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Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Laura Bradley

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I’m not going to lie. When I saw Laura Bradley’s name on the schedule for Fall CUE, I may have squealed. Laura introduced me to NaNoWriMo a few years ago, and she has continued to inspire me since. She will be presenting this session, along with another on growing your PLN, in less than two weeks in the Napa Valley! I kind of hope you squeal a little, too. 

Laura Bradley has been teaching middle school English in Sonoma County, California since 1988. She also developed curriculum for and teaches a design lab class and a broadcast media class, where her students produce the school’s daily news show. Laura holds an M.A. in Educational Technology, and is a Google Certified Innovator/Educator, PBS Digital Innovator All-Star, National Board Certified Teacher, Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultant, and first place winner of the Henry Ford Teacher Innovator Award.

What sessions are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Ignite the Writer in Every Student with the NaNoWriMo Challenge and Find Your People and Build Your PLN

What inspired you to put this session together?

Seven years ago I challenged my 8th graders to write a novel in a month with NaNoWriMo, and their responses were so incredibly enthusiastic, and the benefits to their writing, their insights as readers, their self-esteem, and their overall academic attitudes were so profound that I knew my classroom would never be the same. I’ve been a passionate advocate ever since because every student deserves to write the story that matters to them, and every teacher deserves to see what happens when students do so. In addition to being a powerful real-world writing project, NaNoWriMo also gives students lots of experience writing with digital tools, participating in an online writing community, establishing an academic digital presence, and publishing their work.

Some of us have taught so long we remember struggling to connect with and learn from other educators before the internet even existed (gasp – how did we do it?!?). But now there are so many generous teachers sharing their work online that we need never suffer alone in our classrooms again. Teachers from all across the country (and beyond) have inspired and influenced my own classroom, and I want other teachers to see how easy it is to find and build one’s own PLN with the click of a mouse (or the touch of a screen).

Why should someone attend?

Ignite the Writer in Every Student with the NaNoWriMo Challenge: Attendees will hear from students themselves how NaNoWriMo affected them as writers and readers, and they will see how they can break down the daunting task of writing a novel so that their students can be successful. They will also get a tour of the online community that supports student writers, plus tips for using the free curriculum in their classrooms, and lots of novel-writing resources. Oh, and stickers. They’ll get stickers. And buttons! 🙂

Find Your People and Build Your PLN: Attendees will learn how online communities can support, inspire and challenge them, while also giving them access to a wealth of education resources. During the session they will learn about and have the option of joining three online communities (Twitter, Edutopia and PBS) and begin exploring their resources.

What’s your CUE Story?

I attended my first Spring CUE in 2012 and I’ve been a fan ever since. In April 2017 I presented NaNoWriMo at a North Bay CUE event, and then I was thrilled to bring NaNoWriMo to Spring CUE in Palm Springs last March. I also wrote a blog post for CUE in July 2017 on the same topic.

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: Teri Dix

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Google Classroom has not only made me a more organized teacher, it has brought the level of engagement in my classroom to an all time high. And GC just keeps getting better. Come check out all the ways Google Classroom can work for you with Teri Dix at Fall Cue.

Teri Dix has been in education for 26 years and never gets tired of learning new things. She believes in the importance of students taking ownership of their learning. She is a Google level 1&2 educator and Google Certified Trainer.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Google Classroom Basics and Beyond

What inspired you to put this session together?

Many teachers are comfortable with Google Classroom and using it with their students. Many are ready for the next level, using Classroom to increase collaboration in the classroom: student to student, student to teacher, student to world.

Why should someone attend?

I will start with the basics, emphasizing all of the updates to classroom and then more on to work flow and collaboration. I’ll be showing apps that help with these items and well as ways to give powerful feed back.

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: Brandon Blom

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Homework. Parents and teachers often have very passionate feelings about the topic. But what is right for students? Does homework really help academic achievement? Come check out the research and join the conversation with Brandon Blom at Fall CUE. It is time to look at our homework practices closely and revaluate what is truly worth our students’ time outside of school. 

Brandon is the Director of Educational Technology for the Roseville City School District. He is passionate about making school fun for students and staff, as well as looking critically at what we do in our schools in order to meet the needs of our students. He has been a CUE Rockstar Teacher camp presenter, CUE Rockstar Admin presenter​,​ NAESP presenter, and keynote speaker.

What sessions are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Why and How to Move Away from Traditional Homework

What inspired you to put this session together?

As an educator I think it is important to always look critically at our practices and make sure we are doing what is right for students, not just do something because it has always been done a certain way. As a teacher I limited the amount of homework that went home to students and saw test scores increase. As a principal I would see homework go home that would frustrate parents, students, and even teachers. I started looking what research actually says about homework, and was surprised with what I found.

Why should someone attend?

Homework is still a hot topic for a lot of teachers and schools. In the session you will get research around homework, discussion around what actually benefits students academically, and ideas of how you can change your current practice. I also always make sure attendees leave with a few new tech tools and ideas.

What’s your CUE Story?

I went to my first CUE Rockstar Camp in Petaluma. It was amazing to be around so many people that were passionate about challenging ideas and pushing students and staff further. My elementary school hosted a CUE Rockstar Teacher Camp the following year. I have been lucky enough to present at a teacher camp, CUE Rockstar Admin, as well as Fall CUE.

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: Marisa Thompson and Brooke Tobia

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How can you ensure parent conferences are a positive learning experience for students? Student led conferences! Join Marisa Thompson and Brooke Tobia at their session at Fall CUE to learn the ins and outs of this very successful practice. 

With over 15 years of experience within education, Brooke Tobia has been a constant leader in innovative practices. Within her career, Brooke has served as a math consultant, middle school math teacher, math coach, and math lead. Her practice of working within all levels (intervention through advanced math) is supported through the relevant methods of project based learning, student digital portfolios, student led conferences and student-ran businesses.

Marisa Thompson (M.A. Teacher Education) has more than a decade of experience teaching various levels of English including AP, College Prep, Remedial, and Transitional for English Learners. She is a member of the district’s ELA vertical, OER, Digital Portfolios, and Modern Learning Spaces teams, a designated cooperating teacher for CSUSM and private universities, and a Professional Development instructor for the University of San Diego. Marisa has worked as a coach and advisor, and chaperoned educational trips to Europe, South America, and Asia.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

…And Student-Led Conferences for ALL!

What inspired you to put this session together?

Conferences should be a place for ALL students to shine. Rather than only meeting families for discussions about negative behavior or low performance, let’s make conferences a positive learning experience for ALL students in ALL grades.

Why should someone attend?

Student-Led Conferences offer students everything we hope to teach: autonomy, student voice and choice, authentic audiences, creativity, digital literacy, collaboration, reflection, goal-setting, complex problem-solving, critical thinking, a greater respect for education, and hope for their future. It is a true example of students owning their learning.

What’s your CUE Story?

Having presented at CTA’s Good Teaching Conferences and Deeper Learning, we wanted to bring this successful program to more teachers so students every can benefit from this shift to student-led, learner-centered experience.

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: Todd Sinclair

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When I went to my first CUE event, what stood out to me mostly was of course the amazing energy of the presenters, but also the practical pedagogy that was being taught. The sessions weren’t about some theory that you had to then create lessons or completely revamp your classroom plans to accommodate. I left with useful tools to increase learning and engagement the NEXT school day. This year’s Fall CUE is no different.

Todd Sinclair’s session on Eduprotocols will teach the tools you can use on Monday. Todd is a 5th Grade teacher at Oster Elementary School in the Union Elementary School District and is excited to share his strategies with you. 

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Getting Started With The 8 pARTS Eduprotocol

What inspired you to put this session together?

I was introduced to this a few years ago at a district PD led by Jon Corippo. I have enjoyed the high engagement and quick feedback it has provided me in my classroom and wanted to pass along my experiences getting it going.

Why should someone attend?

Attendees will have the tools to take this back on Monday and feel comfortable jumping right in with 8 pARTS. It is a great introduction to one of the many helpful Eduprotocols created by Marlena Hebern and Jon Corippo.

What’s your CUE Story?

I am very fortunate to work in a district that created a technology leadership/training program that exposed me to a number of great teaching communities. Attending a CUE conference and presenting at district run events was part of the program. I was encouraged by a number of peers to try to present at a CUE event to share some of the things that I’ve been able to do in my classroom. I’ve borrowed/learned so much from other generous teachers I felt it was time I jumped in and shared to a wider audience. I also think it is important to present at events like this as it opens a great discussion with my own students about presenting in the classroom, even when we aren’t 100% comfortable being in front of a group. I have learned so much from CUE events as both an attendee and presenter. I look forward to continuing my learning journey with CUE.

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: Elizabeth Wisnia

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One of my favorite things about Fall CUE is the opportunity to learn and collaborate with educators who serve students in so many different roles. Elizabeth Wisnia works for the California Department of Education and will bring her expertise for all in the Napa Valley in just a few weeks!

In addition to being the Data Privacy and Data Governance Consultant for the California Department of Education (CDE), Elizabeth Wisnia is a runner, baker, wife to a comic book artist/musician, and mom to two karate-sparring, basketball-playing, Fornite-loving boys.

What sessions are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

(1) Painless Privacy: Empowering Educators and Students to Safely Create Content

(2) Don’t You…Forget About…

What inspired you to put this session together?

In addition to being a data privacy advocate, I am a lover of technology…of the possibilities, creativity, connectivity, inspiration, and personalized learning that can be unlocked through innovation. I am inspired by those who use the great power of technology to make the world a better place and would love to encourage educators and students to harness and use technology safely, responsibly, creatively, and powerfully.

Why should someone attend?

Participants who attend these sessions will receive practical tips for bolstering privacy when exploring and contributing to the digital world. Strategies for responding to fears about privacy from parents and other constituents will also be shared. Resources for staying current on scams, privacy laws/best practices, and digital citizenship will be disseminated.

Further, these sessions will be great opportunities to ask the CDE questions and provide feedback on how we can best serve and support you and your colleagues.

What’s your CUE Story?

I am forever grateful to my friend and colleague Geoff Belleau (former Ed Tech Teacher and Current CDE Ed Tech Consultant) for introducing me to the CUE Community and encouraging me to attend/submit.

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: Nupur Sethi

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As an English teacher, who began teaching with an Apple IIe, I remember collecting work all year long to create portfolios. I had bins full of projects and writing assignments for each student. I believe these collections created more dust than meaningful reflection. With the advent of better technology, not only can we eliminate the dust magnet, we can also create portfolios that are useful to student learning. Nupur Sethi has just the session at Fall CUE to teach you all about it!

Nupur Sethi is a middle school math and English language teacher in San Jose, California. As a Merit’18 Fellow and Leading Edge Certified Professional Learning Leader, Nupur is passionate about innovation and integration of technology in classrooms to support the development of creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.. She is passionate about cognitive engagement, student voice, and project based learning in the classroom. She loves making her lesson come alive through innovative ideas and have student create meaningful digital project that reflects content learning. She heavily uses edu-tech tools to amplify students’ voice and to share her students’ creation beyond the classroom.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Digital Portfolios using Google Sites

What inspired you to put this session together?

Google sites made my professional life simpler, elegant and meaningful. The simplicity of the tool with its innumerable benefits that I experienced inspired me to pass this on to others.

Why should someone attend?

Do you want to a sustainable way to store your and students’ work? Do you want to organize all that you have created in one place? This is the place to come to learn how to create a digital portfolio.

What’s your CUE Story?

It was a love at first sight! I attended Spring CUE 2017 and I was head over heels with CUE and since then would look for every opportunity to come closer to my love CUE! The keynote speakers and presenters left a lasting impression on me and they changed me as a teacher and a edu-craftswoman. I felt that I had learned so much! When I went back to my classroom, I changed the face of my classroom. My curiosity keeps leading me to learn more and implement innovative tools. I have seen my students’ reap the benefit of my learning. I feel responsible to share my learning and the things I have learned from the implementing those ideas. I am Merit’18 fellow, my desire to pass on learning and motivation from my mentors encouraged me to apply. I am excited to help others so they can help amplify students’ voice and their creation!

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: Kyle Anderson

Tired of students yawning through your presentations? Hoping for more student engagement with your slides? Time to check out Pear Deck with Google Slides presented by Nevada’s very own Kyle Anderson. He will light the fire that sparks your students in his session at Fall CUE. Check it out!

Kyle is a special education teacher, working with social studies, at Carson High School in Carson City, NV. He is a Google Certified Educator, Level 1 & 2, a Pear Deck Certified Coach, a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, and an Apple Teacher. Find Kyle on Twitter (@AndersonEdTech), Voxer (andersonedtech), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/andersonedtech/) his blog at www.andersonedtech.net, and as co-host of The BeerEDU Podcast, found wherever you get your podcasts.

What sessions are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Pear Deck + Google Slides = The Perfect Pear!

What inspired you to put this session together?

I’ve been using Pear Deck for a few years and I know how it has enhanced my teaching and impacted student learning. When I talk to people about Pear Deck and how much I love it, I get a lot of blank stares from people that have never heard of it or have never tried it. It’s time that the masses are introduced to a powerful, lesson changing tool that engages students and activates critical thinking skills!

Why should someone attend?

Looking for that holy grail of 100% student engagement? Struggling to do that with traditional presentations? Come see how Pear Deck will take your presentations to the next level and get every student in your class 100% engaged!

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: The Intelligent Hoodlums

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One of the best reasons to go to Fall CUE is to meet and connect with other educators. Don’t get me wrong, the learning can’t be beat. But the people are the real reason to make the trek to American Canyon High School. This year, I am seeking out this duo. Coffee loving educators who love pop culture, hip hop and innovation? I’m in. 

Webs and Mike are the dynamic duo more commonly known as The Intelligent Hoodlums. With 25+ years of teaching experience between them, these Apple Distinguished Educators believe in creativity and coffee above all else. Mike is a PBS Digital Innovator, PBS Digital Innovator All Star, and Teach Plus fellow. Webs is a software developer by day spreading pedagogical practices throughout the tech industry.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Cue the Remix: Design Thinking & ELA

What inspired you to put this session together?

We’ve been big fans of design thinking for a few years now. Combining the principles of design thinking with the ideas presented by American architect, Louis Sullivan we concocted The Sullivan Method – function, form, aesthetic – as the building blocks for solutioning for just about any problem. As with all of our work, we draw inspiration from music – hip hop in particular – and pop culture – movies, comics, tv, and video games.

Why should someone attend?

Love a little. Laugh a little. Take home some templates. Build your PLN. Walk away with a strategy you can use TOMORROW that requires little to no prep and empowers your students to think critically, empathize, and adapt to any challenge.

What’s your CUE Story?

Let’s make stuff together and drink coffee while we do it. That’s pretty much our story. We want to build things that equip educators and their students for a world that hasn’t been dreamt of yet. We want to build relationships with and between people because things are better when you build them together. We want to build content that is fun, practical, and saves time and energy. We’re here because someone thought, “Let’s give those weirdos a chance,” and for that we are humbled, grateful, and ready to show the world when in doubt, trust a hoodlum.

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: Kimberly Franklin

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Want to be a Super Cybercitizen and teach your students to be the same? Come check out Kimberly Franklin’s session at Fall CUE. She can help us all end cyberbullying!

Kimberly Franklin is a children’s STEM book author and educator. Her career includes curriculum development for Disney Institute, Walden University, and NASA. Most recently, she was a featured presenter at STEMCon and the OC Children’s Book Fair.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Creating Cybercitizens vs. Cyberbullies

What inspired you to put this session together?

I’m on a mission to change the trajectory of cyberbullying statistics. Please join in the movement. #SafeinCyberspace

Why should someone attend?

Come get certified to as a Super Cybercitizen! This workshop is appropriate for elementary and middle school teachers motivated to promote digital citizenship in their classrooms and at their schools. We will explore the statistics together and devise ways to combat against cyberthreats and cyberbullies through print and online resources, lesson plans, and parent involvement. We’ll have some fun through role playing too. Together we can make a difference to end the negative effects of cyberbullying.

What’s your CUE Story?

This is my third CUE, and I’m thrilled to be an attendee and presenter. I recently wrote a STEM book for children, Max and The Mouse Safe in Cyberspace to promote digital citizenship, and I was a featured author and presenter at the Spring CUE and STEMCon 2018.

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.