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Virtual Connected Educators Week February 20 - February 26 Need to Hear! The Drax Files Radio Hour https://draxfiles.com/2017/02/11/show-136-selfhood-in-a-virtual-society/ Great Podcast ----“a long and in depth discussion about avatar representation and its implications in educating folks using a virtual world, how does this reverberate outside in the real world and why do these environments like second life not lose any validity in education just because we now have head-mounted displays sold at every best buy? all questions that are being answered by guests who recently authored the book “integrating an awareness of selfhood...
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Virtual Connected Educators Week February 13 - February 19 This Week! VEJ Winter 2017 issue is out! https://issuu.com/edovation/docs/vej_winter_2017 Check out the Machinima article on page 32 by Tanya Martin who host Machinima night the last Monday of each month. https://issuu.com/edovation/docs/vej_winter_2017/32 VSTE in Second Life! Monday, February 13 at 8 pm ET VEJ Pow-Wow Come join us as we read and discuss the new edition of Virtual Education Journal VEJ http://virtualeducationjournal.com/ VSTE Island in Second Life http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VSTE%20Island/62/104/22 Monday,...
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Hello Everyone, We have a lot going on during the start of this year. We are doing rapid responses to current events from a Games & Sims perspective. Last Friday we collaborated on a Games and Multiculturalism: Immigrants and Refugee Hangout. Here’s the YouTube recording https://youtu.be/ssdmV5TYuHw and the resources document http://bit.ly/3febmc The two Interactive Fiction (IF) games we focused on were Japanese Internment Interactive Fiction by tfickle http://ifdb.tads.org/viewgame?id=ym78cwleg7f8b27i The Migrant (Interactive Fiction) by Mr C Evans http://play.textadventures.co.uk/Play.aspx?id=4mijbe2sn0wgttw_hgk5mq...
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The ISTE Online Learning PLN Award recognizes exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for transformational online and blended learning. We seek those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age. Anyone who is doing great things with students online and/or with blended learning is eligible for the award. Nominations are now being accepted until February 29, 2017. Please nominate yourself, someone else or a group today! ALL are welcome! For more information about this award, please click here . To apply for this award, please click here . ------------------------------ Anita Harris,...
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Games and Multiculturism

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Join us Friday, February 3 for a Google Hangout on Games & Multiculturalism . We will be discussing the affective domain and interactive fiction for raising students' awareness of multiculturalism. The focus will be on the immigrant and refugee experience. These will include: Japanese Internment Interactive Fiction The Migrant Interactive Fiction Papers Please discussion Game Based Learning, Social Issues and Multiculturalism Hangout Fri Feb 3 at 8 pm http://bit.ly/feb3gbl Hashtags to follow are #gbl #NoBanNoWall Click on the link http://bit.ly/feb3gbl and come early, there will be a padlet https://padlet.com/abacuscapalini/Feb3GBL...
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It's 2017: Let's Close the 'Inclusion Gap' In our Schools In 2017, let’s raise the bar from providing the ‘least restrictive’ environment to the ‘most inclusive’ environment for students with disabilities. More than 40 years after the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) guaranteed the right of students with disabilities to free and appropriate public education in the ‘least restrictive environment’, more than half of the students who are classified as having an intellectual disability are educated in classrooms segregated from their non-disabled peers. In 2017, is this necessary? Is it even...
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Thank you everyone for voting and sharing the best of your tech! The Games & Sims Network along with the eLearning Consortium of Colorado sent out the Tech 2 Be Thankful for Survey last month. Several people participated in our unscientific poll! Please share with us anything else you think should be on here! You can look at the results 2 ways - spreadsheeted responses or the wordles in the slides we made. Some of the interesting tech that you might want to take a look at.... Voxer Walkie-talkie voice recording system Canva Quick graphics like a baby Photoshop Padlet Digital bulletin board ...
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Hello Everyone, On behalf on the ISTE Games & Sims Network Officers we’d like to wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday break! Whether you are staying home, braving the highways or airports, we hope you are able to spend some quality time with your loved ones. Several of the network's events were accepted yesterday for the ISTE 2017 conference. We are sharing a playground with the Virtual Environments Network. We will have our 4th annual ISTE games night on Monday June 26, 2016. We'll be part of the community fair on Sunday. We'll be doing our Machinima Fest (video created from games) starting in the new year and culminating on...
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Virtual Connected Educators Week December 19 – December 23, 2016 THIS WEEK! What Tech is on Your Holiday Wish List?????? Is your tech on the “Tech to Be Thankful For” survey results? A Big THANK YOU!!! to everyone who filled out the fun survey! Join us (ISTE Games & Sims and the eLearning Consortium of Colorado ) on Tuesday December 20th at 4 pm ET when we will be livestreaming the results over Google Hangout. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ1-zBfEApQ If you want to take a quick look, here the link to the responses http://bit.ly/responses2tech2bethankful This Week! Monday, December...
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Here's the Virtual Connected Educators Week December 5 – December 11, 2016 . THIS WEEKEND The 4 th Annual OpenSimulator Community Conference http://conference.opensimulator.org/2016/ is being held this week on December 10 -11, 2016 The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software. Organized as a joint production by Core Developers of OpenSimuator and AvaCon , the virtual conference features presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base. Registration Hashtag...
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Here’s our Games & Sims Network Weekly Just released today! EDSIM Challenge opens! US Department of Education is seeking next-generation educational simulations that strengthen career and technical skills. https://www.edsimchallenge.com/ Submission deadline is January 17, 2017. There is an informational webinar on November 16 . To register go to the url below https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edsim-challenge-informational-webinar-tickets-29018490085 So what posts and articles have you been finding on games and simulations? Please share what you find in our ISTE Games & Sims Network discussions or email gamesmooc@gmail...
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Hello Everyone, Here’s the Virtual Connected Educator for the Week of October 31 – November 6, 2016 TODAY! VSTE in Second Life October 31 at 8 pm ET/5pm SLT Dae Miami will take everyone on a tour of fun Halloween Sims! VSTE Island Second Life http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VSTE%20Island/94/184/25 THIS WEEK! Tuesday November 1 at 8 pm ET/ 5 SLT ISTE Virtual Environments Network Writers' Workshop Helena Kiama will lead participants as they visit a sim, take pictures, and create a story based on the sim. The following month, people could read their works, or just come and listen. There are so many amazing...
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Here’s our Games & Sims Network Weekly This is an interesting article from Gamasutra last week, Title – “How I found a definition of games after searching for 16 years.” http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/OscarBarda/20161012/283116/How_I_found_a_definition_of_games_after_searching_for_16_years.php What do you think? What posts and articles have you been finding on games and simulations? Please share what you find in our ISTE Games & Sims Network discussions. October and November Interactive Fiction (IF) For October & November we’re doing Interactive Fiction Months with the Metagame Book Club...
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Hello Everyone, October and November are Interactive Fiction (IF) Months with the Metagame Book Club Not familiar with interactive fiction, try reading Students Choose Their Own Learning Adventures with Interactive Fiction Here's the events for this week! THIS WEEK! Inevitable Instructors taking VSTE in Second Life October 10 at 8 pm ET/5pm SLT Twine “Interactive Fiction” Presentation by Bluebarker Lowtide VSTE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VSTE%20Island/94/184/25 Tuesday October 11 at 8 pm ET/ 5 SLT ISTE Virtual Environments Network Office Hours/Show and Tell Come join the ISTE Virtual Environments...
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This Friday October 7 from 8 am – 5 pm MT, the Metropolitan State University of Denver and the eLearning Consortium of Colorado (eLCC) will be holding a Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium. Here's the list of sessions https://www.msudenver.edu/tlts/eventschedule/ We will try to tweet and periscope out as much as we can! ( And yes the side of the building where it is being held looks like a Creeper!!!) Hashtags to follow #TLTS2016 and #eLCC and of course #gbl for game based learning The Games & Sims presentations that we are particularly interested in are: Virtual Reality: Beyond the Hype 11 am – 1145 am MT...
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Here’s the Virtual Connected Educator for the Week of October 3 - October 10, 2016 Andrew Wheelock is looking for some educators who would be willing to audit a Virtual Online Learning course in OpenSim, based on the Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank. It begins today (October 3, 2016) and runs for 3 weeks. You can complete all the lessons or just some. You will get an avatar in a closed OpenSim environment. Course work can be completed in virtual world or using the Google Site Platform. If you are interested, please fill out the form HERE This is the link to the school based projects http://islandsoe.weebly.com ------------------------------...
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Here’s the Games & Sims Weekly September 28, 2016 Have you been following the discussion on MinecraftEDU over the last 2 weeks? The official release of MinecraftEDU School Edition set for November 1. If not, then we’d suggest you’d read 2 articles with slightly edgy titles but with realistic discussions: How Microsoft is Poised to Destroy MinecraftEDU by Wesley Fryer and Microsoft Weaponizes Minecraft in the War Over Classrooms by Jeremy Hsu So what do you think? Please share with us either in the Games & Sims Network Discussion or tweet it out. We us the hashtag #gbl and for the Metagame Book Club we...
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Here’s the Virtual Connected Educator for the Week of September 26 - October 2, 2016 TODAY! VSTE Game Night in Second Life September 26 at 8 pm ET/5pm SLT Join the VSTE VE PLN on VSTE Island in Second Life http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VSTE%20Island/94/184/25 THIS WEEK! Tuesday September 27 at 8 pm ET/ 5 SLT ISTE Virtual Environments Network ISTE VEN Machinima Night on AvaCon Grid (OpenSim) Fourth Tuesday of the month @ 5:00 pm SLT (Pacific time) Come join Gridjumper as we have fun learning about machinima, the art of making videos within virtual worlds and video games. We’ll meet on the ISTE Virtual Environments...
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Hello Everyone, Here’s the Games & Sims Weekly for September 20, 2016 We continue to collect lots of pictures in our Games & Sims Flickr account. https://www.flickr.com/groups/gsniste14/ We'd love to include what you are doing. These could be photos, screenshots or even slides saved as .jpg or .png. Flickr also lets you upload video up to 90 seconds. If you are interested in World of Warcraft and you or your students are taking screenshots, you can join us over at Inevitable Instructors of Inevitable Betrayal. Also If you are going an event online, F2F or even hybrid that relates to games and simulations, let us know!...
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Hello Everyone, Here’s the Virtual Connected Educator for the Week of September 19 - September 25, 2016 TODAY! Monday September 19 at 8 pm ET/ 5 SLT VSTE at ISTE Games and Sims PLN Meeting The Games and Simulations Network has been closely watching the Pokemon Go phenomenon since before its launch. Many in the GSN had been playing its predecessor, Ingress, and we knew it would have classroom implications. In the presentation we will talk about the phenomenon that is Pokemon Go and how it, and other ARGs, can be used in the classroom. The slurl is: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Eduisland%202/48/39/22 Read more about...
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