#GoOpenVA Development of Resources Initiative

In October 2015, the US Department of Education launched #GoOpen, a campaign to encourage states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials. Open licensed educational material is more commonly known as Open Education Resources (OER). In August 2016, a group of interested parties from across the Commonwealth of VA met informally at […]
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Lord Fairfax Community College’s HigherEd.org Search Engine and Learning Portal = A Tool for Educators

On October 1, 2014, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) was awarded a $3.25 million TAACCCT grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop competency-based education (CBE) programs and promote the use of free and low-cost digital resources wherever possible. In conjunction with the creation of their Knowledge to Work (K2W) program (competency-based education programs […]
By |June 18th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Lord Fairfax Community College’s HigherEd.org Search Engine and Learning Portal = A Tool for Educators|

Big Deal Book, June 15, 2017

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources for digital learning and professional development plus grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Avoid the Summer Slide, Tap Open Resources, Engage with Robots & More. Here are a few of our favorites from this edition...be sure […]
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Joe Freddoso to Keynote Leading Ed Forum 2017

The VSTE CoSN Council and the Virginia Department of Education are pleased to welcome Joe Fredosso, USAC consultant and co-founder and COO of Mighty River, as a keynote speaker for the second annual Leading Ed Forum. This event, designed for school division technology and instructional leaders and presented through a partnership of VSTE and the Virginia […]
By |June 12th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Joe Freddoso to Keynote Leading Ed Forum 2017|

Leveling Up Student Learning with a Global Inventors Course

This year, we tried something completely new at Oak Grove Elementary in Roanoke County. Fifth graders have just finished working with Global partners in Nicaragua, Argentina, and Honduras through a Global Inventors course run by Level Up Village--and what an adventure it was.  In this course, students exchanged video messages with their partners and collaborated […]
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Big Deal Book, June 1, 2017

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources for digital learning and professional development plus grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Champion Creativity, Nurture Innovation, Dive into Science & More. Here are a few of our favorites from this edition...be sure to check the […]
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It (Technology) Can Make a Difference, but You (Teacher) are the Difference!

Here we are at the end of another school year.  For me, it marks the end of my 37th year in education, and I still feel the excitement of the end (and of a beginning) of a school year.   My first seventeen years, I was an elementary and middle school teacher.  The last twenty years […]
By |May 30th, 2017|News|Comments Off on It (Technology) Can Make a Difference, but You (Teacher) are the Difference!|

Ryan Imbriale to Keynote Leading Ed Forum 2017

The VSTE CoSN Council is pleased to welcome Mr. Ryan Imbriale as the keynote speaker for the second annual Leading Ed Forum. This event, designed for school division technology and instructional leaders and presented through a partnership of VSTE and the Virginia Department of Education, will be held October 19 & 20, 2017, at Daniel … Continue reading Ryan Imbriale to Keynote Leading Ed Forum 2017
By |May 24th, 2017|News, News Updates|Comments Off on Ryan Imbriale to Keynote Leading Ed Forum 2017|

VSTE Minecraft Survival Summer 2017

New to Minecraft? Interested in learning more about this game that seems to have captured your students' attention? This summer, the Virtual Environments PLN will be exploring Minecraft survival mode. The first live meeting will take place, Friday, May 26, at 6:45 EDT. The team will build a safe house. Three students from eastcoastminers.org will … Continue reading VSTE Minecraft Survival Summer 2017
By |May 22nd, 2017|News, News Updates|Comments Off on VSTE Minecraft Survival Summer 2017|

New Board Members Elected for 2017 – 2020 Term

Five candidates have been elected to the VSTE Board of Directors for the 2016-2019 term. Two are new members while one is returning for a second term. We welcome all of them to the VSTE leadership: David French, Virginia Beach City Public Schools Heather Hurley, Arlington County Public Schools Anita Harris, Cumberland County Public Schools Terry … Continue reading New Board Members Elected for 2017 – 2020 Term
By |May 22nd, 2017|News, News Updates|Comments Off on New Board Members Elected for 2017 – 2020 Term|