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#CUE17- The Game

For the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure and honor of working on CUE conferences, mostly from afar at my homebase outside of Chicago, Illinois. My role has been to monitor social media, contribute to virtual conversations, and share ideas and resources with the #notatcue folks who are participating from a distance. I’ve also had the opportunity to work on using digital badging as a way to document professional learning at CUE events. I’m excited to say that I will physically (rather than digitally) be in attendance at this year’s CUE 2017 National Conference and will be helping out wherever needed. I can’t wait to attend this conference and experience its energy in person!

The full conference schedule is available here and for those #notatcue, don’t forget that you will be able to catch some of the action online at cue.org/live. You can also follow conversations and glean resources if you follow the hashtags #notatcue and #CUE17 on Twitter and Instagram.

Keynote speakers at #CUE17 include poet and former teacher Taylor Mali, mathematics professor Jo Boaler, educator George Couros, and arts educator Cathy Hunt. Spotlight speakers include Darryl Adams, Nicole Dalesio, Hall Davidson, Leslie Fisher, Karen Janowski, Brad Montague, Tom Murray, Mark Ray, and Toni Robinson. As noted above, many of these featured speakers and keynotes will be livestreamed here.

Attendees shouldn’t miss out on the special features and events at the CUE 2017 National Conference:

CUE is pleased to partner with ChromeWarrior to offer a Gamified PD #CUE17 Online Game similar to the one CUE member Cate Tolnai introduced to 2016 Fall CUE attendees to gamify their learning environment. Using Chrome Warrior, attendees can document their interactions with various components of #CUE17 and provide evidence of their learning in a fun way, while earning digital badges and stickers.

To get started with #CUE17 – The Game, visit https://cue.chromewarrior.net/. This year’s three game pathways powered by Chrome Warrior are:

#CUE17 Explorer – Activities required to earn this badge revolve around getting to know many aspects of the CUE 2017 National Conference. Visiting the STEAMPunk playground to meet robots, the exhibition hall to meet vendors, and attending a CUE affiliate meeting are just a few example activities.

#CUE17 Connector – This badge is all about connecting to the #CUE17 community. In this mission, CUE 2017 National Conference attendees can earn a badge for volunteering, presenting, and connecting with other educators at the conference.

#CUE17 Learner – Show what you know in order to get this badge. Activities in this category all revolve around sharing what you’ve learned at this year’s conference.


#CUE17 Virtual Attendees – #notatcue folks can also earn a badge (digital badges only) by participating in activities from home. Watch a live session from this year’s conference, view a recorded archived session, or participate in the #CUE17 Twitter stream.

Players that complete the three conference missions, Explorer, Connector, and Learner, will receive the prized #CUE17 EDU Warrior level badge and sticker!


For those attending the CUE 2017 National Conference, you can also earn a physical sticker in addition to a digital badge for the Explorer, Connector, and Learning categories.


Pick up your badge stickers at the HUB@CUE booth in the middle of the Exhibit Hall on the following dates and times:

Thursday, March 16th  –  1 PM to 3 PM

Friday, March 17th –  9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 1 PM to 4 PM

Saturday, March 18 –  9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

That’s all the news that’s fit to print for right now! Before the CUE 2017 National Conference starts, take time to go through the conference program and select sessions that may be of interest. 

Fire up your Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram accounts and start sharing the pending excitement over social media with #CUE17. And, don’t forget to keep on the CUE blog where news and updates will be posted from time to time. Follow #CUEchat Tuesday, March 14 at 7pm for final conference tips and tricks. See you soon in Palm Springs!

Currently an education consultant advising a variety of organizations,Lucy Gray previously taught elementary grade levels in Chicago Public Schools and middle school computer science at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She also has worked at the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute and the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education. In 2007, Lucy founded the Global Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in collaboration which has been expanded into the Global Education Conference. Lucy also has received the distinctions of Apple Distinguished Educator and Google for Education Certified Innovator. For further information and resources, please check out her website at http://lucygrayconsulting.com.

Finding My Way In Palm Springs

The CUE 2017 National Conference is right around the corner, so I’m here to tell you what you’ll find around the corners at the conference.*

I suggest adding this link to your Use At National list of helpful websites. Behind those friendly blue underlined words lay your one stop shop for all your CUE 2017 National Conference map needs. But, because I’m a nice guy, and because my boss told me to, I’m going to give you some of the highlights and changes from last year.

The CUE 2017 National Conference has taken place at the Palm Springs Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, and the Hilton. We are thrilled to announce that we’ve expanded to the Riviera as well. What can we say? When there’s so many incredible sessions to host we need as much space as we can get.

“But Doug,” I hear you ask. “Those aren’t next to each other. What if I want to get from one hotel to another in hurry so as to not miss valuable learning? My online schedule is packed! Isn’t there a faster way than walking?” I’m glad you asked, Imaginary Conference Goer. There is. We are bringing back our shuttle service-

Photo by Danny Silva – www.iteachag.org

The Green Shuttle leaves from the PSCC every thirty minutes on the hour and half hour.

ROUTE (returns in reverse):
– V Palm Springs – If staying at the Vagabond Inn, walk to the V
– Ace Hotel
– The Saguaro
– Courtyard
– Palm Springs Convention Center


The Blue Shuttle leaves the PSCC every ten minutes

– Hyatt Regency Palm Springs
– Hilton Palm Springs -From the back of the Hard Rock, walk over to the Hilton
– Palm Springs Convention Center
– Thursday evening will be modified because of the Street Fair


The Red Shuttle leaves the PSCC every fifteen minutes

– Riviera
– Palm Springs Convention Center


Keep an eye on this space as the CUE 2017 National Conference gets closer to know more. We’ll be having posts about badging at the conference among others. We’ve already had blogs about the LeRoy’s Big Idea session on Saturday, 3/18, the Future Ready sessions by Spotlight Speaker Tom Murray, and Divergent Thinking by Closing Keynote Cathy Hunt. In the words of Agent K, “Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”

*That was clever, right? That’s why I make the big buck.

Doug Robertson - CUE Guest Blog EditorDoug Robertson is the CUE Blog Editor and an eleventh-year teacher currently talking at fifth graders in Northern Oregon. He’s taught in California, Hawaii, and Oregon in 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades. He’s the author of two books about education, He’s the Weird Teacher and THE Teaching Text (You’re Welcome), one novel, The Unforgiving Road, and is an active blogger. Doug speaks at teaching conferences including CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps, presenting on everything from technology to teaching philosophy (or teaching The Weird Way, to use his words).  Doug is also the creator and moderator of #WeirdEd on Twitter, which happens every Wednesday at 7pm PST.

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