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Why Is This In My Room?- Starting the Year With EdTech

Hey, how’s your year starting? You have probably been delving into your own professional development, reading and research in preparation to be an even MORE awesome educator this school year. Part of being a well-equipped educator is knowing both how and when to use a variety of tools and resources to lead our students in […] Read More

Editorial: Screens Are NOT a Hoax

EDITORIAL We try to keep our ears to the ground here when it comes to the public buzzing around educational technology in schools. To be properly responsive and timely, we should know what people are saying about the various tools and techniques out in the world. On top of that, I’m a 5th grade teacher so […] Read More

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

I’ve lived in California all my life, from Southern California to the Central Coast to the Sierra Nevada foothills. Urban and suburban California: the home of Silicon Valley. Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. Rural California provides an astonishing amount of food for the United States. Did you know that if […] Read More

What Seymour Papert Meant to Us

Let’s play a game. Guess when the following quotes were first published: “[W]hen a child learns to program, the process of learning is transformed. It becomes more active and self-directed. In particular, the knowledge is acquired for a recognizable personal purpose. The child does something with it.” “[M]any children are held back in their learning […] Read More

Do We Still Need Standardized Tests? A Bold New Approach

-- Special Guest Editorial to the CUE Blog -- Over the past several years, there has been an ever-increasing uproar about the over-testing of our children, especially the big standardized tests imposed by the No Child Left Behind Law. These tests stressed out teachers and students while undermining our children’s opportunities to learn for several […] Read More

Competency-Based vs Personalized Learning: Dawn of Justice

Competency-based and personalized learning strategies are both best incorporated when they leverage technology tools which allow teachers to customize their standard curriculum. Classrooms are now equipped with smart boards, Internet access, mobile devices, digital cameras, along with other devices that relate specifically to a particular field of study. These devices, when used correctly, can enhance […] Read More

An EdTech Authentic Ending

It’s June, and you know that that means- The end of the school year. You’ve done so many amazing things with your students, but now what? How do we make the end of the year educational technology authentic?  The end of the year in my classroom was always a time for reflection, positivity, and gratitude. […] Read More

Student Learners become Leaders of Learning – a LeRoy Finkel Fellowship Follow-up

[Ed. Note- Katherine Goyette was one of the finalists of the LeRoy Finkel Fellowship Program at this year’s CUE 2016 National Conference. This will be the first in an on-going series checking in with LeRoy’s Big Idea winners. Applications for next year's LeRoy Finkel Fellowship will open in September.] #TigerTechTeam is a student led technology club, affecting […] Read More

Connecting Women and STEM

I saw Ayah Bdeir speak at SXSWedu in March, and I’m still not over it. Her insights and contributions to the future of STEM as the founder and CEO of LittleBits cannot be understated.  A critical component of the maker movement, LittleBits are used in classrooms and living rooms around the world to introduce kids […] Read More

PORTS: Making California State Parks Just a Click Away

Picture this. A kayak bobs on the gentle waves in the midst of a giant kelp forest. Nearby a raft of sea otters groom themselves as they float placidly anchored in the kelp. “Why do they have such dense fur?” a student asks. “What might be the benefits of a thick fur coat in the […] Read More