Welcome to Virginia’s Community of Learning, an education portal for the Commonwealth of Virginia, created and supported by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education. We are currently in development but the site will eventually include an events calendar, a job board, and links to important resources of interest to Virginia’s education community.

Featured Resources

“Get the Math” helps students discover why math matters

Have your students ever asked in math class, “When are we ever going to use this?” If so, you should introduce them to Get the Math. The website combines video and web interactivity to help students develop algebraic thinking skills for solving real-world problems.

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Do you and your students need a brain break?

GoNoodle is an excellent resource for you to use in the classroom when your students (and you) need a short break from the rigors of learning. The quick desk-side physical activities get your students moving in an structured, fun way. The site now offers a series of activities called “Think about it” that give students “a single positive thought to reflect on and carry with them throughout the day.”

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DOE and VA Teachers offer “Comprehensive Instructional Program”

The Comprehensive Instructional Program is a site that features lesson plans, activities, and assessments by superior Virginia teachers. All resources are aligned to the rigor and content of the VA Standards of Learning.

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Pinterest Board on Games/Gamification

Browse this ever expanding collection of research, resources and, of course, games, curated by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education: https://www.pinterest.com/vsteonline/gamesgamification/

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2

  Looking for advice on integrating iPads in K-2 classrooms? This curated guide of compiled resources is created to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities. See link below: Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2

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VSTE Content Archives

Capturing content to be shared later has been an important goal of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education. From webinars to newsletter to conference presentations, VSTE provides access to an impressive archive that can be used for professional development. While the materials are posted various places, this page is the best place to start your browsing: VSTE Content Archives

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News and Information

Governor McAuliffe & Board of Education Announce 2015 Virginia Index of Performance Awards

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Working to Protect College Students from Unfair Banking Practices

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is cracking down on school-bank partnerships that unfairly target college students receiving federal student aid. Last Friday, ED announced proposed regulations that would ensure students aren’t required to receive their federal student aid on prepaid or debit cards that charge fees for overdrawing the accounts. Other proposed changes would: […]

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New Board Members Elected

Five candidates have been elected to the VSTE Board of Directors for the 2015-2018 term. We welcome them to the VSTE leadership.
Rod Carnill, Frederick County Public Schools
Meg Swecker, Roanoke County Public Schools
Tim Stahmer, Fairfax County Public …

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Big Deal Book, May 15, 2015

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources, grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Fuel the Creative Process, Tap Digital Media, Close the Gap & More. Here are just a few highlights from this edition. Click the link below to find lots more: Inspire … Continue reading Big Deal Book, May 15, 2015

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Help Us Get the Word Out About Tools and Resources for Student Loan Repayment

Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid (including federal student loans) in the country. Once it’s time for borrowers to repay their student loans, we’re also here to help with free tools and resources to make the repayment process easier. Federal Student Aid recently launched a student loan repayment campaign to […]

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New Data Show a Decline in School-based Bullying

New data indicate the first significant decrease in school-based bullying since the federal government began collecting that data in 2005, suggesting that efforts at the federal, state and local levels to prevent bullying may be paying off. According t…

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College Students to Benefit from Proposed Regulations Targeting Troubling Practices in Rapidly Expanding College Debit, Prepaid Card Marketplace

The U.S. Department of Education announced proposed regulations, available for public inspection today in the Federal Register, aimed at protecting as many as 9 million college students receiving $25 billion in federal student aid by providing tougher …

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Bullying Rates Drop

Bullying remains a serious issue for students and their families, and efforts to reduce bullying concern policy makers, administrators, and educators. According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, “As schools become safer, students are better able to thrive academically and socially. The Department, along with our federal partners and others, has been deeply involved […]

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Duncan Highlights Grad Rate, Calls for More Action

Secretary Duncan sat down for a conversation with America’s Promise Alliance’s president and CEO, John Gomperts, Tuesday to talk about the state of education in the country. The conversation came on the heels of the APA’s release of the Building on a Grad Nation report that both highlighted the record high school graduation rate at […]

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Supporting and Empowering Male Educators of Color

Male educators of color are seldom recognized for our expertise in the engine that drives this country. But through the Male Educators of Color Symposium, the U.S. Department of Education shined a light on the work of the nation’s most underrepresented educators in preK-12 schools. At this gathering, some 150 plus men of various minority […]

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