The third and final day of the CUE 2016 National Conference has come to an end. Closing the day and conference was keynote speaker and sixth grade English and History teacher Pearl Arredondo. Pearl inspired those hardcore educators who remained until the end and was the perfect cap to three days of intense learning and awesomeness.
— Kristy Chia (@MrsKChia) March 19, 2016
On a personal note, though I ran two successful and fun sessions, the highlight was the First Fourth Annual Pre-Closing Keynote Shark Race. This idea to get the crowd loose and ready to be wowed one last time was brought to the conference by Brian Briggs, Bill Selak, Jon Corippo, and the rest of the STEAMpunk crew.
— Brian Briggs (@bribriggs) March 19, 2016
The last day of a major conference can be hard. You’ve had two long days, you’ve walked every inch of downtown Palm Springs, you looked longingly at the pool but there’s a session on Forms you need to get to, and you’ve talked to new people, old friends and tweeps about all manner of things. You’ve had great sessions and good sessions and sessions where the value came in the conversations that sprang from something the presenter said. You’re burnt and full but in the best possible way and you can’t image wringing any more learning from another session. Then BAM, you find a presenter that speaks to you and you’re right back in it. CUE 2016 National Conference is loaded to the brim with those presenters (psst, be one of those presenters for CUE 2016 Fall Conference).
As we have been doing, let’s go to the twitters to give voice to the wonderful educators who made the biggest (7k people!) CUE National Conference in history a smash.
— Karen Kjar (@KKjar) March 20, 2016
— Kari Auwae (@KariAuwae) March 20, 2016
— mhebern (@mhebern) March 20, 2016
— Zee Ann Poerio (@magistrazee) March 20, 2016
And finally, I had a chance to interview one of the students who made the Student Powered Showcase a hit and she said something to me that I felt perfectly encapsulated what we’re going for when we talk about the tech. We’re not really talking about the tech.
Thank you everyone for a wonderful CUE 2016 National Conference. Massive love to everyone in CUE who work behind the scenes to made it possible but don’t get the recognition you deserve.
Doug Robertson is the CUE blog editor, Ravenclaw faculty representative, and a tenth-year teacher currently talking at fifth graders in Northern Oregon. He’s taught in California, Hawaii, and Oregon in 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades. He’s the author of two books about education, He’s the Weird Teacher and THE Teaching Text (You’re Welcome), and an active blogger. Doug speaks at teaching conferences including CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps, presenting on everything from technology to teaching philosophy (or teaching The Weird Way, to use his words). Doug is also the creator and moderator of #WeirdEd on Twitter, which happens every Wednesday at 7pm PST