Learning Edge December 2019 #1

December 2019

Season’s Greetings! It’s that time of year filled with events, celebrations, and activities that make it difficult to keep students focused on learning. So, instead of fighting it, embrace the excitement in your classroom for student learning. Here are two blogs regarding student distraction and how to keep learning engagement happening.  Student Distraction and Student Engagement


6 Tech Tools for World Language learning to give students practice with speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the target language. (Elena Spathis)



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

Education Podcast Network, All of  their “shows are produced by educators who want to shape education through meaningful discussion and content.”

Teachers Need Teachers Podcast with Kim Lepre “What to do when you’re seriously behind on grading”

Ditch Summit – Free

There will be nine video presentations from awesome presenters on topics related to tech and solid teaching and learning. Get your free ticket at DitchSummit.com.

HOW IT WORKS: New presentations are released every day from Dec. 21-31 (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). They remain available until Jan. 8 so you can re-watch or catch up on any you’ve missed. They’re pre-recorded, so you can watch them whenever you want until Jan. 8. After that, the summit ends and the videos are unavailable to watch anymore.  Ditch Summit

TEDEd Student Talks

The TED Student Talks Program supports students as they discover, explore and present their big ideas in the form of short, TED-style talks. To learn more visit TEDEd Students.  Visit TEDEd Student Talks to view student-created TEDEd Talks. What are our students saying?


Making Game Design Child’s Play with Giphy Arcade.
Using Giphy Arcade’s microgames you can remix to create your own game. Giphy Arcade offers templates and stickers to customize too!

Your Students, My Students, Our Students

December 12th ASCD webinar   Rethinking Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms, based on the book Your Students, My Students, Our Students: Rethinking Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms, explores hard truths of current special education practice. For more information/register, visit ASCD.

Hour of Code Week

It’s Hour of Code this week, December 9th-12th.  “Learn Computer Science. Change the World.” Visit Code for information.

Submit Your Proposal for InnEdCO 2020

InnEdCO 2020 #Adventure Awaits is excited to announce that session proposal submissions are being still being accepted for review at Share Your Adventure!  Registration is open! To catch early bird registration go to #WE ARE INNEDCO2020

PBS & Ken Burns

PBS announced the launch of Ken Burns Classroom on PBS LearningMedia – free teaching and learning resources inspired by Ken Burns’s documentaries. Created for 6-12th grade educators, the new hub houses a library of classroom-ready content – aligned to state and national standards – to help students explore historical events & issues illustrated in Ken Burns’s films.

Science of Learning

Retrieval practice is a learning strategy where the focus is on getting information out.  Visit Retrieval Practice to learn about research-based strategies including spacinginterleaving, and feedback-driven metacognition.   Retrieval Practice Free Downloads 

Edutopia for Educators

Teach with Podcasts!

Read Listenwise’s blog on using podcasts in the elementary classroom. Listenwise is expanding its offerings to include more elementary level options. Learn more about the connection between listening and reading too. 

Ending the Year with Flipgrid

3 ways to finish the year
6 updates at Flipgrid
Holiday FlipHunt

Code Your Own Hero

This one-hour coding activity uses Google’s free coding curriculum CS First.  Students choose an everyday hero from their own lives & build a story/game using code that gives their hero superpowers. Visit the Hero Code to start coding!

Shakeup Learning

Ways to Use Google Keep – Kasey shares 30 awesome ways to use Google Keep, which she refers to as the “Instantpot of G Suite!”


What NPR has called “perhaps the most popular educational computer game of all time,” The Oregon Trail, debuted in an eighth-grade history classroom in Minnesota on December 3, 1971 — that’s 48 years ago!


2/5-2/8  CCIRA
2/20-2/21 iLearn Collaborative
6/15-6/18 InnEdCO 

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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