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SoCal Learning Opportunities including eLearning Strategies Symposium

Mike LawrenceBy Mike Lawrence, CUE’s Executive Director, SoCal resident, and (naturally), a former Disneyland cast member…


eLearning Strategies Symposium (ESS) So as CUE’s chief geek, I am obliged to support educational innovation everywhere throughout California and Nevada without bias. But, as a resident of Southern California, and in particular, the unique realm known as Orange County (not “The O.C.” as many of you think we refer to it – they actually shot that show in Malibu, FYI…), I get particularly excited when a number of opportunities pop up within easy driving distance.

With apologies to the non-OC-based CUE contingent, I thought I’d share the following heads up.

Several #eduawesome events are of note like the OCCUE Annual Tech Festival (which will be Feb. 8 this year), Huntington Beach Union HS District’s recent ‘Techoween’ and EdCampOC (which is this Saturday, folks!). In addition to all of this, CUE and CLRN have partnered to bring the 2nd Annual eLearning Strategies Symposium to the Costa Mesa Hilton from Dec. 5-7, 2014.

Pre-Registration is open until Nov. 30, and will give attendees access to:

    • Three keynotes
    • Six concurrent sessions
    • Innovative vendors
    • Awesome networking opportunities

But what many may not realize is that we also have six 3-hour workshops available for only $75 each for anyone, not only those registered for the eLearning Strategies Symposium.

What’s that you say, Mike? I don’t have to be registered for the full eLearning Strategies Symposium to sign up for these workshops? Yes! It’s true, if you can only slip away Thursday afternoon, or Saturday morning, we’ve got some amazingly talented educators presenting on hugely relevant topics just steps away from the Orange Crush, South Coast Plaza and the staple of local eateries, Wahoos Fish Taco (yum!). I’ve pasted the deets below – don’t miss out.

We’ll even welcome attendees from beyond the ‘Orange Curtain – which is only fair, since every last workshop presenter is a ‘Northerner’! 🙂

Using iBooks Author to Create Interactive Resources – Thursday, Dec. 5 (1-4pm) Burt Lo (@trubol) – REGISTER iBooks author can be used by administrators, teachers and students to create dynamic and interactive resources for school or classroom management and for student learning.  Participants must have a Mac device with iBooks author installed.

brumbaughTablets in the Classroom (iPad or Android)  – Thursday, Dec. 5 (1-4pm) Kyle Brumbaugh (@Brumbaugh) – REGISTER Workshop focuses on strategies for instruction with a tablet. Bring your tablet to look at instructional practices, classroom management, SAMR model, blended learning classroom

iPhoneography – Saturday, Dec. 7 (8:15-11:15am) Nicole Dalesio (@MagrelaCanela) – REGISTER Learn the art of taking pictures on your iPhone, Android, or iOS device. Get tips and tricks for bettering your skills, learn how to use several apps to edit your photos, and find out how to use social media such as Instagram to improve teaching and learning. We’ll also cover cross-curricular lesson ideas on how to use this powerful device to promote creativity in any learning environment. Participants need to bring their own Android or iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Mini, iPad).

Flipped Classroom – Hands on Getting Started – Saturday, Dec. 7 (8:15-11:15am) Lisa Highfill (@LHighfill) – REGISTER There are many myths of what the flipped classroom is and isn’t. Bring your laptop to have a hands on approach to creating elements for designing an instructional environment in the flipped classroom style. This workshop is not compatible with tablets, a Mac or PC is required.

Teach the Common Core with Blended Instruction – Saturday, Dec. 7 (8:15-11:15am) Catlin Tucker (@CTuckerEnglish) – REGISTER Are you overwhelmed by the idea of transitioning to a new set of standards? Don’t be! Learn how you can use Web 2.0 tools to effectively engage students and teach the Common Core State Standards. Teach technology and media literacy while providing students more opportunities to develop their reading, writing, communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills (and eliminate piles of paperwork!). More effectively prepare your students for life beyond high school!

Google Forms: May the Forms be With You – Saturday, Dec. 7 (8:15-11:15am) Will Kimbley (@WillKimbley) – REGISTER Learn how to create Google Forms to use for quizzes, surveys, rubrics, and assignment dropboxes. Create quizzes in Google Forms, then use Flubaroo to autograde and provide student feedback. Take control of student Docs sharing nightmares and tracking assignments. Create self-grading rubrics and much, much more. Google Forms can now be created with images – come learn how.

We are so fortunate to have these incredible presenters. Here is the schedule for the six workshops above that can be attended whether or not you are registered for the eLearning Strategies Symposium. Hope to see you there!

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