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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  • Hello, y'all, We're taking the opportunity to share a new revision of our standing document that is automatically offered to anyone brave enough to drop into our Second Life Headquarters location at . It notes that we ...

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    RE: Assessing VR Usage

    If what your are asking is based on already having a specific curricular goal in mind, and you've determined a way to approach that goal with the VR headsets, then I would say that you should consider how do you typically approach the topic? How is the ...

  • Hi Lancy, I think determining what you want to measure is key. You can find instruments that measure different skills or mindsets like leadership, critical thinking, and empathy, and if you wanted to tie it to content, a pre-test post-test with a control ...

  • Maybe?  We just don't know if that's enough.  We aren't sure if we present that for the grant monies, we will receive it.  We will definitely use that as one of our data points; thank you! ------------------------------ Lancy Collins Technology Coach ...


  • 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