Learning Edge April #2

It’s that time of year – planning for summer professional development is upon us. It is the perfect time to network and learn from one another. There are some great opportunities available for you to join – low-cost and free options too! Peruse the list below for some options.

June 6 – Rock CS at Adams 12  Free!
June 10-13  InnEdCO   Colorado’s premier educator event!
June 25 – 27  NICERC Cyber Ed Forum in Broomfield. ONLY $50 for Colorado Educators!
June 25-27 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence
July 7-10  CSTA Annual Conference in Phoenix
July 8-12  2019 Innovative Schools Conference


Hopefully, you will also be relaxing and enjoying time with friends and family. Did you know?   Your local library has Checkout Colorado State Parks Backpacks.  The pass included in the backpack allows one vehicle and its passengers into any of Colorado’s 41 state parks. As the checkout period is 7 days, a patron can use it in one park for a one-week/weekend camping trip in one state park, for instance, or could visit several state parks over the course of the week.  Check the backpack out at your local public library. For more information visit State Parks Pass and General Park Information and for a list of participating libraries go to Colorado Libraries State Parks Backpacks.


Force Users to Make a Copy of a Google Doc

If you have ever had someone work off of your Google Doc instead of making a copy for themselves, you will know how valuable this is! Kasey Bell’s post at Shakeup Learning describes how to force a user to make a copy of a Google Doc. Love it!  Force User Copies

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. 

School Library Month

It’s worth repeating  –  School Libraries are worth celebrating! Keep celebrating your school library beyond April.

The 2019 theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library and the 2019 spokesperson is Dav Pilkey.

Resources and Ideas for all grade levels
2019 Printable Poster

FlipGrid April 2019

On April 24th, 2019, unite to celebrate International #StudentVoiceDay! Students can join the  Our Global Classroom Flipgrid and answer one question: How will you use your voice to change the world?  Sign up your school, classroom, or students to participate and Amplify at #StudentVoiceDay.

News and America’s Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News

Using breaking news is the ideal way to teach media literacy with students.  Common Sense Media provides tips for students when they are encountering news media reports.  Watch and share the video with your students from News and America’s Kids at News Impact.

InnEdCO 2019  – Learning Academies & Keynotes at Keystone, Oh My!!

InnEdCO announces Gitanjali Rao as a keynote speaker. She is 13 years old and is an 8th grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, CO. She was named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2017 by the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, with a patent-pending device to detect lead in water faster than any other current techniques.

What’s Happening at the Learning Academies  – for more info go to InnEdCO2019
Register for InnEdCO 

May 6th DEADLINE IS SOON – Call for Nominations –

Making ‘IT’ Happen!

The Making ‘IT’ Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage, and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Nominate a colleague by May 6th at Making IT Happen Award

Ted Talks for Educators

North Dakota teacher Kayla Delzer seeks to change how technology is viewed in the classroom.  You don’t have to know every app and how to use it!

ISTE is Accepting ‘New Ideas’ Proposals

ISTE 2019 is seeking – Diverse stories/paths to success, short engaging presentations, and sessions on timely ed-tech topics, ideas or approaches to teaching and learning. Submit your new idea by April 26th at  Submit a Proposal



Read-Worth Articles on Digital Education

Education Week reporter Ben Herold explores how technology is shaping teaching and learning and the management of schools. He posts read-worthy articles for educators and the learning community providing topics for collegial discussion.

Personalized Learning Advice:5 Questions K-12 Leaders Should be Asking

Toolkit for Digitally Literate Teachers

USC Rossier School of Education has recently published a resource titled “Toolkit for Digitally Literate Teachers”, which provides teachers and school administrators with how-to guides, actionable strategies, and real-life examples of the benefits of digital literacy and how to incorporate technology in the classroom. Sections include an explanation of digital literacy, ideas for a digitally literate classroom, digital literacy resources to bookmark, and more!

So COllapporative on May 16th

Join the last 2018-2019 So #COllapporative  meetup at The Center for Modern Learning in Colorado Springs –  Cybersecurity and CS  learning opportunities with Giveaways, a Zoom conversation with NICERC Director, Kevin Noltenfood and beverages will be provided!  #COllapporative for more information to join the learning and fun. Thursday, May 16th, Register Here – Southern Colorado

Don’t miss Rock CS on June 6th! Rocky Mountain Computer Science Conference for P-12 Educators

Adams 12 Five Star Schools and St. Vrain Valley School District have teamed up to create the first Colorado Computer Science Conference for P-12 Educators for more information visit – Rock CS! AND on July 7th, there will be additional K-12 professional development workshops.  For information please visit www.RockCS.org and follow on Twitter @RockCSCO

Edutopia Video Series How Learning Happens

In this video series, Edutopia explores how educators can guide all students, regardless of their developmental starting points, to become productive and engaged learners.

The Science of Learning and Development

Education Blogs for 2019

George Couros, Author of The Innovator’s Mindset frequently posts on his blog, The Principal of Change.  His posts are insightful and encourage we as educators to support one another in our endeavors to improve education. Visit his blog below at the link and also at his most recent post People That Fill Your Bucket.

“Tell me what you need to ensure that every student in your class can learn.”


Learning Activities with Google Drawings

Google Drawings is an easy, free platform for amazing visual creations. Tony Vincent shares some of his favorite activities from his fifth-grade classroom — and tips for creating your own!



6/6    P-12 Rock CS  Adams 12
6/10-6/13    InnEdCO 2019
6/23-6/26   ISTE Philadelphia
6/25-6/27   NICERC Cyber Ed Forum
7/7-7/10       CSTA Annual Conference

Colorado Department of Education Communications

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