• ISTEAPLN Summit is now History

    #ISTEAPLNsummit ~ Thanks to @MMD15Y @bjfowler0413 @ashmccrory2 @newson_tony @tonybonds @JenniferCreecy & @drmmtatom for speaking at the 1st @ISTEAPLN Summit ~ Archived videos are here: ~ #fhuedtech #fhuedu506 #tn_teta #HigherEd #fhuedu642
  • #DLNchat Tuesday at 4 pm ET on AR/VR into the Curriculum

    Tuesday July 10 at 2 pm MT - Interested in talking or more accurately tweeting at #DLNchat: How Should Academic Programs Integrate AR/VR into the Curriculum? This tweetchat is sponsored by EdSurge, WCET and OLC.
  • #ISTEAPLNsummit ~ 9 AM - Noon CDT 7/12/2018

    Watch for more info about #ISTEAPLNSummit taking place from 9 AM to Noon CDT on Thursday, 7/12/2018 via YouTubeLive. #fhuedtech #tn_teta #ISTEAPLN
  • Ethics & Games Monthly this Sunday July 8th

    Join us for our monthly Ethics & Games which will feature the Indie game, Detention (2016) at 7 pm ET on Sunday July 8th. 

    The game story is based on real historical events. Detention received Steam greenlight in 2016, and became one of the most influential indie games in 2017 for its ability to enhance the horror genre with history, for the purpose of retelling the real horrors that happened to the Taiwanese people during the 1960s era.
  • AR & VR - Learning Transported Summer Book Club

    We just announced at the ISTE conference, the ISTE Games & Sims Network will be doing a summer book club and slow tweetchat of Jaime Donally's book on augmented reality and virtual reality titled Learning Transported

    We'll be using the hashtag #istebook. If you are an ISTE member we can send you the PDF copy. Please join up, you can sign up here.
  • ISTE 2018 OLN Events

    Come see us at ISTE 2018!

    Communities Networking Fair
    Sunday, June 24, 3:00–5:00 pm
    Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom

    Three Cheers for Online Learning: Building a Winning Personalized Learning Environment
    Monday, June 25, 2:30–3:30 pm
    Location: W176abc

    Online Learning Network Annual Meeting
    Tuesday, June 26, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
    Location: W177
  • ISTE Conference 2018 - International Session

    We want to invite you to join us for an internationally-focused session at the ISTE Conference 2018 - "Technology for Individuals with Disabilities Around the Globe," presented by the International Committee of the ISTE Inclusive Learning Network. The session will be held at the Chicago conference in W177 on Tuesday, June 26, 4-5:30pm CDT. You can also attend the session virtually at
  • ISTE Mobile Learning Network June Newsletter - Conference Edition!

    The ISTE Mobile Learning Network's June 2018 Newsletter is now available! This "Conference Edition" includes information about several MLN events at the conference, including:

    • MLN Annual Meeting
      • Monday, June 25th 3-4pm
    • MLN Social Event
      • Monday, June 25th 5:30pm-7:30pm
      • Location: Timothy O'Toole's Pub - Downtown Chicago
      • Space is limited, RSVP today!
      • On the Red Shuttle Route
    • PhotoQuest
      • Tuesday, June 26th 7:30 - 9:30 am
    • MLN Playground
      • Wednesday, June 27th at 9am-1pm
    We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

    View Newsletter Online
  • ISTE Game Nite in Chicago

    This year, we will convene in McCormick Place Room W179a from 5:30 to 7:30pm on Monday, June 25th.

    The 5th Annual ISTE Games Nite is back! It is time to head the call for heroes to descend on Chicago and dispense gaming justice! This year we have a great mix of digital and analog games, serious games, commercial off the shelf games, and of course there’s card games, social deduction, and board games.
  • Running of the Trolls

    Saturday June 9 with the start at 9 pm ET

    We’re Running with the Trolls. This is actually a good thing. For the fourth year in a row, in the Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game, World of Warcraft there is an annual in-game charity event to celebrate Pride Month and to raise funds for the Trevor Project.

    Here’s a video so you can see the fun in-game everyone is having. Read more about the #TrollRun2k18 on reddit.
  • Archived Twitter Chat

    Archives for both the 1pm and 8pm Twitter Chats.
  • ISTE CS Firehose 2018

    Join the ISTE Computer Science Network as we open the valves and turn on the CS FIREHOSE 2018 with a very special opening keynote from a true champion of computer science education, Dr. Mitch Resnick, creator of the Scratch programming language and LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab.

    The ISTE Computer Science Network is dedicated to the promotion of computational thinking and computer science education.  The network promotes and provides ideas, resources and events for integrating computational thinking and computer science into every school and classroom to create equitable access for all students. The need for CS educational initiatives is urgent with worker shortages throughout the field. To actualize computer science for all, it must be the professional responsibility of all educators to infuse computer science standards and cultivate young minds to think computationally. 

    So, be prepared to get drenched with new and exciting CS info, resources, and ideas from 12:30 PM through 6:00 PM with sessions provided by quality professional development leaders and educators including those confirmed from Microsoft (ISTE Mission Sponsor), Google for Education (ISTE 2018 Gold Sponsor), WeTeach_CS, MIT Media Lab, Bootstrap, BirdBrain Technologies, Unity3D (ISTE 2018 Silver Sponsor), NCWIT, Heidi Williams (ISTE author of No Fear Coding) and many more. 

    These intense series of interlocking sessions preceding the ISTE Chicago Conference and Exposition the afternoon of Saturday, June 23 in rooms 186, 183C, and 187C of the McCormick Place West building is FREE, but preregistration is necessary via the ISTE conference website.  Premium registration is NOT required.  Look forward to seeing you there!
  • To The Moon Game covered in this month's Ethics & Games

    On Sunday Sherry Jones led us through an Ethics & Games webinar on To The Moon. You can see the slides at

    To the Moon (published 2011, 2014, 2017) is available on STEAM.
  • School Violence from the Perspectives of Those on the Front Lines

    Dr. Jena Kiekel, Assistant Professor at University of St. Thomas is asking for respondents for a survey on a research project on school climate around the subject of school violence. Please read her discussion post in our community and here is the survey. It is estimated that it will take 10 - 15 minutes to complete the survey.
  • G Suite in the Arts Classroom Global Hangout!

    Hey Arts & Tech educators!

    We will be hosting an online hangout in June!

    Hangout with us online to learn how performing arts and visual arts teachers can use G Suite to streamline and enhance documenting the creative process with their students.
  • Ethics & Games Webinar Sun May 27 at 7 pm ET

    Join us for Ethics & Games with Sherry Jones as she presents To The Moon on Sunday May 27 at 7 pm ET.

    The indie game above received a 10/10 score from steam folks.
  • 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, Other valuable insights about Mary’s work can be found at the following links:


    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  after our Playground (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: 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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

    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,
  • 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:

    • 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
  • 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):

    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
  • 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 and we're doing the discussion on our Oasis4Edu subreddit
  • March 2018 Newsletter

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