Who should win VWBPE’s 2018 Thinkerer Award for promoting learning in immersive environments?

This recognition has been awarded annually by the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference since 2014, honoring such notables as Gentle Heron (Alice Krueger), Spiff Whitfield (Andrew Wheelock) and Lyr Lobo (Dr. Cynthia Calongne). Named for its original recipient, Thinkerer Melville (Dr. Selby Evans), this prestigious lifetime award is presented to an individual whose deeds and actions have shown consistent selfless service towards the promotion of learning, community, and educational practices, and who exemplifies the spirit of cooperative development within immersive environments.

Think about…

Gentle’s untiring dedication to advocacy through technology in creating a worldwide online community of support for people with disabilities while patiently waiting for others to catch up to her vision…

Spiff’s Department of Wild and Crazy Ideas, imagining and implementing simulations like the Anne Frank House for elementary age students, and his professional leadership for ISTE…

Thinkerer’s Virtual Outworlding blog, exploring and sharing the multiverse with everyone…

Lyr’s virtual world work with everyone, from children to the Air Force, providing the research base for much of what we do…

If you know of someone who deserves to be recognized for their contribution to the field of education and immersive environments (and you do!), we encourage you to enter their name as a nominee for the 2018 Thinkerer Award. Nominations are currently open until Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Nomination criteria and the submission form can be found here: http://vwb.pe/award.

Final selection will be completed by the VWBPE Organizational Committee and the award recipient contacted during the last week of February, 2018. Public announcement of the award will be made during the VWBPE Closing Ceremony on March 17, 2018.

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