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Author - Lucy Gray

#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.

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.

Social Media and More at CUE 2016 National Conference

Copy of Logo 2016The CUE 2016 National Conference is almost here! As the official #notatcue social media coordinator, I thought I’d check in and give conference attendees an update for plans at this year’s event.

For the the past year, I’ve been monitoring social media at major CUE events from the comfort of my home outside Chicago. As much as I’d like to be there in person, this has been a great way to really focus on CUE-related social media streams. From my perspective, I almost feel like I’m at the conference, and it’s been inspiring to watch all the action from afar. The general buzz of CUE events has been energetic and the quality of presenters has been outstanding. I’ve learned so much and have grown to admire the level of expertise within the CUE community. California is definitely leading the way with innovation in education.

Some of my favorite livestreamed presentations from #CUE15 and the #FallCUE include:

So, if you will be #notatcue like me, don’t let that stop you from learning. Follow this year’s streamed sessions here: www.cue.org/live.  I also recommend using Participate.com’s new Participate Chat interface which allows you to monitor a hashtag and curate resources directly into your Participate Learning account. Participate Chats also allows you to save transcripts of twitter streams. Find the Participate Chat for #CUE16 here and the Participate Chat for #notatcue here.

For those of you who will be in attendance at the CUE 2016 National Conference, we encourage you to share early and share often. Please use the hashtag #CUE16 when using any social media channel. You’ll be able to keep tabs on posts in a variety of social media using this tagboard we’ve created: https://tagboard.com/CUE16/271999.

For the third time, we’ll also be offering digital badges to acknowledge CUE attendees’ participation in the conference. We’ve partnered again with BadgeList and have a brand new learning group for this year’s conference. Earn your digital credentials and share them easily to LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Badges are also embeddable on websites. We think this is a fun way to explore the world of micro credentials; perhaps you’ll find use for badges in your classroom or professional development program.

This year,  we are offering five digital badges that will be awarded to you once you’ve provided evidence of your learning. Hat tip to Danny Silva for once again designing a clever set!

attendCUE 16 Attendee badge

Attend the CUE 2016 National Conference this March and earn this badge.

Required evidence: Post a photo of yourself wearing your badge and write a brief reflection on conference learning goals you’ve set for yourself.

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CUE 16 Paparazzo badge

Take three pictures while attending the CUE 2016 National Conference.

Required evidence: Link to three photos taken at the conference depicting interesting conference happenings. Post these to social media and use the hashtag #CUE16.


 

social butterflyCUE 16 Social Butterfly badge

Post two pictures, selfies, or short video clips from a #CUE16 social event as evidence of having fun at the National Conference.

Required evidence: Post two photos or videos to the media site of your choice using the tag #CUE16. Submit links to BadgeList.

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CUE 16 Speaker badge

Post a link to your resources and share a few presenting tips.

Required evidence: Post a link to your presentation page in SCHED and include a link to your presentation resources. Add a few presenting tips for those new to the world of conference presentations.

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CUE 16 Tweeter badge

Post 3 original Tweets that uses the hashtag #CUE16 during March 2016. Pre and post-conference tweets also count!

Required evidence: Post three tweets right from BadgeList or link to tweets you’ve already posted. Tweets must contain the hashtag #CUE16.


To get started, go to BadgeList and create a free account. Join our #CUE16 learning group and submit evidence for each badge. We will be approving these as soon as possible and will continue to approve these through the end of April 2016.

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And there’s more… If you earn 3 out of 5 of these badges, you will be eligible for a real physical badge, too! These golden social media mastery badge stickers are in limited supply. Once you gather any 3 of the other 5 digital badges, you can collect a REAL GOLDEN STICKER for your laptop or device at the CUE Professional Learning booth located in the Mesquite Hallway in the Palm Springs Convention Center on Thursday, March 17, 1:30 pm-2 pm or Friday, March 18, 1:30-2pm and 4:30-5pm. After you have your golden social media sticker, take a picture and share it on social media.

Finally, don’t forget to follow CUE on other social media channels including Facebook. YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google+. And, I’ll also be available behind the scenes to answer any of your conference related questions. My Twitter handle is @elemenous and CUE’s is @cueinc. Please feel free to reach out to me if you need any assistance, and I’ll put you in touch with the right on-site contact.

Have a great conference, everyone! Looking forward to next week!


lucy greyCurrently 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.

Badging CUE 2015 Fall Conference

I’m back! Virtually, at least! Last March, I helped with social media and micro-credentialing efforts for the CUE 2015 Annual Conference from the comfort of my own home outside Chicago. My role was to keep an eye on social media streams, engage with conference attendees and those following virtually and to encourage attendees to demonstrate participation in CUE’s Badge List Learning groups. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the CUE staff, watching the livestream of some sessions and generally learning from CUE attendees via Twitter. The overall conference vibe was great, and I expect the CUE 2015 Fall Conference will produce much the same. Thus, I’m reprising my role as the CUE official #notatcue social media coordinator!

Once again Badge List has partnered with CUE to provide a new way of recognizing active conference participation. On Badge List, one can build, host, and award Mozilla Open Badges as well as collect and organize learning evidence. To participate in this pilot, please create an account on Badge list and join CUE’s learning group at no cost. Public learning groups for awarding badges are free forever; private groups are also available for a fee.

CUE’s Director of Technology Integration, Danny Silva has designed badges to be awarded at various CUE professional learning events. The following new ones are available for the CUE 2015 Fall Conference:

CUE 2015 Fall Conference Attendee badge

Evidence required: Tell us why you are at #fallCUE and then take a picture of your conference badge and post it to Badge List.

CUE 2015 Fall Conference Conference Photog badge

Evidence required: Share two photos of conference happenings… one to social media and the other to our Badge List learning group.

CUE 2015 Fall Conference Speaker badge

Evidence required: Link to your presentation on the CUE Conference schedule and share a presentation tip with others.

CUE 2015 Fall Conference Tweeter badge

Evidence required: Tweet three times over the course of the conference using the hashtag #fallCUE.

CUE 2015 Fall Conference Volunteer badge

Evidence required: Post evidence of being a #fallCUE volunteer. Take a picture of your volunteer ribbon on your conference badge and tell us what you enjoy the most about the experience.

CUE 2015 Fall Conference Affiliate badge

Evidence required: Tell us about your affiliate and submit a photo of your affiliate meeting at the CUE 2015 Fall Conference. Tag it #fallCUE.

CUE 2015 Fall Conference Hands-On Learner badge

Evidence required: Share your learning with us and provide evidence of a hands-on learning experience. Tell us how you will use what you’ve learned.

CUE 2015 Fall Conference Innovative Learner badge

Evidence required: Link to or tweet a link to a new tool that you discovered at #fallCUE. Describe how this new tool will impact learning in your classroom.

We hope that you will join us in exploring the potential of badging. Badge List has made some improvements since the CUE 2015 Annual Conference, and I’ll be approving badges once evidence is posted and as time allows. I’ll also be available behind the scenes to answer any of your conference related questions. My Twitter handle is @elemenous and CUE’s is @cueinc.

Follow CUE on other social media channels including Facebook. YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google+. Hashtags we’ll be using are #fallcue and #notatcue.

Looking forward to learning with everyone this week. See you all online soon!


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.