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A Student-Centric SimCity Story

“We’re going to play a computer game.” I said to my class. Gasps popcorned up all around my classroom. I’m pretty sure a bead of sweat was making it’s way down my forehead at that moment too, it’s hard to recall. I was sailing into uncharted...

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Why Be CUE Rock Star Faculty?

Applications to be a part of a the faculty for CUE Rock Star Camps are open, but they close Jan 10. We’re always looking for exciting new voices to join the family, but why should you? The CUE Blog went straight to the horse’s mouth...

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The Most Interesting Posts of the Year

It’s the end of the year and the according to the laws passed by Bloggers Of Olde at the dawn of the Internet it’s time for Looking Back. Reflection, as you’ve probably read, is a hallmark of good teaching (and a strong hair-care regimen), so...

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Classroom World Tour

While many contend the world is getting smaller and that as we grow older it continues to shrink, seeing how kids interact with a wider world tells me otherwise. I work at a tiny school, in a small rural community and it is all too rare for our...

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Keeping Pace Report 2015

Keeping Pace 2015 report is now available online The Keeping Pace report was developed as an important guiding document for schools around the world. Since 2004 it has examined the status and provided an overview of the policies, practices, and...

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The Force Is Strong With CUE Rock Star Admin...

In July, I became the Interim Assistant Director of Technology at Lafayette School District. As a new administrator, I had many aspirations and goals for my first year. It’s only November, and I am quickly realizing that I am no longer on the...

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EdTech and Screen Time are Awkward Friends

I work in a 1-to-1 school. Every student and teacher has a device used for accessing resources, carrying out learning activities, and communicating and collaborating for academic purposes. My title is Digital Learning Specialist, so I love the...

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Take a Hike and Take Your PD With You

I’ve been doing a lot of math in my head lately trying to puzzle through some vexing equations: Teachers + Technology + (?) = Engaging/Effective PD (Sub-equation: Effective = Dynamic Learning for Students and More Trusting, Transparent...

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The Maze Roller and CUE STEAMpunk

“Awesome! Now what?” CUE sent my classroom five Spheros through the CUE STEAMpunk program. I had almost no experience with Spheros. I had only started teaching coding as a regular part of my curriculum a month and a half ago. I was learning...

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Unfixing a Broken Mindset

I can now relate to my students! For several years I have told my students, “Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try.” At the beginning of October I decided to stop saying that to my students and actually live it. I have a love/really...