Category Archives: Learning Events

Bringing Professional Development to You
In addition to our fabulous annual conference, we sponsor face to face events throughout the year at different venues throughout the state. These are usually one-day, focused events. We announce these events to our membership and also on our various social networking sites.

Archived Recording Available: CETL Certification Webinar, March 14, 2017

Archive Webinar Recording

The VSTE CoSN Council will be sponsoring a free informational webinar about the Certified Education Technology Leaders (CETL) certification on March 14, 2017, at 4:30 PM. The webinar will be hosted by Tim Tillman, Director of Technology and Learning, Colonial Heights Public Schools, a CETL certified leader. Tim will discuss the certification in general and, for those who are currently studying for the exam, offer tips and techniques for preparing and taking the test.

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. As part of its mission, CoSN sponsors the Certified Education Technology Leaders (CETL) certification.  Earning the CETL certification will demonstrate that you have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to successfully build 21st century learning environments in your district. You can learn more about certification here.

The webinar is complimentary but we are asking for registration. Please use this form to let us now if you plan to attend:

The webinar will take place in VSTE's Adobe Connect room:

Making Connections: Southwest Regional Educational Technology Leadership Summit

Roanoke County Public Schools with support from VSTE is hosting Making Connections: Southwest Regional Educational Technology Leadership Summit on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia.

This inaugural event is designed to bring together educational technology and instructional leaders in Regions 6 and 7 for both learning and networking around issues related to cybersecurity, privacy, E-rate, infrastructure, and support for innovative instruction.

Schedule Available Here

Thanks to generous sponsorship support, this event is free.*

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


A hotel block at the state rate is available at the hotel.

Hotel Roanoke Booking Website:

Reference VSTE 2017 is you call the hotel directly at 540-985-5900.

*Sponsors: THANK YOU!







Brainstorm 2017: Future Ready Students

A partnership of JMU M. Ed. in Educational Technology, SVTC and VSTE

Reaching out to educators in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond

April 7, 2017

Schedule Available

Register Now


Wild Imaginations, Curious Children, and Stories from Student-Ready Educators
Stephanie Passman & Eric Bredder, Albemarle County Public Schools

Our goal everyday is to make school awesome for students and teachers alike. We will share ways to provide each student with the necessary resources to learn, take meaningful risks, and create physical and digital representations of their original ideas. We will share anecdotes that provide strong evidence of the student learning that occurs while building meaningful relationships, and fostering creativity and collaboration. Student-ready educators are prepared for all students, so they can be prepared for their future.

We are excited to welcome Stephanie Passman and Eric Bredder as keynote speakers. These educators from Albemarle County will talk with us about creating innovative learning environments where students collaborate and create as a natural part of the learning process. Thanks for EN Computers for their support of the keynote.

Memorial Hall,James Madison University, 395 South High Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Brainstorm 2017 is held in a public space, therefore we do not prohibit participants, exhibitors, sponsors, or news organizations from photographing conference activities. VSTE, SVTC and James Madison University reserve the right to use images taken at the Conference with your photograph and/or likeness on social media and/or in future marketing materials. We are NOT responsible for individual attendee’s use of your image or likeness.

Parking will be available on campus but it is limited. Consider car pooling.

VE PLN: Upcoming Events

The VSTE Virtual Environments PLN continues its tradition of Monday night professional development with two upcoming events:

VSTE Game Night
Monday, September 26, 2016, 8 PM

Join the VSTE Virtual Environments Professional Learning Network at 8 PM Eastern time on VSTE Island in Second Life for an hour of games and fun. There are games scattered all over VSTE Island, such as Greedy (think Farkle on Facebook), Scrabble, Pentadee (think Kismet), SLmopolis (think Monopoly), Galaxy War (a 3D strategy game), En Garde (Fencing), and Parcheesi. We will teach you how to play and you will meet some fun educators.

If you don't have a Second Life account get one, it's free, at 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.

Minecraft Monday
Monday, October 3, 2016, 8 PM

Calling all Minecraft builders, we need your help! Join the VSTE Virtual Environments Professional Learning Network at 8 PM Eastern time in VSTE Place, VSTE's Minecraft server. We will be working together to create a Hogwarts type of castle for the Virginia Children's Book Festival. On October 15 some of us will be traveling to Longwood to attend this festival and share Minecraft with the children and their parents. Young attendees will be able to add to our Hogwarts build while they visit our booth. Won't you help us help the kids?
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 We will open it up for this event. If you want to be whitelisted to enter anytime you want to continue building this, or anything else, email Kim Harrison at [email protected] from an educational email address with your real name and minecraft name.

Digital Equity Discussion

We all can attest to the need to help bridge the digital gap that exists for our students. As more content and instruction moves online, the need to provide access to digital resources grows.

The VSTE CoSN Council is pleased to sponsor a free discussion related to digital equity. This webinar will be held Thursday, September 22, 2016, from 8 to 9 PM.

Featured speakers include:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Hoover; CTO, Alexandria City Public Schools
  • Diane Doersch; ‎Chief Technology & Information Officer at Green Bay Area School District
  • Rod Carnill; Supervisor of ITRTs, Frederick County Public Schools
  • Cheryl Wood and Kim Fields; Project Managers on Digital Equity, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Tom Lundquist, Director of Technology, Staunton City Schools

Speakers will address digital equity issues faced by their school divisions and their current approach. They will describe the alternatives they explored and how they are evaluating their return on investment.

You can view the archived recording here:


Free Professional Development Available from ISTE

ISTE is currently accepting applications for the October cohort of the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy.

The Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA) is a FREE 10 week course designed and offered by ISTE for school and district teams in the U.S. This course is perfect for schools and districts that:

  • Want to provide an excellent technology integration PD opportunity for some or all of their staff
  • Want to ensure that the technology they currently have is being used in innovative, student-centered ways
  • Would like support as they plan a new technology initiative.

In addition to being FREE, here are more great benefits of this program:

  • Course materials and activities are online, allowing you to participate in world-class professional learning from your own school campus.
  • ISTE provides an experienced Instructional Coach to work with your team and personalize the experience to address the specific questions and needs of your school and team members.
  • Everyone who participates receives 2.5 Continuing Education Units (or 25 Continuing Education hours) from Johns Hopkins University.
  • The team approach unites administrators, technology specialists/coaches, and educators in their vision for improving teaching and learning with technology.

Review the details and the course syllabus and/or watch a 10-minute live-cast on Tuesday, Sept 20, 1pmPacific/4 pm Eastern. October cohort registrations for your 5-10 person team are due September 21, 2016.

Leading Ed2, October 11, 2016

LeadingEd2logoVSTE and the Virginia Department of Education are partnering to present Leading Ed2, a one-day conference for school division instruction and technology leaders including chief technology officers, technology directors, and superintendents. Session topics will focus on E-rate, digital equity, 1:1 initiatives, and student data privacy.

The conference will be held October 11, 2016, 8:30 AM to 4 PM, at Daniel Technology Center, Germanna Community College, Culpeper, Virginia.

The complete schedule is available now.

Featured Session:

Opening Panel: Where We Are, Where We're Going

  • Bobby Keener, Chief Technology Innovations Officer, Virginia Department of Education
  • Dr. Jared Cotton, Superintendent, Henry County Public Schools
  • Dr. Larry Shifflett, Director of Innovation and Learning, Rockingham County Public Schools
  • Facilitator: Keith R. Krueger, CEO, CoSN

Register Now

Hotel List

Bridging the Gap: Teaming Up for Differentiation

September 29, 2016, Virginia Tech Southwest Center, Abingdon, Virginia

VSTE is pleased to partner with the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development for this leadership event in Southwest Virginia.

Classrooms are diverse. Some students are identified as gifted or having learning disabilities. They may be learning to speak English or be on the autism spectrum, or they may have no "designation" at all. Each student has unique interests and ways of learning. This conference will help teachers meet student needs using varied instructional strategies, technology applications, and team approaches designed to support teaching and learning.

Learn more and register now. 


Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference Begins March 9

9th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education
March 9-12, 2016
2016 Theme : Horizons

VSTE’s own Virtual Environments PLN has been selected to hold a featured panel for the 9th annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference. The VWBPE Conference, March 9-12, is 100% virtual with venues, in both Second Life and Avacon Grid.

VSTE’s VE PLN has been very active in virtual world communities, particularly in Second Life, since 2008, and more recently, Minecraft. On Saturday, March 12, 2016, 3:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. Pacific time (SLT) Karen Richardson, Keith Reeves, Kim Harrison, Vasili Giannoutsos, Dr. William F. Schmachtenberg, Lisa Alconcel, and Beth O’Connell will share VSTE’s Virtual Environments Horizons with the world.

The VWBPE Conference is a completely virtual conference that is conducted using simulated environments. Participants experience the conference through a virtual reality type setting including conference rooms, theatres, exposition halls, meeting spaces, and other types of venues similar to a brick and mortar type conference.
The conference is free to attend. The cost of the conference is covered by sponsorship and donations. For more information on this conference see

Keynote speakers include Bronwyn Stuckey, postdoctoral research fellow of the Arizona State University Center for Games & Impact; Karl Kapp, full-professor of Instructional Technology at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA; and MOOC Inventor Stephen Downes.

VWBPE has a full schedule of sessions and social events running nearly around the clock from Wednesday midday through Saturday night. Times listed are SLT, Second Life Time, which is the same as Pacific Time. There will be participants from around the globe.