Upcoming opportunities

From Katrina Kennett:

1. EdCampCU will be on Saturday, September 26 – location TBA but most likely in Champaign. 8-2 again, and we’re going to ask the Cracked truck to be there. Like before, our sessions will be titled with questions that bring us together. See our previous schedule for some inspiration.
2. The Educational Theory Summer Institute is hosting an on-campus free to the public conference on Wednesday, August 19. I’ve attached the papers and the schedule below. The organizers asked me to put together a ‘roundtable’ that intentionally invites practitioners and presenters to consider why this topic matters for classrooms today. So, after the coffee break, we will all choose different tables and play with reading/writing technologies (things like GingkoApp and Twine) and talk about what they could mean for practitioners and theorists. It’s less of a ‘roundtable’ and more of a ‘structured EdCafe’ and, I hope, centers the questions we all bring to the technologies we use.
I hear the EdCampCU will probably be at Kenwood. I plan to attend on September 26th and am excited about it. Also, another EdCampCU is being planned, for early February I believe.
Dedication of BTW library this Friday (August 7th)

A dedication ceremony will be held on August 7 at 4 p.m. to name the school library at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy after Ms. Dorothy Vickers-Shelley, a long-time educator and advocate. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony at the school’s library.

UPDATE: Totally forgot to mention the CU4 TechCon this Saturday:

Elementary School
1801 South Prospect Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820

August 8, 2015 8:30 am- 3:00pm 

Plan to attend the CU4Tech Conference on August 8th 2015, where we will showcase  current movements in Educational Technology.   From interactive technologies to 1:1 computing, there are sessions for all interest groups.  Participants will be engaged with a variety of 21st Century tools and activities to use in the classroom.  You won’t want to miss this!

Back-To-School Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebees (north Prospect) on August 15:

Get a short stack for a TALL CAUSE! Join CU Schools Foundation as we celebrate the new school year with a pancake breakfast. Servers include district superintendents Judy Wiegand and Don Owen, as well as three principals, five school board members, and two city council representatives! Tickets are only $5 and include pancakes, bacon and a beverage.

For tickets, contact Molly Delaney (217.398.2873 or delaney1@cuschoolsfoundation.org).

You are going to be @EdCampCU

edcampcu-94Yes, you are going to EdCampCU! Why? Because you care about public education and you want to play a role in making sure it gets done right. Don’t have kids in school? You still pay taxes, and more importantly, how we educate the kids is going to determine what our future society will look like.


“So cliché” you say. You still don’t care? Fine, I am going to pull out my Ace O’ Spades – because you have never been to an EdCamp before and this is going to blow your socks off!

January 24, 2015
Saturday 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
College of Education, University of Illinois
1310 South 6th Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820


More info:


Bonus: get Todd Lash to explain  @nathan_stevens @taylorswift13 @neiltyson



Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/cu4techcon?src=hash


The 2nd annual CU4Tech Conference had a little bit of a rocky start as Krista Moroder attemped to facetime conference from Philly (tech problems on our end? Irony? *grin*). I think she did a great job of setting the tone for the conference, speaking to how technology is a but a tool meant to make the challenging task of teaching more efficient and more effective. Despite my own current revulsion at the mention of “efficient”, I begin to see how the whole point of a tool is to make something easier. My understanding of “Educational Technology” continues to evolve, and I begin to see that the infusion of current technology into pedagogy, curriculum and education is more about the way we do education in the first place that warrants the use of these kinds of tools. I mean, the pencil is a piece of old technology, but still a tool none the less.


The rest of the day was jammed packed with a lot of wise words, challenging insights, educational jargon up the wazoo (I didn’t go to Ed school), opportunities for networking, forming relationships and exploring the role of technology in one of the most empowering facilities of our society – educating learners. And a fair share of ongoing technical problems. 🙂 Mrs. Elizabeth Slifer (Carrie Busey) had an entire PBS presentation that just would not load up, so they adapted in real-time. Other presenters had slow videos or webpages to demo. Instead of pointing my finger and trying to complain, rather I use these as examples of imperfect tools and how people find dynamic, creative alternatives. We not only learn about the underlying tools and nitty-gritty details when we can (I just ask Dave Hohman), but we also learn to adapt. This is powerful. As we laughed about the technical difficulties later in the day, our lives are full of teachable moments and learning from mistakes – without which we do not grow.


Here are the sessions I attended, about 1/8th the total offering.


Google Apps in the Classroom (Erin Ludwick, Urbana High School)

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