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Social Media and More at CUE 2016 National...

The CUE 2016 National Conference is almost here! As the official #notatcue social media coordinator, I thought I’d check in and give conference attendees an update for plans at this year’s event. For the the past year, I’ve been monitoring...

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Digital Badging and Being a Rock Star

For all the time we spend learning and growing as educators, how do we tell our story? Some of us earn credentials, degrees, and certificates that cost us money and cause stress. We submit proof to these courses to our schools and districts...

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Save Class Time, Be Awesome Longer

My first college course in Education was an ED Psych class at University of Illinois in the early 90’s. “Professor Z” taught the class enthusiastically and I have a cinematic memory of his rant against lost instructional time. I can still...

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CUE Presents LeRoy’s Big Idea 2016...

On what would have been Mark Twain’s 180th birthday, CUE launched a search for similarly brilliant representatives of educational innovation to embody the creative spirit of CUE’s original irascible author and columnist, LeRoy...

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Rookie Teachers and the Pressure To...

It’s finally mine. I spent four years sitting in the back of various classrooms with my constant list of mental notes running in the background. By the end of student teaching, I felt like my head would explode if I didn’t get to start making...

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Bring Parents Into Class Virtually With Video

I am the opposite of the helicopter parent. I am an Artillery Parent. I get my kids up in the morning, and pack them lunch. I load them in the cannon, shoot them at school, wave at them as they go swooooshing by, and hope they land softly. I...

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What Is Digital Learning Day 2016

In 1999, I sat eagerly in front of a computer, for the first time, waiting to get on the internet with the glorious sound of AOL dialup ringing in my ear. It was unfathomable to think that we could actually not only read real-time news but...

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4 Ways I Don’t Teach the Tech

The technology teacher doesn’t teach the tech tools? Yes and no. My goal is that my students leave my class at the end of the year knowing how to communicate, collaborate, critically think, and be creative. Of course we use technology to do...

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Amplify Awesome and Boost Brilliance

Send me one name of a teacher you know with a small following but big, interesting ideas, please. — Doug Robertson (@TheWeirdTeacher) November 29, 2015 I sent out a tweet asking for recommendations- someone with a small follower count but big...

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Have Big Idea- Get Five Hundred Dollars!

There’s so much cool stuff out there for classrooms. There’s so little money for teachers. I’ve been to plenty of conferences and I’ve left every single one of them having thought at least once, “I would love to implement that thing I learned...