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.

Leading Ed Forum, October 19 & 20, 2017

VSTE and the Virginia Department of Education are partnering to present the Leading Ed Forum, a two-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. Broadband connectivity will be a special focus on Friday, October 20.

The conference will be held October 19 - 20, 2017, 8:00 AM to 4 PM, at Daniel Technology Center, Germanna Community College, Culpeper, Virginia.

Registration Open Now

VE PLN: Summer of Survival

This summer, Memorial Day through Labor Day, VSTE Place in Minecraft will hold its first Summer of Survival! Participants will be able to warp to survival mode for a completely different Minecraft experience. We will discover why our students beg for survival mode at school. It's challenging, but fun, and we will need each other to survive!

You may be able to earn points from your district with your VSTE certificate of participation. There will be a list of achievements to accomplish over the course of the summer. You can complete them in a few weeks or take the entire summer. The idea is to have fun while networking with other educators inside Minecraft.

Participants will need a Mojang account, a copy of Minecraft installed on their computer, and access to VSTE Place, the VSTE Minecraft server. Contact [email protected] to get your Mojang Minecraft account whitelisted on our server.

Keep up with all the events at the summer website and the Google Plus community.

Spring 2017 CETL Study Groups Scheduled

The VSTE CoSN Council has scheduled two sets of CETL® study groups in Northern Virginia. It will be led by Dr. Barbara Gruber from Loudoun County, a CETL certified educator.

Northern Virginia:
This study group will be held at the Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA 20151 and led by Barbara Gruber.

April 29, 2017, 10 AM - 1 PM
May 13, 2017, 10 AM - 1 PM
June 10, 2017, 10 AM - 1 PM
July 15, 2017, 10 AM  - 1 PM

Central Virginia:
Update: We have had to cancel this face to face study group. We are working to find an alternative, possibly online.

April 22, 2017, 10 AM - 1 PM
May 20, 2017, 10 AM - 1 PM
June 17, 2017, 10 AM - 1 PM
July 8, 2017, 10 AM - 1 PM

If you wish to attend the Northern Virginia study group, you must register by April 14, 2017.

Register now. 

The exam will be administered on Friday, July 28, from 8 AM to 12 PM, in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

Leading Ed Forum Sponsor Information

The 2nd annual Leading Ed Forum will be held October 19 and 20, 2017, at the Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper, Virginia. This event is designed 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.

Sponsorships for this event are available. Sponsors will be provided with a 45-minute breakout session and a table in the main gathering area for one day of the event. Sponsorships cost $2000.

Please contact Karen Richardson at [email protected] to learn more about this opportunity.

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: