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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

 

March 5, 2015
Watch the CUE Board Candidate Interviews LIVE!

CUE Board of DirectorsCUE is proud to announce that all Board Candidate interviews will be live on YouTube this year! We'll also archive them for later viewing at CUEtube. Listen to Candidates Interviewed by Nominating Committee Member John Ittelson (all times PST):

 

Wednesday, March 4, 5:10pm - Suzanne Mitchell

RESCHEDULED Thursday, March 5, 2:10pm - Roger Wagner

Thursday, March 5, 3:10pm - Darryl Adams

Thursday, March 5, 4:10pm - Tim Green

Thursday, March 5, 5:10pm - Shannon Brown

 

Watch the archived interviews below!

February 27, 2015
CUE Announces 2015 Board Candidates

CUE Board of DirectorsWalnut Creek, CA – Feb. 27, 2015 – CUE is pleased to announce the candidates for the 2015 CUE Board of Directors election. Three seats are open with five eligible candidates. Every current CUE member as of March 18 may vote for up to three candidates. Voting will begin at midnight on March 21, 2015 and end on April 23, 2015 at 5:01 pm. Candidates will be introduced at the General Session Keynote at the organization’s Annual Conference in Palm Springs on March 20. Candidates will be available to speak with registered conference attendees on Friday and Saturday of the conference in the HUB@CUE, before the raffle.

 

The candidates for the 2015 election are at cue.org/election.

February 24, 2015
Zach Yeskel Will Deliver Keynote at CUE West Coast Summit Featuring Google for Education

Zach YaskelWalnut Creek, CA, February 24, 2015 -- CUE is excited to announce that Zach Yeskel will deliver this year’s keynote address at the CUE 2015 West Coast Summit featuring Google for Education. The Summit will be held in Palm Springs, March 21-22, 2015, immediately following CUE’s Annual Conference.


Zach Yeskel is the Product Manager for Google Classroom. In his eight years at Google, he has had the opportunity to work on Gmail, Google Photos, Google+, Search, and Google Reader and has come a long way from his start as a temporary contractor. Before joining Google, Zach taught math at Castlemont High School in Oakland, California.

CUE 2015 Conference attendees can add the West Coast Summit to their existing conference registration by logging into their CUE accounts online here. Nearly thirty sessions, all led by Google Certified Teachers or actual Googlers will be presented across the two-day event. View the schedule here:http://2015wc.giesummit.org/schedule.

Registration to the West Coast Summit Featuring Google for Education includes access to Adam Bellow’s Keynote titled Crossroads, which will take place Saturday, March 21 from 2:45 to 3:45 pm. We live and teach in a remarkable time. But it is not without problems. This session looks back at the past, present, and future of education with a lens on technology’s role on how we can help to bring education forward. The keynote will be quick-paced and filled with humor and engaging videos.

More info at: www.giesummit.org - #giewc

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

February 19, 2015
CUE Announces 2015 Annual Conference Spotlight Speakers - Jon Corippo, Hall Davidson, Leslie Fisher, Kathy Schrock and Joy Zabala

Walnut Creek, Calif., Feb. 19, 2015 -- CUE is excited to announce the Spotlight Speakers for its annual conference to be held March 19-21, 2015 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. All conference speaker sessions, detailed descriptions and times as well as in-depth bios on presenters, including those below, are listed on the CUE Guide.

 

Jon CorippoJon Corippo

Jon Corippo is currently known for being the Chief Instigator of the CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps as well as being an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher. Click here for full bio

 

  • With-it-ness: Becoming a Media Master for Classroom Engagement
  • Future Ready Schools: Key elements to get your LEA on the right track

  • Rock Star Lesson Design for Common Core and 1:1

 

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Hall Davidson

Hall Davidson has worked from think tanks in Turkey to classrooms in Tennessee; he has collaborated with thought leaders including teachers, superintendents, and consortiums from across the world. Click here for full bio

  • Tricorders of the Brave New World

  • You Must Do This!

 

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After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation. Click here for full bio

  • Augment Your Reality

  • Tools You Can Use Tomorrow

 

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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. Click here for full bio

  • The Common Thread: Weaving Information Literacy Skills to Engage Learners (part of the Information Literacy Summit)

  • Telling the Story: Lessons Learned from the Outside World

  • Utilizing Mobile Devices for Activator and Summarizer Strategies

  • Academy: Creating with the Chromebook (requires an additional fee to attend)

 

Joy ZabalaJon Corippo

Joy Zabala, Ed.D. is the Director of Technical Assistance at CAST and the National AEM Center. She is a frequent presenter on AT decision-making, implementation, and evaluation of effectiveness. Click here for full bio

  • The SETT Framework: Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

  • EVERY Day is a High Stakes Day!

  • UDL, AT and AEM: Complementary Supports for the Achievement of ALL Students

  • Accessible Educational Materials in the IEP: What are They? Where do They Fit?

 

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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

January 27, 2015
Bigger Conferences, Bigger Challenges

In an effort to ensure the best possible experience for increasingly large events, CUE unveiled today several initiatives to enhance the conference experience for all attendees of CUE 2015 and future events.

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December 17, 2014
Information Literacy to be Focus of CSLA/CUE Summit at CUE 2015 Annual Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., Dec. 17, 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.

 

Schrock will also host an Academy from 8:00 am to 11:00 am Thursday morning of the CUE conference 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. Cost for the Academy is $110.

 

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 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