CUE RockStar – Tahoe Edition

One of the best features of CUE RockStar events are the small sessions. Because the sessions are generally 10:1 – or smaller in some cases – AND 2 hours, attendees truly get individualized attention. Everyone gets to experience the tools and ideas first hand while surrounded by knowledgable educators. The energy in the sessions is amazing. We are all learning from one another!

For me, one of the most memorable sessions was one in which a high school teacher was inspired to recreate her assessments. She had her students reading The Glass Menagerie. After discussing different tools, she decided to play around with Animoto. One thing led to another and soon her excitement let to a whole new way of assessing her students on the book. She created a video for her students to watch. From here, her students will respond to the prompt creating a video using Animoto! It was such an awesome idea, and she was so enthusiastic and inspiring I just had to share this story.

This is why I LOVE CUE RockStar!

Unfortunately, I do not have the teacher’s example, but I do have an example of something that my students created on Animoto.

Student Videos

Since I first went to CUE in Napa Valley in 2011, I have been integrating student videos into my routine. I often have students create their own tutorials which I then post on my class website for all. This serves two purposes for me. First, I don’t have to make a tutorial for students to refer to with key concepts. Secondly, I use the tutorials as unobtrusive assessments. Today, this was a very valuable lesson for me. I sent two top students out to create a video on multiplying with decimals. They proved to me that they knew what they were doing so off they went to the office to create their lesson. It wasn’t until after school that I was able to view the video. While watching, I saw 2 misconceptions both students had. The upside to all this? Well, I can now go back tomorrow and target the misconceptions (with the whole class), because if these two have the wrong idea so does the rest of the class. And, they aren’t as proficient as I thought (or would like them to be). I guess it was a good learning day for us all.


Multiplying with Decimals (with misconceptions)