Learning Edge February 2020 #1

“Teachers are memorable. If you are a teacher, that means someone will think specifically about you and say your name 50 years from now. Let that sink in.” Trevor Muir

Listen to Trevor Muir’s words on our lasting impact on students at The Epic Classroom



EdSpace is a social learning network for “education professionals to grow and thrive, together”.  This online network, currently for educators only, utilizes short video posts to ask questions, get answers, and share learning. You can also download the app on Google Play and the Apple Store. Learn more and how you can join at EdSpace.

Listen to Matt Miller at TCEA speaking with the founder of EdSpace, Matt Crawford, below or at Ditch That Textbook Matt Miller at TCEA Conference 2020

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

KQED Professional Development

Check out resources from KQED – “KQED Teach offers a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on Digital Media. Educators can build skills in digital storytelling, data visualization, and critical media use to support all curriculum areas.”

Common Sense Media

23 Great Lesson Plans for Internet Safety – Interactive lessons to help kids from kindergarten to grade 12 protect themselves. Get them now

Texas Instruments Webinars

Texas Instrument offers free recordings of their live T³™ webinars. You can filter by TI technology, subject, and topic to select your sessions. There most recent topic Valentines’s Day and coding, which demonstrates multiple coding activities that require students to problem solve to create a “valentine.”

Black History Month

Teaching the African American Experience with Smithsonian Learning Lab

Watch the webinar with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, “ Teaching the African American Experience with the Smithsonian Learning Lab,” to learn how to use their resources.

We need to be deliberate in integrating Black history all year long across the curriculum. Peruse the resources at CVL Black History Month for more ideas.

CAL Maker Workshop

Save the Date! May 5th – CAL Maker Workshop @ 21C Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs. An Engaging and informative workshop to help develop and enhance your maker space. Do you have experiences to share? Submit a proposal by February 14th to share your expertise at Maker. Registration coming soon!

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Teen Science Scholars (TSS) application open for a paid, summer internship that provides hands-on experience with the Museum’s Science Division staff in the areas of Anthropology, Conservation, Digital Imaging, Education Collections, Entomology, and Zoology. For a quick snapshot of TSS, see below. You can learn more by going to Summer Teen Opportunities or contacting edith.silvas@dmns.org.


A school safety website is now available through the joint efforts of the U.S. departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and the Justice Department. SchoolSafety.gov was created “to provide schools and districts with actionable recommendations to create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can thrive and grow.” (SchoolSafety.gov)  The website also provides guidance, grants, and training opportunities offered by the federal agencies along with third-party resources. Cyberbullying resources have also been provided.

Don’t Miss InnEdCO 2020

So much is waiting for you at InnEdCO 2020! See below for more information on registration, educator nominations, and volunteer opportunities. Be a part of this educator community focused on students and innovative learning.

Registration: The last day to catch early registration in on February 29, 2020.  Go to #WE ARE INNEDCO2020.

Proposal Submissions: There is still a chance to submit a proposal to share your expertise at Share Your Adventure!

Colorado Educator Keynote Nominations: InnedCO is seeking a Colorado educator to be honored and to speak at this year’s Adventure Awaits conference. Nominate your colleague for this honor at CO Educators Rock @InnEdCO2020.

InnEdCO 2020 Volunteers Needed! Become a part of the conference team by providing a little of your time to support your fellow attendees. Find out how at Volunteers @InnEdCO2020

100 Education Blogs

Feedspot has a list of their top 100 Education blogs specifically written for educators. Visit the list at Top 100 or clicking on the image below.

Top 100 Education Blogs in 2020 for Educators and Teachers


Edutopia has posted their research highlights from 2019. Read about the impact of doodling for students and more at Edutopia Education Research Highlights

Colorado OER Conference

On June 4th-5th, the Colorado Department of Higher Education will host the Statewide Colorado OER Conference to explore best practices in adoption and adaptation. A K-12 pre-conference day will be held on June 4th at the Colorado School of Mines. For more information visit OER Conference

Black History Month Resources

Black History Month


TEDEd celebrates the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Discover hundreds of animated lessons, create customized lessons, and more at TedED

Creating Meaningful Connections

AASL 2020 School Librarian

AASL has released it’s 2020 School Librarian’s ‘Role in Reading‘ position statement. You can read the entire statement at AASL Reading

Teach Boldly TLD 2020

The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region brings you Teacher Librarian Day 2020: Teach Boldly! on February 21st, 2020 at the History Colorado Center. Inspiring keynote and engaging TED-style talks along with in-depth breakouts. More information & to register at TEACH BOLDLY with our phenomenal speakers in the afternoon.

Learning Webinars EdWeb.Net

EdWeb.net is an award-winning professional learning network provides free webinars and professional learning communities for educators to share their best ideas and practices to improve teaching and learning, student achievement, and school culture. Take a look at their offerings coming up in 2020 at EdWeb Net.


National Clean Out Your Computer Day

Observed on the second Monday in February, National Clean Out Your Computer Day is a day to take some time out of your busy schedule to do needed care on your computers.

Over time, files and programs that are unused on your PC clog the memory and slow down retrieval and use of other data.  Spend some time with your computer and give it a good cleaning!
What to Do!
Take a look at your files and programs on your computers:

  • Organize your files and folders.
  • Delete junk files.
  • Delete duplicate files.
  • Delete old files and programs not being used.


5/5 CAL Maker Workshop @ 21C
5/11 CATS Spring Workshop @21C
5/29-5/30 RockCS @ Adams 12
6/4-6/5  Colorado OER
6/15-6/18 InnEdCO Keystone
6/21-6/25 NICERC Minneapolis
6/28-7/1 ISTE Anaheim
7/12-7/17 CSTA Arlington

More professional development opportunities at CDE PD Calendar

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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