2016 Fall CUE Overview

This weekend brings another fabulous CUE event to educators interested in educational technology, the CUE 2016 Fall Conference. Held at the American Canyon High School in beautiful Napa Valley, this sold out conference will bring the latest and greatest in educational innovation to Northern California. For those not able to attend, there are some opportunities to participate virtually. I’ll be one of those #notatcue people, and will be engaging with #fallcue followers via social media from my home just outside of Chicago. I’m excited to serve as CUE’s social media ambassador from afar for my fourth CUE event! It has been really great to follow CUE’s Fall and National Conferences; the energy exuded by attendees transcends social media channels!


As usual, CUE and its team are looking to bring the most current and most innovative ideas to #fallcue attendees. Most notably, this year Cate Tolnai, who serves as a director on the Capitol CUE Board, has taken the lead with a new initiative to engage #fallcue attendees. CUE has partnered with Chrome Warrior to gamify the conference experience and you can read more about it here. There will be three game pathways: #cuesteampunk, #cuerockstar, and #fallcue social media mastery. Physical badges will be given for tasks accomplished at the CUE STEAMpunk playground on Friday, October 28 and at the CUE Student-Powered Showcase on Saturday. I’ve tried this gamification and it’s super fun…. I know CUE attendees will love using it and will be thinking of classroom applications immediately.

Other highlights include #fallcue keynote speakers! Opening the conference will be the inspirational Dave Burgess of Teach Like a Pirate Fame. If you’ve never experienced Dave’s presentations before, you are in for a treat. Make sure to check out his website to purchase his best-selling book, Teach Like a Pirate. He will also be signing books immediately following his keynote at 9:45 AM in the CUE Gear Store.

On Saturday, Stanford freshman Rachel Gardner will close Fall CUE. She is a graduate of Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, where she served as the first CEO of Chap Research, an extracurricular program focused on innovation through project-based learning. Note that her successor in the Chap Research CEO position is Riya Aggarwal and she will be appearing at the CUE Student-Powered Showcase as well. CUE is thrilled to showcase these amazing students!

Also, as part of the closing keynote, #fallcue attendees will hear from Katherine Coogan and Antonia Dapena-Tretter of the San Francisco family-based Walt Disney Family Museum. These museum educators will spotlight the museum’s most recent technology-based learning developments. The Closing Keynote and Spotlight sessions can be viewed live online at http://www.cue.org/live (note that the Opening Keynote will not be broadcast).

Perennial CUE favorites will also serve as featured speakers at #fallcue. Look for Hall Davidson, Leslie Fisher, Rushton Hurley, in the conference online program. Administrator Tony Sinanis  is also joining Fall CUE as a featured speaker for the first time. Also, be sure to check out the *NEW* CUE STEAMpunk Playground (Friday only) and the CUE Student-Powered Showcase (Saturday only). And, don’t forget that CUE affiliate meetings take place Saturday at noon. Grab your lunch and join your local affiliate for a great networking opportunity!

For those #notatcue, make sure to check out these sessions and keynotes which will be livestreamed, and follow all the action on Twitter using the hashtags #fallcue and #notatcue. You will be able to glean a great deal just from jumping into our Twitter stream. We’ve created a Tagboard to aggregate most social media posts to make this easy for you. Additionally, Doug Robertson and Bill Selak are taking over Snapchat duties, and you can follow our Snapchat stories here on your mobile device.  If you’re new to Snapchat, check out this guide from AJ Juliani.

Here’s to a great conference! Share what you learn often because together we can accomplish great things to support student learning!

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 Certified Teacher. For further information and resources, please check out her website at http://lucygrayconsulting.com.

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