Monday, December 14, 2015

21st Century Learning Conference

A couple of months ago, I was approached by a couple of colleagues that have become great friends of mine regarding an open board position for CUE of Nevada.  CUE (Computer Using Educators) is a wonderful organization that promotes the use of technology in education and seeks to help educators become more experienced with technology and how to implement it into curriculum.  When asked if I would serve on the board, I gladly jumped at the opportunity.

Going in to my first board meeting, I didn't know what to expect.  I was the new guy, even though I knew several members, followed them on Twitter, or at least had heard of them.  The focus of the meeting was to start figuring out the planning of the organization's state conference in January.  The conference would be called the 21st Century Learning Conference with a theme of "May the OS Be With You!"  Instantly, I geeked out; educational technology with a Star Wars theme?  How can it get any better?  However, my excitement was cut a little short when the next question came that a coordinator to plan the whole conference was needed.  When no one volunteered (again, new guy, who was I to say anything, let alone volunteer for something that I had no idea about until 5 minutes prior), my stomach dropped when the board president asked me to coordinate.  I couldn't say no.  Apprehension is the best word I can come up with, but doesn't begin to describe my feeling.

However, what I began to realize is what a great team I work with.  Over the past few weeks, we have recruited vendors, attendees, giveaway items, and so much more in preparation for the conference in January.  It has been a bit overwhelming at times, but in the end, it's going to be AMAZING!  To make my work and the work of my team worthwhile, do us a favor and come check us out.  If you are in Nevada, it'll be a short trip to Las Vegas on January 22-23 to see some great presentations on ed tech, hear an amazing speaker in Brian Briggs, and network with some like minded folk.  If you are an out of stater, what is stopping you?  Come to Las Vegas for a long weekend and learn something and have some fun!  Find the information here!  My team and I hope to see you there!

Until next time...