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Ready, Player 101: Imagining, Creating, and Sharing Worlds in Digital Reality

Location: Playground B; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function

Explore and create

Explore and create : Playground

Monday, June 25, 8:00–11:30 am
Location: Playground B; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function

Dr. Michelle Arbogast   Christian Bosch   Trish Cloud   Nahsechay Dipo   Amanda Fox   Mary Howard   Sherry Jones   Chris Luchs   James McCrary   Scott Merrick   Kae Novak   Andrew Peterson   Bebette Ryan   Steven Sato   Barbara Seaton   Clarence Tan   Dr. Mary Townsend   Dr. RoseAnne Vojtek   Robert Vojtek   Andrew Wheelock  
Using the multiverse theory (supported by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Hawking) and inspired by Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, the purpose of this playground is to provide educators with space to look toward infinite universes and infinite possibilities using augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, and chatbots and AI.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Augmented, mixed and virtual realities
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Using the multiverse theory (supported by both Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Hawking) as a starting point and inspired by Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, the purpose of this playground is to provide educators with a space to look toward infinite universes and infinite possibilities using augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, and chatbots and AI. Educators, both K-12 and Higher Ed, will be able to collaboratively experience technologies and pedagogy that promote and model creative and innovative thinking and access a network of experienced educators to help them use virtual reality tools, augmented reality tools and mixed reality environments to heighten engagement and collaborative thinking in their classrooms.

The playground will further facilitate discussions on the role of educators in a multiverse filled with AR, VR, MR, chatbots and AI technologies, all of which would act as playful communicative apparatuses mediating the interactions and connectedness between students and teachers.

Playground consultants and presenters are all leaders in the area of augmented reality, virtual reality, games and simulations, as well as chatbots and AI. They regularly use project based learning (PjBL), problem based learning (PBL), challenge based learning (CBL), and game-based learning (GBL) as part of their student centered pedagogy


The objectives are:
Provide resources through handouts, QR codes, and presentations for attendees to reference post conference.
Advance digital age learning. Delve into systems, models, practices and strategies for creating meaningful digital age learning experiences, both virtual and face to face.
Introduce educators to various the latest in virtual environments, games, game design, chatbots and AI, and other tools and platforms that they can utilize to challenge their classes.
Strengthen and build on existing member networks for both K-12 and Higher Ed to facilitate and encourage collaboration throughout the year on member projects and initiatives.
Provide best practices and consultation to groups and individuals for members to specifically address their interests and the challenges they are facing as they are trying to implement project-based, problem-based, challenge-based learning, and game-based learning at their schools and colleges.

Six table stations will operate concurrently according to a schedule to be announced by one week prior to the Playground and posted online at the presentation resource page. Each of these stations will include computers and devices where participants can experience the technology and have hands-on opportunities to learn from (and with) experienced educators. Our consultants will not only work with groups but also allow very focused discussions about an individual's challenges.

The playground will offer consecutive presentations at both of the presenter stations. These presentations will be held concurrently. As many sessions as possible will be livestreamed in full via Periscope.

Supporting research

Supporting Research

The Virtual Education Journal (VEJ) is co-edited by Robert and Rosie Vojtek who are officers in ISTE Virtual Environments Network. The Winter 2017 was dedicated to applied articles on augmented and virtual reality.

The Metagame Book Club, a collaboration between ISTE Games & Network and the Inevitable Betrayal Educator’s Guild held the Ready Player One called the FAUXasis Book Club in Summer 2015 which focused on gamification.

Carayannopoulos, S. (2017). Using Chatbots to Aid Transition. International Conference on Information, Communication Technologies in Education. Retrieved from

Calongne, C. (2017). The pioneering spirit in the virtual frontier. In (Ed.), Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning edited by A. Sticker, C. Calongne, B. Truman and F. Arenas (pp. 279-297). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Calongne, C., Stricker, A., Truman, T. and Arenas, F. (2017). In (Ed.), Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning edited by A. Sticker, C. Calongne, B. Truman and F. Arenas (180-197). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Dawley, L. (2009). Social network knowledge construction: Emerging virtual world pedagogy. On the Horizon. 17(2), 109-121.

Donaldson, S. (2015, June 4). Mechanics and Metagame: Exploring Binary Expertise in League of Legends, Games and Culture 12(5), 1-19.

Greene, S. (2016, July 11). Pokemon Go' players are finding real animals while searching for digital ones. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from

Howard, M., & Wheelock, A. (2015, August). The Heir of the King- An Epic Learning Adventure. Association for Middle Level Education, 40-42. Retrieved from

Hubert (2017, May 30). 6 Ways Artificial Intelligence and Chatbots Are Changing Education. Chatbots Magazine. Retrieved from

Ma M., Coward S., Walker C. (2017, March 4). Question-Answering Virtual Humans Based on Pre-recorded Testimonies for Holocaust Education. Serious Games and Edutainment Applications 2, 391-409.

Merrick, S., & Wheelock, A (2015, May 5). 5 Worlds for Engaged Learning. ISTE. Retrieved from

Miller-Out, E. (2016, September 29). “How Chatbots Will Help Education.” Venture Beat. Retrieved from

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Novak, K. (2017). It Takes A Guild - Social Metacognition and Collaborative Creation of a Learning Organization: Massively Multiplayer Online game. In (Ed.), Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning edited by A. Sticker, C. Calongne, B. Truman and F. Arenas ( pp.198-224). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Srdanovic, B. (2017, September 23). Chatbots In Education: Applications Of Chatbot Technologies. E-Learning Industry. Retrieved from

Truman, B. (2017). New constructions for understanding using virtual learning- Towards Transdisciplinarity. In (Ed.), Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning edited by A. Sticker, C. Calongne, B. Truman and F. Arenas (pp. 298 -316). Hershey, PA: IGI Global

Wang, Y. F., Petrina, S., & Feng, F. (2017). VILLAGE—Virtual Immersive Language Learning and Gaming Environment: Immersion and presence. British Journal of Educational Technology 48(2), 431–450. doi:10.1111/bjet.12388

Weinberger, M. (2016, April 25). Bill Gates Says the Next Big Thing in Tech Can Help People Learn Like He Does. Business Insider. Retrieved from

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Wheelock, A. (2010, March/April). Social Studies in a Virtual World. Leading and Learning, 26-27. Retrieved from

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Yonekura, F. (2017). Musings on co-designing identity aware realities in virtual learning. In (Ed.), Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning edited by A. Sticker, C. Calongne, B. Truman and F. Arenas (pp. 97- 104). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

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Dr. Michelle Arbogast, Owens Community College
Trish Cloud, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Technology
Nahsechay Dipo, Dallas ISD
Amanda Fox, STEAMPunksEdu

Amanda Fox is the Creative Director of STEAMPunksEdu in Louisville, Kentucky. She is also founder of the Global STEAM Collaborative nonprofit, which focuses on bringing steam scholarships and opportunities to kids and grants to classroom teachers to make their steam dreams a reality! Amanda is sitting chair of the ISTE YEN PLN and currently working on her leadership certificate through Harvard.

Mary Howard, Grand Island Central Schools

Mary Howard is a sixth grade teacher and was recently selected as a finalist for the 2018 New York State Teacher of the Year. She considers herself a fearless educator willing to experiment with technology on many levels. Engagement is a specialty for Mary. Her students are routinely engaged in Escape Rooms, 3D modeling, VR/AR and other inquiry based activities. Mary has presented throughout the New York State on technology integration. She has also presented at ISTE for 3 years. Mary works with the ISTE Virtual Environments Network. Check out her blog:

Sherry Jones, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design

Sherry Jones is the game studies subject matter expert for Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, a philosophy and rhetoric instructor, and co-founding facilitator of The Metagame Book Club. Her recognitions include: 2016 ISTE Games & Sims PLN Excellence Award; 2015 eLearning Consortium of Colorado Educator of the Year; 2015 Educator Innovator of NWP and MacArthur Foundation. She has been interviewed by The Atlantic, Game Vortex, Bam! Radio, DAM, eCampus News and more for her views and publications on games in education: “Composition on a New Scale: Game Studies and Massive Open Online Composition” (2014); “Games as Logic Machines” (2016).

Chris Luchs, Colorado Community College System
James McCrary, St. James Episcopal Day School

James McCrary is a director of technology & consultant based in Baton Rouge. He leads PD at the local, state, national level & started #PDexchangeEDU, a virtual professional development model. He has a background as a social studies educator and technology specialist, receiving his B.S.- History from LSU and his M.Ed.- Technology Integration from SELU. A Google Certified Educator, Common Sense Media Certified, an Apple Teacher, and an Alpha Squirrel Class of 2016, James has a great desire to integrate technology skills in the classroom. He also has a fascination with 3D development, especially for Augmented and Virtual Reality with a focus on immersion technologies.

Scott Merrick, Metro Nashville Public Schools
Kae Novak, Front Range Community College
Andrew Peterson, Ferris University
Bebette Ryan, Inventive Ready
Steven Sato, Singularity Media Group
Barbara Seaton, University of North Georgia
Clarence Tan, Boodle Learning
Dr. RoseAnne Vojtek, Connecticut Association of Schools, CASCIAC
Robert Vojtek, District
Andrew Wheelock, Erie 1 Boces/ WNYRIC

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