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July 11, 2014
Annual CUE Conference Request for Proposal - AudioVisual and Media



Request for Proposal for Conference AV & Media

Annual CUE Conference 2015


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TIMETABLE: Proposals due to CUE by July 27, 2014, Contract signed no later than August 15, 2014

 

LOCATION: Palm Springs Convention Center (PSCC) - 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs CA 92262, Renaissance Hotel Palm Springs - 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs CA 92262, Hilton Hotel Palm Springs - 400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs CA 92262

 

MEETING DATES: March 18 – 22, 2015

SET-UP DATES: March 17 – 18, 2015

TEAR DOWN DATES: March 21 – 22, 2015 

 

GROUP/CONFERENCE PROFILE: CUE provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community. CUE is a nonprofit educational corporation founded in 1978. CUE's goal is to advance student achievement through technology in all disciplines from preschool through college. With an active current membership of thousands of educational professionals, CUE supports many regional affiliates and Special Interest Groups. CUE Conferences are California’s premier educational technology events. CUE is the largest organization of its type in the west and one of the largest in the United States. The Annual CUE Conference in 2014 hosted over 5,300 attendees and almost 200 exhibitors in our vendor hall. For more information visit our website at www.cue.org

 

OTHER ITEMS TO NOTE: Any charges for local labor, senior-level technicians, or on-site audio visual staff (including number of hotel rooms and nights for each) should be included in the proposal. CUE requires that a senior level audio visual staff person attend a pre-conference meeting on-site before the conference begins. Also this senior level staffer should be on-site for the duration of the conference and meet daily with the Executive Director and Director of Operations.

 

There is an opportunity to work with CUE on additional conferences. CUE will not commit to a multi-year contract at this time, but is looking for an AV company to work with on future meetings. Please include information on your company and let us know if you may be able to work on meetings in other California locations. Future conference dates are: Oct 24-25, 2014, American Canyon; March 17-19, 2016, Palm Springs; March 16-18, 2017, Palm Springs; March 15-17, 2018.                                               

 

PROPOSAL: Full details on the request for proposal for the Annual CUE Conference AV & Media 

click here. Send bids to Marisol Valles, mvalles@cue.org by July 27, 11:59pm.

 

CONTACT: Marisol Valles, Director of Operations, mvalles@cue.org, 925-478-3462. Send questions before July 25, 3:00 pm.  

June 23, 2014
Announcing CUE's 2014-2015 Board Officers

CUE Board June 23, 2014 - Walnut Creek, Calif. – CUE is proud to announce its 2014-2015 Board officers. The new officers were elected at the June 16, 2014 board meeting, held at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. Officers for the 2014-2015 year are as follows:


President: Robert EM Craven

Vice President/Treasurer: Ray Chavez  

Secretary: Lainie Rowell

Assistant Treasurer: Kyle Brumbaugh


The rest of the nine-member board will include: Jason Borgen, David Malone, Suzanne Mitchell, Andrew Schwab, and Roger Wagner. The new board year begins July 1 and their annual retreat will be held at the California State Railroad Museum on July 23-24, 2014.


The call for Board of Directors’ nominations is open August through the second Thursday of December of each year. All submitted nominations are reviewed by the Nominations Committee, from which a slate of candidates are proposed to the board for approval in January. An online ballot will be made available to all current CUE members from the Saturday of the Annual Conference through the last Thursday in April. Election results are announced on Twitter. For more information about nominating a CUE member to the CUE board of directors, check out cue.org/nomination.


June 23, 2014
CUE Seeking a Managing Editor

CUE is Hiring!Deadline to apply: July 2

InterviewsJuly 7-9 (held via virtual online meeting software)

Start dateJuly 14

TitleManaging Editor

StatusConsultant, initial 12 month term

SupervisorCUE Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Position TypeVirtual, must reside in Pacific Time Zone

To Apply: Send a resume/CV, at least two reference letters, link(s) to sample writing and letter of interest to: cuejobs@gmail.com by July 2.

Position Summary
The CUE Managing Editor will coordinate and edit all publications produced by CUE, including the quarterly OnCUE Journal, OnCUE+, the Internet TV Show, Infinite Thinking Machine, the CUEtube channel and CUE.org. They will also work in consultation with CUE Communications and Marketing Coordinator on our social media platforms, including the CUE Blog, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and future distribution channels with the goal being an integrated publishing solution. They will solicit contributors and collaborators for these publications, review and edit their written and visual work, and write copy when needed.

Principal Tasks
While it is a new position, and actual work distribution may vary, CUE expects that the time dedicated to responsibilities will break out as follows: 50% OnCUE Journal/OnCUE+ (digital edition), 20% ITM, 15% CUEtube, 15% Consulting on & repurposing social media posts across the CUE.org website, CUE Blog and Social Media platforms.

Across all platforms:

  • Develop focus, theme and editorial calendar with volunteers and CUE staff.
  • Solicit original, engaging and relevant posts by prominent authors, including: CUE members, Affiliate and SIG leaders, leaders, staff, thought-leaders, featured speakers, industry experts, and more.
  • Coordinate CUE’s online video management system to push files to appropriate channels.
  • Work with CUE staff and volunteers to increase readership and engagement.
  • Serve as an advisor to the CUE Communications Committee.
  • Support CUE’s Blog Editor in maintaining continuity while supporting the blog’s independent voice.

OnCUE/OnCUE+:

  • Edit four issues of the OnCUE Journal/OnCUE+ (24-32 pages each) per year.
  • Planning and assigning, including coordinating deadlines and assignments for freelance or contracted writers across all publications.
  • Work in collaboration with layout designer throughout all phases of production.
  • Edit and proof journal at all production phases, including approval of final proof from printer and on tablets.
  • Coordinate and curate annual list to be featured in Spring issue annually.

Infinite Thinking Machine:

  • Work with writers, editing scripts for production of 20+ episodes per year.
  • Work with show Producers to develop focus, theme and editorial calendar
  • Edit and proof written content for each episode prior through post-production (note: no video editing is required).

CUEtube (CUE’s YouTube Channel):

  • Write descriptions, keywords and titles for every episode produced to air on CUE tube. Typically, this is 20+ per year, captured across our four main events each year: Fall CUE, Annual CUE, and the eLearning Strategies and Leadership 3 Symposia.
  • Work with organizational units (Affiliates, Learning Networks, Committees, etc.) to collect and publish high-quality video content.
  • Schedule the publication of these episodes across the 52 week year, timing them to match other social media posts and distribution.
  • Coordinate with CUE staff and consultants on CUE’s SEO strategy.

CUE.org & Social Media Platforms (including CUE Blog):

  • Work with CUE staff and volunteers to keep our CUE.org landing page content fresh and relevant.
  • Update and create pages within CUE’s drupal-based web presence, with a focus on integrating content across all media and publications.
  • Assist Blog Editor in initial (re)branding and outreach efforts for the blog.
  • Support independent perspective of the blog and its contributors.
  • Consult with CUE staff, volunteers and consultants in creation of Social Media Policy for CUE Leaders

Required Qualifications:
CUE is seeking someone who has their finger on the pulse of current trends, debates and future directions of education. They know who the thought leaders are and aren’t afraid to reach out to them. They should have 2-3 years experience in writing, editing and posting in educational technology, and have commensurate experience with social media and web tools.

This person should have superior organizational skills, a professional demeanor and poise, fanatical attention to detail, and exemplary written and verbal and visual communication abilities. Strong familiarity with office, email, calendar, collaborative, cloud-based office productivity document, spreadsheet and database solutions (specifically Mac OS, iOS, and Google) is required. Must be a resident of the Pacific Time Zone, possess a mobile phone, laptop and have access to a home office with Internet access.

Desired Qualities:

  • Basic photo editing skills
  • Understanding of HTML, ability to make webpage edits
  • Basic understanding of InDesign, Acrobat, Drupal, Wordpress, YouTube, Mag+ (or similar tools) and digital publishing
  • Familiarity with SEO strategy, Social Media and RSS.
  • Flexible schedule.
  • Sense of humor.

Compensation: $20,000/yr. (based on experience), roughly 13-15 hrs/wk. One year term (July 2014 - June 2015). This position will also be provided complimentary registration to the Fall and Annual CUE Conferences, not including travel.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should reference "CUE Managing Editor" in the subject line and send a resume/CV, at least two reference letters, link(s) to sample writing and letter of interest to cuejobs@gmail.com by July 2, 2014. Ideal applicants are CUE members in good standing. Successful applicant will begin work the week of July 7. 

June 18, 2014
Amy Burvall to Kickoff eLearning Strategies Symposium



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Amy Burvall to Keynote 2014 eLearning Strategies Symposium

 

Costa Mesa, Calif., June 18, 2014 — Today, CUE and the Stanislaus County Office of Education announced that Amy Burvall, the teacher and YouTube personality, will provide the opening keynote for the third annual eLearning Strategies Symposium, a conference dedicated to highlighting and exploring effective strategies for online and blended education.


A Humanities teacher for more than 20 years, Amy is currently teaching Theory of Knowledge at Le Jardin Academy International Baccalaureate (IB) "world school" in Kailua, Hawaii. Her work in the History for Music Lovers YouTube channel (aka “Historyteachers”), which features history-based parody music videos with more than 10 million views, has appeared in Wired magazine, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Honolulu Magazine, CBC, NPR, and international blogs and media. She was privileged to present at TEDxHonolulu 2011 and served as co-curator for TEDxHonoluluED 2013.


In her keynote, “The Cafe, the Studio and the Stage: Re-Imagining Spaces for Blended and Online Learning”, Amy will re-imagine the environments in which our students learn, whether traditional, blended, or completely online. She will answer such questions as what are the essential elements of these “spaces” and what tools are useful in managing student learning, production, and amplification of student work.


"We are thrilled that Amy Burvall will be our kick-off keynote speaker at eSS,” said CUE’s Executive Director, Mike Lawrence. “Her energetic approach to learning and her willingness to explore all avenues of content delivery, up to and including Lady Gaga, will be an unforgettable addition to the symposium.”


Early Bird Symposium registration is now open until October 10th. Just $179, registration includes Friday and Saturday sessions, a keynote/lunch on Friday, and Ramsey Musallam’s closing keynote on Saturday. Groups of two or more who are from the same school, district, or organization may register for $165. San Mateo Marriott rooms for the symposium are just $139 per night.


For more information, visit the eLearning Strategies Symposium website, www.elearns.org.


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About eSS

The eLearning Strategies Symposium, a joint partnership of CUE and the Stanislaus County Office of Education, is designed to bring together K-12 teachers and administrators, policymakers, and industry around eLearning’s progress, direction, curriculum, policy, teaching and learning strategies, and professional development. The third annual eLearning Strategies Symposium will be held at the San Mateo Marriott on December 12th and 13th, 2014.| www.elearns.org


About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. 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. | www.cue.org


CONTACT: Brian Bridges CONTACT: Mike Lawrence

Director, eLearning Strategies Symposium Executive Director, CUE

209-345-2833, brian.bridges@elearns.org 925-478-3460, mlawrence@cue.org

June 17, 2014
The Infinite Thinking Machine Goes Atomic!



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CUE Provides ITM Episodes on Atomic Learning

 



Walnut Creek, Calif.,  June 24, 2014 –  CUE is proud to announce a partnership with Atomic Learning, one of the leaders in subscription-based services for educators. Atomic Learning has added to its training library three seasons of CUE’s award-winning Internet TV show, The Infinite Thinking Machine (ITM), now with added captions for the hearing impaired.

 

ITM is a high-energy Internet TV show that inspires creativity and innovation in education. Atomic Learning invites educators to dive in and learn from teachers, administrators, students and other innovators that challenge conventional edu-thinking through this video series. All videos are available to visitors of Atomic Learning and are integrated into the Atomic Learning platform to easily embed into professional learning systems of subscribing school districts.

 

"We are excited to share ITM with Atomic Learning's teachers to spread innovative practices,” said Chris Walsh, co-executive producer, ITM. “Teachers love our fun format and practical tips for applying tech in the classroom, making the show a perfect complement to Atomic Learning’s great tutorials."

 

Jon Blissenbach, VP of Product at Atomic Learning agrees. “We believe technology enables educators to create awesome learning experiences for their students. The clever episodes of ITM complement Atomic Learning’s professional learning content, allowing us not only to inform educators how to create these learning experiences, but also to inspire them to want to do bigger and better things for their students.”


To view the training, visit ITM Season 2 or ITM Season 3 or ITM Season 4 on InfiniteThinking.org or Atomic Learning. To inquire about partnering with Atomic Learning to host educational videos, contact Jon Blissenbach at jblissenbach@atomiclearning.com. To suggest topics for more ITM episodes visit InfiniteThinking.org.


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About the Infinite Thinking Machine

ITM is produced by CUE, a nonprofit educational community that inspires innovative learners. First launched in 2006, the Infinite Thinking Machine (ITM) is a high-energy Internet TV show directly targeted at K-12 educators, parents, and students. The goal is to inspire creativity and innovation in education. New episodes are released fortnightly during the school year, and they occasionally post bonus episodes. ITM depends on a mix of funding from its producing organization, education partners and corporate sponsors. To learn more, visit www.infinitethinking.org.

 

About Atomic Learning

Founded in 2000 by a group of technology educators, Atomic Learning serves over 16 million individuals in more than 45 countries worldwide. Atomic Learning offers a cost-effective just-in-time professional development, technology integration and support solution that empowers educators to effectively utilize technology to positively impact student achievement. As your ed tech training partner, Atomic Learning helps teachers develop college and career-ready students with 21st century skills-based training. Visit us today at www.AtomicLearning.com.                                           


June 9, 2014
Ramsey Musallam to Present Closing Keynote at eLearning Strategies Symposium



 

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CONTACT: Brian Bridges CONTACT: Mike Lawrence

Director, California Learning Resource Network Executive Director, CUE

209-345-2833, brian.bridges@elearns.org 925-478-3460, mlawrence@cue.org


Ramsey Musallam to Keynote 2014 eLearning Strategies Symposium

 

Costa Mesa, Calif., June 3, 2014 — Today, CUE and the Stanislaus County Office of Education announced that Ramsey Musallam will provide the closing keynote for the third annual eLearning Strategies Symposium, a conference dedicated to highlighting and exploring effective strategies for online and blended education.


Ramsey Musallam, a TED Talk alumnus, is a secondary science instructor at Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown San Francisco and serves as an adjunct professor of education at the University of San Francisco and Touro University. He is the host of the Infinite Thinking Machine, an Internet TV show dedicated to sharing innovative ideas for teachers and students. Ramsey’s TED Talk “3 Rules to Spark Learning” is widely popular with classroom teachers and was the lead talk on TED's first-ever PBS TV premiere, “TED Talks Education.” In his keynote, “Peeking In: Using Technology to Fuel and Measure Student Inquiry," Ramsey will use examples from the classroom, his research and society to explore curiosity as a cognitive construct, a pedagogical tool and surprisingly, an assessment device. Simple resources and instructional strategies used to spark curiosity will be presented, and case studies will be analyzed.


"We’re excited to hear from Ramsey Musallam at eSS,” said CUE’s Executive Director, Mike Lawrence. “He’s an innovative speaker with a passion for online and blended learning, who brings important perspectives to our symposium.”


Early Bird Symposium registration is now open until October 10th. Just $179, registration includes Friday and Saturday sessions and a keynote/lunch on Friday and a closing keynote on Saturday. Groups of two or more who are from the same school, district, or organization may register for $165. San Mateo Marriott rooms for the symposium are just $139 per night.


For more information, visit the eLearning Strategies Symposium website, www.elearns.org.


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About CLRN

CLRN provides educators with a "one-stop" resource to select online courses aligned to content standards and iNACOL’s Standards for Quality Online Courses. | www.clrn.org


About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. 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. | www.cue.org

May 29, 2014
CUE joins ISTE and other Orgs Urging Congress to Fund Education Technology at $200 million for FY 15

Today, CUE joined over 100 organizations to send a letter to Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Moran urging Congress to fund education technology at $200 million for Fiscal Year 2015.  The letter demonstrates the depth and breadth of support for digital learning across the country. As ISTE's affiliates for California and Nevada, CUE and CUE of Nevada were proud to join the list of signatories.

 

Hilary Goldman, ISTE Senior Director Government Relations, headed up the crafting of the letter and had the following to say: "This was an awesome effort...we are in an uphill battle to restore funding in this tight budget environment, but it’s important to keep pounding the pavement."

 

READ THE LETTER WE SENT TO CONGRESS


Let's continue the conversation - if you haven't already, join the ISTE Advocacy Network to make your voice heard!

 

May 23, 2014
CUE and KCI Announce Summer of Learning

 

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Check out CUE'S SUMMER AT THE KRAUSE CENTER FOR INNOVATION (KCI) for a variety of two-day workshops. Each of these is theme-based and focuses on how to infuse technology into teaching and learning. Choose from Google, Apple, or Microsoft Workshops and earn one unit from Foothill College. Registration at Foothill College is required.



May 23, 2014
CUE Seeking Conference Cooordinator

CUE is HiringDeadline to apply: June 8

Interviews: June 11-13 (held at CUE, Inc. office in Walnut Creek)

Start date: July 15

 

 

Title: Conference Coordinator

Status:          Full-Time Exempt (not subject to overtime)

Supervisor:    Director of Operations

To Apply:      Send a cover letter and resume to: cuejobs@gmail.com by June 8.


Position summary:  This non-exempt, salaried position reports to the Director of Operations. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:  provides a variety of skilled administrative and clerical duties directly related to conference projects; supports the CUE staff in all aspects of administrative duties by maintaining data, data entry and preparing reports.

 

Qualifications: AA, BA preferred; excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, data entry; High proficiency in using office productivity (e.g.: Word, Filemaker, Excel, Drupal, Gmail…) software; skilled in database management; Excellent written and oral communication skills; Ability to work effectively in high-stress environment during peak seasons; Experience in conference coordination and working with K-12 or higher education a plus!

 

Principal Tasks

  • Coordinates speaker and exhibitor databases and all related materials.
  • Responsible for data entry of conference exhibitor, sponsorships and speakers.
  • Maintains conference inventory and shipping/receiving to/from conference sites.
  • Assist with conference registrations.
  • Responsible for ordering conference promotional items.
  • Assists with promotions.
  • Assists in the preparation and production of all conference publications.
  • Answers conference related phone calls.
  • Maintains conference archives.
  • Assists with conference set-up onsite.
  • Responsible for preparation of conference information for website publishing and checks regularly to maintain updated information.
  • Prepares reports for registration and other databases.
  • Prepares word processing, spreadsheet, and database projects.
  • Researches and prepares reports as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Other Essential Functions: Regular and punctual attendance and dependability in meeting commitments and deadlines are essential functions of this position.  Must be available and willing to work extended hours when needed and on occasion, a flexible schedule, especially before conferences.  May be required to drive to client or vendor sites.   Will be required to travel for conferences and overnight time away.

 

Physical and Mental Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job, including but not limited to: ability to sit for prolonged periods, operate a computer and telephone, work effectively when working in isolation, work effectively as a part of a virtual team and concentrate on a variety of details when faced with interruptions and changing work priorities.  Specific physical abilities include: the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit and occasionally is required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 

 

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to: cuejobs@gmail.com by June 8.

 

 

May 1, 2014
CUE Seeking Consultant for Executive Assistant Position

Deadline to apply: May 11

Interviews: May 12-15 (held via virtual online meeting software)

Start date: June 2


Title: Executive Assistant

Status: Hourly Consultant, initial 6 month term

Supervisor: Executive Director

Position Type: Primarily virtual, with some onsite event support

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to: cuejobs@gmail.com by May 11.


CUE Now Hiring!

Position Summary: The Executive Assistant provides administrative support to the executive director, director of operations and when needed, board president. Administrative duties include but are not limited to: managing email, voicemail, travel expense reports, calendar scheduling and appointments. The position will also manage some administrative projects in support of board document preparation, organizational RFPs and participate on calls and when appropriate, meetings. This position will also travel to Fall and Annual Conferences to support the Executive Director in successfully achieving event goals.


Required Qualifications: Superior organizational skills, professional demeanor and poise, fanatical attention to detail, and exemplary written and verbal communication abilities required. Strong familiarity with office, email, calendar, collaborative, cloud-based office productivity document, spreadsheet and database solutions (specifically Mac OS, iOS, Filemaker and Google) required. Must be a resident of California or Nevada, possess a mobile phone, laptop and have access to a home office with Internet access.


Preferred Qualifications but not Required:

  • Past experience supporting executives

  • Recent experience in K-12 education

  • School or district administration experience

  • Knowledge of innovative educational technology tools

  • Sense of humor


Principal Tasks:

  • Weekly virtual meeting with ED to set weekly/monthly agenda and goals
  • Maintain ED’s calendar, setting appointments and issuing invitations and RSVPs
  • Manage ED’s email inbox & some social media accounts, responding to non-critical or repetitive inquiries and elevating mission-critical communications
  • Track ED’s travel expenses and submit for reimbursement
  • Research and write reports and research background material for meetings
  • Compose updates and revisions of documents, spreadsheets and databases
  • Provide onsite assistance to ED (and some CUE leaders) for major CUE events
  • Undertake special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

 

 

Other Essential Functions:

Consultant must provide their own equipment, home Internet and mobile device needed to perform duties. CUE will provide necessary software licenses, logins and other requirements to complete duties and will reimburse for appropriate pre-approved expenses, including travel to Fall and Annual CUE Conferences. Regular dependability in meeting commitments and deadlines are essential functions of this position. Must be available and willing to work overtime when needed and on occasion, a flexible schedule. May be required to drive. Will be required to travel for Annual and Fall Conferences. These trips will require overnight time away.


Physical and Mental Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job, including but not limited to: ability to sit for prolonged periods, operate a computer and telephone, work effectively when working in isolation, work effectively as a part of a virtual team and concentrate on a variety of details when faced with interruptions and changing work priorities. Specific physical abilities include: the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit and occasionally is required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


Compensation: $25/hr. (negotiable), up to 10 hrs/wk. Initial term: June 2-Nov. 30. Contract may be extended based on performance and available budget.


To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to: cuejobs@gmail.com by May 11.