Rewinding a bit: I attended EdCamp Sillicon Valley on February 27th, which was one of the first times I had actively sought out Twitter friends in real life (including the one and only Justin Birckbichler, my EduRoadTrip co-host, FlyHighFri co-creator, Teach20s co-creator, and bestie). Then, last weekend, I presented at a GAFE Summit in Pomona, CA. Walking in the first day, Ari Flewelling was the only person I had actually met in real life. By the end of the day, I had dozens of new friends, and really felt like part of the larger edtech community.
|Doug Robertson, one of |
Fluffy's first fans
Why was I walking around with a unicorn at CUE?
Did you see me walking around with my unicorn? Here's the back story: Last Sunday night I co-modded #CAedchat with Ryan Archer and I mis-read Craig Yen's tweet about the uncon--it looked like unicorn! Since people kept tagging me in pictures of unicorns, I had to buy one to bring to CUE with me. Fluffy is my unicorn, and you can find her on Twitter (@imsofluffyyyy). She and I vlogged throughout the whole conference which was an entirely new and different experience for me. For an introvert like me, this was an excellent conversation starter!
My CUE Adventures
Thursday night is one of my favorite parts of CUE each year. Alicia Johal, my conference buddy and teacher friend, and I go to the Thursday night street fair every year to walk around, peruse the different vendors, and ultimately find some dessert.
|BreakoutEDU with Ari!|
Friday evening, I hung out with my incredible friends and colleagues at the San Diego CUE affiliate social. This was my first major CUE event as an SDCUE Board Member! I loved the opportunity to meet teachers from other areas of San Diego, and learn about their innovative ideas and projects. After the SDCUE social, I walked over to the GEG SoCal meet-up. After my incredible experience at the LA County GAFE Summit last weekend, I was so excited to meet even more great people.
|More Ari love!|
My 3rd year at CUE was above and beyond what I expected, and I can't wait for next year!
Overall, here are my CUE 2016 takeaways, mostly about myself:
- I have the capability to be a lot more social than I think. Being a social butterfly can be fun!
|Some of my awesome new stickers! |
Time for a new laptop so I can display them all!
- There are a lot of amazing teachers with great ideas, and I'm one of them. I have to be my biggest cheerleader.
- The learning isn't going to stop now. I'm excited to be part of a few new Voxer groups, connected with more cool people on Twitter, and even a few potential meet-ups or Google Hangouts in the future.
- Stickers!! So many stickers!!
What are my next steps?
- After spring break, I'm going to work with my Genius Bar leaders to revamp our club. Need to
make it more student-driven.
- I've experimented with gamification in my 7th grade science classes, and now it's time to upgrade from the Beta version.
- More GAFE Summits (Imperial Valley in April!), CUE Rockstar Vista, and ISTE!
Want the tl;dr? Watch my vlog with Fluffy the Unicorn -- click here for the vlog!