FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mike Lawrence
Executive Director, CUE
Premier Ed Tech Conference Booms Despite Challenging Economy
Walnut Creek, CA – March 12, 2013 – For close to 35 years, Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc. has been hosting the premier West Coast Educational Technology conference. Each year, thousands of teachers, administrators and curriculum specialists learn about the latest educational innovations, tools and resources for advancing student achievement. This year, despite the economic downturn and tight budgets, the 2013 Annual CUE conference in Palm Springs, CA expects to see its highest attendance in more than 10 years and to experience a 30% increase over last year’s event, which was the most successful in the nonprofit’s history.
To account for this marked increase in attendance, Mike Lawrence, CUE’s Executive Director, surmises that it’s because “Ed Tech has gone mainstream. There’s been a shift in thinking with regard to educational technology. What used to be considered optional has now become the norm. The use of technology in schools is now an integral part of the pedagogical bedrock. CUE members understand and embrace this.”
This year’s conference theme is “CUE to the Core,” reflecting the event’s focus on the Common Core State Standards and the essential role technology plays in their effective implementation. Keynote speaker Sir Ken Robinson will deliver a newly developed talk for those assembled. Sir Ken is known internationally for his TED talks on the importance of creativity and innovation in education. His talk, along with Catlin Tucker’s presentation on Common Core and how it is transforming both teaching and learning, underscore the fact that educators are leveraging technology to generate success. Kevin Honeycutt will wrap up the conference with a powerful message on empowering students. In addition, the California Department of Education will roll out its new Ed Tech Blueprint, the state’s plan for implementing technology in its schools.
Along with the keynotes, presentations and sessions, CUE conference attendees will be able to visit nearly 200 vendors in the 100,000-square foot Palm Springs Convention Center over the three days of the conference. The event’s diverse program offerings are geared toward K20 educators from all disciplines, administrators, policy leaders, and parents.
Conference details, brochure and site map can be found at www.cue2013.org. On-site registration opens Wednesday from 4:00-7:00pm, continuing Thursday and Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. Educational heroes will be recognized through the CUE Awards program, several CUE Live! interviews will be published online, 2013 board candidates will be introduced, the 13th Annual California Student Technology Showcase will occur and, of course, there will be CUE Karaoke!
Annual CUE Conference | www.cue2013.org
Sir Ken Robinson, Opening keynote | www.ted.com/speakers/sir_ken_robinson.html
Kevin Honeycutt, Closing keynote | www.kevinhoneycutt.org
Catlin Tucker, Kick-off keynote | www.catlintucker.com
California Student Technology Showcase | showcase.k12hsn.org
CUE Awards | www.cue.org/awards
CUE Board Candidates | www.cue.org/election
CUE Live! Interviews | www.cue.org/live
CUE Online Session Guide | 2013.cue.org
CUE Karaoke | www.cue.tc/cuekaraoke
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Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE’s work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. www.cue.org