For the most part, I went to a ton of great sessions over the course of the three days. As a newly appointed administrator, I wanted/needed to get to more administrator-geared sessions, but at the same time, I still wanted to get to some sessions that focused on teaching still. One such session that I wanted to get to was one on hyperdocs. I have tried to go to hyperdocs sessions in the past at various functions, but the sessions have not been very good, or in one case, I had to leave in the middle of the session and missed just about everything. The fifth time was the charm; I got some great ideas and examples on hyperdocs that I am able to use and share. My friend Heidi Carr and I put together a document of resources from the various sessions that we went to during our time, you can view and peruse what we saw here.
|It was pure coincidence that I wore a Rush shirt '
on a day that I met a Canadian legend, I promise!
|Hans took this amazing photo of me scurrying up some boulders
as the sun came up!
By Saturday morning, the brain drain (the good kind) had definitely set in. I enjoyed a nice breakfast at a place called Pinnochio's (check it out if you're ever in Palm Springs) and went to the convention center to see some of the student projects that were on display and attend one last session. After the session, I decided that I would hit the road rather than going to the closing keynote (from what I have heard, that was a bad choice; the final keynote was quite amazing, or so I'm told). I knew the drive home was going to be tedious from the lack of sleep, the pile of messages that piled up on Voxer, the podcasts that updated, and the sheer amount of new things that I learned. After catching up on Voxer and listening to a podcast, I decided to listen to a couple albums that I hadn't listened to in a while, Stonesour's House of Gold & Bones Part 1 and Audio Secrecy (with the song Zzyzx Road by Stonesour thrown in for good measure) and take in the scenery of the beautiful Mojave Preserve. A good choice, because the view area between Amboy (on historic Route 66) and Kelso Depot was a great stop off to stretch the legs and snap a few photos. Had I not been so excited to get home to see my family and it wasn't 90 degrees, I may have gone for a bit of a hike! Just up the road are the Kelso Dunes; I didn't stop for photos there, but that's another stop I need to do in the near future!
|This pano turned out very nicely, showing the amazing rock formations in the middle of the desert.
|I was really tired at this point, don't judge the
look on my face, I really was enjoying the view!
I look forward to the next CUE event, whether that be a Rock Star, Fall CUE, or if I can't go to another until next springs CUE National in Palm Springs. In the meantime, I hope to share everything that I learned and learn from others that were there as well and apply it to my role as a dean of students. Until next time...