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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

 

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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.

 

October 7, 2014
CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp 'Splashes Down' in Florida

Melbourne, Florida, October 7, 2014 – CUE’s Rock Star Teacher Camps are on the road again! Building on the success of the CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps in California and Michigan, CUE is launching camps throughout the country for hands-on learning and collaboration. Kicking-off the 2015 season, CUE heads to the Sunshine State for the CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp in Melbourne, Florida  on January 17-19, 2015.


“We are so excited to welcome the CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp to the Space Coast of Florida,” said Gordon Shupe, Technology Specialist, Brevard Public Schools. “Come join us for a lollapalooza of educational technology activities, resources, practical tips, and inspiration. This is going to be BIG!”

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CUE’s Rock Star Teacher Camps consist of hands-on, “make-it, take-it” sessions led by the award-winning CUE Rock Star faculty, many of whom are Apple Distinguished Educators, Google Certified Teachers and Microsoft Innovative Educators. The goal is to inspire educators who want to take their instruction to the next level by leveraging the latest and greatest tools, apps, and practical approaches. Each camp is kept to a limited number of attendees to maintain the 1:10 faculty to participant ratio, and the camps are designed for those with intermediate to advanced technical skills. To date, every camp offered has sold out.

 

To register and read more about CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp in Melbourne, Florida, check out the CUE Rock Star Teacher site at www.cue.org/rockstar. Stay tuned for more CUE Rock Star Teacher camps to be announced in the coming months.


October 4, 2014
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) for Conference Internet Networking

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL for Conference Internet Networking  CUE 2015 Annual Conference logo

CUE 2015 Annual Conference

 

The winner of this bid will need to successfully network and deploy Internet at the Annual CUE Conference to allow solid Internet access and wifi to over 6,500 attendees, exhibitors, speakers and management. Attendees of this event come with 2-5 devices. Do not underestimate our attendees' use of bandwidth. Then provide onsite technical support and monitoring throughout the conference to maintain the Internet, including support tables. In addition, provide exhibitors on the show floor means to purchase Internet for their show booth.

 

The full Request for Propsal is available here for you to review in detail.

 

CONTACT:  Marisol Valles, Chief Operating Officer, mvalles@cue.org, 925/478-3462

TIMETABLE:  Proposals due to Marisol Valles by October 31, 2014, Contract signed no later than December 5, 2014 

LOCATION:  Palm Springs Convention Center (PSCC), Renaissance Hotel Palm Springs, Hilton Hotel Palm Springs

MEETING DATES:  March 18 – 22, 2015

SET-UP DATES:  March 14 – 17, 2015

TEAR DOWN DATES:  March 21 – 22, 2015 

 

Question - please submit questions to Marisol Valles by Oct 20, 2014

October 1, 2014
CUE Leads Blended Learning Theme for Connected Educator Month

Walnut Creek, Calif., Oct. 1, 2014 –  CUE is honored to be named the Blended Learning Theme leader for Connected Educator Month. CUE is one of several organizations creating and organizing programs, activities, and events to promote the concept of the “Connected Educator” as a way to enhance student success.


“We are pleased to offer CUE resources and activities to all educators that promote blended learning in the classroom. CUE has been at the forefront of the blended learning movement, creating professional development courses; co-hosting eSS (www.elearns.org), our annual blended learning symposium; and promoting its advantages and applications at our two conferences,” said Mike Lawrence, CUE CEO.  


Dr. Rob Darrow, co-chair of CUE’s eLearning Network added: “We are looking forward to collaborating with outstanding blended learning educators from across California and the nation to highlight how blended learning customizes instruction, empowers learning and increases student achievement.”


CEMCUE’s activities and programming can be found on the Connected Educator website during the month of October and beyond, along with other events and activities produced by other Theme Leaders such as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD). CUE will begin with a panel of blended learning experts on Monday, October 6 at 7:00 EST / 4:00 PST. Each week, CUE will feature a panel of experts which will be followed by weekly Tweet Ups, blog posts and other resources to support educators. Teachers and administrators are welcome to participate in this free professional development opportunity both synchronously and asynchronously to increase their knowledge about blended learning. For times and panel discussion topics, see the Connected Educator Month schedule.


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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We strive to be a community inspiring 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 Connected Educator Month

Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, CEM offers highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to educators at all levels. Based on its success in 2012 and 2013, the initiative is poised to reach even more educators in 2014, through expanded partnerships and enhanced programming. The goals of CEM include getting more educators proficient with social media to improve their practice, deepening and sustaining learning among those already enjoying connection’s benefit, helping schools credential/integrate connected learning into their formal professional development efforts, and stimulating and supporting innovation in the field. | connectededucators.org