January Newsletter

Happy New Year to our SLOCUE members!

We just finished a busy and event filled year that included two successful full blown conferences in Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande, a well attended and insightful EdCamp SLO, and numerous casual #coffeecue and #brewcue meet-ups around the county.


We continue our partnership with Central Coast Stem (CCSTEM) and are delighted to be co-sponsoring their next event on February 2nd in SLO. It’s free and we hope to se many SLOCUE members there.

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unnamed-2On February 27th, San Luis Obispo County Office of Education in partnership with SLO CUE will be hosting GAFE Camp C3 (Collaborate, Create, Contribute) event at Laguna Middle School from 9 am to 3 pm. It will include:

+ Keynote by Alice Keeler, Author of 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom
+ Demo Lessons with Hands-On Activities
+ Workshops for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advance Tech Users
+ Applied Tech Time and Ed Camp Afternoon Session Options
+ Plan to collaborate, create, and contribute with other educators in content and grade level areas
+ Lesson ideas that can apply across all content areas
+ IT Admin Focussed Sessions
+ Panera Bread Lunch Included
+ Jam Session at the end of the day
+ Cool tech prizes including a chance to win an HP 14″ Chromebook

Low Cost Professional Network and Learning Opportunity! Only $35 for groups of 20 (PO done with districts), $35 for Cal Poly Teacher Education Students, $40 for SLO CUE or Central Coast Google Educator Members or Early Bird Special, $50 regular registration.


 

Screen Shot 2016-01-24 at 9.19.59 AMWe are in full prep mode for two more events this spring and, of course, we are all looking forward to the spectacle that is annual (recently renamed national) CUE in Palm Springs March 17-19. SLOCUE members will be receiving an invitation our annual meeting in Palm Springs.

Tickets are available for both local events now.


unnamed-3On April 30, 2016 San Luis Obispo County Office of Education in partnership with SLO CUE will be hosting Innovation Learning Camp at Templeton High School from 9 am to 3 pm.

There will be a student showcase and many workshops to learn about exciting innovative programs and tools being used in the classroom today. Coding, drones, 3-D printing, video production, tech tools for teaching, robotics and more will be featured throughout the day.

Low Cost Professional Network and Learning Opportunity! Only $35 for groups of 20 (PO done with districts), $35 for Cal Poly Teacher Education Students, $40 for SLO CUE or Central Coast Google Educator Members or Early Bird Special, $50 regular registration.

Click here to sign up for the Innovation Learning Camp.

Click here for event flyer.

Contact slocue@gmail.com if interested in presenting at either event.

Matt Macfarlane

FEATURED EDUCATOR

The bloggers at SLOCUE.org are excited to launch a regular feature, profiling educators doing amazing things in our area. By showcasing their blog posts, websites, social media pages, and other elements, we hope to shine a light on the innovative things going on in our schools, and help build connections between innovators in our region.

6444218Matt Macfarlane teaches history and leadership at Templeton Middle School. A graduate of Westmont College, Matt is an 18-year veteran at TMS and has taught middle school for all 25 of his years as a teacher.

Matt employs a flipped classroom model to deliver podcast lessons to his students, freeing up class time for engaging discussions, primary source analysis, and for making strong connections between historical events and modern themes.

Matt’s use of podcasts has been profiled by Educreations.

Matt uses Google Apps daily with his students, from Google Forms warm-ups to Google Docs that contain traditional textbook material enlivened with videos, images, and contemporary tie-ins.

Bv6R9wDuUUDVg1hmt50Vy3I89LEeLMiwpxPqiGKxUw4Designed with the free site builder Weebly, Matt’s website is an image-rich, user-friendly portal into his classroom.

Matt’s website, his podcasts, and his letters to parents encourage open and frequent communication with home. He also leverages Instagram and Facebook to help reach out to the TMS community.

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Matt can be found on Twitter, exchanging ideas and keeping in touch with other educators.

Matt uses his Twitter feed to show off some of the great work his students are doing, and to provide a regular glimpse into his learning environment.

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to explore the links on this post, and see some of the engaging learning experiences Matt and his students are enjoying.

Please visit us again soon at SLOCUE.org for future posts on other Central Coast educators!