Crossposted from Oh! Virtual Learning!
I'm so proud of this. ISTE SIGVE has continued producing "nearly monthly" "Connected Educator" Google Hangouts to share resources and new developments in virtual worlds ever since the US Department of Education's Connected Educator Month back in August 2012. I am proud to say that I have, really, nothing to do with this.
Why in the world(s) do I say that?
Because back in 2009, when we founded ISTE's "Special Interest Group (SIG) for Virtual Environments," I worked pretty hard on it. I gathered consensus, formed a plan for proposal, wrote a proposal, and jumped through necessary hoops to get the largest and most diverse international organization for technology in education to recognize our tribe as an official SIG. Once we were official, the real work began: We built on an annual "Playground" at the international conference into an event of importance. We took on monthly Second Life "speaker sessions" in the tradition developed by our esteemed pioneeer Kevin Jarret (KJ Hax in Second Life), monthly sessions that continue to this day and show no signs of cessation. We salvaged ISTE's bailout (not in the Obama General Motors sense, but in the "jump ship" sense) from investment in virtual environments by an orderly (though sometimes painful) process of committee, a process which resulted in the founding of ISTE SIGVE in Second Life, a robust and actually growing community that continues to evidence new talent and innovation.
That's why. The community is thriving in ways I have nothing to do with. It's oh so much bigger than I, bigger than any individual. Sure, there are primary movers, most notably like Karen Novak, aka Kae, aks Qae, aka so many other aka's. Like Andy, aka Spiff. Like Blubarker, aka Blubarker. Like Knowclue, and Maggie, and Gridjumper, and Lucas, and Rosie, and Bob, and Gordon, and on and on and on. My apologies if I left your name off this post, you know who you are, and so do I, and so does our tribe.
My gift to all of you is this: One day you'll see some really great stuff develop out of ISTE SIGVE that you have, really, nothing to do with. That will make you proud. We are so much bigger than any individual, yet so dependent on individual initiatives and innovations. Now, if you haven't, watch the latest ISTE SIGVE Connected Educator installment, this one featuring our best asset, our children and their parents. Listen and learn...