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Hello Everyone, If there is something Games & Sims related that you would like us to get out into the wider world, VEJ would like to know.. If you can write something about the ISTE conference or NotatISTE even better! 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 and hackathons.  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 It is not peer reviewed.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 ...
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Good morning, ISTE Digital Equity Network! Please see below the following blog post by Leadership Team member Wes Kriesel , originally published at  https://medium.com/digital-equity/first-of-all-whats-our-mission-8b67f94b5bf7 on August 11, 2017. We had a leadership meeting online the other night and discussed the mission statement of ISTE’s Digital Equity PLN. That’s when I decided that yes, indeed, I liked this group. I knew the cause was important and the caliber of the leadership team was high, but when I knew that I was going to enjoy working with the group was when I heard their reaction to “Should we change or update the mission statement ...
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Hello Everyone, We've been discussing starting up a Ed, Ed Tech, Ed Leadership group that meets occasionally online and also at the ISTE conference. We now have a date and time - Monday August 7 at 8 pm ET/6 pm MT for a first meetup or discussion. We'll do a Zoom meeting - Join URL:   https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/227358111 . 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? Thanks, Kae Here's the full  information for Zoom Topic: Ed Doctoral Students Networking Time: Aug 7, 2017 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)  Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or ...
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Friday July 28 and Saturday July 29 EdChange Global, a free online conference goes live at 730 pm CT http://edcampglobal.wixsite.com/edcamp edCamp Global is 24 hours in Hangouts, twitter, voxer and flipgrid. Follow it on twitter using hashtag #ECG2017 It starts on Friday at 730 pm CT All time are CT US – but you can switch the calendar to your time zone. http://edcampglobal.wixsite.com/edcamp/schedule Here's some of the VR, Games & Sims Friday July 28 at 9 pm CT AR/VR In Education + Google Expeditions (VIDEO CHAT) with Amy DeMarco WATCH & CHAT JOIN THE VIDEO CHAT Overview of how teachers ...
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Hello Everyone, Here’s the Virtual Connected Educator for the Week of July 24!   TODAY! VSTE Virginia Society of Technology in Education July 24 at 8 pm ET/5pm SLT Join the VSTE VE PLN on VSTE Island in Second LifeArt Sim Tour - LEA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VSTE%20Island/94/184/25 THIS WEEK! Tuesday July 25 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 ...
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Games and Education    No one minds when you as a teacher are wandering around during a rainy day, with games most of the pieces lost. Few people object to certain games in the classroom. Teaching chess to sixth graders is fun because as they learn, if you are a face reader you can pretty much win most of the games. It is when in education we use the new games that people think you are not doing your job if you use games. My favorite way of using games is to take the subject, do theme based teaching with use of media, books, and a classroom setting that is reflective of what the subject is that I am teaching and to involve the art, music and PE teachers ...
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The story of this project was hidden in the political machinations going forward in Black History Month. Action speaks louder than words. I am one of several people who have been involved in actions with those working in social justice and digital equity to do Broadening Engagement that will help to change the face of computing. This is ideational scaffolding and a dream come true for us who worried about ways to get HBCU's and other minority serving institutions involved in significant ways in the technology world. For us the Google project is a dream come true. They said "We envisioned this program with bold outcomes in mind—to advance ...
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Gearing Up Already?

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Moment of Reflection  I would like to take a moment of silence for the bells, policies, school meals, teacher conferences and faculty meetings.   Head Up and Eyes Open! In some parts of the country, summer has just begun but in other areas--- school will be back in the building in just 4 weeks. Staycations, vacations, sandy beaches, watermelon slices, ice cream cones or sundaes and BBQs are all the rage --some of us have not had this luxury and are already gearing up for the 2017-18 school year.   Bummer ! My mind is swirling with ways in which I can help my students achieve higher results and master standards and skills. This past year, I was stretched ...
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Educators will often talk about the importance of staying engaged over the summer in order to curtail the effects of "the summer slide", and they also will mention the time needed in the fall to formatively assess students and to review skills that have deteriorated.   Students without access to both devices and broadband can suffer even more in comparison to their peers.  This does not mean that students use devices over the summer are always doing so for education purposes, but the reading and creating of digital assets can indeed help in maintaining skills. As more districts implement a one to one program for their students and as teachers (and ...
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Escape the Ordinary playground Tuesday, June 27th 2 to 5:30pm Playground C (across from Room 214) This playground is a place where games and virtual environments meet Escape Rooms, AR augmented reality, VR virtual reality, mobile seamless learning and more! If you are using these environments in or out of the classroom, please come share your story with us! We might move these tables around a little. Table 1   Virtual Environment Network                Scott Merrick,  Andrew Wheelock,  Barbara Seaton and  Mary Howard T able 2   Space Virtual World ( 2 - 345 pm) David Fliesen ...
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Can Equity Be Taught?

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Although we typically focus on "Digital" Equity, We thought this post on "Equity" would be one worth reading and discussing. Can Equity Be Taught? In a rapidly diversifying district with a largely white teaching force, how do you foster mutual trust and understanding? Send teachers to school. By Carly Berwick May 19, 2017 One day this past March, a middle school student placed a new Air Jordan on his desk at school in Montgomery County, Maryland. The boy, who is Latino, became fixated on the shoe, rubbing the leather and fingering the laces. His teacher, who is white, asked him to put it away, but the boy refused. He became “combative,” ...
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Saturday 6/24   2-6 pm  Location:  Stars Ballroom 4  Mobile Learning Network Mobile MegaShare Pre-conference and Social  Register here-   https://conference. iste . org/2017/program/search/detail _session.php?id=108196436 Saturday 6/24 5-6 pm Location:  Stars Ballroom 4   Mobile Learning Network Annual Social  Register here-  https://www.eventbrite.c om/e/iste-mln-annual-social-ti ckets-35489913286   Sunday  25 from  3 - 5 pm  Location:  Tower View Lobby  ISTE  Communities Network Fair  (Meet and Greet) https://conference. iste .org/20 17/program/search/detail_sessi on.php?id=108179501 ...
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ISTE Games & Sims Network Events and Collaborations in San Antonio! Join US! Saturday June 24 Mobile Megashare Games & Sims Table What Teachers Could Learn from Pokemon Go - Mixed Reality, Pervasive Games and Geolocation 2 pm - 6 pm HBGCC Stars Ballroom 4 RSVP on Eventbrite   Sunday June 25 ISTE Communities Network 3 pm - 5 pm Games & Sims Network Table HBGCC Tower View Lobby Come by and chat! Especially if you have a game or project you'd like to do at the ISTE Game nite on Monday. Monday June 26 River Walk Photo Quest with the Mobile Learning Network 830 am - 1030 am HBGCC Main Lobby Kiosk ...
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Here's some Games & Sims Network news for this week. Machinima We're collecting gaming videos or as they are also known - Machinima for the ISTE EduMachinima Fest at the 2017 conference. The ISTE Games & Sims Network is collecting/curating a list of education and even non-educational but entertaining videos that were created in games like Minecraft, World or Warcraft or any other game. Education is great but sometimes you just want a short video taken straight out of Pop Culture to engage the students. Tanya Martin has started to curate this list and you can check it out on this padlet https://padlet.com/gamesmooc/dtzxmvr9s066 So if your students ...
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BRIEF Digital Equity a Growing Concer in K12 By Roger Riddell • April 17, 2017 Dive Brief: Closing the homework gap, which sees students who lack home access to digital tools or broadband unable to complete homework in an increasingly digital school environment, was a recurring theme at the CoSN annual conference, according to Ed Tech: Focus on K-12. CoSN data shows 3% of teachers in high-poverty schools report students lack the tech tools needed to finish homework, compared to 52% of their peers in more affluent schools, while FCC data shows 70% of teachers assign homework requiring internet use — numbers made all the more staggering by Pew data highlighting ...
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Equity through Access: 21st Century Learning & the Necessity of 1:1 An Article from The Journal, by Ann K. Anders The mission of the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) is to promote 21st century innovative teaching and learning through concerted efforts with government leaders, educators, businesses and community members (2015). The student outcomes within the P21 Framework include life and career skills, learning and innovation skills, core subjects and 21st century themes, and information, media and technology skills. Blended learning opportunities that integrate face-to-face teaching and online learning fosters information, media and technology ...
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Hello Everyone, For the month of May, the ISTE Games & Sims network we will be reading, discussing and debating Ender's Game (Volume 1). https://sites.google.com/site/metagamebookclub/march-2017-ender-s-game/ender-s-week-1 Join us for a work of fiction about children, learning, military games, simulations and bugs. Also thrown in will be fake news, politics and social issues. For Ender's Game discussions, we're going to be using our own subreddit https://www.reddit.com/r/ender4edu/ . It's easy to make a reddit account, just go to the link and look at the top right hand corner. There's more information in this quick video we made. https://youtu.be/xqixdGWzy5k ...
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Congratulations to Cynthia Calongne (Lyr Lobo) for winning the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2017 Thinkerer Award! Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education ended on Sunday but you can still see some of the recorded livestream https://danielvoyager.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/vwbpe-2017-video-replays-available/ Call for Articles for the Spring Issue of VEJ (Virtual Education Journal) Please make sure to get your submissions to VEJ no later than April 10th. This next issues theme will be "Powerful Collegial Learning in Virtual Worlds. Although the term is Collegial" it can also mean Collaborative" and Cooperative" ...
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Virtual Connected Educators Week March 27 April 2, 2017 THIS WEEKs Highlighted Events Machinima at Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Thursday March 30 at noon PT Machinima with Tanya Martin (ISTE Games & Sims Network) Come sit around our unusual fish pond and learn more about the art of making movies in virtual and digital game environments. https://vwbpe.org/vwbpe-news/vwbpe-2017-social-program Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) March 29 April 1, 2017 https://vwbpe.org/ Listing of Social Events organized by VEN members https://vwbpe.org/vwbpe-news/vwbpe-2017-social-program ALL Events ...
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Virtual Connected Educators Week March 20 March 26, 2017 THIS WEEKs Highlighted Events TUESDAY MARCH 21 8 pm ET ISTE Virtual Environments Network (VEN) Focus Session The ISTE Virtual Environments Network presents Focus Sessions as a way to interact with some of the preeminent practitioners of education in virtual worlds Rohan Freeman and Adam Frisby, Founders of Space http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EduIsland%209/62/99/22 FRIDAY MARCH 24 Results from the Who Do You Love, Educationally Speaking Poll this spring ! 130 pm ET We will be reporting out the ISTE Games & Sims Who Do You Love, Educationally Speaking? Come and ...
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