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Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: The Intelligent Hoodlums

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One of the best reasons to go to Fall CUE is to meet and connect with other educators. Don’t get me wrong, the learning can’t be beat. But the people are the real reason to make the trek to American Canyon High School. This year, I am seeking out this duo. Coffee loving educators who love pop culture, hip hop and innovation? I’m in. 

Webs and Mike are the dynamic duo more commonly known as The Intelligent Hoodlums. With 25+ years of teaching experience between them, these Apple Distinguished Educators believe in creativity and coffee above all else. Mike is a PBS Digital Innovator, PBS Digital Innovator All Star, and Teach Plus fellow. Webs is a software developer by day spreading pedagogical practices throughout the tech industry.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Cue the Remix: Design Thinking & ELA

What inspired you to put this session together?

We’ve been big fans of design thinking for a few years now. Combining the principles of design thinking with the ideas presented by American architect, Louis Sullivan we concocted The Sullivan Method – function, form, aesthetic – as the building blocks for solutioning for just about any problem. As with all of our work, we draw inspiration from music – hip hop in particular – and pop culture – movies, comics, tv, and video games.

Why should someone attend?

Love a little. Laugh a little. Take home some templates. Build your PLN. Walk away with a strategy you can use TOMORROW that requires little to no prep and empowers your students to think critically, empathize, and adapt to any challenge.

What’s your CUE Story?

Let’s make stuff together and drink coffee while we do it. That’s pretty much our story. We want to build things that equip educators and their students for a world that hasn’t been dreamt of yet. We want to build relationships with and between people because things are better when you build them together. We want to build content that is fun, practical, and saves time and energy. We’re here because someone thought, “Let’s give those weirdos a chance,” and for that we are humbled, grateful, and ready to show the world when in doubt, trust a hoodlum.

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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