Learning Edge December 2018 #2

Great 'readings' and information to view over your upcoming winter break! - Happy Holidays!

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Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education

The White House released Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education, a strategic plan developed with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science and Technology Council Committee on STEM Education. The five-year strategic plan seeks to ensure all Americans have access to quality education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Goals include building a strong foundation of STEM literacy, increasing diversity in STEM, and preparing the STEM workforce of the future. More information and highlights at NSTA Blog.


Kasey Bell at Shakeup Learning discusses tips on using Multiple Google Accounts

Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy

InnEdCO 2019 Proposals   – Extended through January 7, 2018

Submit your proposal over your Winter Break!  Get started with your Session Planning Process here.

Stay warm and stay connected in January! Attend the Best Educator Social PD in Colorado!

Join one or both  #COllapporative opportunities for networking and learning!   Meeting dates are below along with links to register.  Visit #COllapporative  for more information to join the learning and fun.

Thursday, Jan 17th Southern Colorado

Tuesday, Jan 29th   Denver Tech Center


English Learner Educator Training Requirement

From the last newsletter – New State Board rules require elementary math, science, social studies, and English language arts teachers to complete Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education training:

  • Within their next five-year license renewal period (For example, teachers holding a professional license that expires in September 2018 would need to meet the requirements by September 2023.
  • Only once over the course of their professional licensure as a teacher in Colorado. For additional information visit PD Requirements.

Looking for Previous Learning Edge Newsletters?

September 2018 
October 2018 #1
October 2018 #2
November 2018 #1
November 2018 #2
December 2018 #1

Reminders on Photos & Videos Under FERPA

The U.S. Department of Education  FAQ’s on Photos and Videos Under FERPA provides guidance and examples of situations in which photos and videos would be considered FERPA-protected education records (the same principles would apply for audio recordings). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has also issued Guidance on COPPA and Voice Recordings which you might find helpful with any student-related recordings.

Driving K-12 Innovation

CoSN has revealed their innovation survey’s top five hurdles, accelerators, and technology enablers in K-12 education.

  • Participants engaged in a six-month discussion about emerging technologies as part of CoSN’s Driving K-12 Innovation initiative.
  • CoSN will produce (early 2019) a series of three publications focusing on each topic. and a new toolkit delivering practical tips for schools leaders to spark discussions and action around the findings.
  • CoSN is seeking examples of pilots, projects, and programs from CoSN members that embody the top 5 Accelerators, tech enablers, and hurdles solutions identified by our Driving K-12 Innovation Advisory Board. If you’re interested in contributing, select a phase on the Driving K-12 Innovation page to complete the form.


” The Digital Civics Toolkit is a collection of resources for educators to support youth to explore, recognize, and take seriously the civic potentials of digital life. The Toolkit draws on the research and work of the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP).”  View the toolkit at Digital Civics

Colorado-based Sphero Discontinues BB-8s and More

Announced yesterday in The Verge  – Sphero will not be producing any more BB-8sR2-D2sLightning McQueen cars, or talking Spider-Mans.  However, Sphero has promised to offer app support for “at least two years.”  Read additional information at The Verge.

CommonSense Media Best EdTech of 2018 

The editorial staff at Common Sense Education evaluated and rated approximately 180 tools for learning potential in 2018 – check out their recommendations at Great Year for Ed Tech.


1/7    InnEdCO Proposal Due
1/17  Southern Colorado COllapporative
1/28 Ed Techs of Colorado @ DPS
1/29 Denver Tech Center COllapporative
2/6-2/9        CCIRA 2019 conference
2/15  Teacher Librarian Day
2/16-2/17      EdTech Team Co Springs Summit
2/22-2/23   iLearn 2019 Conference
2/22  Colorado Environmental Film Festival
2/25  DUE – IMLS Grant Application
3/2     EdCamp Colorado Springs
4/27-4/28   EdTech Team Summit Aspen, Colorado
6/6      P-12 CS Conference Adams 12 


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