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Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Jessica Pack

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I am a firm believer that if you can tell a story, you can be and do anything in this world. But how do we teach our students to tell stories with such limited time in the content areas? Jessica Pack has the answer at Fall CUE: digital storytelling. By weaving technology in with our content standards, our students can learn to tell stories well. Maybe even someday these skills will help them rule the world, (or at least get a good paying job).

Jessica teaches 6th grade Language Arts and Social Studies, and middle school ASB. She is a 2014 California Teacher of the Year, 2015 CUE Outstanding Educator, and an adjunct faculty member of DIGICOM Learning. Jessica’s students have won many awards for digital storytelling, and she loves sharing her passion for students making movies!

What sessions are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Tell Me a Story

What inspired you to put this session together?

Digital storytelling is an instructional pillar of my classroom. I put this session together to help other teachers experience the joy of creating a video project. I also want them to see the value in giving students opportunities to tell stories – both about academic content as well as their own lives.

Why should someone attend?

Attendees will learn how to structure digital storytelling opportunities within core content areas. They will engage in creating a video project that relates to their content area and walk away with an anchor video to use in their class. We’ll discuss practical suggestions for scope and sequence, managing the process, and scaffolding writing. Digital Storytelling is the writing process in action, so we’ll connect everything back to Common Core standards, too. Most of all – attendees should get ready to have a compelling learning experience and leave ready to generate that same type of engaging, creative process in their own classroom!

What’s your CUE Story?

I love sharing my learning with others! I’ve been a classroom teacher for 14 years and have piloted nearly every major technology initiative in my district. As an early adopter, I’ve presented at Spring CUE for eleven of the last twelve years. Making connections and helping others is one of my professional passions.

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.

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Kristina Allison

Kristina Allison is currently teaching language arts and computer science at the middle school level. She holds a masters in educational technology, teaches as a Lead Learner for CUE and serves as a director on the CapCue board, the Sacramento area affiliate. Kristina is also a proud teacher consultant for the Area 3 Writing Project. Find her at http://figurativelyteaching.com

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