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Leadership for ISTE Games & Sims Network for 2018/2019

Kae / May 21, 2018
We are in the process of finalizing our leadership team. We didn't want to miss anyone, so If you are interested, we want to invite you to collaborate with us. Our vision for next year is to continue to build the network, increase the knowledge base on games and simulations in learning, and advocate for the use of games and simulations to foster deeper learning, engagement, and inclusiveness in education.

In the leadership group, we play games and simulations, talk about games and simulations, consider instructional strategies that can be used to frame games and simulations discussions, and then figure out how to use them in our F2F and online classrooms. These slides are from an introduction presentation about our network that we offered earlier this year. We are a chatty group, but we do most of our chatting synchronously on Google Hangouts and Discord.

We are willing to try out new technologies and are always looking at virtual reality and augmented reality applications. At the same time, we continually look for great interactive fictions and board games that can be used for educational purposes.

We are game designers and we love it all - mechanics, dynamics, aesthetics, and narratives. If you are just starting to learn about games and simulations - that’s fine. We’re looking for enthusiastic collaborators, not experts. We are all learning while we are doing this.

During the year, we create professional development webinars and material on a monthly basis. We have two or three book clubs a year. We participate as a network in online events in digital games and virtual worlds. We also try to send out the Virtual Connected Educator email blast at least once a week.

Fair warning: April through June are our busiest months and we go all hands on deck for everything during this time. During the rest of the year, we expect leadership to participate in or facilitate at least one professional development event per quarter. We also expect you to help us with outreach efforts by broadcasting our events via emails and social media to at least one large group. You can be really creative about who that large group is.

If you are interested, please take a look at our form https://goo.gl/forms/nta2MR5Lf2vpTE6h1 and fill it out if you would like to join us. If you are a member of ISTE, we are looking for an outside group of collaborators and advisors too!
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