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October 30, 2012
CUE Selects Alice Keeler as Professional Development Assistant

Walnut Creek, Calif., October 30, 2012 -- Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc. announced Friday at its Annual Fall CUE Conference that Alice Keeler will join CUE as part of its professional development team in November.

Alice Keeler will be in charge of specific programs within the professional development arm of CUE, called CUEtoYOU, which has been growing rapidly over the past few years. “I am really excited to have Alice on board,” said Danny Silva, CUE’s professional development coordinator. “She has been instrumental in heading up our new Advanced Studies Certificate program, and now several key projects will be under her direct supervision, which will make things easier for those members looking to increase their knowledge in all areas of technology and professional growth.”

Alice KeelerIn addition to overseeing the Innovative Educators Advanced Studies Certificate program, Alice will be working on the YouTube curation project, amassing and organizing hundreds of videos into useable resources for members, as well as maintaining her role as a Lead Learner at CUEtoYOU events. She will also help develop and produce new workshops and programs.

“I am excited to be a part of the CUE team who are doing wonderful things that help educators impact student learning,” added Mrs. Keeler, who will begin her work on Nov. 14. For more on Alice Keeler, please visit her website at www.alicekeeler.com.

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October 20, 2012
NEW! CUE Blog post: Fall CUE Conference: Survival Guide Top 8 Tips

Going to Fall CUE? Be sure to check out the latest post to be fully prepared!


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September 25, 2012
CUE Announces Education Technology Professional Development Blog

Computer-Using Educators (CUE, Inc.) announces the addition of their blog to its suite of Educational Technology Professional Development tools.

Walnut Creek, CA - CUE, known for their innovation in sharing technology with teachers, educators and students, “follows their own lessons” by utilizing this knowledge to educate, stimulate and engage the educational community in ongoing professional development.

The CUE Blog is the newest addition to the educational technology professional development suite. The blog, found at http://blog.cue.org is intended as a lively platform for guest bloggers, staff and members to interact with more in-depth, indexed and permanent content. While social media platforms tend to be “live” for relatively brief periods, the CUE Blog content will be permanently available and searchable.

In addition to the new blog, CUE has a dynamic Twitter community (http://twitter.com/cueinc), a growing and engaged Facebook page (http://facebook.com/cueinc) and its own iPhone and Android apps for its quarterly members-only publication OnCUE Journal (http://www.cue.org/oncue), and digital version, OnCUE+. OnCUE has become a focal point for guest educators to share their successes and innovations.

CUE is committed to advancing Ed Tech Professional Development for teachers and educators. CUE’s new vibrant blogging platform will help advance this cause by creating a central resource center that highlights the best of CUE’s educational resources.


About Computer-Using Educators, (CUE, Inc.)
Education Technology 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.

Contact: Dana DuRee
Programs & Marketing Coordinator, CUE

925-478-3459, dduree@cue.org

September 10, 2012
Deadline Extended! CUE Seeking Grant Writer/Development Coordinator

Now Hiring!CUE is currently seeking an independent consultant to oversee grant writing and development for the organization. The position will require 12-15 hours per month depending on grant opportunities, October 1 - March 1, 2013. Contract may be extended depending on success of grant development efforts. Compensation is competitive and negotiable. Consultant will report to the CUE Executive Director.

Duties will include:

  1. Research grant opportunities related to several core CUE programs, including: Common Sense Media PD, Infinite Thinking Machine, Leading Edge Certification, Digital Publications, educational outreach and more.
  2. Work with CUE staff and volunteers to lead grant writing efforts.
  3. Assist in initial program and funding setup for successful grants.
  4. Assist in evaluation of funded programs.
  5. Produce quarterly report on activities.


Successful candidates should have expertise in:

  1. Grant development
  2. Educational trends
  3. Non-profit funding
  4. Social media and educational technology
  5. Writing, editing and data analysis 

Interested applicants should reference "Grant Writer/Developer" and send a resume/CV, reference letters and letter of interest to jobs@cue.org by Sept. 21, 2012. Successful applicant will begin work the week of Oct. 1. 

September 5, 2012
Susan Patrick to Deliver Closing Keynote at Inaugural eLearning Event

Walnut Creek, September 5, 2012 — Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc. and the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) are proud to announce that Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL (the International Association for K-12 Online Learning) will be delivering the closing address at the eLearning Strategies Symposium to take place December 7-8, 2012 in Costa Mesa, California.

eLearning SymposiumMs. Patrick will cap off the two-day event on Saturday, December 8 by speaking on the topic of Next Generation Learning & Competency Education: A Vision Toward the Future. Her talk will focus on the national and international efforts underway to change education and to use next-generation learning models, including competency-based learning. She will offer guidance and recommendations for prioritizing actions to accelerate the transformation of the nation’s K-12 educational system.  

“We are honored to have Susan as our closing speaker for this event,” said Brian Bridges, Director of CLRN. “Her work in the area of online and blended learning has been tremendous. She is a leader in competency-based learning, and our attendees will be amazed at both the breadth and depth of her knowledge as well as the hope and vision she brings for the future of education.”

The symposium will open Friday, December 7, 2012 featuring a panel keynote of online and blended learning leaders from across California who will share best practices, lessons learned and perhaps how the future of elearning will develop. Friday and Saturday sessions are filling up, so register now as organizers may need to close registration before the published deadline.

Early-bird registration, just $159, has been extended until October 24th. Regular registration, from October 25th until November 30, is $215. On-site registration, available only if space allows, will be $299. Register at http://elearns.org.

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About CLRN

CLRN provides educators with a "one-stop" resource to select online courses aligned to content standards and iNACOL’s Standards for Quality Online Courses. | www.clrn.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 iNACOL
The International Association for K-12 Online Learning, is a non-profit organization that facilitates collaboration, advocacy, and research to enhance quality K-12 online teaching and learning. More at www.inacol.org. For more on Susan Patrick, visit www.inacol.org/about/president.php

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