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December 15, 2014
CUE Seeking Blog Editor

Now Hiring!CUE is currently seeking an independent consultant to provide editorial services for CUE's blog (blog.cue.org). The position will require 12-16 hours per month January 1 - December 31, 2015. Contract may be extended pending review. Compensation is competitive. Consultant will report to the CUE's Director of Marketing.

Duties will include:

  1. Solicit original, engaging and relevant blog posts by prominent authors, including: CUE members, Affiliate and SIG leaders, staff, thought-leaders, featured speakers, industry experts, and more.
  2. Work with CUE staff and volunteers to increase readership and engagement.
  3. Assist in outreach efforts for the blog, including social media management.
  4. Edit 1-2 original posts per week, writing and securing permission to re-post pieces as needed.
  5. Collaborate with CUE's OnCUE Journal Editor, serving alongside them as advisors to the CUE Communication Committee.

 

Successful candidates should have expertise in:

  1. Editing
  2. Writing on engaging topics in education
  3. Educational trends
  4. Social media and educational technology


Interested applicants should reference "Blog Editor" in the subject line and send a resume/CV, at least two reference letters, link(s) to sample blogging work and letter of interest to jobs@cue.org by December 22, 2014. Ideal applicants are CUE members in good standing. Successful applicant will begin work the week of January 5. 

December 12, 2014
CUE STANDS FIRM ON EQUITY OF INTERNET ACCESS & NET NEUTRALITY -- “No Child Left Offline” --

Walnut Creek, Calif., December 12, 2014 -- In response to the White House’s plan to keep the Internet free and accessible to all and with the acknowledgment that the FCC will be considering new rules on “how to safeguard competition and user choice,” CUE has crafted a resolution to the FCC regarding equity of Internet access and net neutrality.

 

CUE’s rationale begins and ends with educating students effectively. According to the Resolution, “Students need to learn effective collaboration, communication and creativity skills, which are possible only with high speed Internet access. Students need to have access to high speed Internet both at school and at home to continue their learning and, as such, equity of access is critical.”

 

The CUE board of directors delineated 11 points that the FCC should keep in mind when creating its standards and guidelines for Internet use. Of these points, several address both statewide and nationwide testing that is taking place almost entirely online. The successful implementation of assessment programs relies heavily on all students’ ability to access the Internet with no barriers because of bandwidth limitations or cost prohibitions. In addition, teacher tools and resources increasingly are being created by and disseminated through educational web outlets. Limiting access to these resources is detrimental to both teachers and students.

 

Equally significant is concern over mergers such as the impending one between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The FCC should not allow this merger or any other similar arrangement to take place without requiring that the parties remove any and all barriers to access of low-cost Internet for all households.

 

Read CUE’s complete Resolution here. CUE will be inviting additional groups to join as signatories as well as California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, whose oft-quoted phrase “No child left offline” should be the guiding principle for all future FCC decisions.

 

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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

 

December 12, 2014
Information Literacy to be Focus of CSLA/CUE Summit at CUE 2015 Annual Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., Dec. 12, 2014 -- Information literacy - the ability to assess the need for information, access information sources effectively and efficiently, evaluate information for accuracy and quality, and use it appropriately - is a cross-disciplinary skill crucial for college and career readiness and a foundation for lifelong learning.

 

CUE and the California School Library Association (CSLA) are pleased to partner for the second year in a special day long summit in conjunction with the CUE 2015 Annual Conference in Palm Springs, CA. Information literacy, the theme for this year’s summit, is an area of focus in teacher librarians’ credentialing. The CUE/CSLA Information Literacy Summit will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015 on the last day of the CUE 2015 Annual Conference. Registration for the Summit is included in all conference registrations, including the Saturday-only rate.

 

According to Jane Lofton and Pam Oehlman, 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.”  

 

This year’s Summit features special guest speaker Kathy Schrock. schrock picture_2-1.jpg

Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, a middle school, academic, museum, and a public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor at two universities and an independent educational technologist.

Schrock has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990's and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Teacher, and a Discovery Education STAR and Guru. In 1995, Kathy created the award-winning site, “Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators,” and, in 1999, she partnered with Discovery Education and maintained the site until late 2012 when the site was retired. Kathy writes a monthly blog, Kathy’s Katch, for the Discovery Educator Network, and her other online resources may be found on Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything!

 

Schrock’s session at the Summit is titled The Common Thread: Weaving Information Literacy Skills to Engage Learners. In addition, Summit participants can pay to attend an Academy hosted by Schrock titled Creating with the Chromebook. Academy attendees will come away with ideas for formative and summative assessments so that students can showcase their mastery of content knowledge.

 

Additional Summit speakers include Deborah Stanley whose presentation is titled The Importance of Research Teaching in a Common Core Digital World; Janice Gilmore-See who will speak on Getting to DOK 4: Depth of Knowledge and Information Literacy; and Glen Warren who will present Uncommon Core: Advancing Student Centered Learning through Gaming and Information Literacy.

 

For more information or to register for the CUE conference, go to www.cue2015.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

 

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




December 11, 2014
Awards and Board Nominations - Deadlines Extended!



CUE_Logo_AwardsCUE is proud to recognize and support its members and friends for their endeavors in support of CUE's mission.

2015 CUE Awards Deadline is now December 15, 2014.


View Award categories, rubrics, past recipients and nominate online here:www.cue.org/awards

new_logo_board 2The call for Board of Directors nominations is now open through December 22, 2014. 

View the nomination process, candidate qualifications, and submit online here: www.cue.org/nomination/

 

December 3, 2014
CUE Blog and Infinite Thinking Machine Finalists for Edublog Awards

CUE is honored that the CUE Blog is a finalist for the EduBlog AwardsBest Group Blog” and the Infinite Thinking Machine is a finalist for the “Best Educational Use of Media”. We’ll be encouraging folks via our social media channels to VOTE for both- deadline is 8:59 pm PST, Monday, December 15.

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November 28, 2014
Alice Chen to Chair CUE West Coast Summit feat. Google for Education

Alice ChenAlice Chen, CUE member and teacher from Walnut, CA has been named chair of the 2015 CUE West Coast Summit featuring Google for Education, to be held in Palm Springs, March 21-22, 2015. In addition to her teaching, Alice is a CUE Lead Learner, Rock Star Teacher Faculty member and Google Certified Teacher. She will coordinate the task force responsible for planning the 2nd annual event that immediately follows the CUE 2015 Annual Conference. Speaker submissions are now being accepted through Jan. 4 at 11:59pm. More info at: www.giesummit.org or  2015wc.giesummit.org - #giesummit

 

West Coast Summit feat. Google for Education

November 7, 2014
Registration Open for eLearning Strategies Symposium

Walnut Creek, Calif., Nov. 7, 2014 -- The eLearning Strategies Symposium (ESS) is still accepting registrations for both individuals and district teams for its third annual event to be held on December 11-13 at the San Mateo Marriott. ESS is a joint partnership of CUE and the Stanislaus County Office of Education. Each year, the symposium brings together K-12 teachers and administrators, policymakers, and industry leaders to discuss and debate eLearning’s progress, direction, curriculum, policy, teaching and learning strategies, and professional development.


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In addition to the exceptional lineup of concurrent sessions and paid workshops, the symposium features two amazing keynote speakers. YouTube sensation Amy Burvall will keynote Friday, December 12 at 11:30 am. A Humanities teacher for more than 20 years, previously a teacher at Le Jardin Academy International Baccalaureate (IB) "world school", she has recently embarked on a new adventure with John Kao’s EdgeMakers as Vice President of Academic Affairs. Her work in the History for Music Lovers YouTube channel (aka “Historyteachers”), which features history-based parody music videos with more than 10 million views, has appeared in Wired magazine, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Honolulu Magazine, CBC, NPR, as well as on international blogs and media.

 

In addition, Ramsey Musallam, the flipped learning guru, provides the closing keynote on Saturday, December 13 at 11:30 am. Ramsey, a TED Talk alumnus, is a secondary science instructor at Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown San Francisco and serves as an adjunct professor of education at the University of San Francisco and Touro University. He is the host of the Infinite Thinking Machine, an Internet TV show dedicated to sharing innovative ideas for teachers and students. Ramsey’s TED Talk “3 Rules to Spark Learning” is widely popular with classroom teachers and was the lead talk on TED’s first-ever PBS TV premiere, “TED Talks Education.”

 

Registration includes Friday and Saturday sessions and a keynote/lunch on Friday and the closing keynote on Saturday. Groups of two or more who are from the same school, district, or organization may register for a reduced rate. San Mateo Marriott rooms for the symposium are just $139 per night.

 

To preview the lineup of sessions and workshops, visit elearns.org/program. For more information on the event, visit the eLearning Strategies Symposium website, www.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



October 22, 2014
Adam Bellow to Deliver Closing Keynote at CUE 2015 Annual Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., October 22, 2014 -- CUE is excited to announce that Adam Bellow, founder and president of eduTecher and eduClipper will be the Closing Keynote speaker at the CUE 2015 Annual Conference alongside Keynotes Jennie Magiera and Sugata Mitra. Bellow’s session will take place Saturday, March 21 from 2:45-3:45pm.

 

Adam Bellow began his career in the classroom as a High School English teacher. He has worked as a technology training specialist, Director of Educational Technology, and is now considered one of today’s leading speakers on educational technology and infusing technology to aid school reformation. He is the founder of the websites eduTecher and eduClipper. In addition to these free resources, Adam launched the popular charity Change the World” student-focused charity campaigns.

 

Bellow was honored by ISTE in 2010 as an emerging leader and then again in 2011 when he was named Outstanding Young Educator of the year. In 2014 he received the Making IT Happen Award from ISTE as well as Innovator of the Year from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.

 

Bellow is currently serving as CEO of eduClipper, the edtech startup that he founded in 2012. eduClipper is a free web tool focused on helping students and teachers find, share, and build valid learning experiences in a K-12 safe educational social platform.

 

To learn more about Adam Bellow, go to www.edutecher.net.


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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 5,500 teachers and administrators attending annually. To register or for more information, visit www.cue2015.org. | #cue15


October 16, 2014
CUE Announces Jennie Magiera as Kickoff Keynote Speaker for 2015 Annual Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., October 16, 2014 -- CUE is thrilled to announce that Jennie Magiera will be its Kickoff Keynote speaker for the CUE 2015 Annual Conference, March 19-21, in Palm Springs, California. Ms. Magiera’s session will take place Thursday, March 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and will be the first of three dynamic speakers, including Adam Bellow and TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra.


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Jennie Magiera is the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a network of 32 Chicago Public Schools. She previously taught math to 4th and 5th graders. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and CPS’s 2012 Tech Innovator of the Year, Magiera has been working to redefine education through the use of effective technology. She explores how to leverage 1:1 devices such as Chromebooks and iPads to increase student collaboration, self-efficacy and creativity.

 

She is also passionate about transforming professional learning as she is the co-founder of PLAYDATE and other new professional development models. Aside from her students, Magiera’s great loves in life are sci fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband. You can follow her on Twitter at @MsMagiera or through her blog TeachingLikeIt’s2999.

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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 2015 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 5,500 teachers and administrators attending annually. To register or for more information, visit www.cue2015.org. | #cue15


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October 14, 2014
CUE Confirms Sugata Mitra as Keynote Speaker for 2015 Annual Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., October 14, 2014 - CUE confirmed today that TED prize winner Sugata Mitra will be its General Session Keynote Speaker for the CUE 2015 Annual Conference, March 19-21, in Palm Springs, California.

 

Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, UK and a visiting professor at MIT in the U.S., will deliver the keynote address on Friday, March 20, 2015, from 8:00 - 9:45 am. Mitra is currently working on the “School in the Cloud,” which is the culmination of over a decade of research and observations from all over the world. This project defines and explores learning at the edge of chaos -- a community, place and experience to discover and explore children’s learning as a self-organizing system.

From his earliest experiments while working at NIIT in Delhi through to setting up SOLEs (self-organized learning environments), Sugata discovered that children’s innate sense of learning is magnified when they are given the freedom to explore the internet in small groups. He found that children in these environments, regardless of who they are or what language they speak, can competently search for answers to the big questions, drawing rational, logical conclusions from their research, including questions far ahead of what is expected of them in their school curriculum.

 

Mitra was the instigator of the Hole in the Wall (HIW) experiment, where in the year 1999 a computer was embedded within a wall in an Indian slum at Kalkaji, Delhi, and children were allowed to freely use it. The experiment aimed at proving that kids could be taught computers very easily without any formal training. Sugata termed this as Minimally Invasive Education (MIE). The experiment has since been replicated at many locations. The HIW experiment left its mark on popular culture. Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup read about Mitra's experiment and was inspired to write his debut novel that went on to become the Oscar winning movie of 2009 - Slumdog Millionaire.

 

Mitra’s work has challenged some of the key assumptions of formal education, demonstrating that, even in the absence of any direct input from a teacher, an environment that stimulates curiosity could result in learning through self-instruction and peer-shared knowledge. However, his research has shown that it’s not simply a case of taking teachers out of the equation: children in remote areas often perform poorly at school because they do not have access to good teaching. As a result of this research, which showed the importance of an encouraging adult in these circumstances, the Granny Cloud was born, after Sugata put out a plea for retired teachers in the UK to come forward who were willing to interact with children in India via Skype.

 

Mitra’s interests include Children’s Education, Remote Presence, Self-organizing systems, Cognitive Systems, Physics and Consciousness. He is a PHD in Physics credited with more than 25 inventions in the area of cognitive science and educational technology. He was conferred the prestigious Dewang Mehta Award for Innovation in Information Technology in the year 2005. At TED2013, Mitra made a bold TED Prize wish: Help me build a place where children can explore and learn on their own -- and teach one another -- using resources from the worldwide cloud.