New to Minecraft? Interested in learning more about this game that seems to have captured your students' attention? This summer, the Virtual Environments PLN will be exploring Minecraft survival mode.
The first live meeting will take place, Friday, May 26, at 6:45 EDT. The team will build a safe house.
Three students from eastcoastminers.org will come build recipe frames to show novices how to build the basics.
We will be playing in survival all summer: Memorial Day to Labor Day and helping those with little or no Minecraft experience. The idea is that teachers will learn why their students love this game, while talking with other teachers about how it can be leveraged as an instructional tool in the classroom.
If you have been wanting to learn about Minecraft but didn't know how to begin, this is your chance! You need to get a Minecraft account from https://mojang.com/. Then send your Minecraft login name to [email protected] and ask to be whitelisted.
Visit our website at https://sites.google.com/view/vstesofs17 to learn more.
This summer, Memorial Day through Labor Day, VSTE Place in Minecraft will hold its first Summer of Survival! Participants will be able to warp to survival mode for a completely different Minecraft experience. We will discover why our students beg for survival mode at school. It's challenging, but fun, and we will need each other to survive!
You may be able to earn points from your district with your VSTE certificate of participation. There will be a list of achievements to accomplish over the course of the summer. You can complete them in a few weeks or take the entire summer. The idea is to have fun while networking with other educators inside Minecraft.
Participants will need a Mojang account, a copy of Minecraft installed on their computer, and access to VSTE Place, the VSTE Minecraft server. Contact [email protected] to get your Mojang Minecraft account whitelisted on our server.
Keep up with all the events at the summer website and the Google Plus community.
October 5 at 8 PM EDT VSTE VE PLN will visit VIBE, Virtual Islands for Better Education, to see an archaeology simulation built by Nova Saunders. Nova would love to have teachers bring students to her sim. Come and see if this content is something you can use instructionally! VIBE is an Open Sim, not connected to Second Life.
To reach Nova's sim in VIBE, follow these directions:
Complete directions are here https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bxo7jBzK1BkwYUtfRl9iQS1HSDA/edit
Stephen Gasior wrote these for a Virtual Pioneers tour a while back.
Basically, you download a viewer that can access Open Sims. Firestorm has one. Singularity is also a possiblity.
Install and launch the viewer.
Next you click Grid Manager at the bottom of the viewer window.
Type http://nova.bio-se.info:9000 into the Login URL
Click Apply and OK.
You will be directed to a place to register for an account.
Create an account.
Once you get the notice that it is set up, fill in the login name and password at the bottom of the viewer and login.
You will rez, or spawn, in Nova's sim. You may appear to be a cloud, but we can help you get an avatar body once you are there.
Start early! This process may take a few minutes.
VE PLN Tonight at 8 PM
What are you reading?
VSTE members read books, blogs, magazines, journals, newspapers, websites, and more, from novels to the backs of cereal boxes. Join Beth Ghostraven as we discuss what we're reading, and how we get news about education in virtual worlds. Meet at the VSTE Island Community Center in Second Life.
Join the Google Plus community to learn more about the Virtual Environments PLN.