Over the last thirteen years, we have gone beyond the stage, establishing connections at the crossroads of being here and being epic. We have looked behind us at the legacy we have left behind and the horizons of new possibilities, and carried forward with the VRevolutions of new technologies and collaborations, then on to re:Vision the future of education. The common thread through all the years since the first conference has been “Teaching, Learning, Research.” This year, with that, we are going STELLAR!
When we look up into the night sky, we are filled with awe as to the immense possibilities of what could be out there. Education is no different. We are surrounded by hundreds of millions of people, teaching and learning from each other, all filled with possibilities. As we seek out the possibilities we add to the stores of knowledge gained from experience and research. Instructors hold a special place in that cosmos. They are the guiding stars that help fuel the imagination to create, to build, to communicate, to partner. Whether it is language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, or a host of other subject areas, instruction today is not simply about book learning.
It is about experiencing.
It is about reflecting.
It is about doing.
This year’s VWBPE conference offers you a strong program. Recently we have seen physical world conferences cancelled worldwide, schools have gone online and many people are working from home. Physical distancing necessitates virtual meetings. For us, we know the value and possibilities of education in virtual worlds. If you are attending this year’s conference for the first time, we welcome you and we will encourage you to explore the possibilities for your teaching, learning and research.
Amid all that is happening in the physical world, the Virtual World Best Practices in Education Conference remains a safe haven for educators and interested others. We have always been virtual, and the conference provides many opportunities for us to socialize and network with each other.
We can be physically distanced at home, and virtually STELLAR together. How cool is that?