I’ve been to dozens of education and technology conferences over the last two decades, but I have never attended, and I have never spoken at a CUE event. That changes in March when I speak at Virtual Spring CUE 2021. I’m thrilled that I get to inspire innovative learners from the basement of my home in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

During my second year of teaching fifth grade, I presented at the Nebraska Educational Technology Association’s Spring Conference. I was hooked. I absolutely loved showing other educators what I was up to in my classroom. The sharing and the connections that happen at education conferences are remarkable. I ate up all the “yes, and” from the audience that happened during and after my presentations.

After teaching fifth grade for six years, I spent two years as my school’s technology specialist. I enjoyed collaborating to create irresistible learning experiences for students. In 2006 I ended up leaving the school system to become self-employed. Since then I have spoken at conferences and have lead workshops in almost every state and internationally. I spent a dozen years building up my digital toolbox and helping others do the same.

I went back to classroom teaching for the 2018-2019 school year. I got to put what I was sharing with teachers to work for my own students. I was lucky to have such a deep toolbox, but I found that a busy school day meant that I needed quick wins. I relied on approaches and activities that were low prep with a high return on student engagement. I tried to make every lesson electrifying with the help of my trusty digital toolbox.

I will be presenting Electrify Any Lesson at Virtual Spring CUE 2021 on Friday, March 19th. I will demonstrate ways to turn potentially boring lessons into brilliant ones—in ways that don’t take much time to prepare. In Electrify Any Lesson the audience will experience pixelated pictures, redacted text, locked content, customized Mad Libs, mystery maps, emoji messages, and other inviting ways to captivate learners, whether the lesson takes place online or in person. I really hope you can join me.

In the meantime, please visit my website at learninginhand.com and connect with me on Twitter (@tonyvincent) and on Instagram (@learninginhand). Also, check out my collection of drawing challenges for kids at shapegrams.com.

Come see Tony talk on Friday, March 19th at 3:00pm PST. Register for Virtual Spring CUE 2021 today at cue.org/spring!

Tony Vincent is an online educator, speaker, consultant, and creator of Shapegrams from Council Bluffs, Iowa. For more information on Tony, check out his website Learning in Hand.

About Kristin Oropeza
Kristin is a full-time special education teacher, contract consultant, and educational content writer. She is a Google Certified Teacher (Level 1 and 2), Google Certified Trainer, and MIE Expert for 2020-2021.