Eva Wagner on CUE 2006

CUE 2006! (Via Woodland Technology.) Here are Eva’s notes from the sessions she attended at CUE, posted on a technology blog she keeps for the tech team (and other faculty) at her school site. She also presented Using Technology to Support Houghton Mifflin (p. 27) and Movie Magic (p. 32), a hands-on session with iMovie showing teachers how to create their own Reading Rainbow style movies with students and their favorite books. Eva teaches kindergarden using a blog at Mrs. Wagner’s Class. She also maintains Kindergarden Computer Centers and Games 4 Kids.

Yup, I’m proud of my wife. ;)

David Warlick on CUE 2006

I wound up saving a lot of posts from 2 Cents Worth on the CUE conference, so I’ve combined my links to them all in this post…

David Warlick was having one of those days when he headed for the CUE conference last weekend, and he had some early morning troubles after he arrived. Despite his discomfort answering a question from Chris Walsh later in the day, he was of course able to report a successful conference the day after. Thankfully, Lainie McGann FURLed the wiki he used during his presentation, too: The New Shape of Information – Landmarks Wiki (Via Furl – The lmcgann Archive.)

Later, David also posted that the CUE webcasts were up (including one in which he was interviewed, and another where I was interviewed). Finally, he posted his excitement at meeting Consuelo Molina. For me the thrill was quite the opposite… meeting him, however briefly.

Robert Craven, Stacy Deeble-Reynolds, Mike Guerena, Scott Harris, and I stayed late after the conference to break down our lab, have a team dinner and then head home… on a snow covered highway! It was something of a magical way to end a truly moving conference experience for us. David happened to capture some of that too at his Serial Teacher blog.

Meanwhile, back in Orange County, folks were asking, What the hail?! (Via SqueezeOC Blog.)

I realize now that I, too, am going to have to post some images of our trip to make this CUE recap complete.

David Warlick at CUE 2006

Missing the First Few Days of CUE (Via 2 Cents Worth.) David Warlick: “If you will be at either event, please come say, ‘Hi!'”

I was busy supporting an OCDE presentation at the time Warlick was presenting. My wife, Eva, was presenting at the same time as well. I did manage to duck out and watch a few minutes of each of their presentations – enough at least to get the feel for the content and the chemistry in the room. Later, I walked past Warlick and CUE president Scott Smith, and after a moment’s pause, turned around and apologized to Scott for interrupting – at which point he was kind enough to introduce me to David. I knew he was on his way home, and I was still running about, so it was a quick exchange… but enough for me to appreciate what it’s like to hear his voice and talk to him in real life, and I hope he was able to put a face to a name and feel the same way. (Warlick has commented on this blog from time to time, and I’ve certainly enjoyed his 2 Cents Worth and his book, Raw Materials for the Mind.)

Open Source Software Movement Gaining Grass Roots Momentum in Schools?

Tech hungry schools should look to Linux (Via Moving at the Speed of Creativity.) Wesley Freyer: “That being said, I think most school districts are being fiscally irresponsible today if they are not moving towards open source computing solutions, at least for some of their campuses and instructional applications.”

I can report some related good news. For my presentation about open source software at the CUE conference this past week, I prepared 40 handouts thinking I’d be lucky to get 20 participants. By the time I started speaking I had about 80 people in the room! The facilitator went back for 20 more handouts twice! At the end of the session, participants approached me with specific questions about applications such as Open Office, and about Linux. Better yet, the evals revealed a crowd that left the room jazzed about getting started with open source software! I suppose the humor I added to the presentation paid off. I did not expect to feel so successful about this session, but I’m thrilled that perhaps the open source movement might finally be picking up some grass roots momentum in schools.

Thursday evening at the conference, my webcast interview with Chris Walsh was also a success, as was the open source pavilion (in the exhibit hall) run by my fellow interviewee, Steve Hargadon.