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Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Brandon Schut

Often at conferences, I feel torn between more than one session scheduled at the same time. I once got the advice from a colleague, “If you don’t know where to go, choose the presenter you know will make it worth your while.” While there will be many sessions on badging and micro credentialing, maybe even on Adobe Spark, at Fall CUE, Brandon Schut is going to bring his own flare to his sessions. You won’t want to miss this!

On a dusty, summer evening, in the early 1980s, a child was born. The parents of this child would soon recognize that he would go on to change the way society looks at men wearing sequin suits. After starting out at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, Brandon transferred to CSU Stanislaus to earn a degree in History. In the midst of graduating college, Brandon married a wonderful person who, luckily for their marriage, enjoys Survivorman Les Stroud just as much as he does. While in graduate school to earn an MA in English Literature, Brandon and his wife had a child. Two years later, they had another child. The perils, joys, horrors, work, love that goes into raising children helped push Brandon away from graduate school and he has yet to finish his MA in English Literature. He still enjoys debating the origin of language, though. In 2011, Brandon started work at the Stanislaus County Office of Education. At SCOE, he worked for the Northern California Medi-Cal Administrative Services Joint Powers Authority (NMAS-JPA) for two years, moved into the I.T. Department to assist with the financial system QCC for the next two years, and has been a happy member of the E.T.C. department for the last two years. In 2016, due in part to honor his birth-state, California, Brandon Schut attempted to brand the state’s name pronunciation to coincide with one of his favorite brassica oleracea type vegetables, cauliflower. He has yet to be successful. Interested in meeting Brandon? You might find him out kayaking through lakes in Emigrant Wilderness, enjoying a fine videogame online, or out twerking at the club.

What sessions are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Badging and Micro-credentialing for Adult Learners;

Sparknado

What inspired you to put these sessions together?

Sharknado was my inspiration for the Adobe Spark session. I mean, Sharknado 6 is a sequel about time travel, sharks, and tornados; what is better than that?

Why should someone attend?

Besides my paltry wit and mediocre presentation skills, people should attend because I kind of, sort of, probably don’t look like a young Ryan Reynolds and attendees will see that. People who do not attend will receive a lifetime supply of regret.

What’s your CUE Story?

I attempted to karaoke Montell Jordan’s hit single from 1995 “This is How We Do It,” at CUE Palm Springs 2016, but changed the hook to “This is How We CUE It!” It failed horribly, but my dance moves were on point!

To read more about these sessions and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Kelly Mendoza

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In this age of information overload, as a teacher, I often find it overwhelming trying to educate my students on what is worthy of using in the classroom. What is real? What is fake? How can we teach those critical thinking skills? Kelly Mendoza is tackling this problem head on. Check out her session at Fall CUE. 

Kelly oversees education programming and content strategy for Common Sense Education, including digital citizenship curriculum, interactive games, and online professional development for K-12 schools. Her goal is to develop research-based curricula and programs that help schools create a positive learning culture around media and technology.

What sessions are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Thinking Critically about the (fake!!) News; Can I Use That? Exploring copyright, fair use and creative commons

Why should someone attend?

This session will cover strategies on helping students be critical consumers and creators in an age of fake news and disinformation.

What’s your CUE Story?

I love CUE because of the people, passion, and pursuit of learning!

To read more about this session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Cynthia Lipsig

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Maybe you’ve seen it: that student who says she’s reading. She’s shaking her leg, flipping pages, certainly trying to make eye contact with her friend across the room. We all know she’s just faking it, especially since that is the fifth book she’s picked up this week to read in your class. How can we get her to start reading? I mean REALLY reading? Cynthia Lipsig has a solution: Read Dating. Check out all her tips and tricks at Fall CUE.

Cynthia is a Resource Area for Teachers Fellow. She holds a Masters in Instructional Science and Technology and is a proud MERIT 2015 Cohort participant. Cynthia is also Raspberry Pi certified educator.

 

What sessions are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Read dating: Speed dating books to find the perfect match

What inspired you to put this session together?

Fellow CUE attendees inspired me to go for a workshop vs. poster session. I really loved doing Read Dating poster sessions the past two years at Spring CUE but many ‘visitors’ wanted more than could be managed within a ‘passing period.’

Why should someone attend?

Over the last two years of presenting the poster session I have brainstormed, with my booth visitors, all kinds of fun ways to use this speed dating’ method to inspire students to pick up a book. So many cool ideas in passing I can imagine what we could do together for 55 minutes! I will be sharing anything I have created in support of this activity and any outside sources I utilize.

What’s your CUE Story?

Will Kimbley was my first introduction to CUE as well as being a tech mentor and friend. My first Spring CUE I went to a session presented by Megan Ellis then to another of hers in Fall and saw she was a participant in MERIT. I signed up, was granted a spot in the program, and one of the choice items was to present at CUE. I was so excited when my session was accepted I almost leaped out of my chair. Since then I have presented each year at Spring and three times at Fall plus local MBCUE and EdTech team events.

To read more about this session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Mark J Loundy

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Makerspaces. It’s one of those buzz words in education right now. You know you NEED to have one, but why? That’s exactly the mission Mark Loundy’s has taken on at Fall CUE. Come check out his session and learn why creating a space for students to explore their creativity will not only transform their learning, but improve your school culture. 

Mark Loundy is a former journalist, photographer and social media pioneer. As an online community manager at GeoCities at the turn of the century, he helped build the foundations of what we now call social media. He brings all of those skills to education as an innovative instructional technology specialist in Silicon Valley. He founded and operates the first makerspace in the Cupertino Union School District and leads both the video production team and after school tech team. The tech team is currently creating a coding language to operate a human “computer” in a virtual reality environment.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Elementary Makerspaces: Why and How (In that order.)

What inspired you to put this session together?

Nearly everybody knows about makerspaces and a lot of people want to start them. But not as many know the reasons to have a makerspace in a school.

Why should someone attend?

You’ll find out what a makerspace is, why you might want one and some of the practicalities involved in starting and running one.

What’s your CUE Story?

I found out about CUE from people I met at EdCamps. I started attending some regional events and then offered to present. Spring CUE was my first, both as an attendee and as a presenter.

To read more about this session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Genevieve Morgan

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I don’t think Socrates ever imagined students could have the wealth of information our students have at their finger tips. Although, I do believe he would have embraced technology as a conduit of turning that information into wisdom. Genevieve Morgan has taken good ol’ Socrates and brought him with her to the age of the computer. Drop by her session at Fall CUE to see she how she uses technology to enhance and deepen conversations. Socrates would be proud.  

Genevieve is interested in ways that tech can help connect kids to each other and the world; also in ways that tech can help them create and curate content, instead of being passive receivers. Creating authentic writing experiences is another area of interest—talk to her about having kids blog, post reviews to Goodreads, and use Google Docs.

What sessions are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Digital Socratic Seminars

What inspired you to put this session together?

Acknowledging the quiet kids and looking for ways for the more verbal ones to slow down, listen, and deepen their responses.

Why should someone attend?

Anyone interested in exploring new ways to foster discussion; anyone looking for ways to measure “engagement” instead of “participation.”

What’s your CUE Story?

I presented a few years ago and was struck with the other attendees and presenters. They are risk-takers and collaborators. You won’t find a more generous bunch—everyone is willing to share.

To read more about this session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Scott Moss

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One thing I ofter hear is, “I need more innovative options for NGSS.” This is probably because my running partner is a middle school science teacher. She has my ear at 5am as I’m panting trying to keep up with her. So many science teachers are in the same boat. They want better ways to teach the new standards. Scott Moss has a way to not only hit those standards, but also get students creating. Check out his session at Fall CUE. 

Scott Moss has worked in public education for 30 years and in higher education for 20 years. He works as an Instructional Technology Outreach Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Scott has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He had educational management jobs in two districts and the San Diego County Office of Education. He is a Google Certified Innovator, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, an Apple Teacher, and is Leading Edge Certified.

What sessions are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Coding to Create Science Simulations

What inspired you to put this session together?

When I saw how powerful and engaging science simulations such as PHET (https://phet.colorado.edu/) can be, I was inspired to have students create their own. Not only will students internalize the science concepts, but they can bring their creativity to the creation of something useful to others.

Why should someone attend?

In this session attendees will see how coding can be used by students to create their own science experiments and simulations. Attendees will see student examples at many grade levels and various branches of science. They will also be linked to a plethora of resources to help them get started.

What’s your CUE Story?

I have been presenting at CUE and SDCUE for more than two decades. It’s not an exaggeration to say that CUE has played a tremendous part in my professional life over that time.

To read more about this session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Devin Rossiter

I can’t tell you how many times I have searched Youtube hoping to find the perfect video to aide instruction, only to find ones of poor quality or not quite the right information. Devin Rossiter has the solution. Drop by his session at Fall CUE and learn how to make your own high quality, engaging videos from someone who knows what he’s doing. No more boring videos on content that doesn’t quite fit. It’s time to create. 

Devin Rossiter is an academic coach with a unique background in broadcast media specializing in math instruction in Bakersfield, CA. Originally from Staten Island, Devin supports teachers across California’s largest K-8 district in understanding the strategic depth of conceptual reasoning. He is a co-host for the long-running television program, “Do the Math”, and a former sports broadcaster/statistician.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

6 Tips and Techniques for Engagement When Presenting Video

What inspired you to put this session together?

I have walked through so many classrooms where the lights are off, a video is playing, and students are visibly checked out. Having worked in television, I see teaching with video as similar to producing a news broadcast. Media design is such important part of engaging your audience, and knowing what that experience is like for your end-user, your students, can do wonders for getting more out of using video as an instructional tool.

Why should someone attend?

This session is great for any teacher or administrator who is looking to present lessons or PD more effectively. We all have that really great segment or illustration of key concepts, but as Marshall Macluan states, “The message is the medium.” I’ll share some important research in communication theory, tools and techniques for presentation suites such as PowerPoint and Google Slides, and elements of video production.

What’s your CUE Story?

I came to Bakersfield 12 years ago to pursue a childhood dream of being a sports broadcaster. While attending Northeastern University, I worked as the sports director for the student radio station and a producer for the top sports talk station in the country for teams like the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. My first job after graduation fulfilled my dream, announcing minor league hockey for the Bakersfield Condors. After I left the field to settle down, I entered education and all those media skills transferred immediately.

I used some of my contacts from sports to support our shift into Common Core, and in the meantime began presenting for my district. Sharing ideas, research, and design models in the PD setting felt natural, and I began to put myself out there to broader audiences, and in the past year I’ve presented at conferences and summits at every geographic level.

To read more about this session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Laurie Roberts

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Data should drive instruction. Yes. We know. But why does it have to be so difficult, time-consuming and monotonous to collect? Well, Laurie Roberts has the solution for your PLCs. Check out her session at Fall CUE.

Laurie Roberts is a veteran CUE presenter. She believes in bringing the party. Everywhere. Even in sessions about data. She is a District EdTechnologist in the East Bay and serves with pleasure on the East Bay CUE board, her local affiliate. You might know her best as EdtechYoda on Twitter. Laurie will bring all her energy and knowledge to Fall CUE this October to share. Be sure to pop in  and ask her all about the “orange sauce.”

What sessions are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Ready, SET, go! Creating EdTech-infused, Content-based PLCs and Get InFORMed: Using Google Forms to Get the Data You Want

What inspired you to put these sessions together?

The PLC session was inspired by the success (though small) of putting together a science and EdTech PLC with a variety of secondary teachers. The Google Forms session was something I felt was needed- a 101 style session to give people a foundation in Forms and Sheets.

Why should someone attend?

Those who are interested in improving their basic Forms/Sheets skills should definitely attend my Forms session cuz… DATA! (Nothing more fun and exciting than DATA!)

What’s your CUE Story?

I supply people with orange sauce. That is all.

To read more about this session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

FallCUE Speaker Showcase: Corey Coble

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If you are attending Fall CUE this year in American Canyon near the beautiful Napa countryside, you will find far more than just the best wine in the world. You will find some of the best educators in the world. Many of these top-notch educators will be presenting sessions that are sure to invigorate and innovate your classroom on Monday. Corey Coble, from Roseville, California is one of those educators. He is hosting an all day session for those new to Google Apps. 

Corey has been a classroom teacher for 25 years. He has taught grades TK through 7th Grade. Currently, he teaches 7th grade Science, History and Project Lead The Way. He prides himself with always trying to integrate technology in the classroom to help students have the best possible experiences.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

CUE LAUNCH

What inspired you to put this session together?

I am really looking forward to sharing this all day session to dive into Google Apps.

Why should someone attend?

You should attend this session to learn more how to use Google Apps in the classroom. If you attend this session, you will walk away with a fundamental understanding of how Google Apps can work in the classroom.

What’s your CUE Story?

I started my CUE journey many years ago when I attended a CUE Rockstar Camp in Lake Tahoe. After attending this camp, I started to present at various CapCUE events in the Sacramento area. I’ve now had the opportunity to present at numerous CUE events around California.

To read more about Corey’s session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

OnCUE Chats with Michael Vollmert

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Gold Disks are CUE’s oldest recognition program. A Gold Disk is a recognition of the recipient’s contributions to CUE and to technology in learning. What does it mean to be a Gold Disk Award winner? Find out from one in the following interview.

What does winning the CUE Gold Disk Award for Gold Coast CUE board president mean to you?

The Gold Disk Award is humbling, and I’m honored that I’ve been considered along with such an esteemed group of past winners. I guess in a sense there’s some personal satisfaction that the work I’ve done has garnered some recognition, but my measuring stick for that has always been the end result with students and teachers. I’ve never really been comfortable being recognized or “in the limelight.”

Tell me about your position at the Rio School District and your scope of responsibilities?

I’m retired, but when I was with Rio, I was the director of technology. I worked with the superintendent and the rest of the leadership team to integrate technology with student-centered pedagogy to build inquiry-based learning environments for kids and teachers. And, I worked directly with students and teachers on various projects—making a video about a scale model view of the solar system that spanned the entire city, for example, setting up collaborative projects between students in Finland or at other schools in the U.S. and our students, or tracking the length of the sun’s shadow over an entire school year and building math skills around the results.

Why did you choose to become an educator?

My career path did not follow a planned track. I started teaching after working in industry for several years. I wanted to make a difference and help students build skills they need to fulfill their dreams. After teaching for a long time, I became an administrator, worked at a few high schools, then went to the district office and ultimately wound up as a technology director.

What is the biggest challenge facing California schools today, and how can it be overcome?

The biggest challenge has to do with pedagogy. In education, we’re at a crossroads where traditional education has focused primarily on content and skills, while modern needs require empowered skills in learning, communicating, and collaborating. Teachers like those who have joined CUE and similar organizations are fully engaged in these conversations, but that’s a small percentage of teachers across the state. We need to engage all teachers and administrators in this conversation and move toward a new pedagogical framework—much in the way Finland has.

When did you join CUE and why?

I joined CUE when I was a teacher back in the late ’80s /early ’90s because it was a place where teachers were having great conversations about improving teaching and learning for students and were using tools that made it possible to do things that otherwise would not be possible.

Where does CUE need to grow?

CUE’s main growth needs to be in engaging more teachers across the state, especially at a local level, in conversations about teaching and learning and how we can effectively empower all students to be capable, nimble learners regardless of the content or field of study.

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Mike Vollmert

Where are you from and what do you like to do in your limited spare time?

I was born and raised in Oxnard and still live there. My spare time is less limited now than when I had a full-time job, and I’m working hard to make the best use of the time I have. I still work with teachers and students in a few schools and districts, as well as doing some work with CUE (I chair the Affiliate/Learning Network Committee, work as a Lead Learner, and do JET Reviews for various schools and districts). Outside of that, I build acoustic and electric guitars and do projects in my woodshop; I’m taking guitar and piano lessons; I do a good deal of off-road exploring of the Southwest U.S.; and I try to get in workouts every day by riding my road or mountain bike, hiking, or hitting the gym. My wife is a first-grade teacher. When she has breaks, we try to travel somewhere.