• 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.

  • Jewish Educators Network 2017: Tradition and Innovation in EdTech in Hebrew Day Schools

    Join us at the Jewish Educators Network ISTE Meetup on Monday, June 26, 5:30–7:30 pm CDT at the International Society for Education 2017 Conference in San Antonio, Texas: year's Jed Network will include both opportunities for people to participate in fruitful discussions on topics they are passionate about and for selected participants to reflect and share to the group about their successes and challenges in the world of EdTech in Jewish education. We also plan to give away some pretty cool swag thanks to our sponsors at the Jewish Education Project ;)

  • 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.


  • #DigCit Events at ISTE 2017

    Who's a #digcitsuperstar? YOU ARE, if you want to learn more about digital citizenship! Click here to learn about some of the many exciting #digcit events happening at ISTE 2017. 

    Also, there are a limited number of seats for the @DigCitPLN social on Monday 6/26 from 5:30-7:30 at the Guadalajara Grill. Click the link below to RSVP. We know plans change; please complete this form even if you RSVP'd previously so that we can have an accurate count.

  • 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

  • The Problem with Fancy Bear

    Fancy Bear & How Tech Lit and Info Lit are meeting up in the Age of Hacking. We’re doing short webinar over Google Hangout on Fancy Bear & How Tech Lit and Info Lit are meeting up in the Age of Hacking. We’ll end with a quick look at the news game called #Hacked.

  • Ender's Game - The Rise of Ender

    We are reading the final chapters of Ender's Game this week. We'll have our Google Hangout on Wed May 25th. Hope to see you there!

  • Volunteer at the Early Learning Network Playground

    Hi community members,

    We are excited that ISTE’s Early Learning Network will be hosting the Early Learning Network Playground: Technologies With Young Children in Mind at the annual conference. This playground is designed to give educators hands-on experiences with different technology tools designed for the early childhood ages. We are finalizing the details of the companies that are attending. Thus far, some of the types of technologies that will be participating include robots, apps, and programming tools. While we are excited about this event, we know that just like previous years, this event will not be as successful without the support and time of volunteers. Volunteers don't have to be an expert with new technologies, just willing to try different tools and interact with other educators. You can sign up for times that meet your conference schedule by filling out our volunteer form:

    Also, if you know of other educators who would like to help out that live in the San Antonio area, but aren’t registered for the conference, they would be able to volunteer for this event. Feel free to pass along this information and email me with any questions.

    All the best,

    Amanda Armstrong, M.S.
    ISTE Early Learning Network President

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day Mini-Conference - May 18th

    On the afternoon of May 18th, Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), the ISTE Inclusive Learning Network with the help of our International Committee will be holding our first online mini-conference on digital inclusion.

    Join us on May 18th starting at 1PM EDT on any PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android device: You can also sign up to receive a reminder the day of the event.

    Please note: All times listed in Eastern Daylight Time (-4 UTC). Remember to adjust times accordingly if you live in a different time zone.

    1:00pm | Welcome & Overview
    Susie Gronseth

    1:15pm | Overview of Design Thinking
    Mindy Johnson

    1:45pm | Accessible Learning Materials: Options for Reading
    Rhianon Gutierrez

    2:15pm | Accessible Math
    Nancy Kawaja & John McGowan

    2:45pm | Options for Assessment with FreshGrade
    Kendra Grant

    3:15pm | Accessible Coding with Tickle & Sphero
    Luis Pérez

    3:45pm | Accessible Maker Spaces
    Cindy Anderson & Kevin Anderson

    4:15pm | 3D Printing
    Bill Binko, AT Makers

    4:45pm | Accessible Seating Options
    Jennifer Edge-Savage

    5:00pm | Wrap-Up & Closing Remarks
    Luis Pérez & Susie Gronseth

    All sessions will be recorded, with captioned recordings posted on the Inclusive Learning Network's website after the event.

  • ISTE ISEN Social Dinner

    If you are attending the ISTE conference, please join us for dinner on June 26th at San Antonio's Margaritaville. Seating is extremely limited, so purchase your tickets in advance!

  • Ender's Game Chapter 1-3 Hangout Tonite (Wed) at 9 pm ET

    Join us for Chapter 1 - 3 on Google Hangout. You can also jump into our Ender 4 Edu subreddit. Let us know what quote you find the most interesting.

  • Spring 2017 Newsletter

    It's here! Not just spring... but our fabulous newsletter to bring in the May flowers.
    In this issue:
    - Learn more about our outstanding Inclusive Learning Network Award Winner and Finalists
    - Get the details on our free online mini-conference celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day
    - Check out our book study wrap-up of UDL in the Cloud!
    - And so much more!

  • Communities Networking Fair at #ISTE17

    Sunday, June 25, 3-5 pm: Stop by the Digital Citizenship booth at the Communities Networking Fair. Chat with the DigCit leadership team and meet other #digcitdevotees!

  • Intro to Ender's Game Google Hangout

    Here's our first Google Hangout for Ender's Game and Education. Our subreddit Ender4Edu is populating! Visit it here.

  • Using Reddit for Bookclub Discussion

    We're doing something a little different for Ender's Game Book Club.

    We're are using reddit for discussion. One of our librarians created a subreddit for us. /r/ender4edu/ and we'll have the discussion over there.

    It's easy to make an account, just go to the link and look at the top right hand corner. There's more information in this quick video we made.

  • Leadership Playground - We're Full!

    Check out the awesome list of presenters HERE

    See you in San Antonio!

    Our first ever Leadership Playground will focus on the theme of Empowering Vision and Voice. This playground is an opportunity for current and aspiring (dare we add accidental) leaders to explore innovation tools and techniques in a fun, hands on environment.

    We have a couple open times at our 45 minute revolving stations on themes of Empowering Student Voice, Empowering Teacher Voice, Enabling Community Voice, Finding Your Personal Voice. If you have ideas to share, please considering joining us!  The playground will run from 9am-1pm on Wednesday, June 28th.

    We are interested in presentations on all areas of administration... tools, resources, personal vision and innovative processes... the sky is the limit! We appreciate all levels of education (pre-K through post doc) and all levels of presenter experience. This is a playground so let's share, toss some ideas around and have fun!!

    Questions regarding the playground can be directed to Jen LaMaster, co-president of the ISTE Administrator Network, at or @40ishoracle.

  • Ender's Game Book Club

    We're doing Ender's Game (Book 1) as our May Metagame Book Club! Join us for a work of fiction about children, learning, military games, simulations and bugs.

  • Archived April 2017 - Twitter Chat 8pm

  • Archived April 2017 - 1pm Twitter chat

  • Win Free ISTE Conference Registration with Tech in Action Video Awards

    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 technologyin 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. More information, visit:

    March 2017 - Announce the award process and open applications for submissions
    May 1, 2017 - Final day for Video Submission
    May 2, 2017 - May 15, 2017 - Evaluation and identification of winners
    May 15, 2017 -  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
    ISTE Books
    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

  • Recording - Learning First, Technology Second

    Author Liz Kolb focuses on the Triple E Framework which she helped develop at the University of Michigan School of Education. The framework draws from the last three decades of research on effective practices of ed tech in learning (what works and what does not). This Framework (free and open for all to use) is being used by many districts throughout the U.S. now to support their teachers in making mindful choices around the technology they use in learning, focusing on the learning goals, rather than the shiny technology.  You do not need to have read the book to view the webinar.

  • Blockchain Book Club Up for People's Choice Award

    We're happy to announce that the Blockchain series has been nominated for the People’s Choice Award for the Learning Technologies Team Competition.

    Six team projects have been nominated for this award. This award is meant as a showcase of innovation, best practices in learning technologies and how educators are leveraging technology to promote meaningful learning.

  • #isteTEN April Chat

    Join us on Monday, April 17 at 8 p.m. ET for our monthly #isteTEN Twitter Chat. This month, our topic is "Autism Awareness and Supporting Students with Special Needs."

  • DigCitPLN

    SAVE THE DATE for a DigCitPLN Social at #ISTE17 on Monday, June 26th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Space is limited. Find out more at the DigCit Meetup that will be held on Monday, June 26th from 1-2 pm.

  • STEM Excellence Award Winner 2017

    Dr. Helen Crompton is a Professor of Instructional Technology at Old Dominion University Virginia USA. She draws from 24 years in education and a PhD in educational technology and mathematics education from the UNC- Chapel Hill. After serving on ISTEs MLN, she now consults for ISTE and has designed the ISTEs self-paced mobile learning academy and the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy. She is also a leader in world issues involving mobile learning working with UNESCO and ITU, two divisions of the United Nations. Dr. Crompton has presented globally on the topic of educational technology and published well over 200 articles, book chapters, and white papers in this field.

  • Machinima with Tanya Martin

    On Thursday at 3 pm ET(noon PT), ISTE Games & Sims PD Chair, Tanya Martin will be doing a Machinima Showcase and Talk at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Online Education.  

  • Social Events & Machinima This Week

    Listing of Social Events organized by VEN members organized by Rosie Vojtek at Virtual World Best Practices online conference this week!

  • ILN Spring 2017 Book Study - UDL in the Cloud!

    Join the Inclusive Learning Network (@InclusiveLN) as we study UDL in the Cloud! beginning March 27 through April 23. This practical and enjoyable-to-read book provides guidance and inspiration for how to design and deliver online learning experiences using Universal Design for Learning.

    Sign-up and see more information on the book study website. Activities include reading and sharing in group note-taking, discussing via a variety of tools (Voicethread, Answer Garden, Flipgrid, Twitter, Zoom), and applying the ideas in new ways in our instructional practices.

    The 2017 #ILNBookStudy is going to be great!

    Susie Gronseth, Helen DeWaard, and the Inclusive Learning Network leadership team


    Results from the Who Do You Love, Educationally Speaking Poll this spring! 130 pm ET We will be reporting out Who Do You Love, Educationally Speaking? poll that we collaboratively did. Come and get your educational theory and theorist love!
    200 pm ET We will also have a quick paced discussion/debate on Coding, Gaming, IoT, and Wearables: New Student Success Technologies, or Chocolate-Covered Broccoli? We’ll be using WebEx, so if it is your first time using it you may want to login a little early.

  • Annual ISTE Games and Simulations Excellence Award!

     This award recognizes individuals and their contributions to ISTE Games and Simulations Network. It is an opportunity to also share the great work they are doing with others. Nominations are due by midnight on March 15th. 

  • APLN Annual Conference Activities! Apply to Participate Now!

    Interested in becoming more involved in the Administrator’s Network?  Attending ISTE17 and have great ideas to share?  The Administrator’s Network is sponsoring two events this year and we’re looking for your voice!  Feel free to apply to present at either or both opportunities!

    Administrator PLN Forum Breakfast: Empowering the Student Voice in our Classrooms/Buildings


    Each year the Administrator PLN hosts their annual breakfast forum that brings together administrators from across the globe to hear a variety of speakers on a topic of interest.  This year, our membership has expressed an interest in empowering student voice in our classrooms/buildings.  The breakfast will be held on Wednesday, June 28th.

    We are looking for multiple voices to enlighten and encourage fellow administrators.  If you have a story to share, we encourage you to apply as a panelist HERE

    APLN Leadership Playground

    And parallel to our breakfast… Our first ever Leadership Playground will focus on the theme of Empowering Vision and Voice.  This playground is an opportunity for current and aspiring (dare we add accidental) leaders to explore innovation tools and techniques in a fun, hands on environment.  

    The playground will have six 45 minutes revolving stations on themes of Empowering Student Voice, Empowering Teacher Voice, Enabling Community Voice, Finding Your Personal Voice.  Two formal presentation stages will offer presentations and conversations on the elements necessary to promote and leverage technology for learning.  The playground will run from 9am-1pm on Wednesday, June 28th. 

    We are interested in presentations on all areas of administration... tools, resources, personal vision and innovative processes... the sky is the limit!  We appreciate all levels of education (pre-K through post doc) and all levels of presenter experience!  The online application form is HERE

    Keep an eye out for more professional development opportunities from the ISTE Administrator Network in the weeks ahead!

  • #isteTEN March Twitter Chat

    Save the date for the next Teacher Education Network (#isteTEN) Twitter Chat: Monday, March 13 at 8 p.m. ET.

    During this forward-thinking chat, we will discuss how student voices can and should shape education. We will explore students' hopes and concerns regarding the future of teaching and learning with technology. And, this chat will be co-moderated by students!

  • What your PLN can do for you

    Members of the ISTE Young Educator Network share how their PLN has helped them.

  • Archived Twitter Chat

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 8pm

  • Archived Twitter Chat

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 1pm