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May 22, 2015
Host a CUE Rock Star Camp Locally

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Host a CUE Rock Star Camp Locally

 

CUE Rock Star Camps are now taking applications for Summer 2016 host sites. Up to ten sites in California and another ten sites worldwide are open for application right now. Interested parties or school districts may apply at cue.org/iwannarock. Fill out the early interest form right away, and CUE will send the required items needed to complete the formal application process. The deadline to submit the formal application is August 15, 2015.

 

The CUE Rock Star Camp is unlike any other professional development event. It is similar to an unconference in its relaxed atmosphere; however, there are certain elements that make the CUE Rock Star experience unique: Shred Sessions to start the day; two-hour, hands-on sessions; a two-hour lunch that is an unconference of its own; and an attendee-to-faculty ratio of approximately 10:1. Educators who attend the camps say there is nothing like a CUE Rock Star Camp to supercharge their teaching.

 

The window for site submissions is now open. Selected sites will be announced at the CUE 2015 Fall Conference, October 23-24, 2015, in Napa Valley. Visit the CUE Rock Star site for important tips and hints for filling out the site application.

 

For application information go to cue.org/iwannarock and download the application materials.

 

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About CUE Rock Star Camps

The camps are about changing education through technology, building an ever-expanding group of educators who want to lead and use technology in deep, meaningful ways that create truly transformational pedagogical experiences for the students with whom they work. CUE Rock Star is built for educators to socialize in the context of connecting these inspired educators throughout California and beyond. 
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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



May 21, 2015
Delaine Eastin, David Theriault to Keynote CUE 2015 Fall Conference

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Delaine Eastin, David Theriault to Keynote CUE 2015 Fall Conference

 

CUE is pleased to announce its keynote speakers for the CUE 2015 Fall Conference, October 23-24 at American Canyon High School in Napa Valley.

 

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Delaine Eastin will deliver the opening keynote on Friday, October 23 at 8:30 a.m. Eastin served as the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) for eight years from 1995 to 2003, the first and only woman elected to that office. She advocated for numerous changes in education from universal preschool to reduced class size in K-3, from better technology and hands-on learning to a restoration of the arts and career and technical education. She was the architect of the first Net Day, an electronic barn raising, copied in 40 states and 40 countries. She also advocated for and achieved parallel A-G standards for attendance at the University of California and California State Universities. Prior to her service as California’s top educator, Delaine served eight years in the California State Assembly where she authored what was the largest school bond in history and put higher education and K­12 education together in that bond for the first time.

 

Delaine was the first Executive Director of the National Institute for School Leadership in Washington, DC and then a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership at Mills College in Oakland. She serves on a number of boards that support the education, nutrition, health and civic engagement of children from preschool to college. She is Chair of ClosetheGap.CA to elect more women to the legislature in 2014 and 2016.

 

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David Theriault will deliver the closing keynote on Saturday, October 24 at 3:15 pm. His keynote is titled “The Life Aquatic: This Is Adventure.” In keeping with his enthusiastic and inspiring teaching style, Theriault describes his talk and his background:

 

The Life Aquatic: This is Adventure

Nobody knows what's going to happen. And then we “try it, share it, and reflect on it.” That's the whole concept. -- Steve Zissou

 

The stories that define us, that we share with others, are built of memorable moments. Create meaningful, memorable moments for your learners and the world by stepping off the yellow brick road and diving into the deep sea of pedagogy. Steven Zissou, Harry Potter, Kenny Shopsin, Frederic Friedel, and Lynda Barry are just a few of the deep sea creatures we will meet on this adventure. Bring your wetsuit and diving equipment, no one is staying on the boat in this keynote.

 

“While I’ve always loved learning, I haven’t always loved school. Even though I was a GATE student, I struggled with what school expected from me. Eventually that struggle ended with my dropping out of my honors classes and spending my class time doing anything but what was asked of me. Facing an F in English 12, I asked my teacher if I could do something risky and unexpected: something memorable. He said yes, and since then I expect and encourage the same approach in my students and in my approach to learning. I’ve been blessed to work with others in creating #CAedchat, edcampHOME, #slowchatED and other learning adventures. When I’m not teaching, you can find me at my two blogs (thereadinessisall.com and ideaFM.org) or eating at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant while talking with friends. I’m addicted to baseball, and I’m a fan of the three Hs: handshakes, high-fives, and hugs.”

 

This conference sells out quickly. To register for the CUE 2015 Fall Conference and to find out more about offered sessions and speakers, visit www.fallcue.org.

 

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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



May 13, 2015
Dr. Chris Haskell to Keynote eLearning Strategies Symposium


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Dr. Chris Haskell to Keynote eLearning Strategies Symposium

 

Today, CUE and the Stanislaus County Office of Education announced that Dr. Chris Haskell will provide the lunch keynote for the fourth annual eLearning Strategies Symposium, a conference dedicated to highlighting and exploring effective strategies for online and blended education.

 

At Boise State University, Dr. Haskell specializes in preparing pre-service teachers by focusing on the use, adaptation, and implementation of emerging technologies in teacher education including gaming, mobile communication devices, portable media players, social networking tools, and virtual worlds. He is actively piloting and developing groundbreaking alternative approaches to both delivering and tracking learning.

 

In his keynote speech, “Ahead of the Game: The data behind innovative, blended, and game-based learning,” Dr. Haskell will share new opportunities to motivate, support, promote, and differentiate students in blended and online environments as well as research supporting game-based learning. His presentation will highlight the innovative practices, pedagogy, and outcomes of more than 1000 educators worldwide who are piloting game-based learning in their blended and online classrooms.

 

"We’re excited to hear from Dr. Chris Haskell at eSS,” said CUE’s CEO Mike Lawrence. “He’s an innovative speaker with a passion for online and blended learning who brings an important perspective to our symposium.”

 

Early Bird registration is now open until September 30th. Just $179, registration includes Friday and Saturday sessions, a keynote/lunch on Friday, and a closing keynote on Saturday. Groups of two or more who are from the same school, district, or organization may register for $165. Pre-registration will continue through the event. Hilton Costa Mesa rooms for the symposium are just $133 per night.

 

For more information, visit:  http://elearns.org.

 

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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

 

May 5, 2015
CUE Announces Results of 2015 Election

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CUE is proud to announce its 2015-2016 Board of Directors. Tim Green, Professor of Ed Tech & Teacher Education, California State University, Fullerton; Suzanne Mitchell (incumbent), Director of Technology,  Las Lomitas Elementary School District; and Roger Wagner (incumbent), Independent Consultant and Software Designer, HyperStudio will join the six continuing members to make up the nine-member board. The new and re-elected directors will begin their three-year terms on July 1.

 

Official candidates were announced February 26, 2015. Candidates were introduced at the General Session Keynote on March 20 at the CUE 2015 Annual Conference in Palm Springs, and candidates were available to speak with registered conference attendees on Friday and Saturday of the conference. Voting took place from Saturday, March 21 at midnight until Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 5:01 p.m.  

 

To read the board members' statements or to watch their video interviews, click on the names below.

 

The newly elected (or re-elected) members:

 

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Tim Green

Affiliate Nominated - Orange County CUE

Professor of Ed Tech & Teacher Ed

California State University, Fullerton

La Habra, CA

 

 

 

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Suzanne Mitchell

Incumbent

Director of Technology,  

Las Lomitas Elementary School District

Menlo Park, CA

 

 

 

 

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Roger Wagner

Incumbent

Independent Consultant and Software Designer

HyperStudio

San Diego, CA

 

 

All three will begin a new three-year term on CUE's Board of Directors on July 1, 2015. CUE thanks all five candidates for their willingness to serve.

 

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About the CUE Board of Directors

CUE is guided by a nine-member volunteer Board of Directors, one third of whom are elected by the membership each year. The board is made up of active or retired K12 educators, University and Higher-Ed professors, members of the educational IT community and representatives of Educational Technology businesses or other non-profit organizations.
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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



April 21, 2015
CUE CEO to Speak at P21 Summit

Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO, will deliver the luncheon address at the upcoming Partnership for 21st Century Skills Summit (P21), to be held this Friday, April 24, 2015 at Fullerton College. Lawrence will speak on “Reclaiming the Teachers’ Lounge” after the morning breakout sessions.

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The one-day summit brings together educators and leaders who are part of the P21 coalition and showcases those schools and educators who are striving to create and sustain 21st-century learning and citizenship practices in their classrooms and districts. Attendees at the event include State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County Superintendent of Schools; Mike Matsuda, CA P21 Chair and Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent; Kelly Gallagher, Keynote speaker, consultant and ELA teacher in AUHSD; and others, including Dr. Helen Soulé, National P21 Executive Director.


P21, The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (formerly the Partnership for 21st Century Skills) was founded in 2002 as a coalition bringing together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to position 21st century readiness at the center of US K-12 education and to kick-start a national conversation on the importance of 21st century skills for all students.


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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We strive to inspire innovative learners. 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




April 15, 2015
Congress Hears CUE Members' Voices through Joint Letters

Legislative AdvocacyCUE recently joined partners ISTE, iNACOL and dozens of other signatories on two letters sent to Congress. The first was authored by ISTE and supported the re-establishment of an updated version of the Enhancing Education Through Technology program, now including increased funding for Ed Tech professional development. A letter was sent to both houses: Senate | House of Representatives.

 

The second letter was from a coalition led by iNACOL and celebrates the inclusion of funding for pilots of "Innovative Assessment Systems" on a statewide basis in the bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Read the full letter here. For bonus points, take a look at the pilot language on page 171 of the proposed bill here!

 

Read CUE's legislative advocacy platform and help us by contacting your state and federal representatives.

March 24, 2015
JON CORIPPO JOINS CUE AS FIRST-EVER DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC INNOVATION

Jon CorippoCUE announced at its Annual Conference last week that Jon Corippo will begin as CUE’s first-ever Director of Academic Innovation on April 1. Corippo will be responsible for CUE’s school and district support projects, development and grant partnerships, and the Rock Star Teacher Camps. more

March 18, 2015
CUE Will Honor 12 Education Heroes at Annual Conference

Palm Springs, California, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – CUE will honor 12 outstanding Ed Tech professionals during its annual conference in Palm Springs, March 19-21, 2015. These individuals are being recognized for infusing curriculum with technology, for leading through innovation, and for continually finding creative ways to help students succeed. The 2015 award recipients are as follows:

 

GOLD DISK

The Gold Disk is CUE's oldest recognition program. Since 1983, recipients who have received this honor have been recognized for their contributions to CUE and to technology in education. Gold Disks are intended to celebrate member contributions of time and talent to CUE.


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Diane Main | Director of Learning, Innovation and Design at The Harker SchoolGoldAward_JKosako_picture.jpg

“The @SVCUE President, Communication Committee leader and high school director of learning, Diane Main has been crucial to CUE for 2 decades”

 

James Kosako | K-12 computer and staff development coordinator for Hillcrest Christian School, Thousand Oaks, CA

“A founding member of @SGVCUE, James Kosako is a staff development coordinator and CUE’s unofficial ‘Raffle Coordinator’”

 

 

TILL – TECHNOLOGY IN LEARNING LEADERSHIP*

TILL Awards recognize local, state and national leaders in educational technology. Members of the broader educational technology community (not necessarily members of CUE) are eligible for recognition in this category for their contributions to advancing the mission of the organization.

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Dr. Katherine Hayden | Associate Professor of Educational Technology at California State University San Marcos                   

 

“Teacher, administrator, board president, author, consultant, grant writer & evaluator, Dr. Katherine Hayden is a passionate ed tech role model”

 

 

PLATINUM DISK

CUE's Platinum Disks are presented to members of the educational technology community who have made significant ongoing contributions to the advancement of technology in education. CUE members (and others in extraordinary circumstances) who have made outstanding and continuing contributions to CUE and help to accomplish its mission and goals can be nominated to receive the Platinum Disk. Platinum Disks are awarded rarely and only in recognition of career-long contributions to educational technology, CUE, its affiliates and mission.Platinum_Larsen_headshot_0.jpg

  • Kurt Larsen | Senior Research Associate, WestEd

While accepting in absentia, Kurt Larsen is humbled by his nomination, which he received for his 20 years service in furthering CUE’s vision”

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“Since 1983, Brian Bridges has presented, written standards, and founded the California eLearning Census & the eLearning Strategies Symposium”PlatDisk_Carey.jpg

Mac Carey | Chief Technology Officer at Contra Costa County Office of Education    

“Sending his regrets, Mac Carey is CTO at the Contra Costa County Office of Education and a pillar of tech support for CUE”

 

 

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY*

The Legislative Advocacy Award is presented to any members of the state and/or federal legislature and/or their staffs or other designated persons who have made sustained and/or extraordinary efforts to promote the educational use of technology to advance student achievement through legislation.

 
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Rowland Baker is a tireless advocate for education technology and a cornerstone of the LEAD3 conference and Leading Edge Certification”

 

 

 

OUTSTANDING EMERGING TEACHER*

This award recognizes a classroom teacher who in the first seven years of his or her teaching career has already made a noteworthy contribution to educational technology in a classroom setting.OustandingEmergingTeacher_VanWilgen_Headshot.jpeg

 

Nichole Van Wilgen | Teacher, Union Middle

 

“Veteran presenter and 1:1 Chromebooks teacher Nicole Van Wilgen has become a model teacher for integrating technology in the classroom”

 

OUTSTANDING TEACHER*

This award recognizes a classroom teacher who has made a sustained and/or noteworthy contribution to educational technology in a classroom setting. Creating standards-based curriculum using technology is the key element in this award. Nominees must be classroom teachers and CUE members in good standing.

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Jessica Pack | 6th grade teacher, Palm Springs Unified

 

“2014 California Teacher of the Year & Palm Springs local Jessica Pack thanks her students whom she says are the heartbeat of Room 208”

 

 

 

 

SITE LEADER OF THE YEAR

Site Leader of the Year is CUE’s newest award and recognizes a school site principal or assistant principal (or equivalent) who has made a noteworthy contribution to promoting educational technology within his or her school. Recipients must demonstrate the following:

  • Strong support for the belief that all students will excel academically

  • Exceptional leadership in finding ways that technology benefits teaching and learning

  • Building staff morale or the learning environment

  • A commitment to educational quality and student achievement

  • A commitment to professional growth.

 

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Anne Jenks | Principal of McKinna Elementary School, Oxnard, CA

 

“Anne Jenks has transformed her Title I School’s tech use with mobile devices and helped turn students from digital consumers into creators”

 

 

 

MAKING IT HAPPEN  

Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation and is coordinated by the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE).GM_0.jpg

 

Gerald McMullin  | Coordinator, Assessment, Intervention, Instructional Technology, Castro Valley Unified School District

 


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Eileen Walters | Contra Costa County Instructional Technology Specialist

Those winners marked with an ‘*’ above have been submitted for consideration to the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) for similar awards. ISTE will announce its winners at its annual conference in Philadelphia, PA June 28 through July 1, 2015.

 

CUE thanks these educational heroes and their nominators for inspiring us with their innovations, their creativity and their integration of technology into curriculum and the educational process. For more information, please go to www.cue.org/awards.

 

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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 educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org



March 17, 2015
CUE Announces U.S. Secretary of Education and California Schools Chief to Speak at 2015 Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., March 17, 2015 - CUE confirmed today the top education official at the U.S. Department of Education and the top education chief in the state of California will address attendees at the CUE 2015 Annual Conference. Pre-recorded remarks will be given by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan just prior to the General Keynote Presentation by Sugata Mitra at 8:00 am on Friday, March 20th. Secretary Duncan’s remarks will be broadcast via videostreaming and will be available on CUE’s live stream at cue.org/live. California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will personally welcome Conference attendees on Thursday, March 19th at 4:30 pm at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Oasis 4, just prior to kick-off Keynote Speaker Jennie Magiera’s presentation.

 

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Teaching and learning powered by technology will be a theme of Secretary Duncan’s remarks, as will the role of CUE as a hub for teachers to share ideas, practices and resources. “Thanks to all of you at the CUE Conference,” Duncan said, “more teachers are equipped with the tools, resources and information they need to help students prepare for success in college, career and in life itself.”

 

Nearly 6,000 teachers and administrators are expected to attend the CUE Annual Conference from March 19-21 in Palm Springs, California. Of particular note will be the presence of the state’s top education chief, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, who will signal the kick-off on the opening day with his welcome to Conference attendees just prior to the opening keynote presentation from Jennie Magiera.

 

“We are thrilled to have U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson address attendees of the CUE 2015 Annual Conference,” said Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO, adding “to bring to our Conference the highest ranking education officials at the state and national level is an honor for us at CUE and highlights the significance of professional learning opportunities like the CUE Annual Conference – as well as the importance of teaching, technology and innovation in California and beyond.”

 

Torlakson, who has placed a top priority on making sure all students learn in a 21st century classroom equipped with a fast connection to the internet, said the conference will highlight technology in education. “This is a great opportunity for educators to share their success stories, but also to learn from others about how to use technology in the classroom to prepare students for college and 21st century careers,” he said.

 

In addition to remarks from Duncan and Torlakson, featured speakers at the CUE Annual Conference include keynote presentations from Sugata Mitra, TED Prize Winner and world-renowned educational researcher, Adam Bellow, founder of eduTecher & eduClipper, and Jennie Magiera, a Digital Learning Coordinator with Chicago Public Schools and a White House Champion of Change. Spotlight speakers at the Conference include Jon Corippo, Hall Davidson, Leslie Fisher,  Kathy Schrock, and Joy Zabala. All conference speaker sessions, detailed descriptions and times as well as in-depth bios on presenters, can be found on the CUE Guide at 2015.cue.org.

 

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We strive to inspire innovative learners. 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 Annual Conference
The CUE Annual 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.cue2015.org. | #CUE15

 




March 12, 2015
CUE 2015 Student Showcase Highlights Student Projects and Two Bit Circus STEAM Carnival

Walnut Creek, CA, Thursday, March 12, 2015 -- CUE is once again proud to feature innovative student curricular projects from schools and districts at its Student Showcase, held in conjunction with the CUE 2015 Annual Conference in Palm Springs, March 19-21, 2015 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The showcase opens Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. with an overview, announcements and awards. Student presentations take place from 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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In addition to the student projects, attendees will get to view and experience exhibits from the Two Bit Circus “STEAM Carnival.” This innovative and highly creative company blends theatrics and spectacle with science and technology to spark imaginations and foster solutions. As Jennifer Jordan, Chief Communications Wrangler states: “We created STEAM Carnival to show kids of all ages the fun and wondrous possibilities of STEAM disciplines. Our playful, high-tech approach ignites interest that drives student achievement, and we're happy to be part of the 2015 CUE Conference where technology and student-driven learning are showcased in an important way.”

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The Student Showcase has been a feature of the CUE conference since 2003, when it was produced by the California Department of Education. Over the years, the showcase has been presided over by State, County, and District Superintendents as well as local legislators. This year’s showcase is coordinated through a partnership with the Orange County Department of Education’s Instructional Services Division. Over the years, the showcase has featured the work of thousands of students from across the western United States. The showcase is open to the community at no charge. 

 

 

About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We strive to inspire innovative learners. 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 Two Bit Circus

Two Bit Circus lives at the intersection of technology and spectacle. We engineer entertainment that is imaginative and interactive, blurring the line between physical and digital playgrounds to create a new world of social amusement. Based in Los Angeles, our interdisciplinary team of artists, engineers, and entrepreneurs develops spectacular productions with the goal to inspire, engage, and reinvent the way people play. | www.twobitcircus.com