Nanobug Digital Badges

VSTE is piloting our new digital badge program throughout the summer. Participants of the nanobug session will receive a participation badge for the work they do during the session.  Participants will then have an opportunity to earn two more badges, a reflection badge and an application badge.  We will be gathering input from digital badge recipients to help us improve […]
By |August 16th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Nanobug Digital Badges|

Recognize Excellence with VSTE

Each year at its annual conference, VSTE recognizes outstanding educators through three awards: Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Teacher, and Innovative Educator of the Year. We are seeking nominations for these awards from the VSTE community. Nominations are open now through October 1, 2017. The Outstanding Leader and Teacher awards recognize and honor one leader and one teacher […]
By |August 14th, 2017|News, VSTE News|Comments Off on Recognize Excellence with VSTE|

Big Deal Book, August 1, 2017

It's back to school time and Big Deal Book is filled with news, information and resources to help you start the school year successfully. In this edition, you can find ways to Encourage Computational Thinking, Explore VR in the Classroom & More. Here are a few of our favorites from this edition...be sure to check […]
By |August 6th, 2017|Big Deal Book, News, VSTE News|Comments Off on Big Deal Book, August 1, 2017|

#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 […]
By |June 26th, 2017|News|Comments Off on #GoOpenVA Development of Resources Initiative|

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 […]
By |June 18th, 2017|Big Deal Book, News, VSTE News|Comments Off on Big Deal Book, June 15, 2017|

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 […]
By |June 5th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Leveling Up Student Learning with a Global Inventors Course|

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 […]
By |June 5th, 2017|Big Deal Book, News|Comments Off on Big Deal Book, June 1, 2017|

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!|