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Virtual Connected Educator Hello Everyone! Here is the Virtual Connected Educators for the Week of August 8 Help Wanted! Russell posted in our ISTE Connect discussion looking for help. He is looking for gamification ideas and games that do not require technology and he is on a limited budget. Upcoming Online Events Thursday August 9 at 11 am The Horizon Report for Higher Education is coming out soon. Explore it early at Educause’s webinar on Thursday August 9 at 11 am MT. This is the first Horizon Report since the New Media Consortium filed for bankruptcy last year and its assets were bought by Educause ...
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Here's the Virtual Connected Educator for this week! Help Wanted Bruce Boughton is looking for suggestions on how to use 10 Mambo Drones in our Games & Sims Network. A colleague of ours in Colorado is looking for whiteboard animation software that can be recorded, we posted her request over in the ISTE Commons. Do you have any ideas that can be shared? Events happening this week and next EdChange Globa l https://www.edchangeglobal.com/ Fri, Jul 20, 2018, 12:00 PM – Sat, Jul 21, 2018, 12:00 PM CDT This is a free online conference based on an edcamp format that will be running 24 hours long. You can ...
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Slow Tweetchat Now to July 29 Join in at anytime! For our Summer Book Club,we are reading   Learning Transported which is Jaime Donally's book on augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Mary Townsend will be facilitating the ISTE Games & Sims’ slow tweetchat. We'll be using the hashtag #istebook . Even if you’re not reading the book,  there will be some interesting discussions on VR and AR happening on twitter using the hashtag #istebook . Help Wanted Two of our colleagues are looking for help with their research. Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Technology Kathryn is interested in interviewing teachers ...
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Hey Everyone, Hopefully for everyone in the United States, you had a great 4th of July holiday. I know a lot of people are reflecting on their time at the ISTE conference in Chicago. We are too! The ISTE Games & Sims Network will be curating our slides, and pictures and reflections and will send them out over the next couple of weeks. Quickly for this weekend, we’d just like to tell you about a few thing...... 1) For our Summer Book Club, the ISTE Games & SIms Network will be reading   Learning Transported which is Jaime Donally's book on augmented reality and virtual reality. Mary Townsend will be facilitating the ISTE Games ...
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ISTE 2018 Recap

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I think we can all agree that ISTE 2018 was a great conference filled with great communicators and awesome information for educators looking to advance education both locally and globally. From the keynote speakers to the exhibitor hall, there was some great for everyone. The Boddle Learning team decided to capture a few moments at ISTE and document our experience at ISTE. Check out each day to day recap here (you might even see yourself in one of the videos) --> http://boddlelearning.com/blog/
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Mobile Photoquest Winners

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Hello Everyone, Yesterday morning about 60 intrepid educators went out on a Mobile Learning Photo Quest. At the McCormick Center, a literal wall went up over night that blocked our route to get to the Lake Michigan. While they were doing there was a downpour not once, not twice but three times. You can take a look at all the images on twitter at #photoquest . We now have the winners.  We had five categories and the judges added a sixth category and two judge's choice awards. You can see the winners and finalists in this slidedeck . The winners are: 1) Memorial / Remembrance @ddrios Roland Rios 2) Lake Michigan Views @MisterColson ...
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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. https://www.iste.org/resources/product?id=4099 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. https://goo.gl/forms/KX3i5WujVRJiGgLy
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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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Participation in survey

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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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