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Learning2gether with Bronwyn Stuckey on Rebooting Quest Atlantis

Sunday August 30, 2015 - 1900 UTC / GMT

 
What is it about? 
 
Bron Stuckey is instigating a campaign to reboot Quest Atlantis, a project derived from Active Worlds which she has been intensively involved in. She joined us on Learning2gether to tell us about the importance to learners of Quest Atlantis and the Kickstarter campaign she is promoting to help raise funds to revive the initiative, as it says on these websites
For the past decade there was a vast educational research project taking place in classrooms on 6 continents. It was Quest Atlantis, a massively multiplayer online game integrating strong support for 21st century skills into each subject. Teachers, students, and researchers alike hoped that Quest Atlantis could grow, and other students could share the experiences they loved. Some parts of the project moved forward, but as grant funding for the multiplayer platform drew to a close, the team couldn’t keep the game ready for today’s classrooms. As the developers of the engine that ran Quest Atlantis, we’ve always been excited to see what students were able to do, inside the game and out, and we listened when teachers told us they didn’t want to see it go. We’re working hard to bring it back for a new generation, in collaboration with members of the original Quest Atlantis team. If you brought your students in to Quest Atlantis – or if you were a student there – you know that the community formed around reading, writing, building, sharing, and saving the world together was special. You know there was potential for much more to unfold – more for students and teachers to create, more features to make the right tools available. Make your pledge and help us bring a new Quest Atlantis to a new generation!
 
Joining Bron were
  • Rick Noll, Owner and one of the original developers of ActiveWorlds, Inc.
  • and Ellen Jameson of Reboot Quest Atlantis

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Greetings on Aug 30, 2015, to Learning2gether with Bron Stuckey
starting in 40 min at 1900 UTC
When Bron is in the HoA we'll give its link out
2 days ago
I'm listening in from Chicago. Is this the best place to ask questions or comment?
2 days ago
yes dan
do you want to join us here? can you see the direct link?
2 days ago
I can listen in. The video works fine.
2 days ago
the video? we've not started :-)
2 days ago
I'm on the webheads page and listening to speaker. Is this the Quest Atlantis project?
2 days ago
this is our tpic tonight http://www.questatlantisreboot.org/
we're about ready to go
2 days ago
Who is the person talkin gnow? In the description you talked about a "she"
2 days ago
Hi Dan! I'm Ellen Jameson, I was on the original Quest Atlantis team
2 days ago
Ok. I'm on the Google hangout now.
2 days ago
cool
2 days ago
you're back
2 days ago
I logged out and in. Still don't see my icon, but that's ok. I was intending to listen and offer comment via chat anyway.
2 days ago
are you sharing your screen inadvertently perhaps?
2 days ago
I don't know. Don't know how to check that.
2 days ago
I see an icon with your name on it ... move your mouse to the left edge of the HoA window and find the green screenshare icon with the white arrow, try and toggle it off ?
2 days ago
but if you're happy, no problem
2 days ago
I clicked on the green icon and it was inviting me to share my screen. I can see that in my icon space my screen is being shared. It's not a problem to me.
2 days ago
ok, don't worry
2 days ago
Found the chat on google search engine
2 days ago
hi nellie, have you found he hangout link?
2 days ago
What's the web site for Alphaworld?
2 days ago
No, Vance. I didn't see the chat anymore.
2 days ago
 
Rick Noll is explaining the history of Active Worlds and its plans to Reboot Quest Atlantis
2 days ago
I 'm listening via the hangout, but didn't see a link to the chat.
2 days ago
you're right, I never posted it (doh!). I pasted it above
2 days ago
 
Chris Dede used #ActiveWorlds to build River City just before Quest Atlantis & @sashabarab came along
2 days ago
I can't listen in real time unless I can chat :)
Haven't heard from Chris for some time. I hope he's ok.
I remember Quest Atlantis from way back.
2 days ago
me too
2 days ago
 
The #QuestAtlantis Global Game over 12 years had 100,000 kids 300,000 quest completed in countries around the world
2 days ago
You mean, me, neither 
or me, either 
I just had a conversation about funding and the fact that things stop, when the money goes
2 days ago
Saw Chris at SXSWedu, he and EcoMUVE are doing well!
2 days ago
Hi Ellen
2 days ago
Hi Nellie!
2 days ago
 
#ActiveWorlds has redeveloped the Rhino World but it needs #QuestAtlantis framework to give it curriculum value.
2 days ago
again, what age group are we talking about?
2 days ago
This issue of funding continuation is something I've focused on for nearly 20 years. I faced it in the programs I was leading and recognize that everyone else faces same challenge. Thus my on-line connections seek people working to fix this problem for all of us, not just for themself. Hard to find such people.
2 days ago
I think this is for K-12, am I right?
2 days ago
how about happiness, doesn't that rule?
2 days ago
 
#ActiveWorlds has the rights to #QuestAtlantis - new worlds, now tools, new interfaces & build your own quests
2 days ago
Sorry - middle school at the core, but teachers have used it with 4th-10th
2 days ago
is it for 18 year olds?
2 days ago
 
Yes #QuestAtlantis is K-12 but we always had groups outside that
2 days ago
is it on a wiki, too?
2 days ago
I believe it's in its own client software like SL or Minecraft
2 days ago
We have a page I'm going to introduce in a moment -
2 days ago
That's good to hear, Daniel.
I'm looking for professional grant writers who are willing to barter
Ellen, I'm chatting, but can't see the video as I do
2 days ago
 
Rebooted #QuestAtlantis will allow you to author and create your own Quests - kids and teachers
2 days ago
wish we could bring the chat into the hangout
2 days ago
  
 
 
and for more information...
2 days ago
Thank you, Vance. I'm also watching TV so it's kind of noisy here.
2 days ago
Thank you, Rick
2 days ago
we're trying to bring the hangout chat HERE. We're copying anything relevent there to this space
2 days ago
where is the hangout chat? I couldn't find it
2 days ago
the Hangout chat is in the Hangout. But we're trying to chat here so people in the stream will be included
2 days ago
Vance, I suggest trying zoom.us
2 days ago
ah but there is probably a google chat somewhere
2 days ago
what is its advantage?
2 days ago
I was there, too, Vance
2 days ago
  
 
 
2 days ago
Zoom is free for 25 for 45 min and you can have 25 webcams running. Its very open.
2 days ago
  
 
 
2: 
2 days ago
Thank you Rick
wow, that's beautiful
2 days ago
Minecraft seems to be well-supported, and promoted, by YouTube videos that show "how to" build things. My son has watched these for a few years. Building something that has the same appeal, and the same level of YouTube activity, would be key to making this widely used.
2 days ago
Ok, I'm inspired. How do I get involved?
2 days ago
 
Rick has lots of videos to share that demonstrate the new capacity of #QuestAtlantis URLS will be posted in this chat
2 days ago
minecraft is catchy :-)
2 days ago
I am giving a teacher training course starting October for K-12 EFL teachers,
It would be great for EFL students
2 days ago
  
 
 
2 days ago
Minecraft is for young learners
2 days ago
  
 
 
2 days ago
my 18 year old pilot cadets are into Minecraft
2 days ago
  
 
 
2 days ago
I like Minecraft, too, but I think it's for young learners
2 days ago
  
 
 
2 days ago
I like Minecraft and I'm an over 60 learner :-)
2 days ago
Vance, I guess you and I are young learners
2 days ago
isn't
Teachers don't have money
is't kickstrarter about money?
2 days ago
kickstarter is for raising money for people without money
2 days ago
Is there a Google community for this? A Facebook community?
2 days ago
For now, we're hoping there can be discussion on the kickstarter page
2 days ago
On Kickstarter, do you need to reach your $25k goal or can you keep whatever you raise?
2 days ago
for people, Vance, but not by people who have no money like teachers
2 days ago
 
If you have ideas for how you might use #QuestAtlantis you can float them in the Kickstarter discussion
2 days ago
But we will be phasing in Facebook and Google+
2 days ago
$25,000 is not a lot of money
2 days ago
That's the nice thing about the investment that's gone into the platform already - maintenance is not out of reach
2 days ago
is Quest Atlantis free to use
2 days ago
 
No #ActiveWorlds set a low goal but hope to massively exceed it. It's more about community ownership!
2 days ago
everyone needs to be paid for the work they do
2 days ago
People need to get paid in order to stay involved and give their time and talent. Is there a business plan that shows how fees for use might generate enough revenue for future development, training, marketing, etc.
2 days ago
Yes, we can discuss that
2 days ago
  
 
 
2 days ago
have you considered organizing a MOOC? I can help with that.
2 days ago
 
Great idea Nellie!
2 days ago
We can get the word out that way.
2 days ago
Train current and future teachers on how to use it.
2 days ago
Yes! Would love to talk more about that
2 days ago
I've been part of some cMOOCs over past few years, such as Deeper Learning, Education Technology & Media. Format is good and can be on-going.
2 days ago
I'm thinking of the old fashioned MOOCs, Daniel.
MOOCs in the style of 2007/2008
I'm an educator and I know a lot of teachers from around the world.
2 days ago
cMOOCs (invented in 2008)
2 days ago
2007, Vance with Leigh Blackwall on Wkieducator
2 days ago
ahh, well, who's the guy who created Alison? He claims to be the first MOOC, but you're right ...
2 days ago
the visuals are quite different
2 days ago
however, Siemens, Downes, Cormier who coined the term (with Brian Alexander??)
2 days ago
I need clean visuals and Quest Atlantis is very beautiful. Mindcraft is less
I was there, Vance. Here's proof http://wikieducator.org/NellieDeutsch/EduMOOC/Posts
2 days ago
  
 
 
here is a video of the Rhino "Poachers" mission
2 days ago
QA would be great for EFL learning.
2 days ago
  
 
 
2 days ago
I asked if there is a wiki?
2 days ago
  
 
 
to QA?
2 days ago
Quest Atlantis
2 days ago
  
 
 
I am not sure...
if not we had better start one
2 days ago
Minecraft has millions of users who have become self motivated to spen countless hours playing the game. If educators had resources that motivated as much student use, and could show measurable learning outcomes, this would be a home run. It's possible that the more this appeals to educators the less it will appeal to learners.
2 days ago
Wikis are becoming less popular, but they are great.
Why, Daniel?
2 days ago
That's one reason I'm very excited about the story/game authoring tools. The thing that really drove the continuing core of voluntary student participation was building
even the peer review activity system was tied to building
And authoring is highly enriched building - as Bron described with World Congress
2 days ago
You need to market QA. I forgot about it until now. Need to bring it out to the public not just teachers, but maybe parents and kids
2 days ago
  
 
 
you are right nellie
2 days ago
I encourage you to move quickly into social media and/or a MOOC and try to attract those 25k past users into participation. Just building those numbers can help you demonstrate value to potential donors/investors while offering loads of talent to help you.
2 days ago
I'd like to get involved. I'm freer these days so try me.
2 days ago
We will (to both)
2 days ago
 
There is a #QuestAtlantis Facebook page Quest Altantis Teachers for anyone who has used or wants to use it.
2 days ago
thank you
Bron, maybe it's time to reconnect
2 days ago
Thank you. I'm @tutormentorteam on Twitter. Let's connect.
2 days ago
I'll connect on Twitter, Daniel. Nice seeing you everyone.
ICQ???? wow
2 days ago
  
 
 
powow
2 days ago
yes, use me 
byee
2 days ago
  
 
 
thanks
2 days ago
bye nellie, bye all, must go (sleep)
2 days ago
 
Thanks everyone for listening in
2 days ago

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Learning2gether with Jim Buckingham on the Online PD Tutorials Project

Sunday August 23, 2015

 
What was it about? 
 
We had an interesting discussion today with Jim Buckingham and Tony Waterman about Jim's proposed Online PD Tutorials Project and its alignment with ISTE Standards toward having it awarded an ISTE Seal of Alignment. The idea of pursuing this is driven by a desire to have "our work internationally recognized" so that it has greater credibility in the eyes of both TESOL Arabia members AND those of us who will help realize these. By addressing such standards, we should gain some much valued and highly relevant PD. 

He is proposing an online, asynchronous "co-development consultancy" workshop to help realize this.  Details can be found in this Google folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B8r1jrc3n6aifmZ5dF9jQjBTc1JMcXVnbGtSMUhOMTVEMTdKSWp5cnhrdkdLSzRwTXNBN2s&usp=sharing

Find the Learning2gether archive of this event here: http://learning2gether.net/2015/08/23/learning2gether-with-jim-buckingham-about-the-online-pd-tutorials-project/
and more information on events of this nature at http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether
 

How this worked at showtime Aug 23, 2015

  • You could listen to the stream in the video embedded above while chatting with us in real-time in the Chatwing embed below
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    • You could join us in HoA via its direct link posted here at show time
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    • If the Hangout is full, listen to the stream and interact with us in the text chat
      • You can let us know if you want to join the Hangout
      • We will let you know via the stream when space comes available
      • When you enter the Hangout
        • Wear a HEADSET to avoid broadcasting speaker sound back into the Hangout
        • Switch OFF the stream as it is on a delay and will create an echo for you
        • Please MUTE YOUR MIC when not actually speaking into it during the HoA

Before, during, and after the live event, you can chat with us in the chat space above
and / or join the conversation on the Google+ event page

Connect with the Chatwing from any browser at http://chatwing.com/vancestev

For further information on all our upcoming events please visit
http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether

(redirects to ... 
http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/w/page/32206114/volunteersneeded#Nextupcomingevents)

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