 Facebook group (optional)


What should you be doing?


How can you verify this mission accomplished?

We'll see your post on our group on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/evomc/ 



Mission 5 - Join us in Minecraft

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



So we can play together in Minecraft.


What should you be doing?

  1. Purchase your login to Minecraft from Mojang http://minecraft.net
    Be sure and get the Java version. See the screen shot here: how2joinUs

    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, eternally valid for 2020 and beyond!

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


Videos for beginners to help you work out what to do


    1. Co-moderator Jeff Kuhn’s Minecraft Basics:

    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 2020 Server information <-- here


How can you verify this mission accomplished?

You can capture screen shots, post them on Twitter or Facebook, tag them #evomc20 ... so many ways :-)

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


You can cite the link of any live online session in which you participated that is recorded here 2020_Live_Events

This page will populate as the session progresses.


Missions for Week 2 Declare

Jan, 19-25, 2020


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


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


  • EVOMC20 and Learning2gether will schedule events on this page: 2020_Live_Events

  • Review how to join us before connecting with us for the first time

  • If you have trouble connecting with us try leaving us a message at YoTeach! evomc20 is the password you need 


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 surpass your role as 'teacher' and do all four!; 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) any of these and write a reflective post 

  1. Review our proposal for EVOMC20,
  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
    Pre-publication proof available: https://vancestevens.com/papers/tesol/r1_TESJ_359_review2017oct25_1_archivecopy.pdf 
  6. Chien, Y. (2019). The language of massively multiplayer online gamers: A study of vocabulary in Minecraft gameplay.TESL-EJ, 23(3), 1-16. Retrieved from http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej91/int.pdf. Also available: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume22/ej91/ej91int/ 
  7. Find more resources to explore at this crowd-sourced document maintained by EVOMC participants


Until we schedule events on this page: 2020_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 any kind of 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 Discord, Twitter and/or Facebook, or in any of our social spaces, 
  4. Tag it #evomc20


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

PBworks reclaims wiki URLs when they have not been revisited for a year.

Date and time of this update

Aug 16, 2020 - 04:00 UTC

by Vance Stevens


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