April 2020 #2

Remember, we are in new territory, take care of yourself physically & just as important, take care of yourself emotionally.

Every journey begins with a simple step

Keep it Simple
Pixabay image by Pexels

Recently, a teacher shared that he was virtually reading, Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar to his students and came across the following passage:  “Someday, the Cloud of Doom will be gone, and the world will be a much better place, even better than before the Cloud. Colors will be more colorful. Music will be more musical. Even Miss Mush’s food will taste good. The bigger the storm, the brighter the rainbow.” The teacher and students stopped to talk about what this means to them amidst today’s events.   What a teaching moment brought forth through reading! Thank you, Louis Sachar – keep your wisdom coming to us through your amazing and meaningful writing. Thanks to Brandon for sharing your story!


Adobe Spark’s Glideshow is a way to unleash your students’ creativity!  This app is a scroll-enabled presentation tool that brings life to images and text. Thanks to Michelle P.!
Adobe Spark Glideshow
Spark in K-12 & Spark for Students
Create Student Journals
More Ways to Use Adobe Spark

What’s Your Favorite App?

What is your favorite app? Please share your favorite applications or websites that you use with students at What’s Your App?  Watch for your submission to be featured in APP NEWS  soon!

Additional digital learning resources/apps can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy.

Education Podcast Network

All of  their “shows are produced by educators who want to shape education through meaningful discussion and content.”Podcasts to listen to in 2020 – go to Ed Podcast Network

Book Access During School Closures

End Book Deserts – So all kids have access to books and reading culture.
How are you creating student access to books?

ISTE/EdSurge Webinars

Join the ISTE community for live webinars on how K-12 schools are coping, the move to remote learning, & how students and educators are being impacted by the virus. Next times – May 8th, June 12th,12-1 pm. Register at EdSurge events.

TCEA Free Membership

TCEA is offering free membership through May 8th, includes access to Lunch & Learns, webinars, podcasts, online learning, resources, and access to special interest groups.

Scroll through their Remote Learning Mini – Sessions to find what you need!

THE Journal Distance Learning Summit

THE Journal is launching a new virtual event for education professionals. The first free event is on May 12th. To register, visit THE Journal Distance Learning Summit.

Distance/Remote Learning

The Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado State Library have gathered a plethora of resources for you and the students and families you support. You can find these at the sites linked below:

CDE Learning at Home – The Colorado Department of Education has developed a list of remote learning resources by category.
Colorado State Library Resources & Stay-Cation for parents and students
Distance/Remote Learning Resources for educators and families

Breakout EDU Live!

Adam Bellow is offering free daily critical thinking Breakouts at www.breakoutedu.com/live.  A daily raffle prize is offered to those completing. To invite your students, visit Breakout Invite. Challenge your students to the Just for Fun games too!

DMNS K-12 Professional Development

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science weekly Tools@Tea Time to connect and share tools for remote learning. Other PD offerings can be found at DMNS K-12

Google Meets Extension

Did you know that you can save transcriptions from your Google Meets? The Tactiq extension will capture your conversation, share & save and store it in your Google Drive.

Free eBooks

The New York City DOE created a list of free eBooks for children about the coronavirus. Visit NYC DOE Simply click on the cover of the book to be taken to the book. Here’s is one of the linked ebooks, narrated by Donald Sutherland.

Happy Birthday, LOC!

This month, the Library of Congress (LOC) in celebration of the 220th anniversary of its founding, launched the LOC Collections app that provides access to their digital collections. Users can currently find the app for iPhone and iPad at the Library’s website or the iTunes store. An Android version of the app will be released later in 2020. Check for more LOC apps at LOC Mobile.

FETC 2021

FETC is moving forward with conference planning for January 26-29, 2021. You can submit a proposal to share your knowledge at FETC 2021

Rock CS Date Update

Rock CS, Rocky Mountain Computer Science Conference for P-12 Educators, has moved the conference date to November 14th – 15th, 2020.  This two-day event, designed by Adams 12 Five Star Schools & St. Vrain Valley School District,  supports P-12 classroom teachers with teaching computer science (CS) and computational thinking. Contact info@rockcs.org if you have questions.  To register, visit Rock CS registration.

Learning Webinars EdWeb.Net

EdWeb.net is an award-winning professional learning network provides free webinars and professional learning communities for educators! Take a look at the webinars coming up – from SEL at a Distance to Differentiating online at EdWeb Net. You can also access their archives by creating an account at EdWeb Archives.

Teach & Connect Common Sense Education

Common Sense has put together a number of resources to “Help Families and Teachers Manage Distance Learning”

Wide Open School Get curated guides to help students learn and explore every day
New Video Series Episodes of Distance Learning with Common Sense explore strategies and best practices
Virtual Learning Tools Tools & tips to run an effective virtual classroom

InnEdCO Meets

InnEdCO invites you to ‘Meeting the Moment’  This week students will be sharing their remote learning experiences. Join the conversation & register at  InnEdCO Meets:
April 30th, 4 pm – 5 pm

CoSN Breakthrough Mindsets Webinars

CoSN has rescheduled its annual conference and will be offering a two-day ‘Breakthrough Virtual Experience”, May 19th -21st. For more information visit CoSN Breakthrough.

Checkout other CoSN’s Resources
Video Conferencing Tools
Cybersecurity Considerations
CoSN Webinars
Virtual Learning Webinar
CoSN Podcasts



4/30 InnEdCO Meets
5/21 CoSN Virtual
6/5  Colorado OER Virtual
6/21-6/25 NICERC Minneapolis Virtual

7/12-7/17 CSTA Virtual
8/3-8/4 MTSS Summit
11/14 – 11/15 RockCS @ Adams 12
11/28-12/1 ISTE Anaheim

Colorado Department of Education Communications

The Colorado Department of Education offers many electronic publications for you. You can sign up by visiting the CDE Communications Office homepage: http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications.

Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.

Articles included in this email distribution and posting may not reflect the views of CDE. This email is a curation service for those interested in Colorado education news.

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