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kae / Sep 12, 2014

2013-12-07_17.58.05 by trevyn.slusser, on Flickr

Inevitable Instructors will be collaborating with ISTE Games & Sims Network for Getting Started with Minecraft!

To get us started for the Fall…..we’re doing a “Getting Started in Minecraft”

Wednesday, September 17th at 9 pm ET.
Google + Hangout
(For Hangout updates subscribe to the Games MOOC YouTube channel)

It’s September so this is a just a start! The Games and Simulations Network will be doing Minecraft and More all year long. We’ll have panelists, who will talk about how they got started and how you can too!

This Hangout is to give you some ideas and continue the discussion in the Games & Sims Network community either on the ISTE Connect site or in the Games & Sims Network Community Google + Community.

1) Getting Started with an After-School Minecraft Club

2) Getting Started with a Minecraft Server for Professional Development Organization
3) Getting Started with an event in Minecraft

If you'd like to get involved with Minecraft and More activities please give us your contact here
kae / Jul 11, 2014
METAGAME Book Club July 15 - August 16, 2014

metagame by kaezenovka, on Flickr

ISTE's Virtual Environments Network and the Games & Simulations Network will be doing a summer book club from July 15 - August 16, 2014.

It involves reading publications, a really great book, going to websites, watching videos and even going in game. So there is no question about it – the book club is a Book Club +.

This book club has 2 tracks. There are Game Studies (great for English and humanities teachers) academic readings with Sherry Jones, the creator of the Rhetoric and Games or rgMOOC.

The second track will be facilitated by the educator’s gaming guild, Inevitable Betrayal. The book for the second track, is the young adult book, For the Win by Cory Doctorow (great for economics, social studies and anyone looking to engage their students in reading). It is also gives an insider look into massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMOs and MMORPGs).

For The Win is available on Kindle, in print or you can download the free version at

To sign up for the summer Book Club please go to
kae / Mar 19, 2014

Minecraft Tree at This Land by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

ISTE Professional Development Webinar
Crafting the Core: Assessing Minecraft for Learning
Presenters: Trish Cloud, Tanya Martin and Kae Novak

During ISTE 2013 in San Antonio, the most widely discussed virtual world was an 8-bit, Lego-looking, user-created sandbox game known as Minecraft. After the conference, SIGVE continued the discussion about the popular game with online office hours, Minecraft open houses and a virtual Minecraft UnSymposium in December 2013. In this webinar, SIGVE members will show how they have been aligning the learning in Minecraft to Common Core State Standards, ISTE-S Standards (formerly the NETS), and Computational Thinking. Go here to register
kae / Feb 26, 2014

ESO Beta by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

Mellodius has procured us a Beta Session with Elder Scrolls Online (ESo) and we will be livestreaming it to you on Saturday at Noon ET/11 am CT/ 10 am MT!

We'll be doing the Inevitable Instructors Google Hangout o the Games MOOC YouTube channel at 11 am Server Time and give a basic overview of whatver we learned up to that point!

And yes, there is a Inevitable Betrayal Guild on ESO!
kae / Feb 25, 2014

#gamemooc tweetchat by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

#gamemooc tweetchat is back!

Come help us choose a games and game based readings for the SIGVE/Inevitable Instructors Summer Reading List!

We’re doing a summer reading list and events for game based learningwhich we will be announcing at the ISTE SIGVE Playground!

And yes, we’re crowdsourcing the list…..
We’ll start on Wednesday at 9 pm ET with a tweetchat
then setup voting over our social media site in April and May.

So what would you like to read and discuss in a group?????

Use the #gamemooc hashtag to join us and feel free to also add #iste and #ven

If you haven’t done a tweetchat before, that’s okay. We use
to filter out all the tweets that are using #gamemooc hashtag.

We’ll start by asking you to introduce yourself.

Then ask you to tell us about your affiliations, organizations and groups.
After that we’ll start taking suggestions and discussing books on virtual environments, immersive learning and games and simulations.
kae / Dec 20, 2013

Posing in the Portal by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

Welcome to the Inevitable Fashion Shoot Experience pre-shoot prep!
Icecrown Citadel[/url] or as it is called by the locals, ICC, the bane of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, will be the setting for a high-fashion WoW shoot. Fashion event producer and Horde stylist, Grid, who was featured in her own special, will be on hand to help models with their fashion choices, poses and battle pet accessories.

This event sponsored by Shaomai's House of Fashion will be looking for the screenshot that could be featured or even be on the cover on VEJ. On hand will be several screenshooters whose work has graced the pages of VEJ , AERA’s Applied Research in Immersive Environments for Learning as well as the Inevitable Betrayal and SIGVE Flickr sites.

Cover model Izzy/Notalemur, will be there to help neophyte MMORPG models and afterwards introduce models to Timeless Isles high society.

Award winning Machinimatographer, Blue Lowtide, will also be on hand to capture fiero moments, elite rings, in-raid pings and 6 uncommon pets.

Now we didn’t get permission from the Lich King, but Rebecca and the rest of the Retro Raiders took care of securing the location. This may very well be the first fashion shoot there in years.

Rebecca told us, “After clearing ICC and defeating the Lich King, I remember turning to Hemoato and saying wouldn’t this be a perfect location for a high fashion shoot. But it wasn’t until Grid talked to me about the Holiday Fashion Extravaganza at one of Shaomai’s infamous cocktail and mining parties, that I realized that there was no other place that said Fierce Fashion like the ICC throne room.”

So come and strike a pose and rock your best Ugly Sweater, Snowman avatar or santa suit. Well make sure to keep your toon warm with a bit of retro raiding and NPC killing in between takes of your glam shots.

For the Grid and Fiero Films most recent runway production look here.
kae / Dec 18, 2013

Grid at Holiday Party 2 by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

Wednesday, December 18 at 8pm ET/5 pm SLT
Join us for the crawl staring at ISTE HQ in Second Life

Or watch over Games MOOC YouTube Channel
We’ll be touring SIGVE, Virtual Pioneers and VSTE
Then go into Minecraft at Inevitable Instructor’s This Land,
take a look at Neverwinter, visit World of Warcraft and end with a Machinima.
kae / Dec 05, 2013

Grid's First Minecraft Avatar by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

The mission of the Minecraft and More….. Unsymposium is to continue the discussion that began at the ISTE 2013 Conference at San Antonio. The most popular virtual world or game (depending on your viewpoint) was this lego looking, easy to navigate 8 bit digital sandbox.

The Fall Games MOOC from the Colorado Community College and the CCCS Hackathon Project are exploring making, hacking and gaming. Minecraft is the maker movement online and the UnSymposium will be hosting a building event – the Minecraft Challenge created by the rgMOOC.

Our purpose is to bring a group of educators together to discuss, plan and play in Minecraft.

We have activities starting on the top of the hour. We will be livestreaming all events through Google Hangout. Please be patient if we do not start exactly on time. We will be ending at 45 minutes after the hour to ensure time to setup the next Google Hangout.

On Friday night, we will be visiting the Morrowcraft server, and on Saturday you are invited to log into the Massively server and the Games MOOC server.

If you would like to participate in events on the Minecraft servers, you will need to have registered on the eventbrite site and then submitted your character name. The server is whitelisted so we will need to add you. The servers are using version 1.6.4, so you will need to make sure your account is set to 1.6.4.
kae / Nov 30, 2013

Scary Sim Crawl by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

Week 6 - We'll start on Tuesday with an overview! Here's the events for the week. Minecraft UnSymposium on the weekend!

Overview at noon on Tuesday, December 3rd along with material open!

Wednesday, Dec 4 - 7 pm MST (Denver)
Minecraft Tweetchat Log into with your twitter account and follow #gamemooc

December 6 and 7

Minecraft and More UnSymposium

Friday - 4 pm - 8 pm MT (Denver)

Saturday - 2 pm - 9 pm MT (Denver)

Come join us and bring a friend! Sign up here.
kae / Nov 25, 2013

WoW Thanksgiving Table by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

For many colleges in the US, this week is Fall break. So that means no classes, no students and unplugging for Thanksgiving day on Thursday.

We will have an abbreviated week. We are introducing quest based learning and talking about the Minecraft UnSymposium on Friday December 6 and Saturday December 7th.

If you haven't signed up for it already, please feel free to do so here.
kae / Nov 09, 2013

Rosie Vjotek Co-Editor of VEJ by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

Week 3 we're going to look at the Virtual Education Journal
and their Winter Issue will still keep accepting articles until
midnight on Friday November 15, 2013.

We are going to be adding a Code Event during the week of 12/12 - 12/15.
Also we are doing a holiday sim crawl on Wednesday Decemeber 18th and a one minute holiday Machinima Fest.

With these changes we'll be bringing in the questlines on November 25, 2013.
kae / Nov 06, 2013

First Look at the Code by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

Tonight (Wed) for the #gamemooc tweetchat, we’ll be continuing the discussion on Modding, Machinima and Minecraft.

7 pm MT/ 9 pm ET
If this is your first tweetchat go to
Login using your twitter account and then enter the #gamemooc hashtag

To see how we are framing it, it is suggested that you either watch the Google Hangout Recording and/or take a look at the slideshare.

We’re also looking at this paper by John Seely Brown on the Gamer. Disposition.The Gamer Disposition. Then take a look at this blog post, The Natives Aren't Restless Enough.

We’ve been in active in the #gamemooc tweetchat, on Google Hangout and also outside the shivtr site. Here’s a blog post that one of our participants recently posted.

Some additional discussion we’ve been having is on the Hour of Code that is taking place December 9 – 15, 2013. So if you have ideas please bring them to the tweetchat and also to discussions.

kae / Oct 31, 2013

Trish Cloud's 10/30/13 Pearltree by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

Make, Hack and Game Tweetchat!
Although it did turn out to be more making and hacking.

TrishCloud did a great job of curating! First on pearltrees Look here to see the sites mentioned in the #gamemooc tweetchat last night.

The question asked were:

What is a maker and what do they do?
What is a maker faire?
What is a hacker?
What is a hackathon?
What is a hacktivist?

Great discussion on use of the word hack to include misuse and this article from Slate, “Kids Should Hack Their School-Provided iPads” which leads into ISTE L&L questions, “Hacking- Awful or Awesome?”

If you’d like to see the full tweetchat Trish, Master of the Twitterverse put it up on storify. It goes backward – so the beginning is actually on the last page.

Next week during the #gamemooc tweetchat, we’ll look at the 3Ms – Modding, Minecraft and Machinima.