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 even state legislatures are starting to view them as gambling. He does not only assist or support GSN events, speakers, and the annual ISTE conference. He organizes and collaborates with others to make those GSN events, works with speakers and staff at all Games and Sims Network events. He, working with the other ISTE GSN Network members, was the first group to do an Escape Room and Escape Room training at an ISTE conference. He is the tech support and chat moderator for almost every webinar or live event that the ISTE Games & Sims Network has organized in the last four years. He has also been one of the main researchers for most ISTE Games & Sims session and one of the main facilitators for the Metagame Book Club. His advocacy for games and simulations is not confined only to ISTE. He has presented his work with AR mobile simulations and mixed reality for Career Technical Education in 2017 at the Teaching, Colleges & Community international conference, the eLearning Consortium of Colorado and the Colorado Learning and Technology conference. Chris has collaborated for the last five years with the ISTE Virtual Environment. Chris has been a presenter and staffed a table at the Mobile Learning Megashare for the last three ISTE Conferences. Chris was the livestreamer last year of the ISTE Mobile Learning Network’s Mobile Learning Quest in San Antonio and in 2016 was one of the three designers for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network’s Mobile Learning Quest in San Antonio and in 2016 was one of the three designers for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network’s Mobile Learning Quest in Denver. He has organized collaborative events with ISTE Games and Simulation Network with the eLearning Consortium of Colorado and ISTE VEN. Chris also regularly writes articles about games, simulations, coding, AR and VR and shares ISTE Games & Sim Network news and information through the Virtual Education Journal. He is an author of a chapter in the upcoming Learning, Education and Games Volume 3 on World of Warcraft and accounting. He has also co-authored book chapters on Alternate Reality Games in business classes and using virtual worlds to teach accounting. In the Games & Sims Network, he is currently collaborating with other members for the Ready Player One Book Club and organizing the 2018 ISTE Games & Sims playground and ISTE Games Nite. His current work in Career Technical Education with another member of the Games & Sims network is on using text chat stories technology on mobile devices to create simulations for training for education leaders. He is an author of a chapter in the upcoming Learning, Education and Games Volume 3 on World of Warcraft and accounting. He has also co-authored book chapters on Alternate Reality Games in business classes and using virtual worlds to teach accounting. In the Games & Sims Network, he is currently collaborating with other members for the Ready Player One Book Club and organizing the 2018 ISTE Games & Sims playground and ISTE Games Nite. His current work in Career Technical Education with another member of the Games & Sims network is on using text chat stories technology on mobile devices to create simulations for training for education leaders. He is also working on resources to include LitRPG in education courses at his institution.
We will be celebrating Chris and his hard work at this year’s ISTE Conference. Stop by our Playground and our Games Night on Monday, June 25 at 5:30 and congratulate him.
Sean Arnold, a special educator/STEM Coach, has taught in NYC’s District 75 since 2005. He makes learning accessible and engaging for all students through innovative technology GBL and PBL. He is the leading force for GBL and gamification in NYC and received the 2017 NYCDOE award for Excellence in School Technology for his efforts. He is a Minecraft Mentor, Classcraft Ambassador, and BrainPOP Cert. Educator amongst other achievements. You can see some of his work on
We are still seeking willing hands for ISTE 2018 in Chicago. We can always use help at the Playground and Games Night. If you would like to help please click the links below.
Come hang out and volunteer with Games & Sims Network at ISTE Conference http://bit.ly/chicago18volunteer
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Here are the last few Activities of the Week:
Building a Comic Strip AOTW:
Color Wheel AOTW: https://education.minecraft.net/blog/activity-of-the-week-minecraft-color-wheel/
Rhythm, Repetition, & Patterns AOTW:
Build a Campsite AOTW: