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A Hero’s Journey to CUE Rock Star Chico

Think about a character in your favorite movie, and the journey they go on. Listen for the call to adventure, accept the challenge, conquer fears, and claim the treasure they seek. My journey in being a faculty member for CUE Rock Star Chico follows this very outline. My journey with CUE started about three years […] Read More

I Saw it on Facebook! Focusing School Communities on Literacy with Social Media

The jury is in. Building relationships matters. In fact, it may be the thing that matters most in teaching and learning.  If you want to build relationships, you’ve got to go where the people are. In my neck of the woods, the people are on Facebook , which means so am I, and I am […] Read More

Rock Star Camp: Embark on a Hero’s Journey

The 2014-2015 school year was the educational equivalent of my morning cappuccino, a concoction causing me to gulp down the year in a fiendish, caffeinated frenzy. And it all started with CUE. Finding CUE was the answer to many years of hitting my head against the walls of outdated pedagogy. For those of you that live […] Read More

Let Paperslide Into Your Class

Isn't it great when you walk away from a keynote with something you can actually use immediately? This is what happened when I saw Lodge McCammon give the closing keynote at IntegratED IPDX 2017 in February. He introduced us to Paperslides, a new-to-me combining of the low tech paper-glue-and-scissors we all love and miss with […] Read More

Breaking Into Breakout EDU

What exactly is this Breakout EDU thing I keep hearing about? You may have heard about escape rooms, where you pay someone to lock you and your friends in a room and you must collaborate to solve puzzles within the time limit in order to escape. People do this for fun! And they actively seek […] Read More

Blending Together – Creating and Bringing Videos Into Class

Today I asked my students who their favorite musicians are. It was a natural extension of a conversation we were having that sprang from the curriculum and I was genuinely curious. I am an Old, and I don't know what The Kids are into these days. I mean, Taylor Swift is my jam, but other […] Read More

Your Internet History is Now For Sale

Most of us are acutely aware of the fact that everything you do on the Internet can be monitored and tracked by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Every site you visit, how long you spend on the site, what you click on, etc., can be logged and is typically maintained by your ISP. And it […] Read More

A Look Back- CUE 2017 National Conference (Plus Puppets)

Looking back on CUE 2017, I am struck by the number of small moments in a venue so large it requires maps and guides. With nearing 8000 attendees, how could I possibly compose a reflection post that accurately describes CUE?   For those readers who have attended in the past, but didn’t make it this […] Read More

What’s Your Resolution? Plus the CUE Shortlist

Celebrating New Years as a teacher is a strange proposition because we don't operate on the calendar the way most people do. This isn't the new year. The new year started five or six months ago, or is coming in six months. This is, quite literally, the middle of the year. Sure, things change in January. […] Read More

Farewell, Lecture?

A selection of this post appears in the Winter, 2016 issue of OnCUE as our 5 Trends to Love/5 Trends to Lose series. This is in the Lose list. To read the full text of "Farewell, Lecture?" follow this link. http://science.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/323/5910/50?ijkey=vAomcviBVwQDA&keytype=ref&siteid=sci "Farewell, Lecture?" originally appeared in Science Vol 323, Issue 5910, 02 Jan 2009. Eric Mazur […] Read More