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Gamifying Teacher Professional Development through Minecraft MOOC at TESOL Arabia 2016

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This is a recent update on the evolution of the community of practice that has developed after two years of EVO Minecraft MOOC. This documents to some extent how a community has truly formed and is gearing up for EVOMC17.

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Gamifying Teacher Professional Development through Minecraft MOOC at TESOL Arabia 2016

  1. 1. Gamifying Teacher Professional Development through Minecraft MOOC Vance Stevens presenting at TESOL Arabia, Dubai, March 10, 2016
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. What is Minecraft? Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016 A foreboding but benign view from Jeff’s castle on the EVO Minecraft MOOC creative server
  4. 4. 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 TESOL Arabia March 11, 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
  5. 5. 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 a TOY for embedding content in a gamified matrix learning languages; see … Smolčec, M. and Smolčec, F. (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/ Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  6. 6. Marijana and Filip Smolčec, co-authors Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016 Filip Smolčec developing his presentation skills by presenting his YouTube videos on Minecraft at the age of 11 at 2014 RSCON online conference https://sas.elluminate.com/drtbl?sid=2008350&suid=D. 3F83255C4DDFF6BD54C70F58111C4E
  7. 7. 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 TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  8. 8. 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 Catherine T. 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 Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016 ■ 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
  9. 9. 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 TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  10. 10. How to play the Big G Game of EVOMC16 Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016 The Google+ Community “game board” (explained in next slide)
  11. 11. 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 TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  12. 12. Weekly Missions to Accomplish Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016 http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/
  13. 13. 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 TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  14. 14. 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 for Weeks 1-2  Join our Missions Accomplished 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 TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  15. 15. Examples of potential for learning  Sun Jan 17 - Jeff Kuhn on Minecraft: An Introduction to What'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 TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  16. 16. 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 TESOL Arabia March 11, 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.com/ 2016/01/14/minecraft-mooc-tumbling- down-the-world-of-cubes/
  17. 17. Flying around Ricarda Huch-Shule Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  18. 18. Networking: Mircea’s other world Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  19. 19. Mircea in early stages of building his Amazing Roller coaster Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  20. 20. We ride on participant Mircea Patrascu’s Amazing Roller Coaster Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016 https://youtu.be/nJQhvLjtQn0 https://evominecraftmp.wordpre ss.com/2016/01/28/a-day-in- evo-minecraft-world/
  21. 21. Mircea’s presentation on March 6, 2016 on Learning2gether Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016 https://youtu.be/RbWvZF_hCHA
  22. 22. Linda Gielen’s nurturing abode Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016 https://youtu.be/tyngfA_e0XQ
  23. 23. Playing the little g game of Minecraft on the EVO flat map creative server Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016 Jeff’s castle, view from fire cluster on top
  24. 24. EVOMC16 Participants in the little g game Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016 https://plus.google.com/10989461802 0189345959/posts/epWNDxXccVG
  25. 25. Participant Yvonne 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 TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  26. 26. EVOMC16 Participant Beth Evans Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016 https://eslbeth.wordpress.com/2 016/01/25/prepping-for-survival/
  27. 27. EVOMC16 Participant Beth O’Connell Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016 http://booklady9.edublogs.org/20 16/01/24/inworld-maps-in- minecraft/
  28. 28. EVOMC16 Participant Ellen Clegg Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016 https://mcecsite.wordpres s.com/2016/01/23/finally- getting-to-play-around- woo-hoooo/
  29. 29. My son Dusty and Dad build a house Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 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
  30. 30. Beware Filip’s Evil Rabbits Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  31. 31. Aaron’s Zombie Pit Vance Stevens TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016 Safe, enjoyable practice for survival mode
  32. 32. 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 TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  33. 33. 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 TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  34. 34. 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 TESOL Arabia March 11, 2016
  35. 35. 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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