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Over the past few days, I, along with some other swell teachers, had the opportunity to attend the annual MassCUE Conference at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  This year’s theme was “Dare to Innovate” and there were a number of truly excellent speakers, workshops, teachers, and students who attended.  Here are some highlights:

Keynote

The keynote speaker on the first day was Catlin Tucker.  A teacher, mother, and author from California, Catlin focused on the importance (and relative ease) of using the Common Core to focus our efforts on the integration of technology into the curriculum.  Her books are available on Amazon (you can pick up a free preview to read in your Kindle app).  Some tweets from her keynote address:

If you’d like to learn more about Catlin Tucker, visit her website and her YouTube channel.

Student Help Desks

A big focus for us at the conference was learning more about student run help desks.  On the first day, there was an AMAZING session on the student run help desks at five high schools in Massachusetts; Reading Memorial HS, Wakefield Memorial HS, Bishop Feehan HS, Burlington HS, and Hamilton-Wenham Regional HS.  Each of the schools had varied takes on the student-run help desks as far as grading policies, work the students do, etc.

Some tweets from that workshop were:  

Our Own Students

We also had the good fortune on the second day to bring students from both Miscoe and Nipmuc to share information about 1:1 Learning in our district, talk about the student help desks at each school, as well as how they and the teachers have integrated the iPads into the curriculum.  A lot of teachers, administrators, and tech professionals came by the table and the students were very eloquent and provided some great information.  They even got a chance to get down to the field and have some photos taken.

 

Coding and Robots

One of the last sessions I was able to go to was given by Apple.  In it, they talked about various apps available on the iPad to teach and play with coding and programming in various languages.  Mrs. Gervais and I had some time to mess around with the robots, and I was able to program a robot to play “Twinkle, Twinkle” on a xylophone.  Check it out:  

Wrap-Up

Overall the two days were a great experience.  The students were an excellent representation of our district, and we learned a lot.  I am looking forward to next year.

To check out some additional highlights from the conference, check out the twitter stream below:

 


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