Virtual Environments Network

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The Virtual Environments Network works to build a community of like-minded educators who learn from and teach one another. The group hosts globally synchronous professional development activities for its members, including a monthly speaker series on ISTE Island in Second Life. The Virtual Environments Network also has a very active online community where members share resources, experiences and projects created by educators and students.

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  • Hey, all,  In a little over 3 hours, at 8am Pacific, 11 Eastern, we'll meet up again to share a TEDTalk under the topic of Education and chat about it. It's a chance to be "together at a distance." If you can break free from your new routine (?) for ...

  • Here's your invite.  I blogged it today. It's officially starting Monday. Read on... ------------------------------ Scott Merrick, Co-Chair, ISTE VENetwork Metro Nashville Public Schools and the Metaverse Nashville TN ----------------------------- ...

  • Check out this video and join in the learning and fun.    Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference starts today! VWBPE Program  ------------------------------ Andrew Wheelock Technology Integrator Western New York Regional Information ...

  • Ah, those were good times, Andy! Love the charm bracelet, Kae. *chuckles* ​I uploaded our Virtual Harmony Interstellar and Mars game simulation slides: Interstellar - Learning in Space, Thursday at 3pm Pacific ...


  • Virtual Pioneer of the Year Award 2019!

    Hello, y'all,

    In the past, we've enjoyed announcing this award at the end of our ISTE Conference Playground, but ISTE has already done so, which makes us a bit negligent in the task. So, without further adieu, let me congratulate our immeasurably esteemed colleague and friend, Dr. Valerie Hill, aka Valibrarian. Val, your lovely plaque from ISTE will be in the mail soon! We value you!

    Dr. Valerie Hill received her PhD in Library and Information Science in 2012 with research in virtual worlds. Valibrarian (in virtual worlds) is the director of the Community Virtual Library in Second Life, Avacon and Kitely.  She served as a school librarian for twenty years and taught language arts, literature and information science at all grade levels from kindergarten through college. As a National Writing Project Trainer, Valerie enjoys writing and storytelling through new media formats.  Her research has included working with students in Minecraft and exploring both virtual worlds and virtual reality for education. 

    More can be found at: thinkerer-award-2018-announced  and

    See you in Philly, we hope!
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  • Virtual Environments Pioneer of the Year Award nominations are closed

    Thanks to those who placed nominations for our VEN award this year. The nomination committee is hard at work and will be choosing the recipient soon. Nominations are closed for this year, but with luck, there's always next year!
    All best,
    Scott Read More