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October 22, 2014
Adam Bellow to Deliver Closing Keynote at CUE 2015 Annual Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., October 22, 2014 -- CUE is excited to announce that Adam Bellow, founder and president of eduTecher and eduClipper will be the Closing Keynote speaker at the CUE 2015 Annual Conference alongside Keynotes Jennie Magiera and Sugata Mitra. Bellow’s session will take place Saturday, March 21 from 2:45-3:45pm.


Adam Bellow began his career in the classroom as a High School English teacher. He has worked as a technology training specialist, Director of Educational Technology, and is now considered one of today’s leading speakers on educational technology and infusing technology to aid school reformation. He is the founder of the websites eduTecher and eduClipper. In addition to these free resources, Adam launched the popular charity Change the World” student-focused charity campaigns.


Bellow was honored by ISTE in 2010 as an emerging leader and then again in 2011 when he was named Outstanding Young Educator of the year. In 2014 he received the Making IT Happen Award from ISTE as well as Innovator of the Year from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.


Bellow is currently serving as CEO of eduClipper, the edtech startup that he founded in 2012. eduClipper is a free web tool focused on helping students and teachers find, share, and build valid learning experiences in a K-12 safe educational social platform.


To learn more about Adam Bellow, go to

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We strive to inspire innovative learners. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. |


About the CUE Annual Conference

The CUE Annual Conference is the largest and oldest education technology conference in California and among the largest in the United States with more than 5,500 teachers and administrators attending annually. To register or for more information, visit | #cue15

October 16, 2014
CUE Announces Jennie Magiera as Kickoff Keynote Speaker for 2015 Annual Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., October 16, 2014 -- CUE is thrilled to announce that Jennie Magiera will be its Kickoff Keynote speaker for the CUE 2015 Annual Conference, March 19-21, in Palm Springs, California. Ms. Magiera’s session will take place Thursday, March 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and will be the first of three dynamic speakers, including Adam Bellow and TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra.

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Jennie Magiera is the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a network of 32 Chicago Public Schools. She previously taught math to 4th and 5th graders. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and CPS’s 2012 Tech Innovator of the Year, Magiera has been working to redefine education through the use of effective technology. She explores how to leverage 1:1 devices such as Chromebooks and iPads to increase student collaboration, self-efficacy and creativity.


She is also passionate about transforming professional learning as she is the co-founder of PLAYDATE and other new professional development models. Aside from her students, Magiera’s great loves in life are sci fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband. You can follow her on Twitter at @MsMagiera or through her blog TeachingLikeIt’s2999.

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We strive to inspire innovative learners. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. |

About the CUE 2015 Annual Conference

The CUE Annual Conference is the largest and oldest education technology conference in California and among the largest in the United States with more than 5,500 teachers and administrators attending annually. To register or for more information, visit | #cue15

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October 14, 2014
CUE Confirms Sugata Mitra as Keynote Speaker for 2015 Annual Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., October 14, 2014 - CUE confirmed today that TED prize winner Sugata Mitra will be its General Session Keynote Speaker for the CUE 2015 Annual Conference, March 19-21, in Palm Springs, California.


Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, UK and a visiting professor at MIT in the U.S., will deliver the keynote address on Friday, March 20, 2015, from 8:00 - 9:45 am. Mitra is currently working on the “School in the Cloud,” which is the culmination of over a decade of research and observations from all over the world. This project defines and explores learning at the edge of chaos -- a community, place and experience to discover and explore children’s learning as a self-organizing system.

From his earliest experiments while working at NIIT in Delhi through to setting up SOLEs (self-organized learning environments), Sugata discovered that children’s innate sense of learning is magnified when they are given the freedom to explore the internet in small groups. He found that children in these environments, regardless of who they are or what language they speak, can competently search for answers to the big questions, drawing rational, logical conclusions from their research, including questions far ahead of what is expected of them in their school curriculum.


Mitra was the instigator of the Hole in the Wall (HIW) experiment, where in the year 1999 a computer was embedded within a wall in an Indian slum at Kalkaji, Delhi, and children were allowed to freely use it. The experiment aimed at proving that kids could be taught computers very easily without any formal training. Sugata termed this as Minimally Invasive Education (MIE). The experiment has since been replicated at many locations. The HIW experiment left its mark on popular culture. Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup read about Mitra's experiment and was inspired to write his debut novel that went on to become the Oscar winning movie of 2009 - Slumdog Millionaire.


Mitra’s work has challenged some of the key assumptions of formal education, demonstrating that, even in the absence of any direct input from a teacher, an environment that stimulates curiosity could result in learning through self-instruction and peer-shared knowledge. However, his research has shown that it’s not simply a case of taking teachers out of the equation: children in remote areas often perform poorly at school because they do not have access to good teaching. As a result of this research, which showed the importance of an encouraging adult in these circumstances, the Granny Cloud was born, after Sugata put out a plea for retired teachers in the UK to come forward who were willing to interact with children in India via Skype.


Mitra’s interests include Children’s Education, Remote Presence, Self-organizing systems, Cognitive Systems, Physics and Consciousness. He is a PHD in Physics credited with more than 25 inventions in the area of cognitive science and educational technology. He was conferred the prestigious Dewang Mehta Award for Innovation in Information Technology in the year 2005. At TED2013, Mitra made a bold TED Prize wish: Help me build a place where children can explore and learn on their own -- and teach one another -- using resources from the worldwide cloud.


October 7, 2014
CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp 'Splashes Down' in Florida

Melbourne, Florida, October 7, 2014 – CUE’s Rock Star Teacher Camps are on the road again! Building on the success of the CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps in California and Michigan, CUE is launching camps throughout the country for hands-on learning and collaboration. Kicking-off the 2015 season, CUE heads to the Sunshine State for the CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp in Melbourne, Florida  on January 17-19, 2015.

“We are so excited to welcome the CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp to the Space Coast of Florida,” said Gordon Shupe, Technology Specialist, Brevard Public Schools. “Come join us for a lollapalooza of educational technology activities, resources, practical tips, and inspiration. This is going to be BIG!”

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CUE’s Rock Star Teacher Camps consist of hands-on, “make-it, take-it” sessions led by the award-winning CUE Rock Star faculty, many of whom are Apple Distinguished Educators, Google Certified Teachers and Microsoft Innovative Educators. The goal is to inspire educators who want to take their instruction to the next level by leveraging the latest and greatest tools, apps, and practical approaches. Each camp is kept to a limited number of attendees to maintain the 1:10 faculty to participant ratio, and the camps are designed for those with intermediate to advanced technical skills. To date, every camp offered has sold out.


To register and read more about CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp in Melbourne, Florida, check out the CUE Rock Star Teacher site at Stay tuned for more CUE Rock Star Teacher camps to be announced in the coming months.

October 4, 2014
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) for Conference Internet Networking

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL for Conference Internet Networking  CUE 2015 Annual Conference logo

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The winner of this bid will need to successfully network and deploy Internet at the Annual CUE Conference to allow solid Internet access and wifi to over 6,500 attendees, exhibitors, speakers and management. Attendees of this event come with 2-5 devices. Do not underestimate our attendees' use of bandwidth. Then provide onsite technical support and monitoring throughout the conference to maintain the Internet, including support tables. In addition, provide exhibitors on the show floor means to purchase Internet for their show booth.


The full Request for Propsal is available here for you to review in detail.


CONTACT:  Marisol Valles, Chief Operating Officer,, 925/478-3462

TIMETABLE:  Proposals due to Marisol Valles by October 31, 2014, Contract signed no later than December 5, 2014 

LOCATION:  Palm Springs Convention Center (PSCC), Renaissance Hotel Palm Springs, Hilton Hotel Palm Springs

MEETING DATES:  March 18 – 22, 2015

SET-UP DATES:  March 14 – 17, 2015

TEAR DOWN DATES:  March 21 – 22, 2015 


Question - please submit questions to Marisol Valles by Oct 20, 2014

October 1, 2014
CUE Leads Blended Learning Theme for Connected Educator Month

Walnut Creek, Calif., Oct. 1, 2014 –  CUE is honored to be named the Blended Learning Theme leader for Connected Educator Month. CUE is one of several organizations creating and organizing programs, activities, and events to promote the concept of the “Connected Educator” as a way to enhance student success.

“We are pleased to offer CUE resources and activities to all educators that promote blended learning in the classroom. CUE has been at the forefront of the blended learning movement, creating professional development courses; co-hosting eSS (, our annual blended learning symposium; and promoting its advantages and applications at our two conferences,” said Mike Lawrence, CUE CEO.  

Dr. Rob Darrow, co-chair of CUE’s eLearning Network added: “We are looking forward to collaborating with outstanding blended learning educators from across California and the nation to highlight how blended learning customizes instruction, empowers learning and increases student achievement.”

CEMCUE’s activities and programming can be found on the Connected Educator website during the month of October and beyond, along with other events and activities produced by other Theme Leaders such as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD). CUE will begin with a panel of blended learning experts on Monday, October 6 at 7:00 EST / 4:00 PST. Each week, CUE will feature a panel of experts which will be followed by weekly Tweet Ups, blog posts and other resources to support educators. Teachers and administrators are welcome to participate in this free professional development opportunity both synchronously and asynchronously to increase their knowledge about blended learning. For times and panel discussion topics, see the Connected Educator Month schedule.

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We strive to be a community inspiring innovative learners. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. |

About Connected Educator Month

Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, CEM offers highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to educators at all levels. Based on its success in 2012 and 2013, the initiative is poised to reach even more educators in 2014, through expanded partnerships and enhanced programming. The goals of CEM include getting more educators proficient with social media to improve their practice, deepening and sustaining learning among those already enjoying connection’s benefit, helping schools credential/integrate connected learning into their formal professional development efforts, and stimulating and supporting innovation in the field. |

September 16, 2014
Nominate a CUE member for the inaugural Digital Innovation in Learning Awards

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Do you know an inspiring educator, administrator, or edtech company? Of course you do - you're on the CUE website! Apply or nominate for the First Annual Digital Innovation in Learning Awards, hosted by EdSurge and Digital Promise! The “Creative Director” award for teachers, for instance, spotlights teachers who are inspiring their students to create high-quality multimedia projects. The Administrator “Open Door Policy” Award will elevate administrators leading the way in collaboration, communication, and sharing their schools’ practices with others.

Apply or Nominate today!

September 8, 2014
In case you missed it: the CUE Learning Revolution Online Summit Video Archive is Available

September 4, 2014
CUE and The Learning Revolution Announce Keynote Speakers for Online Summit Featuring Google for Education


Walnut Creek, Calif., Sept. 4, 2014 –  CUE and The Learning Revolution Project have announced the lineup of keynote speakers for the first ever Online Summit featuring Google for Education. This event will take place entirely online, all sessions and keynotes will be recorded via Google Hangouts on Air, and registrants will have access to the recordings indefinitely. Q&A time will be provided for all sessions.

The keynote lineup is as follows:

SATURDAY (all times Pacific)

9am: Jon Corippo - The CUE Rock Star Story: Get on the PLN Bandwagon

1pm: Jordan Pedraza - Power to the People: Communities as Platforms for Innovation and Change in Education

5pm: Esther Wojcicki - A Conversation with Esther Wojcicki and CUE CEO Mike Lawrence

SUNDAY (all times Pacific)

9am: David Theriault and Sean Ziebarth - BRAWLING with Google (Battle Royale All Will Learn)

1pm: Hank Thiele - Changing to a Culture Built On Collaboration

5pm: Cristin Frodella - Will speak on her role leading Google's Global Education Marketing Team

Registration for this weekend’s summit is $40 and is now open at This low price includes unlimited access to the archives as well as a one-year membership to CUE. The online summit will take place September 6 & 7, 2014 • 9am-7pm (Saturday), 8am-6pm (Sunday) Pacific Saving Time (GMT-7). for more details on the event and in-depth bios on all the presenters.

September 3, 2014
CUE Announces Fall 2014 Conference Keynote Speakers Lucien Vattel and Diana Laufenberg

Walnut Creek, Calif., Sept. 4, 2014 - CUE is proud to announce its keynote speakers for the Fall 2014 Conference, October 24-25 at American Canyon High School in Napa Valley, California.

Lucien Vattel will present the Opening Keynote at 4pm on Friday, October 24 and Diana Laufenberg will present the Closing Keynote at 3:30pm on Saturday, October 25.

Lucien Vattel: As an education trailblazer and game development visionary, Vattel is at the forefront of a nationwide crusade to revolutionize learning in the classroom and beyond. Vattel is the CEO of GameDesk, the Los Angeles-based interactive curriculum creator and digital publisher, which is transforming the traditional school model into a hands-on, digitally-charged ecosystem for students to discover and nourish their greatest gifts all while embracing STEM skills through game-based learning. Building on this methodology, Vattel founded and is Co-Director of PlayMaker, a next-generation, choose-your-own adventure middle school program designed to help teachers and students transcend the confines of textbooks and chalkboards. After securing the largest contribution in AT&T history, Vattel currently leads the design and development of a Los Angeles-based digital learning center and fully comprehensive online portal for educators.


During the last 15 years, Vattel has taught courses in both digital game development history and advanced game design and is also a frequent speaker having recently spoken at TEDx, Games for Change, and SXSW.

Diana Laufenberg: Laufenberg, a National Board Certified Teacher, has taught Social Studies to students from 7th to 12th grade for the past 16 years. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Laufenberg was featured on for her message “How to Learn? From Mistakes,” and her publications include a featured piece on the New York Times Learning blog, as well as an article in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. She currently works as a freelance teacher and an Educational Strategist for Inquiry Schools, a new non-profit focused on building, supporting and sustaining modern learning environments that are inquiry-driven and project-based.


Her keynote, ‘Creating the Classrooms We Need’ will discuss how our schools hold immense potential for authentic and experience-based learning in this age of information surplus. Since educators are teaching and students are learning in a landscape where students no longer have to come to school to get their information, never have educators had such amazing opportunities to think creatively about their practice. Never has it been so important for educators to provide students with innovative and dynamic learning. Laufenberg’s keynote will provide practical classroom examples of activities and assessments and will challenge audience members’ thinking on what it means to teach and learn in today’s schools.

More information, including hotel and registration is available at Space is limited, so please register early.