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VSTE Board of Directors issues statement regarding nomination fo Secretary of Education including essential qualifications:

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Data Informatics and Data Visualization
VSTE Island Monday, Nov. 19, 8 PM EST

In Virginia students start in elementary school collecting, organizing, and interpreting data in math, science, and technology. The older the student gets the more sophisticated the expectations become in dealing with data. We imagine it's the same with the students all over the globe.

Data Informatics examines and helps students make sense of data; reading, scanning for trends, and interpreting the data. Data Visualization is a way to take that data and make it easier to understand, more user friendly. Through data visualization we have techniques to make data easier to interpret. In 2D and 3D mediums we can show off data in expressive and meaningful ways. Bluebarker Lowtide (SL), Vasili Giannoutsos (RL) will show us examples of Data Informatics and Data Visualization and give us opportunities to build our own.

Whether you teach students to read and interpret data or you yourself are struggling for meaningful ways to share data you collect, there will be something for you in this session.

Meet us on VSTE Island in Second Life Monday, November 19, at 8 PM EST (5 PM SLT) to learn about Data Informatics and Data Visualization.

If you don't have a Second Life account get one, it's free. We recommend setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium's Gateway here: Download and install the software. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link and voila! Look for an avatar on VSTE Island and say, "Hey, I'm new!" We will take care of the rest.

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As is our tradition the VSTE Virtual Environment PLN will meet the second Wednesday of the month, November 14th, on VSTE Island to plan activities for the coming months. Anyone can attend these meetings. We want to hear your ideas. What would make you drop everything to come to VSTE Island to participate in a Monday night event?

If you have a suggestion or idea please come to share it. Come just to hear our ideas and help put forward the ones that you like best.

I hope to see you Wednesday at 5 pm SLT (8 PM Eastern)

If you don't have a Second Life account get one, it's free. We recommend setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium's Gateway here:

Download and install the software. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link and voila! Look for an avatar on VSTE Island and say, "Hey, I'm new!" We will take care of the rest.

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Monday, November 5th, we will meet at VSTE Place to work on a neighborhood which Dakotah_Redstone has already begun. Each person may try recreating their own home in the neighborhood.
This week we will look at two resources our members have shared: music creation: within Minecraft using Note Blocks and red stone, and 101 Build Hacks. Both can help us furnish our homes!
We will meet at 8 PM Eastern.
You must have a computer Minecraft account from to join. There is a one time fee of $26.95. Download and install the software. Choose multiplayer and add a server: Name VSTE Place IP Our server is protected. If you want to be whitelisted to enter anytime you want to continue building this, or anything else, email Kim Harrison at or from an educational email address with your real name and minecraft name.
We are currently using Minecraft version 1.12.2
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Since Google Plus is closing the doors in 10 months, are there any plans for the future of this community? I have been taking MeWe for a test drive and it looks like a promising alternative.

Please help me out with the ISTE course I am taking: I am looking for recommended tools or resources related to supporting learning in different areas including ELL, culturally-relevant learning, social-emotional learning, special education, or students-with-disabilities. This may be a tool/resources you use with all students but tell me a bit about how you use it to support special education or English Language Learners.

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We are all ready for a closing event tonight, Tuesday, July 31st, at 8 at VSTE Place! Please come if you participated in VSTE's Survive the Summer 2018 or even if you just want to come see what we were up to.


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We hope you are enjoying your summer...The new school year is just around the corner!

The Montgomery County Public School Instructional Technology Team is hosting a very affordable technology conference in August called NRV Teacher Techno Summit: All Systems Go! It will be a one-day conference filled with technology inspired teaching and learning, Google for Education instruction, STEAM ideas, and nerdy teacher fun! A diverse range of sessions and hands-on workshops will launch you into the new school year!

When: August 2, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Blacksburg High School

Session topics to choose from:
Digital Breakouts - Launch Into a New Way of Learning
Creating with Chromebooks: Set Phasers on Fun!
Seesaw: "All Work Captured!"
Flippin' Out of this World
Get Jammin' with Jamboard
Take Slides Out of this World with Stop Motion
Why CS First?
Experience Virtual Reality with the HTC Vive
Let GO of paper! Using bookwidgets for interactive quizzes, tests, activities and more
Engaging Technology for Little Learners
Google Sites to Connect Your Classroom
Special Education and Google Classroom for Primary Grades and Severe Disabilities
Explore the Universe with Google Expeditions!
Gaming: The System
Drones for Education
Operation Ozobot!
Breakout of the Ordinary for Beginners (K-2)
Classdojo 101
Out of this world engagement using Pear Deck
Google Classroom-Beyond the basics
Blogging and Beyond: Teaching Students to Read and Write Digitally
Announcements Go Green Screen & Google
Inspired Building Based on Children's Literature
Blast Off Into Breakouts... and Beyond!
Foster Student Creativity with Stop Motion Animations and Green Screen Movies Using Apps for the iPad
Piecing together Classroom Systems with EDpuzzle
Code Like a Pro

We hope to see you there!!

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Come play Minecraft at VSTE Place this summer and relive Jamestown 1607! We will Survive the Summer.

Bonus: Earn a certificate from VSTE when you complete a short list of achievements in Minecraft.

Contact me for details.
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Come join me and my student Bailey Paxton at the Virginia Museum of Natural History this Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM. Bailey will be showing off her Europa space colony on the sine space server. If you cannot come to the museum in person, you can join us online. Get a free sine space account at:, and download the software, or you can log in via a web browser at: Email me at if you have questions.
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