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Learning Edge February #1

In February, we typically think of President’s Day or Valentine’s day, however, there are many more events to recognize and celebrate. February is also Black History Month which originated from the work of Carter G. Woodson in 1925. Read more at Civil Rights and for information on how to honor Black History Month with your students, read the post below, Ideas to Celebrate Black History Month.

AND there’s more – Yesterday, was National Inventors Day in honor of Thomas Edison’s birthday, born on February 11, 1847. Thomas Edison, possibly the most prolific and famous inventor in American history, held more than 1,000 patents for inventions, though his most famous invention by far was the light bulb. View the post below  – Encourage Student Inventors and also check out other less know events on the February calendar at the Teachers Corner.


APP NEWS

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!

Reduce eyestrain for you and your students – Protect Your Eyes with Chrome Extensions  – posted at TCEA Blogs by amazing educator, Miguel Guhlin

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


Encourage Student Inventors

Although Kid Inventor Day was on January 17th (celebrating Ben Franklin’s birthday), we should encourage students creativity and ingenuity every day. Check out Ideas for Kid Inventors and the links below for ideas on kids, creativity, and inventions – Oh My!

Start With a Book  –  Children’s books and activities for creativity and inventions
Read fiction and nonfiction books
Try some hands-on activities
Build writing skills with these fun ideas
Dig deeper with kid-friendly websites
Play and learn with mobile apps


Flipgrid Genius Hour

Learn more ways to amplify student voice with FlipGrid! Join FlipGrid on February  27th at 6pm (MT) Flipgrid Feature: #GridGuide Genius Hour! Register at Splash That


Ideas to Celebrate Black History Month

28 Ways to Celebrate
Kiddom’s Blog with Curated Lesson Plans
FlipGrid A Celebration of Voice
Primary Sources for Teachers

Nina Simone is said to be one of the most passionate, most outspoken, and most gifted musicians that used her music to advance the cause of the civil rights movement. This song, written in 1967, by jazz pianist and educator Dr. Billy Taylor (and Dick Dallas), was recorded by Simone that same year. It quickly became one of the musical mainstays of the movement.


Digital Transformation Trends in Education

EdTech Trends for 2019 from Eduporium

Student-led Learning, Soft Skills, and Educator Micro-Credentialing


InnEdCO 2019 Register NOW!

InnEdCO is thrilled to announce that A.J. Juliani will be the 2019 InnEdCO Conference keynote! Read more about AJ’s work and join InnEdCO on Twitter at #InnEdCO19 to share what you hope to experience this summer!


What Does Data Big Tech Know About You?

Entrepreneur magazine article What Does Big Tech Know About You, Basically Everything.  features an infographic created by Security Baron that examines the privacy policies of Facebook, Google, Apple, Twitter, Amazon, and Microsoft. Find out what big tech knows about you at  Big Tech Info


TED Talks for Educators

Rita Pierson was an educator all her life. She is no longer with us, but her words resonate our purpose as educators. If you’ve haven’t heard Rita speak, grab a tissue, and listen closely. If you have seen this Ted Talk, watch it again to remind yourself why we are educators. Rita states, “Every kid deserves a champion.”  We are in a tough field, keep up the good fight, and continue to encourage students and each other.


NICERC  Cyber Education Discovery Forum Coming to COLORADO!

ON June 25 -27, 2019, (Omni Interlocken Hotel, Broomfield, CO) the Cyber Education Discovery Forum (CEDF), a  professional development forum designed to address the growing national shortage of cyber professionals. Attendees will learn programming languages they’ve never attempted before, turning piles of parts into working robots, explore the implications of living in an internet-connected world and uncover new ways of thinking that will empower students to tackle complex problems with confidence. WOW!

Colorado educators are invited to attend for only $50 per. There are also $400 travel grants available for teachers to apply. For more information, visit NICERC at CEDF


Deadline approaching – Free Elementary Computer Science Training

Computer Science Ed Grant – Apply Now!  Deadline is February 28, 2019.
Two Options:
Regional Training – Colorado School of Mines
District-determined through BootUp or mindSpark Learning


FETC & TCEA 2019 Highlights!

If you missed these excellent conferences this month, here are some highlights with more to come:

FETC  Newsletter  and How to be a Tech-Ready School Leader
Sal Khan at FETC
TCEA ShakeUp Learning 
EDTech Magazine on TCEA
TCEA 2019 Blog 


Give Yourself Some Love!  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, February 21st Register here – Southern Colorado
Tuesday, February 26th, Register here – Denver Tech Center


Motivating Students with Book Choice

Edutopia Launches Video Series How Learning Happens

The series explores teaching practices grounded in the science of learning and human development. The videos highlight the importance of a safe, nurturing school environment and positive relationships with peers and adults. Strong relationships with educators help students develop the cognitive skills they need to learn and thrive.


Education Blogs for 2019

This year follow an educational blog and learn what other educators are doing!

FlipGrid Blog & Newsletter 

TeacherCast – Jeff Bradbury  Podcasts, News, Updates, STEM Tutorials and More!


Doodle for Google Contest for Students!

The contest is open for entries until March 18, 2019, 8:00 pm Pacific Time (PT).  Contest info at Doodle


EDUCATOR EVENTS

2/15  Teacher Librarian Day
2/16  TPS Comics Workshop
2/16-2/17    EdTech Team Co Springs
2/21   Southern Colorado COllapporative at the MiLL
2/22-2/23   iLearn 2019 Conference
2/22  Colorado Environmental Film Festival
2/25  DUE – IMLS Grant Application
2/26   COllapporative at Denver Tech Center
3/9     EdCamp Colorado Springs
4/13   Colorado Teen Lit Conference
4/27-4/28   EdTech Team Summit Aspen, Colorado
6/6      P-12 CS Conference Adams 12 
6/10-6/13    InnEdCO 2019
6/23-6/26   ISTE Philadelphia
6/25-6/27   NICERC Cyber Education Discovery Forum
7/7-7/10      2019 CSTA Annual Conference


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.

Looking for Previous Learning Edge Newsletters?

September 2018
October 2018 #1
October 2018 #2
November 2018 #1
November 2018 #2
December 2018 #1
December 2018 #2
January 2019 #1
January 2019 #2

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Learning Edge January #2

We are back in full swing of a new semester with students that we may or may not have met before.  Take some time each day to build relationships with those students and also take time for yourself as an educator for self-care. Renew your energy by spending time with colleagues for support. Spend time in person or online with your tribe,  your network, your mentors, and stay close to people who feel like sunshine.

Looking for your tribe? Join passionate educators at the upcoming Colorado EdCamp or a Colorado COllapporative, attend a workshop or conference, or create a cohort and take an eNet Learning course or earn ASCD Microcredentials together.  Also, check out the list of upcoming events in Colorado at the end of this post.


APP NEWS

15 Ideas for Back to School 2019 Creativity with Intention
From EdTech Team, Amy Burvall, & Dan Ryder – Focus on three themes to ignite creativity: Leveraging the MOBILE, Getting kids MOVING, Thinking METAPHORICALLY
Additional digital learning resources/apps can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy


World Read Aloud Day February 1st!

Spread the importance and power of reading aloud and sharing stories with children. Celebrate World Read Aloud Day. Links to resources to create your own read-aloud event, skype with an author, and more!
Penguin Young Readers Group  and Skype in the Classroom
LitWorld  Bookmarks, read-aloud guide, and more.  Use #WorldReadAloudDay to share your plans.


Google for Ed – EDU in 90 is Back

Google has brought back their video series EDU in 90 for season four! Based on user feedback, they’ve kicked things off with episodes including updates on Google Classroom, computer science, and ideas from educators for using Hangouts Meet in the classroom.


Digital Transformation Trends in Education

EdTech Review’s Ed Tech Trends for 2019 –  #1 Computational Thinking, Coding & Robotics Will Grow


Named 2018 Outstanding  Books

Build your school/classroom collection – peruse the 2018 Outstanding Children’s Book Review Lists of 2018.

Best Picture Books
Non-Fiction Picture Books
Chapter Books & Novels
Young Adult Books

Win a Set of the Kid Legends Series – presents true childhood stories from the lives of professional athletes, U.S. presidents, and other celebrated luminaries, pairing memorable and often hilarious tales with full-color kid-friendly illustrations.


InnEdCO 2019 Keynote Announced

InnEdCO is thrilled to announce that A.J. Juliani will be the 2019 InnEdCO Conference keynote! Read more about AJ’s work and join us on Twitter at #InnEdCO19 to share what you hope to experience this summer! There is still time to submit a proposal for a poster session, an ignite talk, or a general session.


Call for Emerging Voices in Education – Nominate an Educator!

InnEdCO is asking YOU to nominate a fellow educator to be a Featured Speaker at InnEdCO 2019.  This is YOUR opportunity to highlight and honor an amazing educator!

#WeAreInnEdCO

 


TED Talks for Educators

Listen to Reshma Saujani – Girls Who Code  Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection


Kasey Bell’s 2019 Google Cheat Sheet

Kasey Bell, the Google guru of ShakeUp Learning has updated her cheat sheet for educators, students, and parents. You can download it here at Kasey Bell.  (The Google Docs Cheat Sheet eBook is subject to copyright protection and is licensed to the single-user who subscribes and downloads from her site.)

NEW Free Elementary Computer Science Training

Computer Science Ed Grant – Apply Now!  Deadline is February 28, 2019.
Two Options:
Regional Training – Colorado School of Mines
District-determined through BootUp or mindSpark Learning


Professional Development

Check out the professional development offerings coming up in 2019 – go to WINGS. Contact April Lanotte at alanotte@wingsmuseum.org or Carissa Kepner at ckepner@wingsmuseum.org.


Edutopia Launches Video Series How Learning Happens

The series explores teaching practices grounded in the science of learning and human development. The videos highlight the importance of a safe, nurturing school environment and positive relationships with peers and adults. Strong relationships with educators help students develop the cognitive skills they need to learn and thrive.


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.

Tuesday, Jan 29th   Denver Tech CenterThursday, February 21st  Southern Colorado

 


 Girls Who Code Announces Summer Immersion Program

FREE 7-week introductory computer science program for 10th-11th grade girls going into their junior or senior year of high school. Share with your fellow educators and your students for this opportunity – stipends are available for attendees


EdTech Tools To Try in 2019

“Do you wish someone would just organize all the options and explain them in really simple language?”  Teachers Guide to Tech 2019 Edition now available from Jennifer Gonzalez – Cult of Pedagogy. Only $25 for a wealth of information and tech tool integration.

60 Free Edtech Tools from Globaldigitalcitizen.org


Education Blogs for 2019  

This year follow an educational blog and learn what other educators are doing!

Cult of Pedagogy

Wabisabi

Edutopia


Games for Students

Read about the successful after-school program, Game Night at Monarch High School.   Interested in other Table Top Game events for students, visit Colorado GameConbewithyou.


EDUCATOR EVENTS

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  TPS Comics Workshop
2/16-2/17    EdTech Team Co Springs
2/21   Southern Colorado COllapporative at the MiLL
2/22-2/23   iLearn 2019 Conference
2/22  Colorado Environmental Film Festival
2/25  DUE – IMLS Grant Application
3/9     EdCamp Colorado Springs
4/13   Colorado Teen Lit Conference
4/27-4/28   EdTech Team Summit Aspen, Colorado
6/6      P-12 CS Conference Adams 12 
6/10-6/13    InnEdCO 2019


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.

Looking for Previous Learning Edge Newsletters?

September 2018
October 2018 #1
October 2018 #2
November 2018 #1
November 2018 #2
December 2018 #1
December 2018 #2
January 2019 #1

This semi-monthly newsletter for educators is posted here at the Colorado Virtual Library site on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.  Please share it with your colleagues! The newsletter welcomes information and happenings from the education community.  If you have something you would like to share with the learning community please complete the form located at Learning Edge Newsletter.  If you prefer to receive the link to the semi-monthly newsletter posting, please fill out the information form   Subscribe to Learning Edge.

 

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Civil Rights Primary Sources

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated across our nation to honor one of the most influential and iconic leaders of the civil rights movement. “The holiday must be substantive as well as symbolic. It must be more than a day of celebration . . . Let this holiday be a day of reflection, a day of teaching nonviolent philosophy and strategy, a day of getting involved in nonviolent action for social and economic progress.” Coretta Scott King

Teach civil rights in January and all year-round –  Check out these amazing primary source resources and civil rights learning projects for your classroom.

LOC Civil Rights Primary Source Sets

African American Perspectives gives a panoramic and eclectic review of African American history and culture and is primarily comprised of two collections in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division: the African American Pamphlet Collection and the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection with a date range of 1822 through 1909.

LOC Search – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale.

DocsTeach Rights  Online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives, Explore the ways Americans have fought for, attained, and protected their rights.

Teaching Tolerance  Do’s and don’ts of celebrating MLK Day

Stanford’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute assembles and disseminates comprehensive resources about King’s life and the movements he inspired.

Teaching American History Martin Luther King, Jr. leading online resource of history for educators and students.

Teaching American History Civil Rights Toolkit starts in the 19th Century, viewing the Civil Rights movement as a generational one providing a broader perspective on the ideas and people at the foundation of this work to achieve “a more perfect union” for all Americans.

LearnOut Loud  – 35 Speeches Marin Luther King, Jr.

Smithsonian Videos – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Learning Edge January 2019 #1

As we begin a new calendar year and we move into the 2nd half of the school year, let’s plan some time to spend with our colleagues to support one another and to renew our energy and passion for education.  This edition of the Learning Edge provides a multitude of opportunities and ideas to gather your colleagues or meet new ones by attending a collaborative EdCamp or a Colorado COllapporative, a workshop or conference, or create a cohort and take an eNet Learning course or earn ASCD Microcredentials together.

 Check out the article below on education conferences to attend in 2019 and also view the list of upcoming events in Colorado at the end of this post.

 


APP NEWS

FreeRice  is a 100{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} non-profit website that is owned by and supports by the United Nations World Food Progam.  Each time you answer a question right, the banner ad that you see generates enough money for the World Food Programme to buy 10 grains of rice to help reach Zero Hunger.  Check out the categories at FreeRice Categories. Humanities, vocabulary, literature and more! Play to learn!

Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy


eNet Learning Courses

Are you needing new ideas, resources or even recertification credit?   eNetLearning is here to help you with that.  Now is the time to get those new ideas and/or hours that you need. eNet has great courses for you, both 15, 30, or 45 continuing ed units or even 1, 2 or 3 grad credit hours if you prefer.  Questions? Contact carolyngardner@enetlearning.org


 The Return of Public Domain  Copyright 1923!

As of Jan. 1, 2019 anything that was originally copyrighted in 1923 passed into the public domain—meaning that anyone can use and reprint it, free of charge, and without permission. This means hundreds of thousands of books, musical compositions, paintings, poems, photographs, and films are now available to you and your students! On January 1, 2020, more amazing works will enter public domain including famous novels like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Read more at Smithsonian 1923 Public Domain
Good Reads added – Top 200 Books Published in 1923
PICRYL, the largest search engine for public domain images, documents, music, and videos.


Forbes Top 5 Digital Transformation Trends in Education

The lists of chosen top/best digital education trends are being published by organizations across the world. Here is Forbes most recent list:

Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
Personalized Learning
Internet of Things IoT
AI and Big Data
Cyber Dangers – Security
Read more at Forbes ED


2019 Outstanding Science Trade Books

Seeking to improve your collection of science books for students? Peruse the Outstanding Science Trade Books 2019  list, chosen by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC). Reading science trade books are the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning science content.


Colorado Teen Literature Conference

will be held on April 13th at the University of Colorado Denver‘s Auraria Campus. Keynote speakers will be Sandhya Memon and Bill Konigsberg. Registration begins on February 4th  at COTeenLit
Register early, this one fills up fast!


CoSN Releases 1st Driving K-12 Innovation

The first of the three Driving K-12 Innovationpublications is now available – Driving K-12 Innovation: 2019 Hurdles. You can access and download at 2019 Hurdles.


Comics Workshop at History Colorado

TPS Western Region will host a free workshop on February 16th, 9am-3pm, focusing on using historical and present-day comics to improve literacy skills, critical thinking, and student engagement. Instruction will include how to analyze and create comics in the classroom. Lunch and PD Certificate will be provided. You can register at COMIC

Not to Miss Education Conferences in 2019

Read Ed Advocate’s article on fabulous upcoming conferences across the country.
Concordia Portland U Ed Conference List 
Getting Smart’s List of 26 Can’t-Miss Conferences


Colorado ASCD Micro-Credentials  

the official state affiliate of ASCD, has developed a Teacher Leadership Micro-credential to provide an opportunity for teachers to hone their skills as leaders while staying in the classroom. More information is provided at TLMC.


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


12 months of Colorado American Indian History Education

HistoryColorado offers online exhibits, earn digital badges, resource guides, and primary source sets! For Example – Ute Tribal Paths online exhibit, Colorado Fur Trade, Bent’s Fort  online exhibit Colorado and the Fur Trade about Bent’s Fort 

Utes circa 1896-1899
(credit: History Colorado)

Use Digital Primary Sources in 2019

  • Engage Students
  • Develop Critical Thinking Skills
  • Construct Knowledge

Primary sources provide a window into the past and unfiltered access to the record of artistic, social, scientific and political thought and achievement during the specific period under study, produced by people who lived during that period. Bringing young people into close contact with these unique, often profoundly personal, documents and objects can give them a very real sense of what it was like to be alive during a long-past era.  Visit CVL Primary Source Resources


EdTech Tools To Try in 2019

From the Cult of Pedagogy Blog by Jennifer Gonzales ed tech tools to try in 2019!
Including Google’s Tour Creator!


Google Forms Hacks

Upgrade your Google form use with these tips from TCEA Blogger Micahel Guhlin at HACKS


EDUCATOR EVENTS

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  TPS Comics Workshop
2/16-2/17    EdTech Team Co Springs
2/22-2/23   iLearn 2019 Conference
2/22  Colorado Environmental Film Festival
2/25  DUE – IMLS Grant Application
3/9     EdCamp Colorado Springs
4/13   Colorado Teen Lit Conference
4/27-4/28   EdTech Team Summit Aspen, Colorado
6/6      P-12 CS Conference Adams 12 
6/10-6/13    InnEdCO

This semi-monthly newsletter for educators is posted here at the Colorado Virtual Library site on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.  Please share it with your colleagues! The newsletter welcomes information and happenings from the education community.  If you have something you would like to share with the learning community please complete the form located at Learning Edge Newsletter.  If you prefer to receive the link to the semi-monthly newsletter posting, please fill out the information form   Subscribe to Learning Edge.


Looking for Previous Learning Edge Newsletters?

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

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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Digital Primary Sources

Primary sources are original items or records that have survived from the past, such as clothing letters, photographs, and manuscripts…they are part of a direct personal experience of a time or event. Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience (from The Library of Congress).


Why Use Primary Sources?

Primary sources provide a window into the past and unfiltered access to the record of artistic, social, scientific and political thought and achievement during the specific period under study, produced by people who lived during that period. Bringing young people into close contact with these unique, often profoundly personal, documents and objects can give them a very real sense of what it was like to be alive during a long-past era.

  • Engage Students
  • Develop Critical Thinking Skills
  • Construct Knowledge

Where Can I Find Digital Primary Sources?

 

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Learning Edge December 2018 #2

This semi-monthly newsletter for educators is posted here at the Colorado Virtual Library site on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.  Please share it with your colleagues! The newsletter welcomes information and happenings from the education community.  If you have something you would like to share with the learning community please complete the form located at Learning Edge Newsletter.  If you prefer to receive the link to the semi-monthly newsletter posting, please fill out the information form   Subscribe to Learning Edge.


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.


APP NEWS

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.

DIGITAL LITERACY

” 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.


UPCOMING EDUCATOR EVENTS

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 

 

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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Learning Edge December 2018 #1

This semi-monthly newsletter for educators is posted here at the Colorado Virtual Library site on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.  Please share it with your colleagues! The newsletter welcomes information and happenings from the education community.  If you have something you would like to share with the learning community please complete the form located at Learning Edge Newsletter.  If you prefer to receive the link to the semi-monthly newsletter posting, please fill out the  information form   Subscribe to Learning Edge

English Learner Educator Training Requirement

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.

Grants for Inventions by High School Students

The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam $10,000.00 grants offer an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention by inventing technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. The teams are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. Applications are due April 8, 2019.


APP NEWS

Discover EdTech Teams’ 10 Days of Giveaways:
Good Things Come in HyperDocs
Explore Create Learn 
Traditions Around the World
 Surprise Bag of Learning

Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy


InnEdCO 2019 Proposals   – Extended through January 7, 2018

Submit your proposal now! 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, January 17th, 2019 – Southern Colorado
Tuesday, Jan 29th, 2019 –  Denver Tech Center


EdCamp Colorado Springs Announced!

March 2nd, 2019  7:30am – 12:00pm
Springs Studio for Academic Excellence
Colorado Springs, CO

An Edcamp is a participant-driven conference – commonly referred to as an “unconference”. Edcamps are designed to provide participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators. For more information and to register, visit EdCamp CS.


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Teacher Librarian Day 2019

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region is proud to announce the 15th annual Teacher Librarian Day on Friday, February 15th, 2019.  For more information and to register at TLD 2019
for only $10!  The first 100 educators to register will receive substitute reimbursement.


Primary Source Sets for Elementary

Looking for primary source sets to use with elementary students? The primary source sets are comprised of three parts:   Lesson Overview, Primary Source Set and Lesson Ideas, and a Resource Set.  Created by your fellow Colorado educators, find these at Primary Source Sets

Where Do I Find Other Primary Sources?


DIGITAL LITERACY

Did you know? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has free online security tips and resources to support parents, students, and educators. Check out their website at OnGuard Online
Share a video with your students – Heads Up
Free Resources in English and Spanish:
Heads Up: Stop. Think. Connect.
Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online


Colorado Environmental Film Festival

Teachers, club leaders, homeschool parents, and other educational groups are invited to bring students in grades 5-12 to attend our  free CEFF 4 Kids day at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) to be held in Golden at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) on Friday February 22, from 10 am to 12:30 pm.  More information at CEFF.


IMLS Grant Opportunity 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has launched a new initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019. This new funding opportunity is designed to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000.


UPCOMING EDUCATOR EVENTS

12/12   Google Education on Tour – Littleton
12/13   Google Education on Tour – CO Springs
12/15   QPi Ed-Virtual Intro to Teaching Raspberry Pi. Register on EventBrite
1/7            InnEdCO Proposal Submissions Due
2/6 – 2/9   CCIRA 2019 conference Championing Literacy  Marriott Denver Tech Center
2/15           Teacher Librarian Day
2/22 – 2/23 iLearn 2019 Conference  Advancing the Practice of Student-Centered Learning
3/2              EdCamp Colorado Springs
4/27 – 4/28 EdTech Team Summit Aspen, Colorado

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.

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Learning Edge November 2018 #2

This semi-monthly newsletter for educators is posted here at the Colorado Virtual Library site on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.  Please share it with your colleagues! The newsletter welcomes information and happenings from the education community.  If you have something you would like to share with the learning community please complete the form located at Learning Edge Newsletter.  If you prefer to receive the link to the semi-monthly newsletter posting, please fill out the  information form at  Subscribe to Learning Edge

Anybody Can Code! Join the 2018 Hour of Code

It’s not too late to plan for the 2018 Hour of Code. Inspire students to try Computer Science. Here are  resources to help you plan :

Free downloadable posters – Hang these in your school!
Computer Science Ed Week
Code.org
CS Unplugged  –  CS without computers
Code Academy
Tynker.com
Kodable
Code Next
Beginners Guide to Hour of Code

Follow @TeachCode on Twitter, catch up on Code.org news, and read their community blog for updates any CS teacher can use. In addition, the forum is a great place to search for resources, post your questions, and stay connected with the national community of Code.org educators.


APP NEWS

G Suite Accessibility – Closed Captions in Google Slides

Last month, Google rolled out automated closed captions for Google Slides. By turning on automatic captions, you can now display your words in real time while you present with Google Slides. The developers explain in their latest blog post at What’s That You Say?

Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy


InnEdCO 2019 Proposals   – Due December 10, 2018

All sessions proposed by Educators and Students are guaranteed to be a part of the 2019 conference! There will be no selection process to intimidate or “weed out” less experienced presenters.  Submit your proposal now! Get started with your Session Planning Process here.


Monthly Reminder – Register now for 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. We will be exploring everything Computer Science at the upcoming meetings!

November  27, Denver Tech Center

December 4th – Odyssey Elementary, Colorado Springs


 

Join the CS for All Community

CS for All is a virtual community of practice, welcoming all teachers from PreK through high school who are interested in teaching computer science. Sign up for their newsletter for a plethora of resources and information.


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Implementing the 2020 Colorado Standards

The Office of Standards and Instructional Support has created a professional development opportunity to help classroom teachers and specialists transition to the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards.
Want to know more? Checkout –  CDE’s Professional Learning Modules and the Standards and Instructional Support Newsletters 


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.


CoSN Releases Tech Enablers

The 2019 Driving K-12 Innovation Advisory Board has spoken! The top five Tech Enablers advancing teaching and learning innovation are listed below. More information at CoSN TechEnable

  • Mobile Devices
  • Blended Learning
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Extended RealitAnalytics & Adaptive Tech

DIGITAL LITERACY

There are 8 essential elements of digital literacy says Doug Belshaw. Watch and listen to his TED talk. You will think about Memes and Lolcats differently!


Google Education on Tour

Littleton School District and District 49 are hosting the Tierney at Education on Tours, an interactive event designed to help you harness the power of technology in the classroom with Google for Education tools.

12/12/8  9:00am – 2:00pm
Heritage HS, Littleton, CO
Register Here

12/13/18  9:00am – 2:00pm
Sand Creek HS, CO Springs, CO Register Here

Discover resources and inspiration to help make a difference in your students’ and teachers’ lives, build relationships with Google for Education partners and learn from peers in neighboring districts.


Colorado Regional High School Science Bowl

You are invited to register a team for the 29th Annual Colorado Regional High School Science Bowl. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), with support from the U.S. Department of Energy Golden Field Office, is excited to host this event on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton. More information on competition rules, tips, practice questions and can be found online,


UPCOMING EDUCATOR EVENTS

11/27  TODAY!  COllapporative , Denver Tech Center
12/3    Hour of Code week
12/4    So COllapporative, Odyssey Elementary, Colorado Springs
12/6    EdWeek’s Pathways to Personalized Learning
12/10  InnEdCO Proposal Submissions Due
12/12   Google Education on Tour – Littleton
12/13   Google Education on Tour – CO Springs
12/15  QPi Education – Virtual Intro to Teaching Raspberry Pi. Register on EventBrite
2/6 – 2/9   CCIRA 2019 conference Championing Literacy  Marriott Denver Tech Center
2/22 – 2/23   iLearn 2019 Conference  Advancing the Practice of Student-Centered Learning

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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Learning Edge – November 2018 #1

You Make a Difference!

APP NEWS

Engaging Congress, (from Indiana University), is a fun, interactive game that uses primary source documents to explore the basic tenets of representative government and the challenges they face in contemporary society. Accompanying primary source documents are linked from the Library of Congress. Available on App Store, Google Play, and Web GL.

Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy


Monthly Reminder – Register now for 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. We will be exploring everything Computer Science at the upcoming meetings!

November  27, Denver Tech Center

December 4th – Odyssey Elementary, Colorado Springs


InnEdCO 2019 Call for Proposals   – YOU are Already Accepted!

All sessions proposed by Educators and Students are guaranteed to be a part of the 2019 conference! There will be no selection process to intimidate or “weed out” less experienced presenters. The InnEdCO Board believes this is the best way to ensure innovative practices are reaching everyone!  Submit your proposal now! Get started with your Session Planning Process here.  All Sessions Must be Claimed by December 10, 2018.


Computer Science Resource Bank from CDE

CDE’s Computer Science Resource Bank contains a variety of materials for computer science educators, including standards, curricula, and materials for professional educator development as directed by H.B. 17-1884, Modern Technology Education in Public Schools.

Computer Science Content Standards  9-12
Computer Science Resource Bank
K-8 Computer Science Standards guidance from Colorado District Leaders.


Hour of Code – December 3-9, 2018  100 New Activities Added

Stay connected by creating an account at code.org and receiving their monthly newsletter that includes updates on new activities and course for both you and your students. All course are free!

Follow @TeachCode on Twitter, catch up on Code.org news, and read their community blog for updates any CS teacher can use. In addition, the forum is a great place to search for resources, post your questions, and stay connected with the national community of Code.org educators.


GOOGLE SCIENCE FAIR

Competition closes December 12, 2018   How to enter  Even if your students aren’t participating there is a full library of teaching materials and exercises focused on the problem-solving process. Check out the kits to inspire kids at Google Science Kits

More From Google

CODE NEXT –  A new program designed to create the next generation of black and Latinx tech leaders, has officially gone public. Get updates from this free computer science education program for high schoolers, gain early access to the curriculum, and see how you can get involved by checking out their new website.

BULLETIN  – You can now share updates in real-time with Bulletin from Google, an effortless way to create & publish public hyperlocal stories, right from your phone & straight to the web.


QPi Education is offering free Rasberry Pi Online Professional Learning

On December 15th, QPi is virtually offering Intro to Teaching Raspberry Pi. See below for links to register. QPi Education is an “EdTech startup focused on professional development that enables educators to implement STEM instruction with a focus on practical and project learning relevant to today’s world.”

  1. Register on EventBrite to access their workshop on December 15, 2018
  2. Register on Google Form to get their QPi Education kit (limited supply!) shipped directly to you to directly engage with us!  ($$ cost involved).

Join EdWeek’s Virtual Event: Pathways to Personalized Learning

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, from 11 am to 1 pm MT  – In this virtual event, Education Week journalists and guests will staff online “discussion” rooms on a host of topics:

  • Research arguments against personalized learning,
  • How self-paced learning can go awry, Low-tech personalized learning strategies,
  • Principals’ views on personalized learning, How to train teachers for a radical change,
  • 5 big mistakes education companies are making in trying to serve schools’ personalized learning needs.


DIGITAL LITERACY IDEA OF THE MONTH

4 Tips for Assessing Digital Literacy in the Classroom from The Teaching Channel


Do You Know About Donors Choose?

Although it has been around for many years, you may not have heard – Eighteen years ago a Bronx public school history teacher developed a website where teachers could post classroom project requests, and donors could choose the ones they wanted to support. Since then the Donors Choose has funded over 1.2 million projects!  Do you have a classroom project that needs funding? Check out Donors Choose and also read Tips for applying  – TCEA Blog.

Check out Donors Choose Classroom Rewards for Google’s Be Internet Awesome!!


UPCOMING EDUCATOR EVENTS

11/13-11/14  Skype-a- thon  Happening Now!!

11/26   iLearn 2019 Conference proposals due

11/27  COllapporative Microsoft, Denver Tech Center

12/4    So COllapporative, Odyssey Elementary, Colorado Springs

12/3 – 12/4 Hour of Code week

12/10  InnEdCO Proposal Submissions Due

2/6 – 2/9 CCIRA 2019 conference Championing Literacy  Marriott Denver Tech Center

2/22 – 2/23 iLearn 2019 Conference   Submit a Proposal by 11/26/18

Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from

Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.

 

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The Learning Edge

At the October 2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education in Denver, Jamie Meade, COS of Battelle for Kids , spoke on the importance of hope for students. She referenced Dr. Shane Lopez and GALLUP Student Poll findings that the level of students’ hope for their own future is a more robust predictor of college success than are high school GPA, SAT, ACT scores.  The three-prong approach to student hope includes Agency – Pathways – Goals.    You can find out more about building hope for students at ASCD Publications and educational leadership


APP NEWS

One of my all-time favorite screen recorders is  Screencastify! The light version is free – Add it to your digital toolbox using the Chrome extension. Use it with your students!

  • 10-minute recording limit per video
  • 50 videos per month
  • Desktop, browser tab or webcam capture
  • Narrate with your microphone’s audio
  • Embed your webcam into your screencast

Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy


Device Free Dinner 

 

 


Monthly Reminder – Register now for 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!

Upcoming in  Colorado:

November  27, Denver Tech Center

December 4th – Odyssey Elementary, Colorado Springs


50 Ways to Measure Understanding

by Terry Heick

How do you measure what a student understands?  Learn some different ways you may not have tried to assess student learning!


Free Hour of Code Workshop at mindSpark Learning

Thursday, November 1st   5:00 PM  – 8:00 PM

  • Support in shaping and designing your own Hour of Code event
  • Discuss how you can get your whole school involved
  • Plan strategies that engage stakeholders in your community
  • Design methods that work to reach students and their families

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Attend a Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Capstone Symposium

Join Northeast BOCES and CDE’s Office of Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness (PWR) to explore implementation strategies, lessons learned and student work from schools in the region concerning PWR. The symposium will be from 1-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Northeast BOCES Office, 301 W. Powell St., Haxtun. View more information and find the registration link on the event flyer (PDF).


Hour of Code

December 3-9, 2018


Top Tech Trends Fall 2018

Register here – School Library Journal/ISTE Webcasts

Digital Citizenship for Tweens and Teens, November 8th

Digital Equity: You Can Help Level the Playing Field in Schools & Libraries, December 6th

Microsoft Skype-a-Thon November 13-14 

“Nearly half a million students, teachers, and guest experts will connect via Skype to see how many virtual miles we can travel around the world in 48 hours.

Our mission is to open hearts and minds by raising awareness of different cultures, values, and perspective, and to help support a quality education for thousands of student around the world”


Tomorrow! CSEd Grant Deadline is 10/30/18

The Computer Science Grants for Teachers Program which funded approximately $440,000 in 2018 will continue in the 2018-19 fiscal year pursuant to CCR 301-100. Visit the web page linked below for information on how to submit a grant proposal for your school district.

Computer Science Teacher Education (CSEd) Grant Program

Computer Science Content Standards  9-12

Computer Science Resource Bank

K-8 Computer Science Standards guidance from Colorado District Leaders.


DIGITAL LITERACY IDEA OF THE MONTH


4 Tips for Assessing Digital Literacy in the Classroom from The Teaching Channel


Edu Tech Chats

Microsoft is offering Edu Tech Chats at Harrison School District on November 15th. For more information view the flyer at EDU TECH  REGISTER AT EDU TECH CHATS


UPCOMING EDUCATOR EVENTS

11/1  Free Hour of Code training at MindSpark Learning

11/3- 11/4 EdTech Team Google for Education Summit  Meadowlark School, Erie

11/10 Unplugged Computer Science and Plugged In Robotics, MindSpark, Lakewood

11/13-11/14 Skype-a- thon

11/15  Microsoft Edu Tech Chats, Harrison School District

11/27 COllapporative Microsoft, Denver Tech Center

12/4  So COllapporative, Odyssey Elementary, Colorado Springs

12/3 – 12/4 Hour of Code week

2/6 – 2/9 CCIRA 2019 conference Championing Literacy  Marriott Denver Tech Center

2/22 – 2/23 iLearn 2019 Conference   Submit a Proposal by 11/26/18


 

Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from

Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.

 

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The Learning Edge

Colorado air has turned cool and snow is falling in some areas this week. October is parent/student-teacher conference month for many of you and for some Colorado districts – Fall Break is coming up!  As we transition from fall to winter, consider trying a new learning application with your students, or attend a collaborative meetup with fellow educators. Be brave, be bold, but don’t forget to take some time for yourself. Remember how awesome you truly are – positively impacting students lives every day!

 


APP NEWS

 

ReadWorks  for better readers!  Articles, Vocabulary, Question Sets, Article-a-Day

FlipGrid  for student-centered learning, assessments and much more!

Chrome – Extensions, Apps, Oh My!   Great information from educator Kasey Bell

 

Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy


eCybermission web-based STEM competition  – Next Gen Standards

 

eCYBERMISSION, an Army Educational Outreach Program, is a free web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6–9. The program is committed to answering the nation’s need for increased national STEM literacy and to expanding STEM education opportunities across the country. eCYBERMISSION is looking for educators, community leaders, parents, and professionals interested in STEM to create teams of students. Complete the team registration by the deadline, and students will receive a free STEM Kit. Visit eCYBERMISSION.com to register today.

 


Monthly Reminder – Register now for the Best Educator Social PD in Colorado! 

Educators need each other. We need one another for support, encouragement, and collaboration. We are each other’s greatest resource!

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!

Two locations in Colorado: 
October 18th – Colorado Springs
October 25th – Denver Tech Center

 

 


CoSN Interoperability Maturity Model Released  

K-12 education hasn’t focused on interoperability—the seamless sharing of data content and services among systems and applications.  CoSN’s report, Working Together to Strategically Connect the K-12 Enterprise: Interoperability Standards for Education, will help district technology leaders understand why interoperability standards matter.

Interoperability Maturity Model
Interoperability Standards 

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Visit Cybersecurity Resources for more information


Digital Citizenship Week October 15-19   

Common Sense Education resources for schools and families at Digital Citizenship Week

ISTE Digital Citizenship PLN Hosts Twitter Chat and provides resources at ISTE Blogs


CSEd Grant Deadline is 10/30/18

The Computer Science Grants for Teachers Program which funded approximately $440,000 in 2018 will continue in the 2018-19 fiscal year pursuant to CCR 301-100. Visit the web page linked below for information on how to submit a grant proposal for your school district.

Computer Science Teacher Education (CSEd) Grant Program


Tech Resource Blogs 

Cult of Pedagogy

This team of educators’ goal is to create “a vibrant, encouraging, stimulating community of teachers, supporting each other toward excellence.”  There are blog posts, videos, podcasts and more!  For example, read up on benefits and suggestions for Notetaking.

TCEA technotes publish blog submissions that provide useful information on learning applications and tools – Check this one out: Save FRED!  Take a look at the Extension Activities too!

 


UPCOMING EDUCATOR EVENTS

10/12-10/14  Maker Faire Denver 

10/13 CommonSense Digital Citizenship Symposium, Casey Middle School, Boulder

10/16 ISTE Digital Citizenship Twitter Chat @DigCitPLN #DigCitCommit

10/18 So COllapporative, National Cybersecurity Center, Colorado Springs

10/20 Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire  – Pikes Peak 21C Library

10/25 COllapporative Microsoft, Denver Tech Center

10/19 Ed Technologists of Colorado (ETC) October Meeting, Adams 12  Five-Star Schools, Thornton  The agenda and more information can be found on the ETC Website.

11/3- 11/4 EdTech Team Google for Education Summit  Meadowlark School, Erie

11/10 Unplugged Computer Science and Plugged In Robotics, MindSpark, Lakewood

 


DIGITAL LITERACY IDEA OF THE MONTH 

Protect Your Family’s Online Data 

Privacy Settings, Location Services, Passwords, Cameras & More


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

 

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month(NCSAM) is commemorating its 15th year as an annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. NCSAM 2018 is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online while increasing the resiliency of the Nation during cyber-threats.

Want to know about Cybersecurity in K-12 education? Check out these resources for more information:

CYBER PATRIOT 

CyberPatriot the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

 


Consortium for School Networking COSN – School/District Resources

Cybersecurity in K-12 Education Syllabus

Cyber Insurance Guidelines

Getting Started with Cyber Security 

Top 5  Cybersecurity Threats for Schools 

  • Phishing
  • DDoS
  • Data Breach
  • Ransomware
  • IOT

 

STOP.THINK.CONNECT 

A national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.

The STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ Toolkit   Materials by Cyber Topic and Audience


NICERC

National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center  (NICERC) focuses on STEM Curriculum design, Computer Science Curriculum design, Cyber Curriculum design, professional development, and collaboration in K-12 education.

Teacher Resources 

Educator Professional Development 

Cyber Society

Cyber Literacy 1

Cyber Literacy 2


Weekly Themes  – StaySafe Online

National Cybersecurity Alliance – StaySafe Online

Weekly Themes


TCEA Cybersecurity Blog Post 

An extensive list of resources at TCEA’s Blog


UPCOMING EVENTS

Sudo Cyber CTSO Fall Conference October 12th Catalyst Campus, Colorado Springs

NICE K12 Cyber Security Education Conference, December 3-4, 2018, San Antonio, TX

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The Learning Edge

The 2018-2019 school year is off to a great start!  There are professional learning opportunities being planned, resources shared, and innovative practices to be learned.  Here is the first of this year’s monthly (or more) Learning Edge Connection summarizing new professional learning events and opportunities, digital learning resources, and news from the education field. Please share this edition of the Learning Edge Connection with your colleagues!


APP NEWS

There is always a new app making its way through education – check out the best 2018 Apps (and Websites) according to the American Library Association.

2018 Best Apps and Websites

Featured:   CLIPS   Is an IOS app for making and sharing videos with text, graphics, and more.

Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy


Girls Who Code’s first-ever in-school resource: Women in Tech Lesson JoinPlans are available for download. 

“We’re incredibly excited about the rollout of this new initiative – specifically designed to make all students think differently about what a coder looks like and who can be successful in computing. Whereas most interventions in schools to date have focused on teaching coding or increasing access, ours is the first that focuses on role models. We think it’s a new way to teach, get girls interested, and – ultimately – close the gender gap in tech.”


Best Educator Social PD in Colorado! 

The Denver  #COllapporative has been meeting for three years at Microsoft offices.  As of this month, you now have two opportunities to join this group of educators.  On September 20th, a new Southern COllapporative had its kickoff meeting in Colorado Springs. Educators from over 5 districts from southern Colorado met to share,  collaborate, and learn from each other.  Join fellow educators at #COllapporative and at SO COllapporative monthly meetups.

 

Visit #COllapporative  for more information to join the learning and fun!  Two locations in Colorado: 
October 18th – Colorado Springs
October 25th – Denver Tech Center

 


EdTech Team Google for Education Summits

is coming to Boulder at the brand new Meadowlark School in Erie on November 3 and 4, 2018. Focusing on promoting student learning through the use of Google and other digital tools. The program will feature Google Certified Educators, Trainers and Innovators, practicing administrators, Google engineers, BVSD teachers, and more.  Register here!


Don’t Forget GenCyber Proposals due soon!

GenCyber Proposals  – grant deadline October 12, 2018

Student and Teach program funding available. Find out more at GenCyber.com


Looking for Fact Checking Sites for your students?

Visit CommonSense Media for information on these great sites. 

Poynter.org
factcheck.org
Snopes.com


Tech Resource Blogs to follow TECHNotes at TCEA Blog

TCEA publishes blog submissions that provide useful information on learning applications and tools – Check this one out: Five OneNote Hacks for Your Classroom
 


Deadline to submit ISTE 2019 PROPOSALS  September 27, 2018

For more information visit ISTE 2019 Proposals 

 

 

 


DIGITAL LITERACY IDEA OF THE MONTH 

 Common Sense Media Family Dinner Project
Looking for a way to bring families in your community together and have interesting relevant conversations about social media and technology? Host a Community Media Dinner!  Invite families to join an evening filled with adults and kids sharing perspectives, discussing hot topics, and learning more about each other’s experiences.  Use the handbook linked above to plan your community evening!  Check out more resources at CommonSense Connecting Families


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

Southern #COllapporative Educators

 

 

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Creation/Creativity Digital Tools for Students

It has been over 10 years since Sir Ken Robinson first spoke at a Ted Talk and asked the question “Do schools kill creativity?”   Educators are still discussing how students can be encouraged to be creative and to accept ‘failure’ as part of a positive learning process. Here are some tools to use with your students to explore and stimulate their natural creativity for learning.  Give them time to reflect on their creative process too!

 

 

Piktochart -simple, intuitive tool that helps you tell your story with the visual impact

Canva

Evernote

Thinglink

PowToon

Educreations

WeVideo

Explain Everything

Book Creator

Visit CommonSense Media at Find an EdTech Tool  for more ideas and reviews of tech tools for your classroom

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Digital Literacy & Learning Resources

Updated 10/10/2018

We must prepare our students for the un-imagined future by providing opportunities to fail, adapt, and persevere. As the future continually unfolds, they must be able to understand how to apply processes that allow for problem identification, solution design, and experimentation for success. Mastering the components of digital literacy provides the foundation for this knowledge.

There are many definitions that encompass the meaning, impact, and the importance of Digital Literacy in today’s educational environment.  We define Digital Literacy as:

  • The ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use, construct, and express information.
  • The ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computational devices.
  • A person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment.
  • Digital Literacy includes the ability to read and interpret media and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments.