Courses, Tutorials

AGILE Summer 2019 – All you need to know

Considering there have been a few changes and we have several things happening this summer, we thought it would be useful to put everything together in a single post here. This is your guide to engaging with all the exciting activities we have planned for this summer. We hope you like it. Please comment with any questions or suggestions. 😊

We have three main activities happening this summer. All three activities carry the potential for participants to earn Open Badges. Below each activity is listed as a bullet point and then each point has its own section further down in the post with more details. Registration for all three is open at agilexps.com/signup

  • Youth Minecraft online/face-to-face hybrid summer camps
  • Worlding 808: Game Design, Fantasy and SF Writing
  • “Hawaiian Islands with Food, Medicine, Shelter, and Water for All Preferred Reality Game”

The youth summer camps and Worlding 808 course are intended to be as accessible as possible while still covering costs and compensating the instructor appropriately. To that end, one third of all seats have been made available as full ride scholarships for a total of twenty-five available. The full price per pupil is $500 for those who do not require financial assistance. Additionally, there is a discount of 33% for those who sign up as a group, which comes out to $333.33 per pupil. The “Hawaiian Islands with Food, Medicine, Shelter, and Water for All Preferred Reality Game” is 100% free to the public. Further instructions on scholarship application available at agilexps.com/signup

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here for PDF

Youth Minecraft online/face-to-face hybrid summer camps (ages 7-18)

Our youth Minecraft summer camps take a strong storytelling and collective worlding approach. The main skill students will come away with is how to use virtual worlds to tell stories in effective ways to engage and affect the real world around them. We learn to govern our shared world by creating and mastering imaginary worlds in Minecraft using “The Magical Power of the Lectern for Crafting Our Dream Cities.” The camp allows participants to enter a deeply expanded version of a shorter workshop given by teacher Cody Lestelle (a.k.a. @m4dpr0f) at Minefaire Seattle in May. Each cohort/group meets for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, for two weeks. Our scholar-creators are free to continue expanding upon their collaborations and creations on their own time after their cohort officially graduates since their creations will remain on our Minecraft Multiversity server. Below is the meeting schedule for all four cohorts, A-D. Those who are based on Oʻahu may join us at HPU eSports Arena for technology access. Those who are joining online from home must have their own device and high speed internet connection.

  • Cohort A – June 3 – 14, 12:00PM – 3:00PM Hawaiian Time
  • Cohort B – June 24 – July 5, 12:00PM – 3:00PM Hawaiian Time
  • Cohort C – July 15 – 26, 12:00PM – 3:00PM Hawaiian Time
  • Cohort D – August 5 – 16, 4:30PM – 7:30PM Hawaiian Time 

We have game servers for Minecraft Java and Minecraft Bedrock. For those playing from home it is recommended to use Minecraft Java if you have a computer that can run it because we are able to do more on our Java server. However, for those running Minecraft Bedrock (Windows 10, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices all play together) we also have a Minecraft Bedrock server and will facilitate your participation in the camp there. Please note that once you purchase Minecraft Java you will also get a free code for Minecraft Bedrock Windows 10 version and you will own the game for life with the ability to install it on multiple computers. The $26.95 USD for the game is well worth having access to the ever growing AGILE Multiversity and many other exciting virtual environments. For those trying to decide between starting with Java or Bedrock it is recommended that you purchase Java because it comes with free access to your own copy of the Windows 10 version as well. See Store link to purchase for different devices.

For a live schedule with further details of our activity focus for each day and current seats available listing see here. To register now, visit agilexps.com/signup

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Worlding 808: Game design, fantasy and SF writing (ages 18+)

This course will be of particular interest to teachers looking to expand their toolsets to include virtual worlds as a writing technology, game designers interested in the arts and sciences of world creation, and writers interested in collaborative and playful writing technologies. This is our adult education course which has a similar aim to the Minecraft camp, to teach participants how to use virtual worlds to tell stories in effective ways to engage and affect the real world around us/them. The main differences between this course and the summer camps are 1) Worlding 808 lasts for ten weeks instead of two 2) it is geared to an 18 and older audience and 3) while we still make it an option to hold class in Minecraft and even other virtual environments, this is much closer to an online class than a summer camp. Face-to-face meetings are also available but this course is possible to take 100% online and asynchronous (on your own time). For those who are on Oʻahu we will be arranging face to face meetings during the ten weeks and those meetings will be times when our online only participants can also join. For more information on the course see the course website at worlding808.wordpress.com. To register, go to agilexps.com/signup

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Hawaiian Islands with Food, Medicine, Shelter, & Water for All Preferred Reality Game (rated E for Everyone)

This is still a mysterious and highly experimental activity/project. In short, our aim is to do something like what the Games for Change movement did with World Without Oil in 2008, except our scenario is a bit different. Instead of our alternate reality scenario being “a world without oil” or a simulation of a global oil shortage, we will focus on our preferred reality: a world where the Hawaiian Islands have realized the dream of Food, Medicine, Shelter, and Water for all. The success of this project will depend directly on our player base, who decides to show up, and how skillfully we play–from wherever we may be. To join the fun and change the world on this one, just make the appropriate selection on the registration form at agilexps.com/signup and get ready!

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To seek live chat support you can try joining our Discord tech support channel.

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Make a physical posting of the flyer at the top of this post or share the image below on your own social media account and get an addition 5% discount when you send proof to agilexps@gmail.com

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For those helping to promote this opportunity, you can also view our 4x sheets for printing and distributing (Click here for PDF and here for PNG).

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Campus Planning, Courses, Stardust Library, Tutorials

You’re Invited! Massively Open Online Game Course “University to Multiversity: Playing for Preferred Futures”

You’re invited! “University to Multiversity: Playing for Preferred Futures” free massively open online game course beginning February 4th. Download most recent PDF of syllabus or see live Google Docs version at tinyurl.com/MV8082019

Registration is free at agilexps.com/courses

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(click image for PDF of syllabus, also feel free to share the JPG or PNG of the above)

 

Campus Planning, Tutorials

A new giant map at world spawn?

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Hey what’s that up there, another mural? A map?
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Elmo?
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Hmmm… when did all this get here? A ladder huh…

 

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Oh wow a whole giant campus map used to co-create the multiversity!?

 

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Supposedly that gold plate gives a book I can use to write a letter to the map maker…

 

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I guess it’s time to try it out!
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& sign… 

 

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& close
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& “/mailbox send Jeruviel” command does not work since “You cannot send items to yourself!” … however it will of course work if you enter the same command into the chat with your letter!

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Tutorials

How to get to the Magic Shop…

There is a new custom welcoming photo at world spawn that greets players by name, thanks to Banner Board. As you will see, there is also a new Magic Shop. But be wary, magic always comes with a price!

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Head via whatever route you prefer to Dragon Egg Inn’s Rootbeer Spot…
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Take note of the shiny new sign if you use this entrance!
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and BAM, the magic shop calls to you!
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Walk up to the sign, stepping on any pressure plate to go through…
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Oh? And what’s this?
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a wand shop!

(wands thanks to the Magic plugin)

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Oh dang that’s expensive!
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right…

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Fotos, Mini Comix, Stardust Library, Tutorials

Dragon Egg Rootbeer

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Jeruviel skips the line here and goes right for the tap..
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Okay now time to send off that package through interdimentialmail…

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Got mail?

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Build it yourself in an instant with the AGILE Command Book introduced at https://agilexps.wordpress.com/2018/11/19/sdlib/
also see:
https://agilexps.wordpress.com/2018/11/20/lakuokoa/
… or better yet, see both of the above and then come join us on the server at your leisure:
agilexps.com/play

Stardust Library, Tutorials

Announcing, Stardust Library

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The AGILE Command Book is a simple Google Sheet that is publicly shared for people to access, contribute, and share learning artifacts that can be uploaded to the AGILE MC Multiversity or other compatible Minecraft environments.

AGILE Open Command Book

In order to contribute you can simply visit the book at tinyurl.com/AGILEbk and add to the suggested books list under the tab “Books (suggested)” OR, for those with the knowledge or willingness to try, you can complete a Minecraft book of your own (see Book Editor Tutorial) and fill all columns in the sheet for your entry as you go. Here are the columns of the “Books (existing)” tab explained:

  • Minecraft Book Author: the name of the person or Minecraft avatar that has crafted the Minecraft book–if you have no intention of venturing to the Minecraft world but only want to produce something for the denizens thereof to engage with, you can either use your real name or create or use whatever pen name you desire for this entry
  • Stardust Library Call # (SLC#): this is the unique number assigned to your text for the purposes of organization within the multiple virtual world library. You can take a look at the “Call # system (work in progress)” tab and try creating a number yourself that you think fits, or you can leave this entry blank
  • Item: this is the actual item that is being produced, the book. So far I have been using the “Title” space for the books to put the SLC# and then including the title of the book in the “Lore:”/description category. For example, the purple text in the image below is what shows for description and the white text at the top is the title:
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    SLC# = HK.USOC.2018.02.24 (Hawaiian Kingdom, US Occupation, Date)

    What you name the item in the spreadsheet space should be generally what you think it should be referred to as and does not need to match up in a precise way with the programmed content (e.g. the above example has deZayas Memo in the spreadsheet with a much longer description naming the item in-world).

  • Original author & title or citation: here is where you cite the original author of whatever content you are adapting to a Minecraft book. In some cases I have kept it short and simple, but when I can I simply grab the APA Citation from whatever library website I am using if that is available. In any case, just put as much as is sufficient here to appropriately credit the author(s) of the original work
  • Link to online source: if you adapted a source that is primarily an online source or for which you have a relevant URL, put that in this space
  • Notes: any notes you want to add regarding the process of creation, useful information to other users and collaborators such as potential uses or needed fixes (e.g. I was struggling with one of the books for awhile but did not want to lose the code, so still posted it but marked it as BROKEN TEXT in Notes & then later fixed it)
  • Command vLatest: this is where you will share the command that you have created to summon whatever book you are adding to the list
  • Command v1.0: this is where older versions of the command for a particular item go once they have been updated and a new command takes the vLatest slot… will need to add additional columns for multiple version numbers soon enough…
  • Library Signs: this is where commands that generate signs regarding the specific book you have created go, they can be used to easily mark the book’s presence in the library to patrons

Whether you have any idea about Minecraft or any interest in virtual environments and learning of any sort or not, please consider contributing to the Stardust library by adding suggested works (i.e. things you believe to be conducive to cultivating caring and effective people) to the library list  at tinyurl.com/AGILEbk

…AND make sure to check out the three part series by Keanu Sai, Ph.D. published in neaToday on the U.S. Occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom, whether you read it inside the Hawaiian Kingdom archive inside the AGILE Multiversity Minecraft environment or on the National Education Association website, and spread the word too!

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Tutorials

Minecraft 1.13.2 Book Editor Tutorial

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Curating a library inside of the Minecraft AGILE Multiversity campus?

[UPDATE: scroll to the bottom of this post for how to add hyperlinks to Minecraft books]

This is an example and tutorial of a wondrous tool provided by Minecraft Tools called the Book Editor.

Step 1: Create or locate the content you wish to have in your Minecraft book(s) and have it ready to copy and paste (we use some letters from the Anti-Annexation Protest Documents and  the February 24, 2018 United Nations memorandum to the State of Hawaii in making this tutorial)

Step 2: Go to http://minecraft.tools/en/book.php

Step 3: Begin pasting the contents from your first text into the box that contains the text “Minecraft Tools book”, making sure to replace that text with your desired text. Only post up to 13 lines of text per page.

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Note that this is “Page 1” and you will need to continue adding an additional page by clicking the blue [+] box for each additional 13 lines of text. About 25 characters fit per line. You can either edit your own hyphens and line breaks in to try and condense the text as much as possible or use the method we did and focus on copying, pasting, counting lines and consistently checking the preview for accuracy and completeness.

For example:

We take the Liliuokalani, 1893 to Sanford B. Dole  excerpt from Blount Report

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For a shorter text like this, you can try copying the entirety and pasting it all into the first page, count the lines, and move all the remains after the first 13 lines to a New page by re-copying and deleting everything past those first 13 lines…

 

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Here we count the first 13 lines by holding Shift and pressing the down arrow on the keyboard to highlight the text of each line as we move down…

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Make sure to use the preview function and check for errors as you go along too!

 

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And so we repeat the process for Page 2, all the way until we complete the text. By default, each Book & Quill is limited to 50 pages unless you are working with mods, so if you are working on a longer text you will want to divide your work into multiple volumes, beginning with Volume 1 and adding a new volume repeating this process in a new volume until done.

In our experience we had to keep the book names short and simple, and also avoid too lengthy of an authors name to avoid errors in our final product. Additionally it is important to keep to a limited number of characters per line in the “Book description:” field if you choose to use it, otherwise your description will appear off-screen in game.

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Note what happens when entering too many characters as a single string in the book description…
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Avoid this by breaking up your Book description with regular line breaks…

Here is an example of Title, Author, and Description field entries that worked out well…

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40 Characters or less per line in the Book description seems to turn out well for us…
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Once you are ready to try your book, click “GENERATE THE COMMAND” and then click the yellow clipboard icon to copy the text
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Then you will need to get a command block, and paste the code from above into the console and set up a lever, pressure plate, or button to activate it…

You can conceal the command blocks below ground and use levers and plates on adjacent blocks to activate them…

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If attaching a button or lever directly to command block, hold SHIFT key and then right-click to do so. Right click again to activate… it worked!

 

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And here is our example that we worked on in the images above:

 

 

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Here are our other texts so far:

 

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The above Minecraft book images were all made from the February 24, 2018 United Nations memorandum to the State of Hawaii, the E Hō Mai page of the Aloha ‘Āina Project, and the UH Hamilton Hawaiian Collection section featured below: