The Massachusetts Computer Using Educator or MassCue is an organization composed of educators in the state of Massachusetts that utilize technologies in teaching their students and in developing programs for learning. The organization helps its member educators connect with each other to share experiences and resources. The organization also helps the educators create and support each other’s visions in terms of improving the educational environment through the use of computers and other technologies. The group not only offers support to members, it also allows members to gain inspiration through their interactions with one another.
The organization has various initiatives to support its missions including the creation of special interest groups (SIG). Currently there are fifteen special interest groups. These groups are the Aspiring Technology Leaders, Cape Cod School Technology Facilitators, Digital Media, Hampden County, MetroNorth, Moving to Open Source Software, Setting Stages for Success, South Coast IT Team, Southeastern Massachusetts, SWAN, Teacher Resource Center for a Technology Rich Classroom, Tri-Country, TV/Video Production and Universal Design in Learning.
The organization also hosts conferences with themes that related to the mission of the organization. The annual conference is held every fall and is mainly a state technology conference that attracts teachers from the K-12. These conferences as well as the other events hosted and sponsored by the organization presents the perfect opportunities for the educators to network with their peers as well as other individuals and organizations that support the use of technology in education. Networking is very important in learning new ideas and resources. The organization also helps educators adapt to the changing educational environment as well as the changing requirements for professional development up to the K-16 levels.
The group also provides grants for members of the organization for their proposals that are meant to improve the educational environment through the use of computers and technologies. From 2007 to 2008, the group awarded grants to seven members of the organization. These seven members are: Cochrane, Donna of the North Attleborough High School, Crowe, Dr. N. Tracy of Department of Education-Special Education in Institutional Settings, Gassner Kim of Amvet Boulevard Elementary School, Shuchita Rao of Medfield Secondary Public Schools, Lisa Sanderson of Abbott School, Jason Schneider of Greenfield Middle School and Maddy Shapiro and Cindy Leary of Heights Elementary School.
The group also presents awards to honor educators and leaders in Massachusetts who fully-support the use of computers in education. The Pathfinders Awards, which began in 1989, has been awarded to individuals who have had the strongest impact in advancing the cause of the organization. The organization also launched the Webbies in 2007. The MassCue Webbie Award is given to Massachusetts school websites that were designed in the classroom and district levels.
The organizations website (masscue dot org) provides resources and information to its members. The resources section includes job postings and links that point to appropriate websites that can help educators as well as to sponsor websites and websites of Massachusetts’ companies and other locations that people might want to visit when in the commonwealth.
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