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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  • WHEN:  July 16th 2019 TIME:  5pm SL time (8pm Eastern) Location: ISTE Virtual Environment Space in Second Life. Please join Scott MerrickOh and Spiff Whitfield, (RL:  Andy Wheelock) as we review the ISTE Conference as well as the #notatISTE ...

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  • WHAT:  VEN Office Hours TIME:  5pm Pacific 8pm Eastern WHERE:  ISTE VEN Second Life Headquarters .  Get yourself a free avatar and join us Details:  Please join the leadership team of Scott Merrick (Scott MerrickOh), Mary Howard (Daisy Mae), and Andrew ...

  • Thank you so much for the question for the Network Brian!  Sadly, I don't have any experience yet with the Occulus Quest and the issues you raise seem really problematic for educators.  Hoping to see some responses, but I'm guessing you may be the pioneer ...

  • Hello, I recently purchased an Oculus Quest to test it out to see if it could have a positive impact in the classroom.  I believe it does.  So before I purchase more of them, I need to determine how to manage them.  Right now the Quest and the games are ...


  • 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