• VR Grab Bag Items

    Check out the discussion in the Games & Sims Network! Dr. Len Scrogan is sharing news, information and resources with us in his short VR Grab Bag Items.

  • Share your knowledge of Early Childhood Tech!

    Hello, everyone!

    Please consider submitting a proposal to present at ISTE 2018 which will be held in Chicago, IL, USA, in June of 2018. Presenting is a great forum to share the fabulous things you do with kids plus you get to meet amazing people during your session! Moreover, it can only support the cause for early childhood education when multiple voices are submitting sessions. Your knowledge is valuable! Sharing your experience is critical! Research has shown that children have more brain growth and build the foundation for all future learnings in their early years. Let's share with our colleagues how we use technology in ways to support that growth. 

    See link attached for the proposal site.

  • Fall Webinar Announcement

    Join the Administrator Network and Learning Space Network for an exciting webinar on the administrative issues on learning space design.

    Space: the final frontier.

    These are the voyages that many administrators are making to redesign schools for learning, to explore strange new furniture, to seek out new life and new designs, to boldly go where no administrator has gone before! (Apologies to Gene Roddenberry).

    Learning Spaces and Administrators Networks present Dr. Joseph Barrow, Superintendent, Fayette Georgia County Schools, in a webinar discussing district and school level redesign of learning spaces.

    Make sure to invite your building and district administrators to this exciting event.

    Date/time: 7:00 p.m. EDT, (4:00 pm PDT) on September 26, 2017.

    Here is a link to join the conversation:

    While not required, we’d love to know if you are joining us by RSVP by visiting this link so we know who will be attending and can email you the recording link.

    Joseph Barrow, an accomplished veteran educator, is beginning his fifth year as Superintendent in Fayette County. He’s received multiple professional honors, including being named the 2017 Georgia Superintendent of the Year. He represents the state on the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) executive committee and has been recognized locally as a “Diamond in the Rough” AVPRIDE honoree.
    (Link to full bio.)

  • Archived Twitter Chat Aug 29, 2017 at 8pm

  • Archived Twitter Chat Aug 29, 2017 at 1pm

  • Hybrid Playful Experiences: Playing Between Material and Digital Report

    here is a free digital report from the University of Tampere in Finland titled Hybrid Playful Experiences: Playing Between Material and Digital on hybrid experiences in play. By hybrid experiences, the report look at playful experiences and design in 3D printing, miniaturization of technology, the Internet of Things and the maker movement. You might not have time, especially with the school year starting to read the full 118 page report but might like to save the link for future references.

  • Virtual Education Journal (VEJ) looking for submissions by Aug 20th

    The Virtual Education Journal (VEJ) invites Games & Sims to contribute each issue. While the focus generally is on virtual worlds, video games, AR and VR they have always been very open to anything game related we have submitted. We have also put in articles about coding.  This is a practitioner journal. It is not peer reviewed. It is also open to anything that your students may have written also. I have had undergrads submit write-ups of their projects. I know some other people have had their k-12 students write about Minecraft. It’s a place for you to highlight projects, professional development and even book reviews. They also love screenshots and pictures.

    If you want to submit anything, email as a word doc or docx single spaced to Roxie Vojtek  Include pictures as .png or .jpg in the highest resolution possible.

    Here’s last year’s issue that came out before last year’s ISTE conference

    Summer 2016

  • 2017-2018 STEM Network Leaders

    As the new chair, I am pleased to introduce you to the 2017-2018 STEM Network Leaders!

    Incoming Chair: @Karey Killian
    Outgoing Chair: @Julianne Ross-Kleinmann
    Professional Development Chair: @Cathy Collins
    Conference Co-Chairs:
    @Aaron Kleinmann and @Ben Smith
    Communications Co-Chairs:
    @Sophie Chambers, @Faith Plunkett, and @Charles Randolph
    Members At-Large: 
    @Danielle Edmonds, @Robert Funk, @Steven Jones, @Tracey Knerr, @Melanie LeJeune, and @Kristy Sevy

    Welcome to the new members and welcome back to the returning members. Get ready for a fantastic year!

  • Join a DEN Committee!

    ISTE DE PLN is forming committees to broaden our support base. Each committee is led by an ISTE DE PLN Leader. We are seeking ISTE members who may interested in joining our efforts as outlined here. If this is you, please complete our interest form.

  • ISTE First Online Meetup for people in Ed, Ed Leadership or other Ed Doctoral Programs

    Monday August 7 at 8 pm ET/6 pm MT.
    We'll do a Zoom meeting - Join URL:
    Yes, it will be short since I'm using my student account for it. The agenda is short also - What events or online networking do we want to do?

  • Call for Community Blog Posts

    We are currently seeking submissions for the ISTE Digital Equity Community Blogs.  If you are interested in sharing content, please fill out this form and we will be in touch.

  • GooseChaseEDU – mobile scavenger app

    Today GooseChase just launched GooseChase EDU. Read more on their website.

    There’s even new features – such as game library, free educator accounts and submission feedback.

  • Presentations Available from the Leadership Playground

    Our first Leadership Playground was a huge success.  Thank you to our presenters & participants!  Check out the fun on this short video.  

    Presentations are being linked to the playground schedule document HERE.  If you were unable to join us in San Antonio or are looking for materials - follow the link.  We will continue to add materials as we receive them from our presenters.

    Best wishes for a successful start of school, my friends.

    Peace - Jen LaMaster (Past-President, APLN)

  • Archived Twitter Chat July 25, 2017 at 8pm

  • Archived Twitter Chat July 25, 2017 at 1pm

  • ISTE 17 Recap Webinar

    Join us tonight at 8pm EST for the ISTE17 Recap Webinar! /

  • PLN Feedback

    Hi Everyone! It was great getting to meet so many of you in person at ISTE a couple weeks ago. For those of you who couldn't make the conference, or couldn't make it to our meeting, we'd love to still collect your feedback on the PLN offerings. Please fill out this short form to provide the Ed Tech Coaches leadership team with feedback to continue to develop valuable offerings for the PLN. Thank you for your time!

  • Huge Thank You to Our ISTE Games & Sim Network Volunteers, Presenters and Facilitators!

    We'll being putting out a lot of information, resources and contact information for the great educators who made the Games & Sims Network events possible.

    We're starting with our event volunteers!

    ISTE Playground 

    Debra Peters, Heather Tobin, Lauren Thurman, James P. White, Ally Williams and Chris Luchs

    ISTE Game Nite!

    Marie Bjerede, Dave Fliesen, Michele Haiken, Jessica Mlyniec, Chris Magnuson, John O'Connell, Brandie Shatto, Owen Rasar, Ryan Rasar Lauren Thurman and Chris Luchs

    ISTE Network Fair

    Len Scrogan, Lauren Thurman and Chris Luchs

    Like all gaming, it was totally an affinity group of gamers who made these events

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • Games & Sims Network Events

    Join us at the ISTE conference! We have events each and every day. We'd love to talk to you and find out what you'd like us to do this year! We have some ideas...but you have probably have more!

  • Where is the Inclusive Learning Network at #ISTE17?

    Find out in our conference newsletter! Even if you're #NotAtISTE, we have fantastic ways to participate.

  • For any of our World of Wacraft playing educators

    Tomb of Sargeras opens up for raids today (Tuesday June 20th). If anyone who has a level 110 Horde character wants a peek,  we have a guild that is going in. We don't expect to get the boss down so think of it more like an amusement park ride. Email Kae Novak at if you'd like to join in.

  • Join us for the Network's Game Nite at ISTE

    Monday June 26 at the ISTE Conference in San Antonio
    530 - 730 pm
    HBGCC Stars Ballroom 4

  • Join us on Tuesday at ISTE!!

    Session Title: Video Collaboration Roundup

    Date: June 27 (Tuesday)

    Time: 10:00am to 11:00am Central Standard Time 

    Location: PLN Lounge Level 3


    For the session we are going to do a rapid fire intro to each of the members that are in attendance to the group and then give those in attendance a chance to come around and chat with the organizations that they are interested in learning more about. 


    Intro & Welcome

    CILC - 5 Minutes

    Nepris - 5 Minutes

    Ripples Make Waves - 5 Minutes

    Global Encounters - 5 Minutes

    TakingItGlobal - 5 Minutes

    Attendees ask questions & meet organization 1 on 1 - reminder of time

  • Connect with the Teacher Education Network at ISTE 2017

    Join us for one or more of the following Teacher Education Network events at the 2017 ISTE conference in San Antonio: 

    Conference Meetup for Higher Education Professionals
    Monday, June 26 10am-11am; PLN lounge
    Join fellow higher educators on Monday morning to connect, learn, and discuss important topics related technology and higher education (e.g., creating a collaborative teacher education edtech syllabus, teacher educator technology competencies).

    Innovative Teaching in Higher Education
    Monday, June 26 2:30pm-3:30pm; Room 301A
    Explore innovative practices among teacher educators and education programs that focus on integrating technologies and engaging learners through innovative pedagogy for preparing teachers to inspire future-ready students. You'll also interact in small groups to generate implementation ideas for preparing teachers and impacting educational contexts with a goal of improving innovation, technology and teaching in higher education.

    Teacher Educator Technology Competencies
    Monday, June 26 4:30pm-5:30pm; Room 213
    Join in a discussion of possible implications for Teacher Educator Technology Competencies (TETCs) in your organization. We'll share how TETCs were developed via a highly collaborative process involving many teacher educators and show how the resulting competencies will be supportive to preparation programs moving toward a tech infusion model.

    Teacher Education Network Year-in-Review & Social Mixer
    Monday, June 26 5:30pm-7:30pm; Hemisfair Ballroom Foyer
    Join the Teacher Education Network for delicious treats and a fun social mixer in which we celebrate key initiatives from 2016-2017 (including the Technology in Action Video Awards, Digital Media SOOC, Teaching with Technology Competencies for Teacher Educators) and collaboratively brainstorm ideas to guide the future of the PLN.

    The Top 10 Tools Every New Teacher Needs!
    Tuesday, June 27 12:15pm-1:15pm; Hemisfair Ballroom 2
    Do all new teachers really need to be Google Apps experts? Should new teachers have Twitter accounts? We'll showcase a crowd-sourced list of the top 10 tools every new teacher needs and then engage in a critical discussion about using these tools for teaching and learning.

    Teacher Education Network JDLTE Research Paper Award Winner
    Tuesday, June 27 2:45pm-3:45pm; Room 217A
    Authors Daniel G. Krutka, Jeffrey P. Carpenter, & Torrey Trust present their JDLTE award winning research and findings on a model for teacher educators and teachers to consider key elements of PLN experiences: engaging, discovering, experimenting, reflecting, and sharing.

    Coaching at the CORE
    Tuesday, June 27, 4:45pm-5:45pm; Room 217BC
    Join teacher educators as they share resources to support collaboration, organization, reflection and equity. Discover how these strategies support partnership learning principles, and how they can be used to encourage the instructional integration of technology in the classroom. We'll explore web-based resources and apps through case studies of digital age learning environments.

    Teacher Education Network Playground: Tips and Tools for Advancing Your PLN
    Wednesday, June 28 9am-1pm; Hemisfair Ballroom Foyer
    Visit our interactive, member-led playground to learn how you can expand your professional learning network (PLN) and achieve your professional goals! Stations include: Twitter & Pinterest, Twitter chats, information curation, online activities (MOOCs), online communities, let's get connected, and PLN Enrichment Framework. Come ready to connect, explore, and share!

    The Wait is Over: Teacher Educator Technology Competencies Have Arrived
    Wednesday, June 28 8:30am-9:30am; Room 217A, Table 3
    This research study documents the process of developing technology competencies and expectations for teacher educators. A Delphi method was used to solicit feedback from a panel of experts with the goal being a list of technology competencies that will guide teacher educators in teaching with and about technology.

  • Machinima or Videos Created in Games

    ISTE Machinima Fest will be taking place on Tuesday June 27 at 5:45 pm.

    Tanya Martin has started to curate a list of videos made in games and you can check it out on this padlet

    We'd love your input. The videos can be educational or just fun! So if your students or you are creating these please share with us. This Google survey asks for your favorite but you can add additional ones under the Honorable mention. We will put all videos on the list.


  • Ending Keynote for Ender's Game Wed at 9 pm ET

    Week 5 - War and Do You Want to Play a Game? (5/31/2017)
    Concluding Ender's Game and discussion with Cynthia Calongne on real world implications of games in the military.

  • Archived Twitter Chat - May 2017 at 8pm

  • Archived Twitter Chat - May 2017 at 1pm