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2021_EVO_Minecraft MOOC_draft_proposal

Page history last edited by Vance Stevens 1 month ago


 

Information about EVO21 proposals here

http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/140419569/evo2021proposals

 

This draft has now been reconciled with new proposal template here, and the template and this document have both been changed to replace the statement of commitment to simply an acknowledgement

http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/140454060/EVO_proposal_template

 

 

 

Session Title  

 

EVO Minecraft MOOC (#EVOMC21)

 

Logo

 


 

 

Abstract

(50 words)

 

This session invites interested teachers to join us in playing Minecraft. Through meaningful play, we will learn all we can about playing Minecraft alone and together. We will learn and understand through play how Minecraft can be used effectively in language learning. We'll learn by doing and from one another.

 

 


Target audience 

 

Join us if any of these ring true. You are ... 

 

  • A teacher with a gaming problem -
    Are you a teacher who wants to learn how to gamify your students' learning environment but aren't quite sure how it works? With us you can experience how that works by immersing yourself in the participatory cultures surrounding the game of Minecraft, supported by EVO Minecraft MOOC community members.
  • A gamer with a teaching problem -
    Already a gamer with some ideas about how you would like to leverage your skill and your proclivities in your classroom? You've come to the right place.
  • A teacher of gamers with a learning problem -
    Do you think your students would like to play a game like Minecraft but you aren't sure how to make it fit your curriculum? Fortunately, your curriculum is somewhere in Minecraft already. Join us and we'll help you figure out how and where?
  • Or join us if you just want to learn more about how to use meaningful games and the participatory cultures associated with such games with your students.

 

But keep in mind that you'll need to play Minecraft with us in order to enjoy the experiential benefits.

 

 


Session objectives 

 

By the end of the session, participants will have:

  • explored and played with Minecraft

  • curated resources relevant to them relating to Minecraft

  • shared their discoveries and what they have accomplished with other participants

  • created spaces in Minecraft where desired learning outcomes can be promoted

  • learned to build and survive in Minecraft

  • expanded their personal learning networks by befriending colleagues who can help each other continue their exploration of Minecraft as an environment for staging and enhancing learning


Session participants will learn about Minecraft in the same way they would expect students to figure it out and adapt it to their own learning goals; that is, we will learn by playing and sharing what we discover. We will learn, as Joel Levin puts it, how to 'limit' the game; that is how to create spaces there where we can promote desired learning outcomes. We will point each other to resources (there are thousands of them, so we'll have to curate for one another). We can create YouTube channels for our work and create videos showing what we accomplish in Minecraft and how we might use the worlds we create with our students. We will learn from students and kids who join us, in a server space created just for us.

 

 


Syllabus

 

Weekly Content

 

Our 5-week syllabus is patterned on Dave Cormier’s 5 steps to success in MOOCs: orient, declare, network, cluster, focus, https://youtu.be/r8avYQ5ZqM0  

 

 


From screenshot: http://screencast.com/t/9ltyAlkAmz

 


 

Week 1: Mon-Sun, Jan, 11-17, 2021 

Time to get-acquainted and practice with session tools during the first week.

 

Orient - Participants come on board, figure out how this works, who we are, and why we are all here (we’ll all post to community spaces set up for this). We’ll view tutorials to learn the basics, meet in world in creative mode to help each other learn and practice.

 

Participants will have to invest $27 if they wish to join us in-world by purchasing a login to Minecraft from http://minecraft.net (the login credentials are a once in a life-time purchase; all Minecraft software is freely downloadable; no proceeds are collected by or go to EVO or EVOMC MOOC moderators)

 

 


Week 2:  Mon-Sun, Jan. 18-24, 2021

 

Declare - Still with us? Start your blog or wiki and share your experiences with Minecraft, what you’ve learned so far, and how you intend to learn more. Tag your posts (relevant to this session) #evomc21


We’ll meet in-world where we can play in Minecraft, speak to each other using Discord (a separate online voice tool) and start crafting and building. We’ll learn how to create artifacts and experiment with YouTube videos from screen-captured Minecraft activities.

 

 


Week 3: Mon-Sun, Jan. 25-31, 2021

 

Network - Meet in Minecraft and learn how to work with one another. Participants continue to blog and share builds and resources. We plan to record some or our activities and share and YouTube video embeds with one another. Wherever you play, you’ll need friends online to help sustain you in survival mode. Make friends in world and you'll be ready for it!

 


Week 4: Mon-Sun, Feb. 1-7, 2021

 

Cluster - Identify others in the MOOC with like goals and start working in subgroups within the MOOC. You’ll have to collaborate in order to stay alive in survival mode! Participants continue to blog and share builds and YouTube video embeds with one another, and more importantly, help each other out in-world and contribute to one another's learning and appreciation of the affordances of the game in education. 

 

 


Week 5: Mon-Sun, Feb. 8-14, 2021 

Wrap-up and session evaluations.

 

Focus - Participants share plans for carrying the work started here beyond the current EVO session and MOOC. Participants are welcome to participate in an end-of-session showcase event.

 

 


Media 

How will you communicate with participants during the session?

 

 

Other technology tools:

 

  • Participants keep blogs or wikis, content aggregated on #evomc21 tag
  • Synchronous meeting spaces

    • Minecraft ($27, unavoidable if you wish to play with us in our Java edition world)

    • Discord app for voice communication while in world

    • Webinars in Zoom, with Minecraft screenshare, streamed on Facebook

  • Asynchronous tools

 


 

To join this group

 

  1. Fill in this registration form: (to be created once the Call for Participation is issued)
  2. Join this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1473050936163127/
  3. Follow instructions on our syllabus page: http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/ 

 

We only accept join requests from educators (and sometimes their students and/or their children) whose profiles appear to link to identifiable people who could become 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 this proposal, explaining why you feel you fit in with our community, and we'll sort it out.

 

 

Suggested sponsor(s)

 

TESOL CALL-IS

 


 

Moderators


These colleages have come forward so far for 2021

This is a draft to be submitted to EVO on or before Sept 13, 2020

but we can make changes even after Sept 13 if someone wants to join us or drop out, no problem

 

 

Name (last, first)

Email address

Location (country of residence)

Biodata (not more than 50 words)  

Photo
Aaron Schwartz
aschwar@gmail.com  USA  Aaron Schwartz teaches ESL courses as well as public speaking, writing and rhetoric, and computer assisted language learning (CALL) at Ohio University. He's a former chair of TESOL's CALL-IS, where he has been quite active with the Electronic Village. He was a moderator for the Minecraft MOOC in 2016-17 and runs the EVO Minecraft Server.   
Don Carroll abufletcher2@gmail.com  Japan 

Don Carroll has been a professor at Shikoku Gakuin University in Japan for over 20 years. Prior to Japan he taught EFL and/or Applied Linguistics at universities in Mexico, Oman, and Kuwait.  Don joined us as a newcomer to Minecraft and online communities in general.  Every community needs an open-minded skeptic. 

Jane Chien and Mattie Tsai ychien@gmail.com  Taiwan

Jane Chien is an assistant professor of TEFL and has been on the faculty of Children’s English Education, National Taipei University of Education since 2005. Her research interest focus on Minecraft as a medium for English language learning and communication. 

Jeff Kuhn jkuhn72@gmail.com USA Jeff Kuhn is one of the original co-moderators and guiding lights of EVO Minecraft MOOC, having hosted our first Minecraft server in 2015. He recently earned his PhD at Ohio University where he is researching games and learning. An avid Minecraft player, Jeff has worked with teachers on using games in the classroom in the U.S., Peru, Brazil, and Venezuela.
 
Kim Harrison 

k4sons@gmail.com USA 

Retired Instructional Technology Specialist (coach) in a K5 school. Virginia Society for Technology in Education member, VSTE Virtual Environments PLN leader. Playing Minecraft since 2012. Partner on East Coast Miners, a server for 6 to 16 year olds. 2015 VSTE  Innovative Educator of the Year  award winner. Grant winner for Minecraft Education Edition for her entire school for 2017-2018!


Laura Briggs laurabtrt2@gmail.com USA Laura Briggs is an educational consultant and retired technology integration teacher and staff developer from northern Virginia. She has served as the founder and director of STAR Summer Camp, a Science, Technology and Robotics camp. She has served on the board of directors of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education and also served as the president of the ISTE Mobile Learning Network, and served as the ISTE Conference Playground coordinator for several years. She also served as an officer for the ISTE Games and Simulations Network. Briggs has also served as a VSTE Minecraft Coordinator/Trainer and a VSTE Island in Second Life facilitator, and has presented face to face and virtually as a staff developer at many state and national conferences, including VSTE, ISTE, STEMx, EdWeb, GaETC, VDOE Leadership Conferences and ETLO Online Institutes. She continues to design and facilitate online learning courses using Minecraft and other technology tools. Briggs has continued learning in Minecraft since 2012, and has also operated Minecraft servers for homeschool organizations and other groups. Before retiring, she was considered a leader in her district at incorporating makerspaces, mobile, and games in innovative learning environments. Laura continues to love learning, and enjoys helping others continue their learning too.

Marijana, Filip,

and Domagoj Smolčec, 

Croatia

msmolcec@gmail.com

 

Domogoj is Filip's younger brother, a welcome addition to the Smolčec team

Filip Smolčec is a highschool school student, Minecraft expert and a Youtuber, interested in gaming and creating videos. The youngest EVO moderator in 2015 and a co-author of TESL-EJ article Minecraft and Language Learning.
Marijana has been an EFL teacher for 18 years at Gimnazija i strukovna škola Bernardina Frankopana.  She is a proud Webhead who has been involved in EVO since 2011,
eTwinning
 group moderator, project coordinator, avid user of web 2.0 tools,co-author of TESL-EJ article Minecraft and Language Learning, passionate about teaching Edtech, and being a mom and a wife. 

Mircea Patrascu mircea.patrascu@gmail.com Romania 

Mircea Patrascu is an IT professional teaching kids to code during his free time.

He loves to play Minecraft, but he also uses it as a learning environment for Scratch and JavaScript.

 
 
Rose and Emanuel Bard rosebard@gmail.com Brazil Rose Bard is an EFL teacher and teacher educator, Google for educators Group Leader, Itdi Mentor/Blogger, and runs her own blog. She's also working in Higher Education, in researching and supporting professors implementing new methodologies, including based on games and game mechanics, on problems, through projects and blended learning.   

Vance and Bobbi Stevens

vancestev@gmail.com 

and

bobbi_stevens@hotmail.com

 

 

Malaysia

Vance Stevens is an EFL teacher now retired in Penang, Malaysia. Founder of Webheads in Action, he has been an EVO coordinator since 2002. He is founder of the podcast series Learning2gether, and On the Internet editor for TESL-EJ where he and co-moderators have co-authored an article on Minecraft and Language Learning.

 

 

Bobbi Stevens has taught young learners in Saudi Arabia, Oman, USA & UAE for over 30 years and has adapted to changes of styles and methods of teaching children over the years, especially as pertains to educational technology. She was a co-moderator of the original EVO Minecraft group in 2015 and looks forward to participating again this year. 

 

 

Primary Contact

Vance Stevens: 

vancestev@gmail.com

 

 

Acknowledgement

 

By allowing your name to be put forward as co-moderator of this session

you acknowledge the following:

 

  • I understand that session first-time moderators are required and returning moderators are welcome and encouraged to participate in the 5-week Moderators' Development Session from October 18 until November 15, 2021.

  • I am available to actively engage in the EVO session I have agreed to co-moderate between January 9 and February 14, 2021. 

  • I further understand that 

    • EVO sessions are free of advertising and commercial sponsorship.

    • EVO sessions are free and open to all

    • No academic credit may be given for participation.

 


 

Further information

 

Our proposal was submitted on Sept 11, 2020 at 14:00 UTC

http://evo2021proposals.pbworks.com/w/page/141302220/EVO_Minecraft_MOOC_2021 

 

This was not included in the proposal which ends at the line above

If any moderator wishes to view or write on the proposal please request access at the link above.

This page, with the following information, will stay here as a part of our Missions4evomc wiki current space and archive

 

 

Our moderators emeriti, or on sabbatical

Hopefully you will meet these past moderators in world during EVO Minecraft MOOC 2021.

We appreciate very much their contributions and hope they will rejoin us in world or on the moderator team again.

 

Those listed here have either expressly asked to be placed here or have not indicated that they don't wish to be placed here. Those listed here are acknowledged for their significant contributions to our community but have not committed to any duties this year. We would be honored to have them rejoin us at any time and they are always welcome in our virtual world.

 

Beth O'Connell
booklady99999@gmail.com  USA  Beth O'Connell is a middle school librarian with extensive experience in several virtual worlds, including Minecraft. She has used Minecraft with an after-school club, as well as in two week-long courses with her students. 
Carol Rainbow 

<rainbow.carol@gmail.com>

 

UK Carol Rainbox has been a frequent visitor and contributor to the EVOMC community and in EVOMC20 she and Dak sustained a frequent and regular presence on Dak's alternative server at Halliwell where Carol was usually available to assist and mentor visitors there.
Dakotah Redstone dakotah.redstone@gmail.com  USA 

Dakotah's real-world avatar was an Instructional Developer at a state university for 15 years, supporting faculty use of technology in the brick & mortar and online classrooms. His interests run the gamut from A to Z and go back to punched paper tape storage, pencil and paper role playing games, and painting on cave walls by torchlight. A phenomenal builder, Dakotah was a moderator of EVOMC18 and EVOMC19 and a frequent and contributing participant before and after that. He no longer wishes to moderate officially, but anticipates making his server available as in the past, and he is listed in our proposal and archives as an honorary and highly appreciated cat herder

David Dodgson dave.dodgson@gmail.com    David Dodgson has worked in ELT for 18 years. He currently works as an ICT Coordinator at the British Council. He blogs about Game-based Language Learning at ELT Sandbox.  After the 2017 Minecraft MOOC, he wrote an article for TESL-EJ entitled Digging Deeper, reflecting on what Minecraft taught him about learning.

Maha Abdelmoneim,

AKA Olivetree Lighthouse

maha4learning@gmail.com 

Egypt 

As a Learning and Development consultant Maha’s been using games and role playing for training since 1992. As a volunteer she’s been teaching English in real life and Virtual Worlds since 2008.  In 2012 she became an online gamer to experience and experiment with those environments for teaching and learning.

 

 

 

Moderators in the years

 

2021 

as it now stands in Sept 2020

 

Aaron Schwartz

Don Carroll

James York

Jane Chien and Mattie Tsai

Jeff Kuhn

Kim Harrison

Marijana. Filip, and Domagoj Smolčec

Mircea Patrascu

Rose and Emanuel Bard

Vance and Bobbi Stevens

 

Emeritus

Beth O'Connell

Carol Rainbow

Dakotah Redstone

David Dodgson

Maha Abdelmoneim (Olivetree Lighthouse)

 

2020

 

Aaron Schwartz

David Dodgson

Don Carroll

Heike Philp

Jane Chien

Jeff Kuhn

Kim Harrison

Maha Abdelmoneim (Olivetree Lighthouse)

Marijana and Filip Smolcec

Mircea Patrascu

Rose Bard

Vance and Bobbi Stevens

with Carol Rainbow playing a significant role as ex-officio moderator

 

Emeritus

Beth O'Connell

Dakotah Redstone

 

2019

 

Aaron Schwartz

Beth O'Connell

Dakotah Redstone

David Dodgson

Don Carroll

Heike Philp

Jane Chien

Jeff Kuhn

Kim Harrison

Maha Abdelmoneim (Olivetree Lighthouse)

Marijana and Filip Smolcec

Mircea Patrascu

Rose Bard

Vance and Bobbi Stevens

 

2018

 

Aaron Schwartz

Beth O'Connell

Dakotah Redstone

David Dodgson

Jane Chien

Jeff Kuhn

Jo Kay

Kim Harrison

Marijana and Filip Smolcec

Mircea Patrascu

Rose Bard

Vance Stevens

 

2017

 

Aaron Schwartz

Anna Jedryczko

Glen Irvin

Jeff Kuhn

Linda Gielen

Marijana and Filip Smolcec

Mircea Patrascu

Robert Ogorek

Rose Bard

Vance Stevens

 

2016

 

Aaron Schwartz

Barbi Bujtás

Bron Stuckey

Jeff Kuhn

Marijana and Filip Smolcec

Rose Bard

Tamas Lorincz 

Vance Stevens

 

2015

 

David Dodgson

Jeff Kuhn

Marijana and Filip Smolcec

Vance, Bobbi, and Dusty Stevens

 

 

 

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Date and time of this update: Sept 24, 2020 - 04:30 UTC

 

 

 

 

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