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Yay! Plans for the VEN side of the Ready Player 101 Playground are cranking up wildly as we prep for Chicago and ISTE2018. Games & Simulations will be moving and shaking on the other side. If you go nowhere else on your Monday morning, be there ! Please be sure to  follow our Facebook page to keep up with developments as they develop! See you there! Scott
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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 our screencapture from last year https://youtu.be/MrvKz6GbfqE so you can see the fun in game everyone is having. Read more about the #TrollRun2k18 on reddit . Saturday June 9 with the start at 9 pm ET The run starts at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT but like any run, you should plan to be there 2 hours ahead of time. Meetup is in the troll starting area on Feathermoon ...
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Reserve Your Place! ISTE Game Nite at the ISTE Conference in Chicago Monday June 25 530 - 730 pm CT in W179a ISTE Game Night: Networking with Games RSVP https://istegamenite18.eventbrite.com   In case you missed it! Sherry Jones led us through an Ethics & Games webinar on the game To The Moon . If you caught the new series, Reverie about a virtual reality experience, you’ll see similarities in the story. You can also see Sherry’s slides about To The Moon http://bit.ly/tothemoonslides This is the fifth Ethics & Games webinar that the ISTE Games & Sims Network has done this year. You can also take a look at the ...
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On Sunday Sherry Jones led us through an Ethics & Games webinar on To The Moon . You can see the slides http://bit.ly/tothemoonslides The game, To the Moon (published 2011, 2014, 2017) https://store.steampowered.com/app/206440/To_the_Moon/ The indie game above received a 10/10 score from steam folks. It is K-12 friendly, takes 4.5 hours to play and is available on many platforms such as Android and iOS. A film is scheduled to be made of game in 2018. The game is so good that users have translated the game into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian, Polish, Catalan, Slovakian, and many more languages. See this ...
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A Request for Help 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. Additional Help Wanted Anastasia is part of a group working on NSF grant cybersecurity grant and she’d asking for high school educators ’ help on a short exploratory survey in our discussion forum to find out what topics you are interested in and what you currently have available ...
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Hello Everyone, We are in the process of finalizing our leadership team. We didn't want to miss anyone, so If you are interested, we want to invite you to collaborate with us. Our vision for next year is to continue to build the network, increase the knowledge base on games and simulations in learning, and advocate for the use of games and simulations to foster deeper learning, engagement, and inclusiveness in education. In the leadership group, we play games and simulations, talk about games and simulations, consider instructional strategies that can be used to frame games and simulations discussions, and then figure out how to use them in our F2F and ...
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Hello Everyone, Here is the Virtual Connected Educator for the week of May 16th! Congratulations to this year’s Games and Simulations Excellence Award Winner: Chris Luchs Chris Luchs has been one of the key leadership members of ISTE Games & Sims Network since June 2014. He does not advocate games and simulations to get his name out through social media blogging, the resources and social media he sends out are for the ISTE Games and Sims Network. He is the first person through the ISTE Games & Sims Network to present on economies in games and virtual currency. His loot boxes blog on ISTE was the first to address how the public and ...
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Mitch Resnick to Keynote for Computer Science Firehose   td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --> 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. td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --> The ISTE Computer Science Network is dedicated to the promotion of computational thinking and computer science education. The network ...
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Hello Everyone, Here is the virtual connected educator for the week of May 9th! Help Wanted! Amber has a question about where you are having your students share code? Please help her out with ideas ! Michelle is looking for some help with Breakout EDU games for elementary level students? Sherry Jones led us through our fourth Ethics & Games Webinar with The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. The visuals in the game are beautiful, the plot twist is mind-blowing and Sherry as a philosophy instructor was even able to bring in Spinoza's Ethics. Do you have any suggestions for others games we should ...
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This is the virtual connected educator for the week of May 2, 2018 Help Wanted! Do you live in the Chicago area? We could use some on the ground help. We are designing the Mobile Learning Photo Quest for the ISTE conference. We will take all the design help we can get but in particular …. We are looking at the route from the McCormick Center to the Aquarium and Planetarium.  Would you be able to help us do some scouting? Here’s a link to a quick screen captured discussion of the route. https://youtu.be/8VLIINBEM5k Do you like researching the history of monuments or locations? We would love to have some historians or people ...
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Since the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February, 2018, there has been a notable shift in school climate around the subject of school violence.  I and two fellow faculty members at my institution are currently researching the feelings and perceptions of administrators, counselors, and teachers regarding school violence.  In speaking to graduates from our teacher education program, we are told that they are definitely feeling that things have changed, for example having school-wide intruder drills with some regular frequency and talking to students about what should happen in the event of school violence (even to kindergartners).  Our survey would ...
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Help Wanted We’re looking for Games & Sims network volunteers and leadership members for next year 2018 -2019. For our network we need people who want to help with creating and distributing social media, doing professional development facilitation and of course planning our fabulous events at the ISTE conference. We also looking for people to be on our conference committee for 2019 in Philadelphia. We do the networking fair, a playground and Games Nite.You can sign up by going to Become An ISTE Volunteer . ISTE Games & Sims Events This Week Tuesday, April 24 at 7 pm M T Cynthia Calongne @lyrlobo will take us for ...
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ISTE 2018 The Epicenter of EdTech - Chicago  June 24 - 27   I was lucky enough to attend my first ISTE Conference in 2017. It was an incredible learning experience, but I am haunted by how much I might have missed. I am excited to attend and present this year close to home in Chicago. Last year, I created this  post   before attending in 2017. Now that I have experienced the conference I wanted to share some updated tips for anyone who will be attending this year.  I know there is a lot in this post, so my advice is to explore one tip at a time and not try to run through this whole post in one sitting. ...
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Please join us in congratulating or 2018 ISTE Global Collaboration 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 ...
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Our Rapid Response to Turbulent Times and Social Issues from the Metagame Book Club and ISTE Games and Simulations has been nominated for 2018 eLearning Consortium of Colorado’s People’s Choice Learning Technologies Team Award .  Please share this link http://bit.ly/eLCCvote18 with your colleagues - it is a People’s Choice Award so voting is open to the publi
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I know there are so many ways for teachers to share their voice and I am hoping to encourage the use of one more. I've put together a Flipgrid with several topics in place connected to teaching and learning?  Teachers Helping Teachers Flipgrid My purpose is to encourage educators to share ideas and resources while modeling student voice with FlipGrid. What do you think?  What other topics should I be including? I hope to expand and add more as this resource grows
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Hello Everyone! Here is our Virtual Connected Educator for the Games & Sims network. A little recognition for the ISTE Games & Sims Network Our Rapid Response to Turbulent Times and Social Issues from the Metagame Book Club and ISTE Games and Simulations has been nominated for 2018 People’s Choice Learning Technologies Team Award . At least three of the team members have to be at institutions that belong to the eLearning Consortium of Colorado and we actually have 4 members which qualified the Games & Sims team effort! We’ll let you know when the voting opens! The Games & Sims Network’s BlockChain and the Future of Higher ...
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This blog post is courtesy of Nam Ngo Thanh.  Please see the bottom of the post for his contact information. TEACHING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY With more than 11 years of teaching experience, my teaching concept has changed a lot over time. At the beginning of my career, I felt my main responsibility as a teacher was to provide knowledge to students from textbooks. Over the years, I began to follow the educational purpose proposed by UNESCO: learn to know, learn to do, learn to live, learn to assert yourself. To achieve this, cooperation is one of the skills I always prioritize to help students develop. In efforts to accomplish ...
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Hello Everyone! Here’s the ISTE Games & Sims Network’s Weekly Virtual Educator Help Wanted Lauren is looking for recommendations on the Best Educational Virtual Reality Systems for K-8 Students . Which is so appropriate considering what we are reading! Ready Player One Book Club Please join in, lurk or just casually follow along. We are reading Level One this week. We are using subreddit - Oasis4Edu for discussion. We thought this would be the closest to the free-wheeling and messy discussion forums described in the book.   Each Wednesday, we’ll be doing a Hangout at 8 pm ET on the Games MOOC ...
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Ready Player One Book Club

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Hello Everyone! If you are interested please join us for a Ready Player One book club  We are using the Oasis4Edu  subreddit  because we thought this would be the closest to the free wheeling discussion forums from the book.  Each Wednesday, we’ll be doing a Hangout at 8 pm ET on the Games MOOC YouTube channel. You can watch the livestream and jump in the text discussion channel or email gamesmooc@gmail if you’d like to jump in a discussant on webcam. Focus The focus is of course for us to enjoy the book but we have some educational ulterior motives. We test-drove this format for Ender’s Game last May. We will ...
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