March 15th-17th, 2012

Opening Keynote

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2012

Notes & Resources

Read more about the VWBPE 2012 conference on Gridjumper's Blog

Epic Ideas

That Change Everything!



Mapping the Learning

Taking a commercially successful MMOG and aligning it to the standards... that's EPIC!

Visionaries: Lucas Gillispie & Peggy Sheehy


Following the Learning

Making the decision to simply play with the kids and observe how they use the platform before laying down a curriculum... that's EPIC

Visionaries: Jokay Wollongong, Dean Groom & Bron Stuckey


Making Assessment Relevant

Challenging the status quo of assessment, and designing a system based on leveling rather than failing... that's EPIC

Visionaries: Lisa Dawley & Chris Haskell


Building Community for Change

Busting out of our professional silos to come together, share our expertise and collectively address how to improve the lives of students...
that's EPIC

Visionaries: Lady Gaga, Cynthia Germanotta, John Palfry and danah boyd

Harvard Graduate School of Education teamed up with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Program to launch Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. As part of that launch, they brought over 75 researchers, activists, teachers, and funders together to help set the agenda for the foundation's work. The objective was to get get "experts" out of their individual professional silos and bring them together to share their knowledge and make a game plan based on the collective knowledge of what works.

Epic Gear

For Making Change!


Lay a Foundation for Digital Citizenship

//A New Culture of Learning// highlights how participatory media is a vital part of the world in which our children live. It is important to provide mentored opportunities for children to learn & practice citizenship within these online communities. Anne Collier, Co-Chair of Obama's Task Force for Online Safety & Technology Workgroup, advocates the importance of finding ways to work with children using the tools of their world. In fact, it is critical if we are to help them develop the skills necessary to function in a safe, civilized and knowledgeable manner online. Summary of Recommendations found on page 6 of OSTWG Final Report.

In the age of Google,
What Content is essential to teach?

"If you can Google it, Should you be teaching it?" ~Peggy Sheehy

Question Content

The Reformers Are Leaving Our Schools in the 20th Century
Why most U.S. school reformers are on the wrong track, and how to get our kids’ education right for the future
By Marc Prensky

"Fix the Education, Not the System
Currently, lots of money is being spent on trying to fix the educational “system.” But what the reformers haven‟t yet understood is that it‟s not the “system” that we need to get right; it’s the education that the system provides. This distinction is critical, because one can change almost everything about the “system” – the schools, the leaders, the teachers, the number of hours and days of instruction, and so forth – and still not provide an education that interests our students and gets them deeply engaged in their own learning, or that teaches all of our students what they need to be successful in their 21st-century lives.

Unless we change how things are taught and what is taught, in all of our classrooms, we won‟t be able to provide an education that has our kids fighting to be in school rather than one that effectively pushes one-third to one-half of them out. And this is true for all our kids, both advantaged and disadvantaged."

Learn to Play... Play to Learn


When hearing the term “21st Century Learning,” many conjure images of fancy computer labs and classrooms equipped with smart boards. Others think in terms of cutting-edge software and Web 2.0 tools that allow students to create, collaborate and publish online. While these are all tools that are reshaping our culture, simply learning how to use them does not prepare students to successfully adapt to a constantly changing world. The heart of “21st Century Learning” is not about the tools, it is all about learning how to learn. Helping our students become proficient and independent life- long learners is central to their success in navigating through uncharted change.