Virtual PLN

To assist educators with the transition to various forms of e-Learning, the STEAM-3D Maker Lab is offering twice-weekly Virtual Professional Learning Network (VPLN) sessions through Google Meet. These sessions will feature brief presentations from Lab members and other speakers, collaborative discussion, reflection, and hands-on digital making with a focus on ways to support engaging, student-driven learning from a distance.

As the goal of these sessions is to be interactive and collaborative, registration for each session will be limited. However, we will offer repeat sessions to satisfy interest, so let us know on social media (@steam3Dmakerlab) or through email ( what you’d like to see!

If you were unable to catch a session live but would like to view the slides and watch the session videos, click here.

Upcoming VPLN Sessions: 

Stay tuned to this page for more public sessions as they become available.

If you are interested in a personalized session for you and your colleagues, please email

We are also offering sessions for teachers and their students (synchronous or asynchronous, depending on your preference & board mandate). For more information, email us at

Previous VPLN Sessions:

Wednesday March 25th (1pm – 3pm EST):
Online Maker Modules (Closed Session)
Introduction to maker pedagogies, levels of student inquiry, and a variety of digital maker tools (Bloxels, Minecraft, MakeCode, Scratch, TinkerCAD & CoSpaces EDU).
Please note that recordings from this session have not been made publicly available.

Tuesday March 31st (1pm – 3pm EST):
e-Learning Teaching Tips & Strategies for Grade 7-12 Teachers

Thursday April 2nd (1pm – 3pm EST): 
Flipped Session: Coding with Scratch

Tuesday April 7th (1pm – 3pm EST):
e-Learning Teaching Tips and Strategies for Grade K-6 Teachers

Thursday April 9th (1pm – 3pm EST):
Coding micro:bit with MakeCode

Tuesday April 21st (1pm – 3pm EST)
Math & Coding (for Grade K-8 Teachers) *

Tuesday April 28th (2pm – 4pm EST):
Supporting STEAM & Making during Remote Learning (Closed Session) *

Tuesday May 12th (1pm – 3pm EST):
Professional Learning: Coding & Bloxels (Closed Session) *

Wednesday June 10th (1pm – 3pm EST):
Faculty of Education Session – CoSpaces *

Wednesday June 17th (1pm – 3pm EST):
Faculty of Education Session – Scratch & Desmos *

Wednesday June 24th (1pm – 3pm EST): 
Faculty of Education Session – Interactive Whiteboards & Presentations *

Thursday July 30th (1pm – 3pm EST):
Professional Learning: Interactive Presentations, Interactive Whiteboards & TinkerCAD (Closed Session) 

Sessions marked with an asterisk have been developed in
partnership with the Math Knowledge Network.