Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Top Gun of EdTech Conference

I have spent the past several days trying to wrap my brain around everything that took place last week in San Francisco. It was a week full of meetings, sightseeing, learning, and making friends. 

The most important element of the week for me, was making new friends, and learning from the best of the best. That is why I call the CUE Rock Star Camp the Top Gun of EdTech conferences. It is an opportunity to learn from some of best. Some of the best included CUE Rock Star presenters like:
Karl and Sam modeling #caedchat shirts
I met many other amazing people Tuesday night at the live #patue chat and brewcue in Palo Alto. That is where I met Karl Lindgren-Streicher (@LS_Karl) Karl is an edcampHome organizer, PHISH fanboy, and #caedchat founder. He was one of my favorite people I have met this summer. He cares about education and will go out of his way to help others. I am a better person after meeting Karl and look forward to working with him in the future. 

I was also able to meet John Stevens aka Mr. T, for the first time that night. John is knowledge about education and helping students succeed in and out of the classroom. He is creating innovative ways for each student in his classes to become lifelong learners. He was nice enough to let Victoria and I take over part of his session a to talk about augmented reality. I have become a better educator because of John Stevens. 
Showing some augmented reality examples after John let us take over. 

During this trip, I finally got the chance to meet Victoria Olson face to face. We have communicated a lot through twitter, Google hangouts, and even worked together on projects throughout the summer. We spent a lot of time together meeting edtech start up companies like Drawp, Studyblue, and Remind 101. We found some time to explore San Francisco and completely nerd out talking education, and edtech. She is doing amazing things in Langley teaching a 3/4 split as well as being an edtech coach. I learned a great amount during our time together. She has a wealth of knowledge and has become a great friend. Our adventures was a highlight of the trip. 
Victoria, Brett Kopf, and I at Remind 101.

One of the most exciting parts of my trip was when I received a tweet from CUE Rock Star Camp's baby daddy, Jon Corippo(@jcorippo).  

I was pumped for a great opportunity to present what he called a "mini keynote." I was able to speak to the entire group during after lunch about Two Guys and Some iPads, our philosophy, and of course some augmented reality. Although the wifi was spotty, I just blamed it on the Honey Beaver. This opportunity also allowed me to join a small group to get access on the USS Hornet the night before the conference. We had a lot of fun exploring the Hornet with our amazing guide Kurt. It was a special night to meet and get to know some amazing people. 
Talking about Elements 4D during lunch session.
Speaking to rock stars during lunch. 

My trip allowed some time to sprinkle in sightseeing of San Francisco and Napa Valley. I was extremely fortunate to have family in the Bay area who went out of their way to help me enjoy my visit. Spending time with them was a special part of this trip out west. 

Enjoying the views of Napa Valley.

Dinner with my cousin Teena at Dead Fish. 

Sunset from Dead Fish patio.

Another sunset from the Dead Fish patio.

Checking out the Bay Bridge.

Bay Bridge and SF from Treasure Island.

Definitely playing Harding Park next time I'm in SF.

The famous SF Cable Car.

John Miller (@room162) kept a live blog from the camp including videos of the epic shred sessions. John Steven's Mr. T shred is a must watch! Check it out:


  1. Drew, I'm so glad I got to share part of this amazing trip with you. You are incredibly passionate and inspirational, and your ambition will take you far. Thanks for your kind words. Great post! :)


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