Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Michael Bloemsma, Ed.D.

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So, you’ve taken the plunge. You’ve decided to jump into the water of educational technology. Now what? Well, your first swim should be attending Fall CUE where Dr. Michael Bloemsma has some ideas for you to plan lessons for 21st Century Learners. Paddle on over. The water is nice in the Napa Valley. 

Dr. Michael Bloemsma has over 19 years of experience as a classroom teacher, professor, and technology leader at the school, district, and county levels. Michael works for San Francisco Unified School District in the Department of Technology. In his role as the Program Administrator of Technology and Innovation, he supports the 1:1 Technology initiatives in the district. In this role, Michael supports school site administrators, teachers, and coaches to leverage technology and key pedagogies to transform the learning experience for SFUSD students. Michael is also the current President of the Executive Board of the local CUE San Francisco affiliate.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Climbing the SAMR Ladder: Designing Engaging Lessons for 21st Century Learners

What inspired you to put this session together?

Yes! When doing my dissertation research on a high school that began integrating the use of iPads across all content areas back in 2012, I interviewed students about what the most engaging and exciting lessons they experienced in their classes where they used iPads. Guess what? The ones that were most reported by students as engaging were the ones where teachers were designing lessons that were above the line in the SAMR model at the Modification and Redefinition levels! So, I began presenting on this topic to inspire teachers to challenge themselves to climb up the SAMR model to better engage students in their own learning.

Why should someone attend?

Teachers will not only learn about the SAMR Model, but will also get hands-on experience by examining some learning scenarios and working with others in a group to determine which level of the SAMR Model they feel that lesson is at. Then participants have an opportunity to use the resources I have created to walk a lesson of their own up the SAMR Ladder and take away many resource to spread the gospel and share with a replicate-able PD model with their districts and schools!

What’s your CUE Story?

I became involved with CUE from word of mouth of a fellow educator way back in the year 2000. After gaining some experience providing professional development to educators at schools I worked at I finally got up the courage and submitted a speaker proposal and was accepted to present! Ever since then back in 2001 when I presented at NECC (now ISTE Conference) I have continued to share my 19 years of experience with others every year at CUE and ISTE conferences!

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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