Any teacher actively researching “the next big thing” in technology knows that the vast majority of our students must go home to experience what THEY consider to be “21st Century Learning.” Increasingly, they are staying at home to get a technology-driven individualized education that’s beyond the imagination of many educators. Robert Cline captures this trend in his best-selling science fiction novel “Ready Player One.” His vision of the 2040s shows that real-life classrooms have been deserted for those which are virtual and 3D. What Cline probably does not know is that this option has been at Heritage Christian Online School for 6 years now, doubling its enrollment each year. Cline does appear however to understand that these environments, when leagued appropriately with the students’ imagination, transcend the virtual and become every bit as real as real life, and often more so. This workshop will explore the power of this approach when it comes to building a sense of “community” across diverse student populations.