I had the privilege to attend a CUE RockStar Teacher Camp this summer. Honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up. I knew I needed technology and we would be having small class sizes. Both of those things appealed to me. CUE RockStar was a 3 day workshop where I got to learn all kinds of amazing things. I attended a Robotics class, ThingLink app/photo collage class, learned new ways to communicate with the teachers I will be working with, dove deeper into Google Forms and Info-graphics. And those were just some of the classes that were offered. I also got to network with many other teachers from different districts. I also realized that I could actually teach some of these classes. I am super excited about that prospect. I am shy and I secretly love to get up and teach. When I’m teaching kids the fear goes away and I become a different person. I love that confident person and I crave more of her. So the idea of teaching this kind of technology to other teachers is pretty cool.
From one of the classes I attended, we made a ThingLink that showcased what I did and learned. I attended the Robotics class and made a rubber band car. We experimented with different wheels and lengths of rubber bands to see if they made a difference in how fast they traveled. I found out that I made a pretty quick little car! All the changes I made to the car, made it slower. So I changed it back! Now that school has started back up, I going to set up a time with a teacher to come in her class and make these cars with the kids. They are 2nd graders and they are the perfect age to experiment with this kind of Robotics.
I also got to use the Pic Collage app to help me create my ThingLink. We did a photo walk and picked out different objects to make the word CUE. This would be a great way to get kids thinking creatively and up out of the classroom. They could do a pic collage on the habitat of the wildlife around the school, different numbers they see around the campus, or anything they can think of.
I loved the refresher class on Info-graphics. I enjoy looking at data and making an info-graphic is a fun and creative way to do that. Last year a made an Info-graphic that reflected my students’ DIBELs scores. The kids liked seeing how much they improved, and I could show that in a fun way. While I was at CUE RockStar, I made one for Instructional Coaches. It needs some tweaking, but I think I would like to share it with my teachers one day.
Upon reflection, I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to attend CUE RockStar and I loved that it was here in Crescent City. I got to learn so much and I’m very grateful for that. I’m looking forward to attending another CUE conference in the future.