Guest Blog Post by Virtual Fall CUE Featured Speaker Jake Miller

I cannot believe that I get to be a part of Fall CUE this year!  I have been hearing about the awesomeness that is CUE for years and, until now, have not had the opportunity to be a part of it.

Actually, wait…does attending the #CaliEdTech Cheesesteaks meetup at ISTE19 count as being a part of a CUE event? Because I just came because Jon Corippo told me to show up and eat cheesesteaks with some awesome California educators and my Ohio appetite was *IN*!

I don’t think that counts though. I’m going to go ahead and count Fall CUE as my first foray into CUE-ness! I’ll be joining Fall CUE to share about my 4 MVPs of Blended and Remote Learning as well as facilitating an experience and discussion on the effective use of Choice Boards in the Classroom.

But enough about cheesesteaks and Fall CUE sessions, you are probably wondering who I am! Well, like most educators in 2020, I’m a guy with a lot of hats–virtual teacher, video producer, email answerer, parent, everyone’s tech support, curriculum designer, teacher’s assistant for my own kids’ teachers, formative assessor, rapport builder, Zoom expert . . . and the list goes on.  But, if I’ve only got one word to tell you who I am – it would be educator.

I am an education geek and, if you give me a few bonus words, I’d add in educational technology aficionado.  You see, during the first half of my 18 years in education, I became increasingly excited about kicking educational experiences and pedagogy up a notch with edtech. And, over the last half of those 18 years in education, I’ve made it my mission to support educators who are ready for, but intimidated by, that edtech integration journey.

Years ago, it became clear to me that educational technology is at its most effective when it’s not the goal of a lesson or activity, but a tool that is used to solve a problem, meet a need, address a goal, or cross off a learning standard. That edtech integration mindset became known as Educational Duct Tape, which became the title and the unofficial mission statement of the podcast that I host. Educators don’t need hours and hours of prescribed professional development. They need the opportunity to identify a goal, problem, or need and then get support in selecting the correct duct tape–or edtech tool–to save the day.

If your goals, problems, or needs include selecting edtech tools that will meet a bunch of needs in face-to-face classrooms AND remote learning settings, join me for The 4 MVPs of Blended and Remote Learning from an #EduDuctTape Mindset. And if those goals, problems, or needs include empowering and motivating your learners? You might want to join me for my Choice Boards in the Classroom session as well!

See ya soon, CUE! I’m so excited about my first CUE event! (the cheesesteaks don’t count.)

Virtual Fall CUE Registration – October 22-26

Virtual Fall CUE registration is OPEN and just $79! Prepare for school with hundreds of sessions from the best edtech presenters in education! Schools around the country are looking to find ways to manage teaching online or in a blended setting. Fall CUE is the virtual conference bringing thought-leadership discussions and best practices on all things pedagogy, blended and online teaching strategies, and edtech tools!

About Jake Miller

Jake Miller is an edtech and learning enthusiast who hosts the Educational Duct Tape podcast and shares #EduGIFs at @JakeMillerTech and on JakeMiller.net. He works as a science teacher for the Orange City School District in Ohio and previously spent 5 years as a technology integration specialist and an additional 12 years in the classroom teaching math, science & STEM at various grade levels. Jake’s favorite job, however, is his full-time position as a husband and father.

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