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February 2, 2016
CUE to Partner with California Curriculum Leaders for Leadership Symposium

 

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-- Featuring Student Voices, Student-Produced Media and Hands-on Training for County Administrators --

 

Walnut Creek, CA., February 2, 2016 -- CUE will be collaborating to produce student-centered  pre-conference activities and a hands-on strand at the Curriculum & Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) Leadership Symposium to be held in Monterey, CA from Feb. 24-26, 2016. CISC is the steering committee of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA).

 

CUE will facilitate three student-led panels (six students per session) on Wednesday, Feb. 23 that will showcase students from contemporary classrooms sharing their day-to-day lives, hopes, dreams and educational needs. A short Q&A session with leading educators will follow the student presentations and will address audience questions as well.

 

Later that evening, former CUE Board Member Hall Davidson will emcee a Student Media Festival featuring some of the very best student films from the 2015 California Student Media Festival. Jon Corippo, CUE's Director of Academic Innovation will round out the evening by sharing amazing lesson plans and launch activities for those districts interested in hosting their own festivals or for those districts looking to make media more effective in their schools.

 

During the two days of the Symposium, CUE will be on hand to provide 90-minute, Rock Star Jam Sessions, modeled after the popular CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps. Featuring speakers such as Joe Ayala, Rowland Baker, Dr. Barbara Nemko, Dr. Christine Olmstead and CUE CEO Mike Lawrence. Administrators can get a feel for what the full-scale camps are about and what resources are available to educators to make a tangible difference in student success and achievement on their campuses.

 

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org.

 

About CCSESA

CCSESA’s mission is to strengthen the service and leadership capabilities of California’s 58 County Superintendents in support of students, schools, districts and communities.

 

About CISC Leadership Symposium

The Curriculum & Instruction Steering Committee of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association is hosting the 25th annual CISC Symposium on February 24-26, 2016 in Monterey. This year’s theme is “Leading to Ignite Innovation” and will focus on igniting a passion for innovation for educational leadership. | www.ciscsymposium.org

 

February 1, 2016
Discovery Education and CUE Unveil New Library of Thought Leadership Presentations Supporting the Creation of Dynamic Digital Learning Environments

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Silver Spring, MD. and Walnut Creek, CA., February 1, 2016 -- In July 2015, Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms and CUE, the California-based organization inspiring innovative learners and advocating educational opportunities for all, partnered with the California State Parks to host a unique leadership symposium. Designed specifically for California superintendents interested in creating dynamic digital learning environments that meet the needs of today’s learners, this event featured a series of brief, thought-provoking talks that surfaced actionable strategies for improving teaching and learning.

Now, Discovery Education and CUE are sharing with educators nationwide the library of presentations from this event. These presentations explore a variety of critical topics, including using professional development to support device deployment, communicating with stakeholders, improving attendance and discipline during the digital transition, and more, and were delivered by school leaders from across California as well as nationally recognized Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance. The full list of presenters is as follows:

 

·      Dr. Darryl S. Adams, Superintendent of Schools, Coachella Valley Unified School District,

       Thermal, Calif.

·      Bryan Ballenger, Superintendent/Principal, Ballico Cressey School District, Ballico, Calif.

·      Dr. James J. Brescia, Superintendent of Schools, San Luis Obispo County Office of               

       Education, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

·      Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools, Towson, Md.

·      Dr. J. Todd Finnell, County Superintendent of Schools, Imperial County Office of Education,  

       El Centro, Calif.

·      Pamela Gildersleeve-Hernandez, Superintendent/Principal, San Antonio Union School

       District, Lockwood, Calif.

·      Dr. Lisa Gonzales, Vice President - Association of California School Administrators,

       San Jose, Calif.

·      Greg Magnuson, Superintendent, Buena Park School District, Buena Park, Calif.

·      Dr. Katie McNamara, Superintendent, South Bay Union School District, Imperial Beach,

       Calif.

·      Dave McQueen, Superintendent, Kelseyville Unified School District, Kelseyville, Calif.

·      Rich Merlo, Superintendent, Corcoran Joint Unified School District, Corcoran, Calif.

·      Dr. Barbara Nemko, Superintendent, Napa County Office of Education, Napa, Calif.

·      Dr. Robert Pletka, Superintendent, Fullerton School District, Fullerton, Calif.

·      Rick Rubino, Superintendent, Gridley Unified School District, Gridley, Calif.

·      Dr. Karen Villalobos, Superintendent/Principal, East Nicolaus High School District, Nicolaus,

       Calif.

 

To access these presentations, visit: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/California/index.cfm. They are also hosted at cue.org/supersymposium.

 

“The CUE Super Symposium showcases amazing Future Ready California Superintendents that eagerly shared some of their best, most actionable ideas for other leaders to adopt and adapt,” said Jon Corippo, Director of Academic Innovation, CUE. “CUE was pleased to host them at such an amazing venue.”

 

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with CUE to make this library available and connect educators nationwide with leaders and ideas that have helped a diverse range of school systems create the modern digital learning environments we know help improve student achievement,” said Jason Barnes, Vice President of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We hope educators nationwide will view these thought-leadership presentations, borrow these powerful ideas, and apply them to their own school districts.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s other services and resources, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

For more information on CUE’s efforts to inspire innovative learners in the classroom, visit www.cue.org. CUE is a Future Ready coalition partner.

 

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org



January 28, 2016
CUE and Partners Announce 9th Annual Leadership 3.0 Symposium

 

-- Sir Ken Robinson and Dr. Joe Sanfelippo to Keynote --

 

Walnut Creek, Calif., January 28, 2016 -- CUE is honored to once again to co-produce the Leadership 3.0 Symposium (Lead 3), which will take place April 14-16, 2016  in Redondo Beach, California. Lead 3 is the only event designed for administrators by administrators so that educational leaders can learn how best to use technology for student achievement. Sir Ken Robinson and Dr. Joe Sanfelippo will be keynoting the event.


This year’s theme is Future Ready Leadership, Beyond the Pledge: Moving Forward with Grit, Courage, & Tenacity, and sessions will include such topics as keeping student data safe in the cloud, creating successful blended learning and makerspace programs, the need for digital citizenship, ensuring districts are using all available resources to ensure student achievement and success -- including common core strategies, smarter balanced assessment strategies, Google drive, leading edge, podcasts, blogs, and more. In addition to participating in the sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from other administrators and to talk through some of today’s educational challenges and maybe find solutions or at least inspiration.


Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in both education and business. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous TED talks are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions including a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for his services to the arts. His latest book Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking 2015) tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system.  


Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. Joe is also an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Viterbo University. Joe co-hosts the Successful Schools Podcast and co-authored The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story and Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age. He was selected as a Future Ready Superintendent in 2014 by the US Department of Education and attended a summit at the White House.

Joe has been a featured speaker in multiple states in the areas of Advancing the Use of Social Media in School Districts, Creating a Culture of Yes, Professional Growth for Staff, and Organizational and Systems Change. Joe was a finalist for a 2014 and 2015 Bammy Award in the categories of Superintendent of the Year and Talk Show Host of the Year.  


Lead 3 is produced through the collaboration of three organizations: the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), the Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL), and CUE. The Lead 3 mission is summed up as “three organizations, one mission -- educational leadership for the 21st century.”  


Nearly 400 leaders attended last year’s event, and organizers expect a similar number to attend this year.  “Lead 3 is the one event where top school and district administrators, technology coordinators and curriculum directors can come together to move education forward through technology, innovation and leadership,” said Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO.


Registration is available on-site Thursday and Friday. Discounted team rates are available for groups of three or more and for those interested in attending Saturday. Additional information on the event, including sessions, keynotes and registration details can be found at www.lead3.org.

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About the Leadership 3.0 Symposium

Since 2008, the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), CUE, and the Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) have joined forces to produce an annual two and a half day symposium focused on educational leadership for the 21st century. | www.lead3.org


About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org





January 26, 2016
California Student Media Festival Celebrates 50 Years of Student Creativity

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Walnut Creek, Calif., January 26, 2016 -- CUE, in conjunction with PBS SoCal, will host the annual California Student Media Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The California Student Media Festival, the nation’s oldest festival of its kind, celebrates its 50th year of honoring student achievement and highlighting student creativity through media. This year’s event will be held at Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School.

 

Entries can be submitted now through April 4, 2016. Winners will be announced on May 20. As with previous years, the festival is free to enter and free to attend.

 

The Student Media Festival exists to celebrate media and multimedia projects produced by California’s students and teachers — rewarding and acknowledging their successful classroom work. The Festival showcases what can be accomplished when talented students and dedicated teachers work together integrating media and multimedia into education. Over the past twenty years, the California Student Media Festival has awarded more than $140,000 to California Schools. It has expanded to include the work of more than 6,000 student contestants from schools across the state.

 

Hall Davidson, the Festival’s emcee and former Director shared, “Every student knows that

somehow, somewhere, deep inside, he or she is a star. Students just need help discovering the moment. By tying the festival experience to learning, the festival makes the curriculum a path toward recognizing that inner stardom. The process works—and kids will work hard to be part of it.”

 

For a list of past winners and for more information on the Festival, check out www.mediafestival.org.

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About California Student Media Festival

The Festival strongly encourages project-based learning and meaningful student creations in media and multimedia and exists to acknowledge and reward successful classroom work.

The Festival believes that

  • students are capable of extremely high level work, beginning at very early grades

  • media and multimedia are excellent tools for students

  • video and multimedia should be integrated into the regular subject-area curriculum

  • rewarding exemplary work and good school programs encourages more of both. | www.mediafestival.org

 

About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org.

 

About PBS SoCal

PBS SoCal is the flagship PBS station for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California, dedicated to fostering a love of learning, culture and community using the power of public media. We deliver the full schedule of high-quality PBS programs, plus content that is for, about and by the people of Southern California. We make our content available for free through three broadcast channels – PBS SoCal/KOCE-HD, PBS SoCal Plus and PBS SoCal World – and online at pbssocal.org. And we reach deep into the community through partnerships, events and grassroots outreach, providing early education resources and access to a broad array of arts and culture experiences. PBS SoCal has offices in Downtown LA, Century City and Costa Mesa. Learn more at pbssocal.org and follow PBS SoCal on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

January 12, 2016
CUE and CSLA Partner for Third Year to Produce Information Literacy Summit

 

-- Joyce Valenza Featured Speaker --

 

Walnut Creek, Calif., January 12, 2016 -- CUE and the California School Library Association (CSLA) are pleased to partner for a third year in a special day-long summit in conjunction with the CUE 2016 National Conference in Palm Springs, CA. The CUE/CSLA Information Literacy Summit will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016 on the last day of the conference. Registration for the Summit is included in all conference registrations, including the Saturday-only rate.

 

According to Jane Lofton and Liz Dodds, two CSLA Past Presidents coordinating the summit, “CSLA is delighted to co-sponsor this summit and share with CUE attendees some vital aspects of Information Literacy since helping students to become information literate is so crucial to their futures as they enter college and the work force.”  

 

Information Literacy is the ability to assess the need for information, access information sources effectively and efficiently, evaluate information for accuracy and quality, and use it appropriately. It is a cross-disciplinary skill crucial for college and career readiness and a foundation for lifelong learning and leadership. The summit, led by teacher librarians from the California School Library Association (CSLA), will hone those information literacy skills with which educators can then empower their students. 

 

This year’s Summit features special guest speaker Joyce Valenza.  Joyce’s Session, Transliteracy/Metaliteracy: An Unintentional Film Festival or 10 Big Things We Should Be Teaching in 2016, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 19.

 

Valenza has been studying, writing about, and working with young people, technology, and information fluency for more than twenty years. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Masters of Information program at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Prior to that, she was the teacher librarian at Springfield Township High School in Pennsylvania. Joyce writes the award-winning NeverendingSearch Blog for School Library Journal and also writes VOYA’s Technology Tag Team column.

 

Joyce Valenza's Sessions at the CUE 2016 National Conference:

  • Transliteracy/Metaliteracy: An Unintentional Film Festival or 10 Big Things We Should Be Teaching in 2016

  • App Smashing

  • Social Media Curation

 

Additional Saturday Summit presentations include What Matters to You, Matters! The Student’s Personal Interest Framework by Glen Warren, Students Are Makers: Building Information Literacy Skills through Makerspace Programs by Jane Lofton, and Students as Social Media Content Creators -- We Can Empower Them! by Liz Dodds. On Friday, Jane Lofton and Gail Desler are also presenting Can I Use That? Fair Use for the Remix Generation.

 

For more information or to register for the CUE conference, go to www.cue.org/national

 

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org

 

About CSLA

CSLA advocates for excellence in school library programs, develops leaders in the school library field, and collaborates with other educational leaders to ensure that all California students are effective, responsible users and creators of ideas and information. | www.csla.net

 

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January 8, 2016
CUE Connect Allows Remote Participation in 2016 National Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., January 8, 2016 -- CUE is excited to announce that educators unable to attend the 2016 National Conference to be held March 17-19  in Palm Springs, California may do so by attending CUE Connect.

 

This first CUE Connect will be held at the Orange County Department of Education’s Conference Center, in Costa Mesa, California. CUE intends to explore other venue options in future years. Attendees of CUE Connect will see all three keynotes -- Brad Montague, Hadi Partovi and Pearl Arredondo -- and have a choice among four sessions per hour, with four sessions each of the three days. By gathering together at OCDE, CUE Connect attendees can also engage in hallway conversations and network with fellow attendees. Coffee and lunch provided for all three days.

 

 

CUE Connect Schedule:

March 17: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

March 18: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

March 19: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

Registration is only $149 for three days. For more information or to register, head to cue.org/conference/cueconnect.

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org

 

About the CUE National Conference

The CUE National Conference is the largest and oldest education technology conference in California and among the largest in the United States with more than 6,000 teachers and administrators attending annually. To register or for more information, visit www.cue.org/national  | #cue16

January 7, 2016
CUE Will Present Screening of Underwater Dreams at 2016 National Conference

Panel Discussion with the Documentary’s Inspiration, teacher Allan Cameron following

 

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Walnut Creek, Calif., January 7, 2016 -- CUE announced today that it will present a screening of Underwater Dreams, immediately followed by a panel discussion featuring teacher Allan Cameron, at the CUE 2016 National Conference, to be held March 17-19, in Palm Springs, California. The screening will take place Wednesday, March 16, from 5:15 to 7:15 pm in Oasis 4 of the Palm Springs Convention Center. This is the first full-length feature screening that the CUE National Conference has hosted. The panel will be moderated by Jon Corippo, CUE's Director of Academic Innovation, and will include Dr. Cameron, and CUE members and fellow educators Julie Goo, Diane Main, Bill Selak and Sean Williams.

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Dr. Allan Cameron (Ph. D. Elementary Education) taught computer programming at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona. He and fellow teacher Fredi Lagvardi started an after-school robotics team. The team and its underwater robot, Stinky, became the subject for the films Spare Parts & Underwater Dreams.

 

Underwater Dreams, written and directed by Mary Mazzio and narrated by Michael Peña, is an epic story of how Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts and defeated engineering powerhouse MIT in the process. The competition, however, was only the beginning. These boys forged a legacy that could not have been imagined.

 

What: Welcome Session - Underwater Dreams Screening & Panel Discussion featuring Allan Cameron

When: Wednesday, March 16, 5:15 - 7:15 pm*

Who: Conference attendees and community members. Registration not required.

Receive a free Saturday Exhibit Hall only pass for attending. RSVP here

 

No host bar and light appetizers - come early!

*Note this is a new Keynote timeslot for the National Conference.

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org

 

About the CUE National Conference

The CUE National Conference is the largest and oldest education technology conference in California and among the largest in the United States with more than 6,000 teachers and administrators attending annually. To register or for more information, visit www.cue.org/national  | #cue16



December 14, 2015
CUE Announces 2016 National Conference Spotlight Speakers

 

Leslie Fisher, Lisa Highfill, Dr. Cindy Moss, Tom Murray, Luis Pérez, & Joyce Valenza

 

Walnut Creek, Calif., December 14, 2015 -- CUE is excited to announce the Spotlight Speakers for its national conference to be held March 17-19, 2016 in Palm Springs. All conference speaker sessions, detailed descriptions and times as well as in-depth bios on presenters, including those below, will be listed in the CUE Guide, available mid-January on the CUE website.

 

Leslie Fisher

After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Fisher joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Fisher was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation. Fisher Technologies, Inc. is now an international company specializing in presenting emFisher Picture lo_res.jpgerging and exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world. Click here for full bio

Leslie’s Sessions

  • Tools You Can Use Tomorrow

  • Screencasting and Broadcasting in Your Classroom and Beyond

  • The Web 2.0 You Might Not Know About


 

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Lisa Highfill

Lisa Highfill, co-creator of HyperDocs, is the TK-12 Instructional Technology Coach for Pleasanton Unified School District and the 2014 Teacher of the Year. She has presented at numerous conferences across the country, sharing ideas to improve the way students experience learning. Highfill is a Google Certified Innovator, YouTube Star Teacher, and a Krause Center for Innovation Merit Fellow. She is a self-proclaimed #BBQWhisperer and #VideoWhisperer. Click here for full bio

Lisa’s Sessions

  • HyperDocs: Engage, Educate, and Inspire with Transformative Digital Lessons

  • YouTube Lessons That Will Leave You Thinking

  • Extreme Pedagogy Makeover: Inspiring Readers and Writers with Engaging Digital Lessons

 

Dr. Cindy Moss

Dr. CindCindy Moss.jpgy Moss, Senior Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, is charged with supporting school districts in their work to develop and deploy student initiatives to drive science, technology, engineering, and math achievement nationwide. A nationally respected thought leader in STEM education and reform, Dr. Moss brings over 31 years experience in district leadership, classroom instruction, and inquiry-based learning to her work as a champion for STEM engagement and career and workforce readiness. Click here for full bio

Cindy’s Sessions

  • Putting the Sizzle in STEM

  • Decreasing the Achievement Gap with STEM

  • STEAM-Students and Teachers Energizing Active Minds

 

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Tom Murray serves as the state and district digital learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education located in Washington, DC. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body as well as the US Senate, the US Department of Education, state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement digital learning while helping to lead Future Ready, Project 24, and Digital Learning Day. Click here for full bio

 

Tom’s Sessions

  • Teaching and Learning in Future Ready Schools

  • What Does an Innovator in a School/District Look Like?

 

Luis Pérez

Luis Pérez received his doctorate in special education and a Unknown-1.jpegMasters in Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida. He is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press. Perez was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009 and as a Google in Education Certified Innovator (formerly Google Certified Teacher) in 2014. He is the Professional Learning Chair of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  Click here for full bio

 

Luis’ Sessions

  • nABLEing All Learners: Mobile Devices as Transformational Technology

  • Students and Teachers as Publishers with iBooks Author and Book Creator

  • A Touch of Light: Engaging All Learners with Mobile Photography for the Classroom

 

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Joyce Valenza has been studying, writing about, and working with young people, technology, and information fluency for more than twenty years. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Master of Information program at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Joyce writes the award- winning NeverEndingSearch Blog for School Library Journal and also writes VOYA’s Tag Team Tech column. Click here for full bio

Joyce’s Sessions

  • Transliteracy/Metaliteracy: An unintentional film festival or 10 Big Things We Should Be Teaching in 2016

  • App Smashing

  • Social Media Curation

 

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org

 

About the CUE National Conference

The CUE National Conference is the largest and oldest education technology conference in California and among the largest in the United States with more than 6,000 teachers and administrators attending annually. To register or for more information, visit www.cue.org/national  | #cue16



December 11, 2015
CUE and WeVideo Partner for the California Student Media Festival’s 50th Year


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Free Six-Month Subscription Available to All Participating Teachers

 

Walnut Creek, Calif., December 11, 2015 -- CUE is excited to partner with WeVideo, the cloud-based collaborative video creation platform, as it hosts the 50th Annual California Student Media Festival in June 2016. The festival, the nation’s oldest, is dedicated to honoring student achievement and highlighting student creativity through media.

 

The Student Media Festival exists to celebrate media and multimedia projects produced by California’s students and teachers — rewarding and acknowledging their successful classroom work. The Festival showcases what can be accomplished when talented students and dedicated teachers work together integrating media and multimedia into education.

 

“Media is among the most powerful learning tools, and the Festival provides a way to showcase learning in a fun and engaging way,“ said Mike Lawrence, the Festival’s Director.

 

This year, WeVideo is offering each participating teacher a six-month WeVideo for Education account to help in the creation of these amazing projects. In addition, WeVideo is extending the six-month education subscription to pre-registered participants of the three-hour Video Editing Academy with the Dark Master of Video taking place at the CUE 2016 National Conference, March 17 - 19, in Palm Springs, California.

 

The festival is free to enter and free to attend, with approximately 600 students and adults attending the red carpet event each year. Submissions open January 18 and close on April 4, 2016. For a list of past winners and for more information on the Festival, check out www.mediafestival.org.

 

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About California Student Media Festival

The Festival strongly encourages project-based learning and meaningful student creations in media and multimedia and exists to acknowledge and reward successful classroom work.

The Festival believes that

  • students are capable of extremely high level work, beginning at very early grades

  • media and multimedia are excellent tools for students

  • video and multimedia should be integrated into the regular subject-area curriculum

  • rewarding exemplary work and good school programs encourages more of both. | www.mediafestival.org

 

About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org.

 

About WeVideo

WeVideo's story begins in 2007 with the Norwegian company Creaza. The company's mission was to provide an online creative toolbox for children, to be used both in school and at home. By 2010, this technology was in use by hundreds of thousands of children across ten European countries. Inspired by its success in the educational market in early 2011, Creaza's investors decided to spin out a new company called WeVideo. Its primary focus is on video creation and expanding the technology to U.S. and global markets. | www.wevideo.com



December 8, 2015
Leading Edge Certification Brings On California Gold Rush!


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San Diego County Office of Education Wins Golden Bell Award for LEC’s Online & Blended Teacher Certification

WALNUT CREEK, CA (December 8, 2015) – Leading Edge Certification (LEC) - a national provider of certification programs in education technology – announced today that the California School Boards Association has recognized LEC’s Online and Blended Teacher Certification in its 2015 annual Golden Bell Awards. San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), a Core Alliance Member of Leading Edge Certification, has won a Golden Bell Award for its implementation of LEC’s Online and Blended Teacher Certification. The Golden Bell Awards, now in its 36th year, are given out annually and recognize best practices in education throughout the state of California.

San Diego County Office of Education won the Golden Bell Award for its work with the LEC program in the category of Professional Development and Teacher Recruitment/Retention. “We are thrilled that the San Diego County Office of Education, through their work with the Online and Blended Teacher Certification, is being recognized by the California School Boards Association with the prestigious Golden Bell Award,” said Mike Lawrence, Founder of Leading Edge Certification.

Dennis Danielson, Director of Educational Technology for SDCOE, accepted the Golden Bell Award during the awards luncheon at CSBA’s Annual Conference in San Diego on December 5th. An important component of Danielson’s work with SDCOE includes the use of LEC’s Online and Blended Teacher Certification to build capacity to help schools with their successful implementation of online and blended learning so that it serves the educational mission at the highest levels. "LEC is open to and benefits a wide range of educators, and we’re seeing that it meets the needs of individual educators and school districts alike," Danielson said. SDCOE's cohorts have included teachers from kindergarten through college, and since joining the LEC Alliance over four years ago, SDCOE has offered over 40 Leading Edge Certification cohorts and certified over 700 teachers and administrators.

The 2015 Golden Bell Award for SDCOE marks the second time in the past six months that the agency has won an award for its work with Leading Edge Certification. In May, the program received the Classroom of the Future Foundation's Innovation in Education Impact Award for 2015 for its implementation of Leading Edge Certification for the Online and Blended Teacher.

To find out more about Leading Edge Certification, its current certifications and offerings, or to inquire about starting a certification cohort, visit www.leadingedgecertification.org.

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About Leading Edge Certification

Leading Edge Certification (LEC) is a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation. Created by an Alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies, LEC is the first national certification program of its kind, and is platform and vendor neutral. LEC for the Online and Blended Teacher, LEC for the Administrator, LEC for the Digital Educator and LEC for the Professional Learning Leader are currently available. Visit www.leadingedgecertification.org to find out more.

 

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Beth Cherry, B. Cherry Communications

301-500-9189 or beth@bcherrycommunications.com