Announcements

  • VEN Pioneer of the Year Award Announcement(s)!

    Dear Virtual Environments Pioneer of the Year award nominees and nominators,

    We want to thank you for nominating someone) or having been nominated!) for the ISTE VEN 2018 Pioneer of the Year Award. In past years to date, we have held the announcement of the award until the conference. This year, ISTE has already contacted the recipients with congratulations! As a result, we feel it only right to let everyone know the results (though the official award will be bestowed at the conference proper).

    This year’s ISTE Virtual Environments Pioneer of the Year Award goes to our own Mary Howard!

    Mary has worked tirelessly as an advocate for the integration of cutting edge technologies in the classroom. As a sixth-grade teacher, Mary has students working within an Open Simulator (The Islands of Enlightenment)  platform to enhance her curriculum and ignites students’ passion for learning through game-based experiences, virtual scavenger hunts, 3D building opportunities and more! She has presented for 9 years at the statewide ISTE affiliate conference (NYSCATE) and was recognized in NYSCATE Volunteer Hall of Fame where she serves on the board and planning committee.

    Mary’s ISTE involvement increases every year and this is her 4th year as a presenter. She’s provided two Expert Speaker Series webinars and is an active VEN PLN leader, stepping up into Co-Chair position for 2018-19. Mary was recognized as a 2018 New York State Teacher of the Year finalist.

    Even in a brief conversation with Mary you will recognize that technology is her passion. You’ll also likely walk away with a tip or two that you can take back to your classroom! She shares her experiences with digital VR/AR and other EdTech strategies on her blog, http://www.yoursmarticles.blogspot.com. Other valuable insights about Mary’s work can be found at the following links:

    https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=2146&category=Computer-Science&article=Harness+the+power+of+3D+models+in+the+classroom

    http://Goo.gl/fNnFVz
     
    Https://youtu.be/nS-WiavY_wo

    Https://Youtu.be/mBfy5CHVE2M

    Please congratulate Mary Howard when you see her, be it at ISTE18 in Chicago or online in any of the myriad ways she makes her presence, her experience, and her smile moving forces in the world of educational technology.

    Finally, four other nominees will be honored with Certificates of Recognition —at our annual meeting at ISTE2018 on Monday, June 27, at 11:00am—for their outstanding work in virtual environments. These deserving educators made this year’s decision even more difficult than in previous years.

    Please also congratulate:
    Renne Emiko Brock
    Valerie Hill
    Wayland Scott
    and Barbara Seaton

    All best, y'all, and hugs all around,
    Scott and Andy
  • Webinar to Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day - Thursday May 17th 8pm Eastern

    The Inclusive Learning Network invites you to join us for a webinar in celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on Thursday, May 17th at 8 PM Eastern Time. The webinar will feature authors from Dr. Shiguru Ikuta’s upcoming book: “Handmade Teaching Materials for Students with Disabilities.” The webinar is co-sponsored with the UDL, AT and Special Education SIG of SITE and will feature ILN members Elizabeth Dalton, Susie Gronseth, Cindy and Kevin Anderson.

    To join the webinar, log into Zoom with the following link:https://zoom.us/j/590446802. You can tweet during the webinar using the #InclusiveLN hashtag.
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Recording - Ethics & Games

    For the monthly Ethics & Games webinar from the ISTE Games & Sims Network, Sherry Jones @autnes led us through the Vanishing of Ethan Carter. The game won the Best Game Innovation Award at 2015 British Academy Games Award (BAFTA).
    The visuals in the game are beautiful, the plot twist is mind-blowing and Sherry as a philosophy instructor is able to bring in Spinoza’s Ethics.
  • The Inclusive Learning Network needs YOU

    Your Inclusive Learning Network Needs YOU to join the InclusiveLN Board and share your talents! It is not too late to join the team. We are looking for folks to join the 2018-2019 board and support Communications, Advocacy, Professional Development, International Relations, and other supportive roles. You can make a difference and create long lasting professional friendships! If you would like to get involved, be sure to complete the ISTE Volunteer form within the next 24 hours! We hope you will join us!
  • Archived Twitter Chat

    April 24, 2018 1pm and 8pm chats
  • Step Into the Halls of Story

    Join us for a livestream and if you want to come into Second Life, a tour of Fantasy Faire  at 9 pm ET/ 6 pm PT. We'll be meeting at the Halls of Story. 

    The Halls of Story is where the Literary Festival of this year takes place.  It also features the docks for the dragon-borne party ship Fairechylde, where the Fairelanders gather to dance the night away!
    SLURL https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halls%20of%20Story/119/116/87
  • Ethics & Games Webinar

    On Sunday, April 29 at 7 pm ET we had have our Games & Ethics hangout with Sherry Jones @autnes our monthly webinar which will be on The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (2014). The game won the Best Game Innovation Award at 2015 British Academy Games Award (BAFTA).

    Hangout Link https://youtu.be/AqNTECMDIJQ
  • April Webinar - Makerspaces and STEM, archive

    We would like to thank Sharon for the great webinar last night. Sharon Stroh-Cock and Susan Wells shared information about the different ways that STEM/STEAM can be implemented into the classroom. For more resources, be sure to check out TechTerra and the monthly MLN newsletter for past and upcoming webinars and the Book study on Make, Learn Succeed by @Mark Gura we will be starting in a little over a week. The recording from last night is linked.
    http://iste.adobeconnect.com/p0l7g9ms31zf/?OWASP_CSRFTOKEN=6b0851322a6637fc8075ef455f68ec7d28777c05a44b505e7c55ac881b05541a
  • Become an ISTE Volunteer!

    Hi everyone,


    One of the amazing things about the ISTE Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) is that they're run exclusively by members who share their time, passion, and skills to help other educators advance their careers and make a difference in education. These volunteers are the heart of ISTE and I want to invite you to join them.

    PLN volunteers do everything from overseeing the network's Twitter to working on book studies and webinars to helping with conference events. It's a great way to meet other leading educators and collaborate on amazing projects.


    If you'd like to apply to serve as a PLN volunteer, just go to the ISTE volunteer page and fill out the form. In addition to PLN volunteers, you can sign up to help with things like reviewing advance copies of books, writing blog posts for the ISTE website, and many other roles. Whatever your interest, there's a way for you to contribute and make a difference in education. Sign up now!

    Have any questions? Email Simon at shelton@iste.org.
  • Passion for Truth: Trusting Information in the Fake News Era

    Join VCARA at San Jose State University for their 9th Annual VCARA Conference on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6pm-8:30pm SLT (Second Life Time/Pacific). This year’s theme is Passion for Truth: Trusting Information in the Fake News Era.
  • Last Day for Ready Player One Build is Sunday April 15th

    Sunday will be the last day to go into Second Life and take a look at our  Ready Player One Meets exhibition area. If you are logged into Second Life, you can get to us directly by going to https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20South1/28/36/35

    On the map, we’re exhibit 31 but the sign on our exhibition area is 301.
  • VEN Poetry Month Event this Sunday!

    Please join us this Sunday at noon Pacific Time for "Making Discoveries with SL Creative Processes," a live collaborative jam with music, poetry and more. This will be cool! JOIN US!

    Cheers, all,
    Scott
  • And the winner of the IVC Award is...

    Peter Paccone & Mali Bickley! 

    The ISTE Interactive Video Conferencing PLN awarded two deserving individuals for their outstanding contributions to video conferencing in education. There were many applications for this award and many great projects! Everyone that submitted an application has great things going on and deserves an award! It was a tough competition!

    The Informal Educator Award Winner: Mali Bickley with the Connected North Organization in Canada! The Connected North Program was created to aid northern schools for not only the students, but the teachers as well. They were able to reduce the isolation in those schools by bringing in speakers, experts, and cross-cultural classrooms. Mali did an amazing job to promote the use of innovative video conferencing technology! Mali will receive an ISTE registration for next year's conference as well as a plaque to be presented at this year's conference. You can check out Connect North by CLICKING HERE

    The Educator Award Winner: Peter Paccone of San Marino High School in California! Peter is a Social Studies who strives to use video conferencing to connect his students to the world covering a variety of topics and issues. He uses video conferencing with his students to bring Social Studies to life by connecting with people that appear in textbooks, the news, authors, subject matter experts and many others. Peter will receive free programs for his class, a CILC Premium Membership, and a plaque to be presented at this year's conference. You can find more information about Peter's adventures by CLICKING HERE.

    We will host this award next year as well! If you have awesome things going on at your institution, be sure to fill out an application next year! 

    Great job to this year's winners!! We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!
  • Congratulations to our 2018 ISTE Global Collaboration Award Winner

    We would like to give a huge congratulations to our 2018 ISTE Global Collaboration Award winner - Nam Ngo Thanh!

    Nam Ngo Thanh is now primary school teacher in Ho
    Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He has authored multiple
    articles, and has been nationally and internationally
    recognized for the implementation of creativity and
    the integration of technology into his teaching. He is
    a Skype Master Teacher, Global Trainer, Microsoft
    Learning Consultant. ,the Global Math Ambassador,
    Lifeliqe Ambassador, Teach SGDs Founding
    Ambassador and ClassDojo Ambassador. Nam has
    done lots of global projects to make a change in his
    students since they have been able to go outside of
    the boundaries of their school building to learn.
  • Computing Science Network Excellence Award

    The Computer Science Network is excited to announce that Mr. Jorge Valenzuela is winner of the 2018 Computing Science Network Excellence Award. Congratulations Jorge!

    A little information about our 2018 CSN winner!! 

    Jorge Valenzuela has served as an educator for the past 14 years and holds both computer science and administrative credentials. He coaches hundreds of educators- both face to face and virtually in Computer Science, Backwards Design Planning, Project-Based Learning (PBL) and the internationally acclaimed Engineering by Design curriculum. He delivers motivational keynotes for universities, school divisions, and educational organizations and is the lead coach for Lifelong Learning Defined, Inc, a National Faculty of the Buck Institute for Education and a National Teacher Effectiveness Coach with the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.
  • Win a FREE ISTE 2018 Conference Registration with the Tech in Action Video Competition

    Are you an outstanding technology-using PreK-12 teacher? Or, do you know one? 

    The Teacher Education Network (TEN) is looking for videos of best practices for integrating technology in teaching and learning for our Technology in Action Video Awards! We’re searching for examples across a wide variety of grades, subject areas, and technologies 

    Now accepting submissions. For more information, visit: iste-ten.weebly.com

    Timeline
    • April 2, 2018 - Announce the award process and open applications for submissions 
    • May 15, 2018 - Final day for video submission 
    • May 20, 2018 - May 25, 2018 - Evaluation and identification of winners (evaluation criteria
    • May 30, 2018 - Award winners will be notified. Names published to ISTE TEN list serv.


    Promotions and Awards for Top 5 Videos 
    The top videos (as selected by ISTE TEN) will receive the following awards:First Place: Free ISTE conference registration​
    Second Place: $100 Amazon gift card 
    Top 5 Winners Receive: Certificates & Free ISTE book

    All winners will be honored at ISTE conference in a red carpet event sponsored by the Teacher Education Network. Please help us spread awareness about this video competition!

    Thank you,

    Torrey Trust
    ISTE Teacher Education Network President
    torrey@umass.edu
  • STEM Excellence Award 2018 Winner(s)

    The STEM PLN would like to congratulate Dr. Johannes Strobel as our 2018 STEM Excellence Award Winner. We are amazed at the number of people who are assertively promoting STEM education across grades, curricula, and venues. Our honorary mentions for 2018 are Steven Jones and Jorge Valenzuela. Thank you to ALL the applicants whose work helps our students flourish.
  • Digital Equity in Computer Science: Webinar Recording

  • Webinar Series (Part 2): Digital Equity in TE and PD

    Hello All, 

    We look forward to you joining us this evening (Sunday, March 25th) at 6pPT/9pET for part 2 of our webinar series on Digital Equity in Teacher Education and Professional Development. To view the live webinar this evening, please use the following link (to the YouTube Live Stream): http://webinars.istedepln.org/watch

    Please keep watch for the release of the date for part 3 with returning panelist Abbey Futrell and two new panelist added to the list below, Rachelle Dene Poth and Jennifer Courduff.
  • Google Computer Science K-12 Resources Webinar

    A great time was had by all who attended the webinar! Our KaHoot winners were:

    Hank Highfill - Technology Director

    John Hochstetler - Media Specialist

    April Chamberlain - Technology Coordinator

    Cindy Etherton - Elementary STEM Program Associate

    Melinda Holt - Sacramento County Office of Education


    Feel free to use the attached link to view the webinar.
  • Ready Player One Hangout Tonite at 7 pm ET

    We're doing Week 2 of the Ready Player One book club tonite! Hangout at 7 pm ET - please join us! To see more about this week's reading please go to https://sites.google.com/site/metagamebookclub/march-2018/march-2018-week-2
  • Ready Player One - Week 1 and Recording

    It is not too late to join for the Ready Player One book club! We reading Level One or pages 1 - 166. Here's the link to Level One info http://bit.ly/ReadyPlayerOnewk1 and we're doing the discussion on our Oasis4Edu subreddit https://www.reddit.com/r/Oasis4Edu/
  • March 2018 Newsletter

    The Mobile Learning Network March 2018 Newsletter is now available at the link below!

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQO8VBVU8b6vEI7MAAHz2iMvzkoBvkf7ciQ-UtHAshxUksJ3m5AhXuR2oq2WGcWDo9dPqoEBhZxFk3b/pub 


  • Join ISTE Games & Sims In World

    Calling everyone who would like to spend a little time in a virtual world!

    ISTE Games and SIms has well...it's like a virtual exhibition in Second Life for the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference.

    We’re on plot number 31 - METAGAME: Ready Player One Meets Snowcrash. If you are logged into Second Life, you can get to us directly by going to https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20South1/28/36/35

    P.S. On the map, we’re exhibit 31 but the sign on our is 301.
  • Ready Player One Book Club!

    This is an open book club for all educators. We also encourage you to invite your friends, students and kids to also participate. The model for the book club is based on social network knowledge construction. Participants will be able to be active in the book club in several ways from lurking (reading the discussions) to actively creating content.  It is expected that each participant’s level of activity will vary each week based on the individual’s interest in the weekly topics. Besides the content area, there will be the opportunity for you as an educator to build your games and simulations PLN (Personal Learning Network).

    Please share this sign-up with your colleagues, students, friends and kids! http://bit.ly/readyplayeronesignup
  • Ethics & Games: The Talos Principle

    We had our second Ethics & Games webinar

    on the Talos Principle http://www.croteam.com/talosprinciple/

    This month, Sherry Jones covered the The Talos Principle which is First-person puzzle game set in multiple worlds.

  • Don't forget to nominate a deserving colleague...

    ​...or YOURSELF, for the Virtual Environments Network Pioneer of the Year Award for ISTE18!

    All info is at the nomination form. Do it. Do it now!
  • Archived Twitter Chat

    February 27, 2018 1pm and 8pm
  • Feb27 Operation #OneMoreVote for Net Neutrality Recording

    We did a follow-up to our original Rapid Response for the Net Neutrality Vote. On February 27 over the Internet, there will be a #OneMoreVote operation to have get one more U.S. Senator to vote for a Congressional Review Act https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_Review_Act
  • Net Neutrality - What's Happening on Feb 27

    We will be holding a Rapid Response: Part 2 Hangout for Net Neutrality

    Friday February 23 at 3 pm ET/1 pm MT

    The topic will be Net Neutrality with a discussion of FEB 27 Operation #OneMoreVote
  • Intro to LitRPG Recording

    LitRPG is is a new or developing literary genre that your students might be reading.

    The upcoming movie based on the book, READY PLAYER ONE, is an example of LitRPG where the main character is inside a game or virtual world. 
    The overarching theme is usually fantasy or science fiction.
  • 2018 Award for Excellence in Teacher Education

    Do you know an outstanding teacher educator who uses technology in innovative ways for teaching, learning, leadership, and scholarship? 

    If yes, then consider nominating this individual for the 2018 Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. Nominees for this award may include any individual who is responsible for the development of pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and/or administrators, such as college or university faculty or district personnel (e.g., technology integration specialists, curriculum coaches).

    The winner of this award will receive a complimentary ISTE membership, a plaque, and recognition in a news release and at the 2018 ISTE Conference & Expo. 
     
    To submit your nomination, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/sel nKt4cmAj7gP0s1 

    Here is a copy of the rubric that the TEN leadership team will use to select the winner of this award: https://goo.gl/forms/hJcPCwKBT tT1tb4S2 

    The deadline to submit your nomination is February 28, 2018. If you have any questions about the award, please don't hesitate to contact me.
  • ISTE VEN Pioneer of the Year Award 2018

    Hey all, and happy February one and all. We are open for nominations! This award will go to the nominated human being whose work in both RL ("Real Life") and inworld(s) most embodies the adventuresome and innovative spirit characteristic of a Virtual Environments Network thought (and action) leader. The nominee need not be in an official leadership capacity to be considered for this prestigious award. Who do you think has earned it? Self-nominate if you feel you can demonstrate leadership and innovation in Virtual, Mixed, Blended, or 3D Virtual Worlds realities. 

    Nominations close March 31, so get on it. REALLY!
  • Leadership Playground - Now Accepting Proposals

    Our 2018 Leadership Playground will focus on the ISTE Administrator Standards 2018 Refresh. These standards will be fully released during the ISTE 2018 Conference in Chicago, IL.... but you all get a sneak preview of the working language for the new document! This playground is an opportunity for all levels of education leaders to grapple with the ideas of the refreshed standards and share concrete techniques in a fun, hands on environment.

    The playground will have six 45 minutes revolving stations on threads listed below. Two seated areas will also offer presentations and conversations on the elements necessary to promote and leverage technology within these threads. The playground will run from Tuesday, June 26th from 2:00 - 5:30pm.  Proposal Form is linked below.
  • Annual Exemplary Leadership Award: Nominations Open

    The annual ISTE awards recognize exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for connected learning. We seek those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age.
    The ISTE Administrator PLN Annual Award for Exemplary Leadership recognizes an administrator who sets the essential conditions necessary so that teachers and students can leverage technology to enhance learning . This administrator will exemplify at least three of the ISTE Standards for Administrators :

    1. Visionary Leadership
    2. Digital Age Learning Culture
    3. Excellence in Professional Practice
    4. Systematic Improvement
    5. Digital Citizenship


    Nominate a colleague or yourself today!  Award for Exemplary Leadership Form
  • Intro to LitRPG

    On Wednesday  February 21 at  8 pm ET/6 pm MT
    We’re doing an Intro to LitRPG Hangout
    Curious about what LitRPG is? Come to our Hangout!
  • Inclusive Learning Network Outstanding Educator Award - Nominations are OPEN

    Dear Inclusive LN Members,


    Nominations are now open for the Inclusive Learning Network (ILN) Outstanding Educator Award! Nominate yourself or a colleague today via the 2018 InclusiveLN Award form.


    The Inclusive Learning Network (ILN) Outstanding Educator Award honors an individual who exemplifies the vision and mission of the ILN - "enhancing opportunities for ALL learners through effective practices and technology resources." Nominations will be considered from individuals working in various educational settings, including but not limited to Pre-K-12, higher education, non-profit, and industry.


    Previous winners, Mindy Johnson, Luis Pérez, and Mike Marotta, continue to be leaders in our field and active members of the InclusiveLN, consulting and presenting around the world on inclusive learning issues, making the most of social media to connect our PLC and advocate for change, and making a difference through pioneering UDL organizations such as CAST. Their ongoing commitment to inclusive learning truly exemplifies the intent of this award.


    The call for nominations begins today, February 1, 2018 and runs through to the end of February. The winner will be honored in a variety of ways -

    Award presented at ISTE 2018 PLN Leaders Breakfast
    Blog posts honoring award recipients
    ISTE social media posts
    Complimentary one-year standard ISTE membership
    Press release from ISTE

    There will be ONE winner, but ALL nominees will be honored. Nominations will be shared with the Inclusive Learning Network Community via Social Media and ILN Website - A wonderful way to showcase exemplary work in this field!


    Inclusively Yours,


    Jennifer and Luis


    Jennifer Edge-Savage

    President, Inclusive Learning Network


    Luis Perez

    President-Elect, Inclusive Learning Network
  • Nominations Open for the 2018 Independent SchoolOutstanding Educator

    Nominations are now open for the ISTE Independent School Educator Network Outstanding Educator Award. This award recognizes  exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for connected learning. We seek those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age.


    This award recognizes an Independent School educator or leader that has implemented innovative practices, established private-public partnerships, and/or has shared their time advancing the teaching practice with all educators.


    Nominations will close on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. To nominate your favorite educator or leader, please fill out the following  form –  https://goo.gl/9sxWTv


    This year's awardee will be honored at the 2018 ISTE Conference & Expo in Chicago this June.
  • IVC Award Nominations Now OPEN!

    Nominate yourself or a colleague! The ISTE Interactive Videoconferencing Network is excited to announce two award opportunities! One will be given to an outstanding educator (teacher, administrator, coordinator, etc...) and their role in videoconferencing. The second award will be for an outstanding informal educator (content provider, individual, organization, etc...) and their use of videoconferencing in the field. Register with the link below!
  • Inclusive Learning Network Outstanding Educator Award - Nominations are OPEN

    Dear Inclusive LN Members,


    Nominations are now open for the Inclusive Learning Network (ILN) Outstanding Educator Award! Nominate yourself or a colleague today via the 2018 InclusiveLN Award form.


    The Inclusive Learning Network (ILN) Outstanding Educator Award honors an individual who exemplifies the vision and mission of the ILN - "enhancing opportunities for ALL learners through effective practices and technology resources." Nominations will be considered from individuals working in various educational settings, including but not limited to Pre-K-12, higher education, non-profit, and industry.


    Previous winners, Mindy Johnson, Luis Pérez, and Mike Marotta, continue to be leaders in our field and active members of the InclusiveLN, consulting and presenting around the world on inclusive learning issues, making the most of social media to connect our PLC and advocate for change, and making a difference through pioneering UDL organizations such as CAST. Their ongoing commitment to inclusive learning truly exemplifies the intent of this award.


    The call for nominations begins today, February 1, 2018 and runs through to the end of February. The winner will be honored in a variety of ways:

    Award presented at ISTE 2018 PLN Leaders Breakfast
    Blog posts honoring award recipients
    ISTE social media posts
    Complimentary one-year standard ISTE membership
    Press release from ISTE

    There will be ONE winner, but ALL nominees will be honored. Nominations will be shared with the Inclusive Learning Network Community via Social Media and ILN Website - A wonderful way to showcase exemplary work in this field!


    Inclusively Yours,


    Jennifer and Luis


    Jennifer Edge-Savage

    President, Inclusive Learning Network


    Luis Perez

    President-Elect, Inclusive Learning Network
  • Games & Sims Network Award Nominations!

    The Games & Sims Network Excellence award nominations open today and stay open until February 28, 2018.

    This professional learning network award is based on excellence in advocacy, collaboration, communication, innovation and service.

    Nominate someone today!
  • ISTE Global Collaboration Award - Deadline February 28th

    The ISTE Global Collaboration Network is excited to announce an award opportunity. The ISTE Global Collaboration Award recognizes a person/group that promotes Global Collaboration with social responsibility in mind. This person/group incorporates the ISTE Student Standard "Global Collaborator" (https://www.iste.org/standards/for-students) into their regular practice as a way to support learners. The ISTE Global Collaboration PLN’s Innovation in Global Collaboration Award winner is someone who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in and understanding of implementing global collaboration, is passionate about collaborating, and has evidence of successful collaborations. 


    Applications will be accepted between February 1 and February 28 for the chance to be recognized with this prestigious award at the ISTE Conference and Expo 2018 in Chicago. This opportunity is only available to ISTE members.


    Nominees are judged on the following:
    - Provides evidence of advanced use of the ISTE Standards used seamlessly in an impactful global collaboration project
    - Has a significant positive impact on global collaboration in their educational community
    - Continuously improves their professional practice through global collaboration.


    Apply for this award using the online form found here: ISTE Global Collaboration PLN Award.    


    Applications are due February 28, 2018.  The winner(s) and non-winners will be contacted in April.


    The award recipient(s) will be recognized in a variety of ways, including:

    - Award presented at PLN Leaders Breakfast at the 2018 ISTE Conference
    - ISTE social media posts
    - Complimentary one-year ISTE standard membership
    - Press release from ISTE
  • ISTE APLN Annual Collaborative Book Study!

    Dear PLN Administrator Members,

    Our ISTE PLNAdmin Book Study for 2018 is just around the corner.

    We have chosen When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing  by Daniel Pink as our book.  The discussion will take place starting the week of February 19, 2018.

    We will take a chapter a week, and during our final week, I am working on getting Dan Pink to join us for a brief “interview.” I will let you know if we can arrange for this to happen. 

    Typically, we take a chapter at a time (see schedule below). It would be wonderful if several of you would be willing to lead the discussion of one of the chapters during one of the weeks.  This involves simply coming up with a prompt (or several) that would open the discussion for the chapter of the week. If you would like to participate as one of the weekly discussion leaders in this way, please let me know through an email at rebecca.grube@wilkes.edu or at beckywish@aol.com. Once I know which of you wants to participate as a chapter discussion leader, I’ll add your name to the schedule and inform all of you of the link for the book study. 

    Please also send me your email if you wish to simply participate in the discussion. I will create an email list to send messages about our Book Study to those who indicate an interest. The next email from me will provide the link to the Book Study. 

    Thank you. I’m looking forward to exploring this book with you! We will be using CourseSites.com again for our study together. 

    Schedule for Book Study 2018
    Each week, we you will find a Discussion Forum that has been created for you to discuss the Chapter of the week. Our schedule looks like this:

    • Week 1, February 19 through February 25: Chapter 1--The Hidden Pattern of Everyday Life
    • Week 2, February 26 through March 4: Chapter 2--Afternoons and Coffee Spoons . . .
    • Week 3, March 5 through March 11: Chapter 3--Beginnings . . .
    • Week 4, March 12 through March 18: Chapter 4--Midpoints . . .
    • Week 5, March 19 through March 25: Chapter 5--Endings . . .
    • Week 6, March 26 through April 1 (No fooling!) : Chapter 6--Syncing Fast and Slow . . .
    • Week 7, April 2 through April 8: Chapter 7--Thinking in Tenses . . .

    Sincerely,
    Becky Grube
  • Ethics & Games Recording

    Sherry Jones goes into detail with us on the ethics and values of the mobile app Fallout Shelter which is part of the Fallout Shelter series http://www.falloutshelter.com/
    It is based off an alternative history and culture of fear from 1950s. 
  • Learning Spaces PLN webinar featuring Dr. Robert Dillon, author of The Space: A Guide for Educators

    This webinar is designed to support school and district leaders in growing their vision, communicating with students and parents, and growing teacher satisfaction by optimizing facilities through learning space design. Changing instruction and supporting the use of digital tools is a difficult journey for schools and districts, but it is nearly impossible with the physical space doesn't support the change. This session will provide research-backed, practical ideas to support improving areas will outside the building, the entryway, the office, the hallway, and many others. Successful leaders are seeing the power of shaping the physical environment to bolster teachers and impact learning.

    Presenter Info:
    Dr. Robert Dillon has served as a thought leader in education over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. Dr. Dillon serves on the Leadership Team for Connected Learning, a Saint Louis based organization designed to reshape professional development to meet today's needs. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to speak throughout the country at local, state, and national conferences as well as share his thoughts and ideas in a variety of publications. He is the author of four books on best practices in learning, Leading Connected Classrooms Engage, Empower, Energize: Leading Tomorrow's Schools Today, Redesigning Learning Space, and his most recent book on learning space design called The Space: A Guide for Educators.

    Webinar Connection: To join the meeting, go to https://iste.adobeconnect.com/learningspace/ and select the Guest option. Enter your name and state you are from and click/touch Enter Room. You will enter a holding area where you will wait until the meeting starts.
  • Archived Twitter Chat

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018 8pm ET
  • Archived Twitter Chat

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018 1pm ET
  • Ethics & Games Hangout begins at 7 pm

    At 7 pm ET, Sherry Jones @autnes will be doing her inaugural Ethics and Games webcast on Fallout Shelter.

    This series will be in-depth discussions that offer in-depth analysis of 1 game's narrative/aesthetics/mechanics level by level, explain how the game's design imparts and/or promotes certain ethical values and Introduce 1 or more ethical theory that demonstrates or counters the game's ethical values (ex. discuss whether the game's imparted ethical values are regressive or progressive for the betterment of society).
  • MLN Playground Proposals Now Being Accepted!

    Proposals are now being accepted for the MLN Playground event at the ISTE 2018 Conference.

    2018 MLN Playground Proposal form:
    https://goo.gl/forms/SeHKJftX0q3PJWMM2

    Proposals are due by March 4th!

    The MLN Playground is scheduled for Wednesday, June 27th at 9am-12pm.  Playground presentations are informal (come and go) table-top conversations to share innovative, "tried and tested" strategies related to mobile learning. Presentation sessions may be scheduled for 1-3 hours depending on presenter preference and space/schedule availability.  The Playground area will also have 2 presentation areas with a large monitor, microphone and seating for a small group of participants. If you are interested in also presenting your topic in a 30-minute session in one of these areas, please indicate that in the related question.

    NOTE: To support the spirit of ISTE Playgrounds supporting educators in sharing ideas and strategies, MLN Playground Presentations must be delivered by teachers, faculty, school administrators or other education practitioner roles. Presenters will most likely share about specific products, however, presentations by product vendors will not be accepted. Preference will be given to presentations that focus on strategies that can be implemented through a variety of tools or products.

    For questions about the 2018 MLN Playground, please contact:

    Dr. Mark Jones
    mejones@ecok.edu

    Dr. Lucretia Fraga
    lfraga@uiwtx.edu
  • ISTE Mobile Learning Network Newsletter - January 2018

    Hello ISTE Mobile Learning Network! 

    Please see the latest MLN news and events in the January MLN Newsletter:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRtC5UKemhEJM76fHWG99Y3pmgrG5bWVbPMkw0IzTXIg7BXOg_WbtU8pOYElaYyx0bsQctb_mDWmcH3/pub

    Thanks,
    Mark


    Dr. Mark Jones
    ISTE Mobile Learning Network President
    Assistant Professor, Education
    East Central University
  • Recording of Intro to Games & Sims and AR/VR/MR

    We did an overview and introduction of what we mean when we talk, teach and design games, simulations, AR/VR/MR for education in the year 2018.

    Slides http://bit.ly/intro2gamevrarslides

  • Make sure to vote!

    The deadline to vote for your favorite sessions is January 26th! Be sure to vote for the sessions that you are most interested in. I've posted several IVC related sessions in the Discussions. Feel free to post your sessions there as well!