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September 4, 2012
CUE Partners with YouTube to Build the World’s Largest Classroom!

YouTube, in partnership with CUE, is reaching out to educators across the globe. To launch the effort, today CUE annouced the following through to its broad network of forward-thinking educators:

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As a friend of CUE, you may already know that we partnered with YouTube to curate high quality educational videos to align with common core standards. These 300+ playlists are available on the 'Classroom Subjects' tab of YouTube.com/Teachers.


For the next phase of this project, we need YOU! Please suggest your favorite educational YouTube videos, playlists or channels. Approved suggestions will be added to YouTube EDU, YouTube's selected corpus of high quality educational content.


Thanks so much for your help and we look forward to learning from the videos you (and your students) love the most!


- Computer-Using Educators (CUE) & YouTube EDU


P.S. Does your school or district block YouTube? Sign up for YouTube for Schools to access the 600k+ free high quality videos available on YouTube EDU while limiting student access to non-school appropriate content.

September 4, 2012
CUE Presents the Common Core Learning Tour

Learning ToursWalnut Creek, Calif., September 4, 2012 - Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc., is bringing another  professional development opportunity for educators. Using CUE’s new Learning Tour model, the Common Core Learning Tour will start in Santa Cruz at the Santa Cruz Office of Education and feature a keynote and breakout sessions. The tour will then move to Costa Mesa the following day to the Orange County Department of Education. The fee for either one-day session is $99 for CUE members and $139 for non-CUE members (registration includes CUE membership) and includes both a light breakfast and lunch.

This second learning tour will take the mystery out of Common Core standards and help attendees find out how technology and Common Core work together. State testing will be drastically different in the near future, and CUE wants to facilitate understanding with regard to the Standards as well as delineate the role that technology will play in the new model. Whether you are a Common Core newbie or a pro, the CUE Learning Tour will help you explore how educational technology will enhance your curriculum and instruction. This isn’t just about tools; we will show you how to integrate technology and, as a result, increase collaboration and curricular rigor just like the new standards require.

Elizabeth Calhoon, Keynote for the Common Core Learning Tour, is excited to be taking part in this event: “Common Core is one of those topics that is not only exciting but also a bit groundbreaking in its scope. When so many states have come together to create a common set of standards applicable to every grade level, and technology is there to support this venture, it fosters hope for the educational system and for the future.” Calhoon will be joined by Catlin Tucker, Jen Roberts and Sean Williams for breakout sessions.

Teachers, administrators, district personnel and other educators are encouraged to register now as seats are filling quickly! Register at www.cue.org/learningtours.


August 31, 2012
CUE Seeking Professional Development Assistant

Now Hiring

Position Summary: Professional Development Assistant is responsible for assisting the PD Coordinator for non-conference professional development programs and partner events. This includes, but is not limited to, development, coordinating, marketing, speakers, evaluation and accounting.


Qualifications: Experience in professional development for K-20 educators is required. Strong technical knowledge of innovative educational technology tools required. Must have a current, valid teaching credential, be a member of college faculty, or have requisite K-20 experience within the past 5 years. Must have 2-3 years recent experience leading professional development to educators. School or district administration experience is a plus. Leading Edge Certification, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher, DEN Star Teacher, or similar recognitions are a strong plus.

PRINCIPAL TASKS (~20 hours per week)

  • Maintain database for CUEtoYOU.
  • Assist with CUEtoYOU marketing efforts.
  • Assist with invoicing and followup.
  • Assist with evaluations analysis for CUEtoYOU past events.
  • Assist with recruiting and evaluating CUE Lead Learners (speakers). 
  • Assist with producing CUEtoYOU workshops and programs. 
  • Assist with developing CUE Professional Development curriculae. 
  • Assist with researching and preparing reports. 
  • May need to present a CUEtoYOU or CUE event as needed. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Other Essential Functions
: Regular and punctual attendance and dependability in 
meeting commitments and deadlines are essential functions of this position. Must be available and willing to work overtime when needed and on occasion, a flexible schedule. May be required to drive to client or vendor sites. Will be required to travel for conferences and overnight time away.


Physical and Mental Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job, including but not limited to: ability to sit for prolonged periods, operate a computer and telephone, work effectively when working in isolation, work effectively as a part of a virtual team and concentrate on a variety of details when faced with interruptions and changing work priorities.  Specific physical abilities include: the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit and occasionally is required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


Interested applicants should reference "Professional Development Assistant" and send a resume/CV, at least two reference letters and letter of interest to jobs@cue.org by Sept. 14. Successful applicant will begin work in late September/early October, depending on candidate and CUE staff availability.


Salary will vary based on experience: $1,825-2,350/month.

August 28, 2012
CUE to partner with Fresno Pacific to offer Advanced Studies Certificate

CUE Innovative Educators Advanced Studies CertificateWalnut Creek, Calif. - Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc. is proud to unveil its first-ever Innovative Educators Advanced Studies Certificate. A collaboration of CUE’s Professional Development Program and Fresno Pacific University (FPU), this program offers participants 18 graduate rigor units, Leading Edge Online and Blended Teacher Certification as well as a certificate indicating participation in the program and an iPad or Android tablet. All course administration will be handled by FPU.

“CUE members have been asking for higher education credit for our courses for years,” says Danny Silva, CUE’s Professional Development Coordinator. “It is gratifying to finally be able to offer a program that will give teachers, administrators and other ed tech professionals the credit and units they need in these areas.”

The Advanced Studies Certificate brings together the best of the CUEtoYOU workshops and the best of Fresno Pacific’s own online professional development courses. The certificate program will have three start times throughout the calendar year, and participants will sign up via FPU website for a specific cohort. Each cohort will require mandatory online coursework, independent work, group work, presentations and participation in online synchronous interactive workshops. Each certificate cohort period lasts 27 weeks.

The list of courses that CUE will offer within the Advanced Studies Certificate curriculum are as follows:

  • Innovative Pedagogies (3 units)
  • Google & YouTube (1 unit)
  • Leading Edge Online and Blended Teacher Certification (3 units)
  • Mobile Technology (iPad or Android specific) (1 unit)
  • Project Development (1 unit).

The remaining nine units will be earned by completing three FPU independent study, continuing education courses that align with the purposes of the certificate.

Registration is now open to all teachers, administrators, district personnel or anyone else interested in obtaining higher education credit. More details at www.cue.org/ieasc and at FPU.

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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 Fresno Pacific University
At Fresno Pacific University, we challenge students to think critically, excel academically and live ethically. Our core values and commitment to building character spring from a distinctively Christian perspective. Fresno Pacific prepares people to lead in professions, serve society and transform culture. | www.fresno.edu

August 24, 2012
Calling all Computer-Using Educators in the San Francisco area!!!

CUE is hosting an informal gathering on Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 4:30-6 PM at the KQED Board Room (2601 Mariposa Street San Francisco) to discuss the (re)launch of a San Francisco CUE affiliate. CUE's Executive Director and educational leaders from the area will join us for an engaging discussion of how we could positively impact student achievement through technology in the San Francisco Bay Area!


If you can join us, please RSVP by Wednesday, August 29 at noon here: http://www.cue.org/sf

July 9, 2012
CUE and Flipped Learning Network Partner to offer Flipped Learning Events

Learning ToursWalnut Creek, Calif., July 10, 2012 -- Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc., and the Flipped Learning Network have teamed up to offer a fantastic professional development opportunity for educators in the state of California. Using CUE’s new Learning Tours model, the Flipped Learning Tour will start in San Jose at the Krause Center for Innovation on the campus of Foothill College in Los Gatos and feature a keynote and workshops by Jon Bergmann, one of the pioneers of flipped learning and co-author of the the best-selling Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day (ISTE/ASCD, 2012). The tour will then move to Costa Mesa the following day to the Orange County Department of Education. The fee for each one-day session is $199 for CUE members and $239 for non-CUE members (registration includes CUE membership) and includes both a light breakfast and lunch.

Flipped Learning is one of the hottest topics in education today. Educators and administrators are eager to find out how to implement flipped learning within their own classrooms and what measures of success current flipped classrooms have experienced. There is compelling data that shows both teachers and students are benefitting greatly from implementing a flipped learning model. Participants in the one-day events will be shown ways to create their own classrooms and then listen to and share stories with other participants. Prior experience with a flipped classroom is not a requirement!

Danny Silva, CUE’s Professional Development Coordinator, is excited about the Flipped Learning Tour. “Flipped Learning is an amazing new way to achieve success within the classroom. Students love learning topics at their own pace and the teachers love the opportunity to provide more individualized instruction. I think once people see the opportunities involved in flipping their classrooms, this model will be implemented everywhere. We are thrilled for our event participants to see Jon Bergmann show them how to do this firsthand.”

Registration is now open to all teachers, administrators, district personnel or anyone else curious about flipped learning, but seats are filling fast. Registration for either event is now open at www.cue.org/learningtours.

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About Flipped Learning Network
Launched spring of 2012, the mission of the Flipped Learning Network™  is to provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully implement Flipped Learning. The vision is preparing educators to adopt the Flipped Learning Ideology. | www.flippedlearning.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

July 6, 2012
Computer-Using Educators Debuts Learning Tours

Learning Tours logoWalnut Creek, Calif., July 10, 2012 -- Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc., is proud to unveil Learning Tours -- a new approach to handling timely topics in education within the CUEtoYOU ed tech professional development offerings. The new model uses one-day, professional development opportunities that focus on just one of the innovative, relevant or hot topics in education. Then, during the two- or three-day “tour,” the topic is repeated on back-to-back days so that everyone in the tour’s particular state gets a chance to attend a session.  

All Learning Tours will start in one local region of a state and move to one or two other regions over the course of two to three days. The idea is to offer the same professional development opportunity to as many participants as want to attend. Because it’s a one-day, localized training, the overall costs will be lower than when traveling to a full conference event. Because each session is focused on one topic, the participants can gain a greater and more thorough understanding of that topic and then quickly implement that knowledge in their classrooms.

Danny Silva, CUE’s professional development coordinator puts it this way: “Conferences on timely or emerging topics are almost impossible to get into or require costly travel. CUE decided to make it easy on teachers, administrators and school districts by bringing one-day conferences to their areas, matching the original purpose behind the ‘CUEtoYOU’ program. If a particular educational strategy is red hot, then CUE wants teachers to know about it. It’s an absolute win-win for everyone.”

The first tour to be road tested will focus on flipped teaching and will take place in CUE’s home state of California. It is a joint effort between CUE and the Flipped Learning Network, featuring a keynote and workshops by Jon Bergmann, one of the pioneers of flipped learning. The first leg of the tour will take place at the Krause Center for Innovation in the San Jose Area on August 2. Registration is now open to all teachers, administrators, district personnel or anyone else curious about flipped learning. The cost for the one-day session is $199 for CUE members and $239 for non-CUE members and includes lunch. The following day, the same seminar will be held at the Orange County Department of Education in Costa Mesa. Registration for that session is open now for the same price. More information at www.cue.org/learningtours.

Future topics under consideration for their own Learning Tours include Technology in Common Core, Online & Blended Learning, Mobile Learning, and more. New Learning Tours are slated to roll out throughout the coming year.

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Contact: Danny Silva

Professional Development Coordinator, CUE

925-478-3458, dsilva@cue.org


June 25, 2012
Sir Ken Robinson to Deliver Keynote at Annual CUE Conference in Palm Springs

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Sir Ken RobinsonWalnut Creek, Calif., June 25, 2012 -- Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, renowned professor, speaker, and best-selling author will present the opening keynote address at the Annual CUE Conference in Palm Springs on March 15, 2013. Robinson’s 2006 and 2010 TED talks have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in more than 150 countries. His books and published papers have had a profound influence on the policies and procedures of critical government areas in countries around the world.

Robinson is known the world over for his tremendous message regarding creativity and innovation and their rightful place within both the education and business realms. He has been honored by governments, Fortune 500 companies, and cultural organizations for his work in this area. From Robinson’s messages, people are realizing that without embracing creativity, without creating unique solutions, they will not see the success they crave.

“At the CUE conference, we strive to help districts and schools find creative solutions through technology, and there is no one better suited to deliver that message than Sir Ken Robinson,” shared Eileen C. Walters, CUE’s 2013 Conference Committee Chair.

“CUE is deeply honored to have Sir Ken back to deliver the keynote address at a CUE event,” added Mike Lawrence, CUE’s executive director. “His inspiring talk kicked off our first Leadership 3.0 Symposium in 2008, and we felt his was the perfect voice to engage our full membership in Palm Springs.”

Robinson’s address will be a new talk, specifically developed for CUE’s attendees. There will also be an exclusive Q & A session following his keynote, which will include a signed copy of his latest book available for the first 100 registered attendees. Registration will open on August 27. More information at: www.cue2013.org .

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Contact: Dana DuRee

Programs & Marketing Coordinator, CUE
925-478-3459, dduree@cue.org

About Sir Ken Robinson
The most watched and discussed speaker in the history of the prestigious TED Conference, Sir Ken Robinson pushes people to rethink outdated assumptions about intelligence and creativity and to unleash the real potential of people and organizations. For more information on Sir Ken Robinson and to view his complete bio, contact the Washington Speakers’ Bureau.

About the Annual CUE Conference
Drawing thousands of attendees, the Annual CUE Conference is CUE’s largest event, a central hub of innovation in education. The 2013 theme is “CUE to the Core” and will feature a number of sessions targeting Common Core implementation, Flipped Classroom and innovative educational solutions. All of CUE’s conference events bring the most outstanding, sharpest educational minds together to focus on innovation, education and student achievement. www.cue2013.org | #cue13

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


June 20, 2012
CUE Honored to Host ISTE 2012

Walnut Creek, Calif., June 20, 2012 -- Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc. is honored to be the affiliate host of the 2012 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California. ISTE 2012 runs from June 24-27, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center.

The ISTE conference (formerly NECC) is the premier educational technology event in the world. Close to 20,000 teachers, administrators and ed tech professionals attend the conference each year from around the globe to discuss, use, and learn about the newest technological advances and strategies for the classroom.

To add value to the conference and to help attendees connect with other conference-goers, CUE is offering several activities that will take place during the three-day event:

  • Rock Star Sessions by CUE --  These fast-paced, “make-it/take-it” sessions will be presented by Ed Tech Rock Stars. (Pre-registration required)
  • Shred Sessions by CUE -- Engaging, high-energy, two-minute blasts will be sent out by presenters to give attendees a glimpse of what their sessions are about.
  • Social Butterfly Lounge -- CUE will coordinate the volunteers who will staff this hangout where attendees can learn how various social media tools can be used in education.
  • buzz@ISTE -- CUE volunteers will conduct 20 - 25 interviews with thought leaders, authors, and leading educators that will be posted on the ISTE 2012 conference site.
  • Ed Tech Karaoke Rooftop Party -- June 26, 2012 at the Andaz Hotel from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. This sold-out event is sponsored by CUE and several other partners who joined forces to throw an epic celebration of educational technology . . . with singing.  

For the conference, CUE is providing the core group of volunteers that makes up the Regional Program and Regional Marketing Committees as well as both the volunteer and marketing coordinators. In addition, CUE’s executive director was recently re-elected to a second term on the ISTE Board of Directors, on which he chairs the board composition committee.

For up-to-date conference information, log on to www.isteconference.com.



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About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology. ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. | #iste12 |  More info at iste.org. 




June 12, 2012
The Next Google Teacher Academy Now Accepting Applications

Walnut Creek, Calif., June 12, 2012 – For educators looking to impact their classrooms in a unique and remarkable way, Computer-Using Educators (CUE), Inc. announced that the next Google Teacher Academy (GTA) is accepting applications for its October event in New York City.Danny Silva, Google Teacher Academy


Produced by CUE, the free Google Teacher Academy is an intense, two-day conference during which participants receive personal instruction in Google tools and learn how to incorporate those products in their classrooms or school sites. Upon completing the academy, educators are considered “Google Certified Teachers” or GCTs and are given resources to use at their schools, access to Google’s online community as well as additional opportunities to share and learn with other GTA alumni.


According to Tia Lendo, educating marketing manager at Google, “The two days of the GTA are some of the most special days of the year for me and our whole education team. At the beginning of the 36 hours the participants are a set of individuals doing great work to harness technology for education. But by the end, they are part of a powerful network of hundreds of alumni who support each other as they support the development of entire classes, schools, and education systems around the world.”


Danny Silva, CUE’s professional development coordinator, calls the Google Teacher Academy “an amazing example of how innovative educators motivate and inspire students and how a few teachers can make a huge impact. One question we ask the new GCTs is if they are ready to change the world. If they weren’t before, they quickly become the teachers to look to for inspiration in their schools, districts, states and around the world. They take their newfound knowledge of all things Google and share that knowledge.”


GTA looks for energetic and passionate educators who care about using the best and latest technological advances in their classrooms. Impacting students is the primary focus, and only 50 of the best educators from around the world will be considered for the program. The deadline for submissions is July 29, 2012, and all information regarding the application requirements is available online.


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About the Google Teacher Academy

The Google Teacher Academy is a free professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators from around the globe get the most from innovative technologies. Produced by CUE, each GTA is an intensive, two-day event during which participants get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues and immerse themselves in a supportive community of educators making an impact.