Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Kim Calderon

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Hands on learning is how our students want to learn. Truth is, adults love learning that way, too! At Fall CUE, Kim Calderon has some seriously fun learning planned for you. Check out her sessions and bring the fun back to your classroom on Monday!

Kim has taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade Science over the last 11 years in Fowler, CA. She currently is teaching Coding and Engineering electives as well as the school’s STEM classes. Kim also coaches the school’s Science Olympiad and Lego Robotics teams as well as working with students participating in Science Fair. She integrates technology in to her lessons when applicable but also values the hands-on/experiential aspects of science that can’t always be replicated on a computer. She has a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Cal Poly, SLO and a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Fresno Pacific. She is a Google Innovator and Trainer and also a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. Astronomy, Biology…Chemistry, Zoology….Science and Technology: it’s fun! You’ll see.

What sessions are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Let’s Make Data Literacy FUN! 

Getting Your Crazy Ideas Funded

What inspired you to put this session together?

Data Literacy is incredibly important but also can be VERY boring, making it fun for kids (and their teachers) is something that I am passionate about. I truly believe that kids learn more when they are having fun, and teachers are more effective when they are having fun with what they are teaching.

We all go to CUE and other conferences and see these amazing contraptions and robots and drones and ideas. Then we go back to our schools and admin says “NO!” when you ask to purchase items. This session was inspired by that happening to me and me wanting to figure out a way to make the ideas still happen in my classroom.

Why should someone attend?

For both my sessions attendees will get ideas that they can use right away in their classes. In Data Literacy we are going to actually do some of the experiments and collect data ourselves during the workshop. In Funding we are going to start writing a Donors Choose project and hopefully CUE will do some re-tweeting of projects after we are done (HINT HINT).

What’s your CUE Story?

I was pushed into presenting about 4 years ago by Susan Stewart and Will Kimbley. I have been presenting one or two sessions at Fall, Spring and CVCUE events ever since. 2 years ago I was awarded the LeRoy Finkel Fellowship and last year I was part of the first ever CUE BOOMS. CUE has been a huge confidence booster for me as well as introducing me to some of the best EdTech people.

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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