Cahuilla CUE, Google Presentations, Ustream, and K12online All The Time

On Saturday I had the opportunity to drive out to Palm Springs for the Cahuilla CUE Tech Fair. Cahuilla CUE is a local affiliate of Computer Using Educators based in the Cochella Valley. Dr. Lee Grafton, the vice president of the affiliate helped organize the event and a series of CUEtoYOU professional development workshops to follow. She invited me to “keynote” the small event and then lead two 1 hour sessions immediately after my talk. Here’s the “handouts” page (meaning links to the wikis) for all three sessions:

Even though the event was small and the keynote was short, I was surprisingly nervous about this event… I was trying lots of new things:

  • First of all, though it was only 20 minutes, this was my first opportunity to roll out a version of my “Learning to Network & Networking to Learn” topic.
  • Second, for the presentation I created all new slides, avoiding bullets and text for the most part – and focusing on storytelling rather than information transmission. (I was a bit nervous about how fluid I would be and how well I would keep to the strict time constraints.)
  • Third, I used a Google Docs presentation and planned to invite the network in to participate via the chat.
  • Finally, I had also planned to webcast audio and video of the presentation via ustream at – but sadly, the “Go Live” interface wasn’t working on the CSUSB Palm Dessert campus guest wireless network.

Except for the ustream issue (which was something of a relief because I think I was most nervous about broadcasting my first go at the topic) everything went extremely well. In the keynote I think I shared some inspiring ideas without overwhelming people with details, and I hit 20 minutes right on the nose. :)

Also, I thought I’d get limited participation in the backchannel chat because of the early Saturday morning timeslot, but it turned out to be fantastic (short, but fantastic, especially as a proof of concept)… and the folks in the room were actually reading along on the big screen as I talked. I kept the window open and captured the chat using Jing afterwords. Here’s the presentation and archived chat:

Learning to Network & Networking to Learn @ Cahuilla CUE October 6, 2007
Archived Chat

The one-hour wiki session that followed went well, too, and some of “the network” actually followed me into the new presentation. Though this was a quick session and the online participation was minimal really, I think this is a shadow of what is to come at conferences like NECC this year. I expect there will be a lot of virtual session hopping among online (and face-to-face) attendees.

Wiki While You Work @ Cahuilla CUE October 6, 2007
Archived Chat (Warning: A bit of hockey conversation was captured when I archived this.)

Finally, I did a one-hour “Quick and Dirty” Podcasting session to finish the morning. We had lost the online participants by that point, but one of the participants in the session got himself into the Google preso and posted a link to Audacity for Windows users. It was only one person, but it was cool to see it happen despite the fact that I had no time to walk people through it… I just made it available.

Quick and Dirty Podcasting @ Cahuilla CUE October 6, 2007
Archived Chat (Note: still shot only)

For me, this was a successful experiment. At this point I’m planing to use a Google presentation (& chat) for all my presentations and I’ll at least invite folks from the outside to come in (in addition to inviting attendees). Whether anyone shows up and participates will of course be a variable somewhat beyond my control… but I can try to make each event as compelling as possible for both online and face-to-face attendees. Also, I’ll be trying ustream again at my next presentation and hope to make that a part of my routine. Will Richardson has really lead the way with Weblogg-ed TV when it comes to sharing his own presentations and experiences. (I popped into a presentation he made to assistant state superintendents of education yesterday morning… as I was watching David Warlick’s k12online pre-conference keynote, reading my feeds, and – of course – twittering.) It’s getting to the point were we might be able to experience something like the k12onlineconference any day we choose. :)

Build A Better Browser (CUE Tips Submission)

This is the last CUE Tips session I submitted for the upcoming CUE conference. Unlike the others, it’s not really read/write web focused, but I’m hoping it might be just the thing for a quick 20 minute session. The idea is to help teachers setup and customize Firefox in a way that supports (and even invigorates) their work. Let me know what you think in the comments.


Build a Better Browser: An Overview of Firefox Themes & Extensions for Educators


Rediscover the web! Firefox is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable. Learn how themes and extensions can be used to turn your web browser into the ultimate learning machine.



It Really Is Really Simple (CUE Submission)

This is the last of he Read/Write web submissions I made to CUE this year… and it’s the only one that is a repeat of something I offered last year. As always, of course, the workshop is continually updated. But in general I feel last year there were only a few people ready for RSS – this year I expect there will be far more. And while I think there will be a profusion of blogging workshops, I don’t yet expect very many RSS workshops. So, here it is… I’d be interested to know what any of you think of it. Is there an Application of RSS I’m missing? Or do you have a different perspective on the topic at all? Let me know in the comments.


It Really Is Really Simple: An Introduction to RSS in Education


Use Real Simple Syndication (RSS) to subscribe to blogs, podcasts, and other “feeds”
so the content comes to you. RSS can help manage student blogs and your own
professional development.


It Really Is Really Simple.pdf

UPDATE: The link above has been fixed.

UPDATE 2: Here’s a link to the It Really Is Really Simple wiki I created for the workshop last year. It needs to be updated of course. :)

Blogs, Wikis, and Google Docs (CUE Tips Submission)

This is another new session I submitted as a 20 minute CUE Tips session at the upcoming CUE Conference in March. While these three tools could easily fill an hour on their own, I figured a discussion of which to use when might make a great quick preso for beginners and experts alike. We’ll see if the session readers agree, but in the meantime, I’d love your thoughts and feedback (and questions) on this.


Blogs, Wikis, and Google Docs: Which one is right for your lesson?


Why use a wiki when you have a blog? When should you use Google Docs instead of a wiki? This session will clear up your confusion and free your creativity.


This session will begin with a clear definition and example of each two-way web technology: blogs, wikis, and Google Docs. Participants will then learn the strengths and weakness of each, complete with demonstrations to illustrate each point. Finally, the presenter will run through a variety of classroom scenarios, recommend an appropriate solution (or two) for each, and justify the choices made. Participants will leave with links to many more educational examples. (The whole abstract appears here, but here’s the pdf anyway: BlogsWikisGoogleDocs.pdf)

Has anyone already done something like this. I imagine someone more “chart” inclined than me must’ve already thrown something together. Any leads?

UPDATE: Doug Johnson asked his readers to clarify when they use Wikis and when they use Google Docs… it got quite a response and it seems there is a need for a session like this.

Twitter Me This (CUE Tips Submission)

Last year, CUE experimented with a new shorter presentation format (in addition to the usual 1 hour sessions). This year, these shorter sessions were an option in the formal submission process:

CUE Tips

These quick, 20-minute presentations focus on emerging and existing innovations to enhance learning, productivity, or understanding. They should be noncommercial, brief, and focus on one or two tips, techniques, or resources. They will be recorded for the CUE podcast feed.

Several of the submissions ideas I am most excited about this year I wound up submitting as CUE tips sessions. The one I’m most excited about, and the one that that seems most appropriate to be a ultra-short session is this… think others would be excited?


Twitter Me This: Join a Global Learning Community & Feel Good About It


It’s a blog, it’s an IM… no it’s Twitter – more efficient than email or RSS! Learn to connect with others, discover resources, and share what you’re doing using “social microblogging.”


TwitterMeThis.pdf (1 Page)

As you can see, there is a lot of room to add specifics to the detailed outline of the workshop (if it gets accepted – or if I get to do it elsewhere). Others have definitely written more than I have about using Twitter in education – not to mention those who have been enterprising enough to try it with their students. If any of you have recommendations about what I could (or should) include in the workshop… or any great examples, please let me know. Too, if there’s anything I’ve got wrong in the abstract (or if you have a different perspective) let me know. I look forward to any feedback you might leave. :)

Be An Edublogger (CUE Submission)

Eva and I have a baby due February 5th, so even though I’m hoping to be able to attend the CUE conference in Palm Springs four weeks later, I’ve been avoiding any commitments at the conference (or at least those without a solid plan B). Then, to my surprise, Eva put in a few submissions to present at CUE… four weeks after she gives birth! Well, I figure if she’s hoping to be there, I might as well put in a few submissions myself.

So, with my proposal safely away on Saturday morning – and Saturday being the (official) deadline to submit, I set about trying to dream up some new session topics in the afternoon.

I usually focus on what teachers can do with their students and present the benefits to the teacher as an additional bonus. One idea that really appealed to me was helping teachers to not only use blogs with their students, but to purposefully become a contributing member of the edublogosphere. I suspect most attendees won’t be interested in this – and those who are interested may be perfectly capable of teaching themselves, but there might just be a small cross-section of teachers who are ready for the next step and hungry to be empowered. Think this will attract any attendance?


Be An Edublogger: Tools and Tips for Joining A Global Learning Community


Read, write, reflect, and respond! Hundreds of educators around the world connect and learn using their blogs – and anyone can join them. Discover tools and tips to help you contribute.


BeAnEdublogger.pdf (1 Page)

I’d love any input you all can offer. I recognize there’s an element of hubris in even presuming I can lead a session like this, so I hope it’s seen simply as an attempt to humbly pass on something that has worked for me – and I hope I can include ideas that have worked for others as well. So, is there anything I’ve misrepresented? What have I missed? And what works for you?

CUEtoYOU: AFI Screen Education Workshop at CSUMB

I just announced a special event over at the CUE website. I’m posting the short version here as well, because I’m hoping to get the word out quickly:

CUEtoYOU is proud to announce a special partnership with the American Film Institute (AFI) and Cal State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). CUEtoYOU will host the AFI Screen Education workshop at the CSUMB Language Lab on Saturday September 22nd. In this hands-on workshop, teachers and administrators of all grade levels and subjects will learn how to use filmmaking as a tool to engage student learning. Through experiential lessons, participants will learn to shoot, plan, edit, and critique film and make connection to their curricula. The workshop is lead by Frank Guttler, Associate Director of the American Film Institute K-12 Screen Education Center and lead professional development trainer for the last 5 years.

The workshop runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm on September 22nd. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 8:30am and a working lunch will also be included in the workshop. The cost to CUE members is only $155. Non-members merely pay an additional $40 for a full year of CUE membership. (Bring your own digital video camera and tape if possible.)

Read more about the event…
Register Now

Please pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested or benefit from it!

Link: An Amazing Feat of Collaborative Web

An Amazing Feat of Collaborative Web (Via 2 Cents Worth.) I was stoked to see this post from David Warlick this morning. It seems the CUE 2007 conference is among the top 10 on hitchhikr… and is the only 2007 conference on the list. David notes that “clearly there is a lot of collaborative conversation going on in The Golden State.” As a conference attendee, presenter, and blogger – and as a member of the CUE conference planning committee – I’m proud to hear it. Congrats fellow CUE members!

Of course, last year David noted that the CUE 2006 conference was the first he had seen that publicized the tags bloggers should use for the conference right on the program, so perhaps that forward thinking has something to do with it. Credit to Mike Lawrence, executive director of CUE, for that.

Link: CUEtoYOU in CTAP Regions 9, 11, and 5

CUEtoYOU in CTAP Regions 5, 9, and 11 (Via just announced additional new CUEtoYOU professional development opportunities for Orange, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties. Here is the complete announcement. Please pass this on to colleagues in those counties that might benefit from these opportunities:

CUEtoYOU Professional Development Services is expanding opportunities for individuals to register for workshops in their area. We are now offering events in CTAP Region 9 (at Cal State Fullerton), CTAP Region 11 (at LA Baptist High School), and in CTAP Region 5 (at the Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey County Offices of Education). Individuals in these areas can sign up online and pay with a credit card! 

CUEtoYOU in CTAP Region 9 – Cal State Fullerton*
Podcasting Bootcamp (Mac) – April 28, 2007, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm @ CSUF
Podcasting Bootcamp (Windows) – May 5, 2007, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm @ CSUF
CUEtoYOU Registration

CUEtoYOU in CTAP Region 11 – LA Baptist High School
Picasa and Photo Story (Windows) – May 9, 2007, 4:00 to 7:00 pm @ LABHS
Podcasting Bootcamp (Windows) – May 30, 2007, 4:00 to 7:00 pm @ LABHS
CUEtoYOU Registration

CUEtoYOU in CTAP Region 5 – Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties
Podcasting in Education (Windows) – May 15, 2007, 4:00 to 7:00 pm @ Santa Clara COE
Safety & Ethics on the Internet Highway – May 22, 2007, 4:00 to 7:00 pm @ Santa Cruz COE
Set Up Your Online Class with Moodle – May 30, 2007, 4:00pm to 7:00 pm @ Monterey COE
Registration for Region 5

Questions about CUEtoYOU? Contact Mark Wagner, CUEtoYOU Coordinator, at or 949-394-6071.

*Offered in partnership with the Orange County Department of Education.

Picasa and Photo Story Registration Open

Picasa and Photostory Registration Open (Via Computer Using Educators.) I’ve just announced a new CUEtoYOU workshop in the LA area. Here is the complete announcement from the website. I hope you’ll help get the word out if you work in the area. :)

CUEtoYOU is coming to the Los Angeles area, home of CUELA, LACOE, and CTAP Region 11. This workshop is open to individual registrations – and it’s a real bargain for current CUE members.

Register Today!

Picasa and Photostory (Windows)

May 9, 2007
4:00pm to 7:00pm
LA Baptist High School
9825 Woodley Ave., North Hills, CA 91343

You’ve got to see it to learn it! Picasa allows teachers to organize, edit, and share digital images. Learn to use Picasa to create multi-media projects, to document (or showcase) student learning, and to help differentiate instruction, particularly for English learners. Photo Story is the easiest way to create a video slideshow of your still photos, including titles, captions, a soundtrack, and student narration. Both programs are free to download and use.

Price: $55 w/current CUE membership, or $95 including a one-year membership.

Notes: This workshop is offered through a partnership between LA Baptist High School and CUE. Current CUE membership is required to attend the workshop and is included in the registration process. CUE membership is non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration for CUEtoYOU workshops is also non-refundable. Registration for workshops, but not for membership, may be eligible for reimbursement through the Ed Tech k12 voucher program.