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Learning2gether with EVO Minecraft MOOC and Gamification of Teacher Professional Development

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This presentation is about a correspondence between two EVO (Electronic Village Online) sessions: 1) the EVO Minecraft MOOC (EVOMC16) and 2) Techno-CLIL (content and language integrated) approach to language development. There is much evidence that Minecraft can enhance language development; for example, the cases discussed in in an article by co-moderators of the EVOMC16 session (Smolčec & Smolčec, 2014). This presentation will suggest to educators interested in adopting the CLIL approach how they might consider Minecraft as a representation of content, and see how language development might derive from interaction in a gamified environment based on that content.

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Learning2gether with EVO Minecraft MOOC and Gamification of Teacher Professional Development

  1. 1. LEARNING2GETHERWITH EVO MINECRAFT MOOC: GAMIFICATION OFTEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Vance Stevens presenting at the Connecting Online Conference, Feb 7, 2016
  2. 2. A CONVERGENCE OF MINECRAFT AND TECHNO-CLIL Vance Stevens presents on EVO Minecraft MOOC to theTechno-CLIL EVO session, Feb 3, 2016 This version has been revised slightly from an earlier presentation entitled
  3. 3. HTTP://SLIDESHARE.NET/VANCES This is where you can find all my slide presentations and follow along with links to URLs encountered in this presentation
  4. 4. What is Minecraft? A foreboding but benign view from Jeff’s castle on the EVO Minecraft MOOC creative server Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  5. 5. Minecraft basics Creative ■ Users can fly ■ Unlimited inventories (build anything, try anything) ■ Monsters are benign (no risk of sudden death) ■ Fanciful builds are possible and common (examples follow) Survival ■ Users can jump, no flying ■ Players harvest resources to – get sticks, make planks, crafting tables, larger objects, – Mine for resources to craft weapons, pickaxes, supply light and power ■ Must devise shelter for night to avoid monsters (cause you to respawn) ■ You must maintain health by eating and avoiding pitfalls ■ Players enjoy challenge to survive; other players prove helpful Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016 Each user purchases a user ID for less than $30, User and server software is free to download The game has two modes, creative and survival. A night / day cycle is 20 minutes http://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/10208/are-the-days- and-nights-in-minecraft-of-equal-length
  6. 6. How can Minecraft support education? Unlike other computer / video games, Minecraft is ■ Player vs. game (not player vs. player) ■ Infinitely Creative – (unlike Second Life, everyone is a builder there) ■ Minecraft has been called aTOY for – embedding content in a gamified matrix – learning languages; see … Smolčec, M. and Smolčec, F. (2014). Using Minecraft for Learning English, with an introduction byVance 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/ Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  7. 7. Marijana and Filip Smolčec, co-authors Filip Smolčec developing his presentation skills by presenting hisYouTube videos on Minecraft at the age of 11 at 2014 RSCON online conference https://sas.elluminate.com/drtbl?sid=2008350&suid=D.3F83255C4DDFF6BD54C70F58111C4E Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  8. 8. EVO Minecraft MOOC’s hidden agenda ■ EVOMC16 is not so much about Minecraft as – It’s about gamification ■ EVO Minecraft MOOC session lets educators experience – being in a game that that looks like Minecraft, – but is in fact a Game space where they can ■ meet other educators who are learning how their students can benefit from gamified environments Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  9. 9. Big G and little g games From Gee, J.P. (2008) “Learning and games.” The ecology of games: Connecting youth, games, and learning. Edited by Katie Salen.The John D. and CatherineT. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning.Cambridge, MA:The MIT Press. (pp. 21- 40). Available: http://ase.tufts.edu/DevTech/courses/readings/Gee_Learning_and_Games_2008.pdf ■ The little g game is “the software in the box and all the elements of in-game design” ■ The Big G Game is “the social setting into which the game is placed” (p..24) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnEN2Sm4IIQ Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  10. 10. How EVOMC16 inculcates gamification EVO Minecraft MOOC participants learn through a model that includes ■ Going to a Google+ community “game board” and figuring out from there what they have to do to play the Big G Game of EVOMC16 ■ Practicing in the little g game of Minecraft in creative mode, ■ Then graduate to honing understanding of Big G Gamification by coping with survival and cooperating with other players in the more challenging little g game environment. The 'aha' moment occurs when the players succeed and realize that if what they were trying to teach were placed in such a context, it would not only become more engaging to the learners, but their students would be taking their own learning into their own hands.This can create a powerful learning environment, and educators need to experience it for themselves in order to understand its implications. (Stevens, 2016) http://advanceducation.blogspot.ae/2016/01/week-3-playing-big-g-game-of-evo.html Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  11. 11. How to play the Big G Game of EVOMC16 The Google+ Community “game board” (explained in next slide) Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  12. 12. How to play the Big G Game of EVOMC16 ■ Start at http://evosessions.pbworks.com and find EVO Minecraft MOOC http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/103533067/2016_EVO_Minecraft_MOOC ■ This points you to the Google+ Community https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112993649763396826671 ■ Find the sidebar to the right of the community page. Here you can figure out how to: – Access the syllabus http://tinyurl.com/evomc16-syllabus – Enroll in the course: http://goo.gl/forms/zALHMWsPGX This is essential in order to be whitelisted on the EVO Minecraft server – Find your missions to accomplish each week http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/ Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  13. 13. Weekly Missions to Accomplish http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/ Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  14. 14. Big G Game Missions Accomplished ■ Those participating are able to find this sheet and play the Big G Game by filling it in with links pointing to evidence of their EVOMC16 missions accomplished ■ As they accomplish missions, they record them on our open Google Doc spreadsheet http://tinyurl.com/evomc16-badgetrack ■ Accomplishments are openly viewable, links verifiable, badge criteria credible Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  15. 15. Big G Game Endgame Accomplish Missions, Earn a Badge Weeks 1-2 Orient, Declare ■ Introduce yourself on our Google+ Community ■ Install and enter Bb Collaborate ■ Fill in the Google registration form ■ Reflect on your activities forWeeks 1-2 ■ Join our MissionsAccomplished Google sheet ■ Join us in Minecraft creative mode Weeks 3-5 Network, Cluster and Focus ■ Explore networks in Minecraft ■ Reflect on experience in Minecraft - Last week in Creative Mode ■ Engage survival mode in Minecraft ■ Final reflection on your experiences ■ Contribute to a crowd-sourced document of resources Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  16. 16. Examples of potential for learning ■ Sun Jan 17 - Jeff Kuhn on Minecraft:An Introduction toWhat's Possible http://learning2gether.net/2016/01/17/learning2gether-with-jeff-kuhn-on-minecraft- an-introduction-to-whats-possible/ ■ Sun Jan 24 - Bron Stuckey and EVO Minecraft MOOC: Projects and challenges – designing and building http://learning2gether.net/2016/01/24/bron-stuckey-and-evo- minecraft-mooc-projects-and-challenges-designing-and-building/ Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  17. 17. Thorsten Groß's students conduct tour of Ricarda-Huch-Schule for EVOMC16 http://learning2gether.net/2016/01/31/thorsten-gross-students-conduct-tour-of-ricarda- huch-schule-for-evo-minecraft-mooc/ Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016 Shows evidence of student learning of micro skills necessary to • plan and construct complex build • organize and sustain the project • Communicate in English on a world stage about their accomplishment https://paradigmagnus.wordpress.co m/2016/01/14/minecraft-mooc- tumbling-down-the-world-of-cubes/
  18. 18. Flying around Ricarda Huch-Shule Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  19. 19. We ride on participant Mircea Patrascu’s Amazing Roller Coaster https://youtu.be/nJQhvLjtQn0 Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016 https://evominecraftmp.wordpress .com/2016/01/28/a-day-in-evo- minecraft-world/
  20. 20. Mircea in early stages of building the Roller coaster Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  21. 21. Networking: Mircea’s other world Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  22. 22. Playing the little g game of Minecraft on the EVO flat map creative server Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016 Jeff’s castle, view from fire cluster on top
  23. 23. EVOMC16 Participants in the little g game Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016 https://plus.google.com/1098946180201 89345959/posts/epWNDxXccVG
  24. 24. ParticipantYvonne Harrison Yvonne Harrison documents some impressive structures on her Flickr feed, linked from here http://yvonneh.e dublogs.org/201 6/01/26/evo_mo oc-minecraft- server-5/ Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  25. 25. EVOMC16 Participant Beth Evans Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016 https://eslbeth.wordpress.com/2 016/01/25/prepping-for-survival/
  26. 26. EVOMC16 Participant Beth O’Connell Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016 http://booklady9.edublogs.org/2016 /01/24/inworld-maps-in-minecraft/
  27. 27. EVOMC16 Participant Ellen Clegg Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016 https://mcecsite.wordpress. com/2016/01/23/finally- getting-to-play-around- woo-hoooo/
  28. 28. My son Dusty and Dad build a house Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016 This one was designed and mostly built by Dusty, who was responsible for the pool and very very hot tub. Dusty is over 30 years old. Dad learned properties of liquids in Minecraft by helping to add those substances Minecraft is an excellent toy for parent-child creative collaboration
  29. 29. Beware Filip’s Evil Rabbits Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  30. 30. Aaron’s Zombie Pit Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016 Safe, enjoyable practice for survival mode
  31. 31. In weeks 4-5 to come: Survival and Gamification Survival helps us understand gamification ■ When you enter survival mode you learn important life skills – You assist and are assisted by others in world – With cooperation and help you stay alive and learn ■ So gamification turns out to be learning through – teamwork – mutual support – meeting challenges – and achieving your goal, whatever it is Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  32. 32. Why is EVO Minecraft MOOC a Game? ■ The Big G Game of Minecraft MOOC has rules with – Flexibility, – Goals – Challenges – Awards in the form of badges ■ Participants have to figure out these rules, – The Game is designed to let them to figure it – As in any game, it it's more fun if it doesn't play out the way anyone especially anticipated. Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  33. 33. 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 EVOMC16 – might work to meet your real world challenges Vance Stevens EVOTechno-CLIL Feb 3, 2016
  34. 34. VANCE STEVENS HTTP://SLIDESHARE.NET/VANCES http://advanceducation.blogspot.ae/2016/01/week-3- playing-big-g-game-of-evo.html

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