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August 15, 2014
CUE and The Learning Revolution Announce First Online Summit featuring Google for Education

Groundbreaking Online Summit Will Connect Educators Globally

 

Walnut Creek, Calif., August 15, 2014 –  This September, CUE and The Learning Revolution Project will host the first ever Online Summit featuring Google for Education, which will highlight the work of Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Educators and Googlers themselves. This event will take place entirely online, and all sessions will be recorded via Google Hangouts on Air. Registrants will have access to recordings indefinitely.GOOGLE-ONLINE-SUMMIT2.png


Registration for the weekend summit is $40 and is now open at www.giesummit.org. This low price includes unlimited access to the archives as mentioned as well as a one-year membership to CUE. The online summit will take place September 6 & 7, 2014 • 9am-6pm Pacific (GMT-7).  


“We are excited to bring this new format of professional development and collaboration to educators,” said Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO. “Most brick-and-mortar conferences, including our own, require attendees to pick and choose between sessions. By offering unlimited archival access to all the sessions, we ensure that attendees can see everything.” Steve Hargadon, founder of the Learning Revolution Project, whose online events have had hundreds of thousands of attendees, adds: “The travel time and expenses of face-to-face events can make them hard to attend--having a virtual conference significantly opens the door to easier participation.”


Call for Proposals

Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers and Google Educators can apply to present at the inaugural virtual summit To apply, fill out this Submission Form by September 1, 2014. If your session(s) is accepted, you will be notified on a rolling basis starting on August 15. Apply early as submissions are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Proposal strands include Search Literacy, Leveraging Devices and Apps, Digital Citizenship, IT/GAFE ManagementSTEM and Computer Science , Gone Google Stories, Innovation in Leadership, Getting Googley: Projects and Initiatives from Google, Project-Based Learning Using Google, Professional Learning and even more. Visit www.giesummit.org for more details on the event.

 

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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. | www.cue.org


About the Learning Revolution Project

The Learning Revolution Project holds "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and promotes the events of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe that as they increasingly overlap and integrate these conversations will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place. Learning Revolution projects have 130,000 members from 200+ countries. | learningrevolution.com

August 13, 2014
CUE Board Names Mike Lawrence as CEO

Mike Lawrence, CEOWalnut Creek, Calif. CUE is proud to announce that it has named Mike Lawrence as the organization’s first Chief Executive Officer. Having served as the nonprofit's executive director since 2005, Lawrence is ready to embrace his new role under the reorganized structure, which was approved at the Board’s annual retreat July 23-24, 2014.


“CUE's growth at our conferences, in professional development, and membership over the last few years is absolutely tremendous. To meet the demands of this growth while also preparing for the future, CUE is excited to elevate Mike to our new CEO position,” said Robert Craven, CUE Board President. “In expanding staff and creating the new CEO position, CUE is prepared to expand high quality professional development offerings to our members.”


Lawrence’s appointment to CEO comes after his earning his CAE (Certified Association Executive) credential, the highest professional credential in the association industry. To earn this certificate, the applicant must complete 100 hours of specialized coursework, have a minimum of three years’ experience in nonprofit organization management, pass a rigorous examination in association management and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certificate, one must regularly complete professional development courses through the Center for Association Leadership. 

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 Announces 2014-2015 Board Officers

Board of DirectorsWalnut 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 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.