KQED is proud to announce a new educational partner in Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc. The two non-profit organizations are excited to begin working collaboratively on resources and programs that will reach a larger audience of educators and students both in Northern California and beyond.
KQED is a leader in distributing valuable educational programming on air and online through channels like PBS LearningMedia, which grants educators and students easy, instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives. The KQED Education website also boasts resources such as a curriculum bank, access to partners in education and a news-in-education resource that connects the newsroom and the classroom for real world student engagement. Blogs like MindShift and The Lowdown and a digital media center help KQED engage with the national and local educational communities to broaden and deepen the impact of the institution’s award-winning media.
CUE has long been known for its professional development opportunities and its mission to inspire both students and educators through the use of technology. The Annual CUE Conference in Palm Springs sees 4000+ educators each year, with more than 200 vendors offering the very latest in technology for schools and universities. CUE also hosts a Fall Conference and a number of professional development “camps” throughout the year. They co-produce the California Student Media Festival, showcasing student achievement across all disciplines. CUE’s own Internet TV show, Infinite Thinking Machine, received a nomination for best educational web series in both the EduBlog and IAWTV Awards.
Mike Lawrence, Executive Director of CUE says, "We are thrilled to form this partnership with KQED. Together, we can leverage the best of both organizations' resources to support innovation that will advance student achievement."
KQED Do Now: A Twitter Chat for Students About Current Events
Saturday March 16, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am Smoketree F, PSCC Learn how to bring social media into your classroom with KQED Do Now, a weekly twitter chat for students to debate about current events. Students can use this platform to develop research skills and civic engagement in an online learning environment, and communicate their ideas to a larger audience.
I occasionally find myself sitting in conference sessions and meetings and have to silently chuckle about the amount of electronic devices in my possession--a laptop, iPad, iPhone and all of the chargers and accessories that accompany them. However, at the Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Annual Conference in Palm Springs last week, I was far from the only person with a messenger bag full of devices. The CUE Conference brings together educators from all over California that are interested in advancing student learning through the use of technology. For three days, 3,200 teachers, administrators, technology coordinators and professional development providers shared tips and best practices for integrating technology tools into the classroom--both traditional and online.
Scanning through the conference sessions in the program, it was clear what the hot topics were this year: video, apps, and mobile, mobile, mobile. More than 10% of the approximately 300 sessions focused on using iPads. And these sessions were packed. From iPad basics to creating videos on the iPad, the best apps to install, and using them for differentiated instruction, it’s certain that educators see value in tablet computers and are eager to bring them into the classroom.
While there were quite a lot of technology veterans in this savvy group, it was also nice to see educators who are fairly new to this digital world and are enthusiastic about incorporating new tools and strategies into their teaching. In KQED's session, "Putting Science on the (Google) Map," we were pleasantly surprised to find that only a couple participants had previously created a Google Map. (Also exciting was that almost all of the attendees were science teachers!). As technology becomes increasingly available and accessible to our schools, I can only imagine this CUE community growing exponentially.
Want to jump onboard? The Fall CUE Conference is taking place in Napa Valley, October 26-27, 2012.