Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Mark J Loundy

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Makerspaces. It’s one of those buzz words in education right now. You know you NEED to have one, but why? That’s exactly the mission Mark Loundy’s has taken on at Fall CUE. Come check out his session and learn why creating a space for students to explore their creativity will not only transform their learning, but improve your school culture. 

Mark Loundy is a former journalist, photographer and social media pioneer. As an online community manager at GeoCities at the turn of the century, he helped build the foundations of what we now call social media. He brings all of those skills to education as an innovative instructional technology specialist in Silicon Valley. He founded and operates the first makerspace in the Cupertino Union School District and leads both the video production team and after school tech team. The tech team is currently creating a coding language to operate a human “computer” in a virtual reality environment.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Elementary Makerspaces: Why and How (In that order.)

What inspired you to put this session together?

Nearly everybody knows about makerspaces and a lot of people want to start them. But not as many know the reasons to have a makerspace in a school.

Why should someone attend?

You’ll find out what a makerspace is, why you might want one and some of the practicalities involved in starting and running one.

What’s your CUE Story?

I found out about CUE from people I met at EdCamps. I started attending some regional events and then offered to present. Spring CUE was my first, both as an attendee and as a presenter.

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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