Learning Edge February #2

We are heading into the months of spring breaks and annual assessments. February has certainly flown by! Listen to Jeremy Anderson’s presentation linked below and give yourself a pat on the back and then pass it on to your fellow educators! “You all are game changers!” – Jeremy Anderson

His “troubled past makes him an advocate for education and the perfect youth speaker. His story of repeated failure in school, a diagnosis of ADHD, drug & alcohol abuse, and low self-worth, is one that resonates with students today. Not only did Jeremy overcome the challenges of his past, but he eventually went on to graduate from High School on time, and then went to college and obtained both a bachelor’s and master’s degree.” from his website at Jeremy Anderson


Looking for apps similar to Kahoot, check out Gimkit  – developed by a high school student!  Data, Assignments, and Quizziz imports too!

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

ENGAGING CONGRESS Coming to Colorado!! 

Civics into your Classroom Workshop – You don’t want to miss this FREE workshop at History Colorado, May 10th 9am-3pm. Register at Eventbrite Engaging Congress

  • Teaching with Primary Sources Training
  • Free civics game Engaging Congress
  • $125 stipend
  • Lunch, Parking included

Google+ is Shutting Down

On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts.

What’s Missing in Makerspaces?

“A key ingredient is missing in Makerspaces” says Clare Donovan,a former teacher and Education Director at PatentDive. “Teaching patenting concepts at a young age is not only feasible, but I believe it’s a way to help women and other underrepresented groups play a bigger role in tech.” Read her post at Patents in EdTechDigest.

Learn more about Patents for students at US Patent & Trademark for Education – “We believe that all children have the potential to do extraordinary things and that innovation can be a powerful vehicle to help students realize their potential and become successful life-long learners.”

PBS Series Empowering Young Media Consumers and Creators

the series will highlight techniques for analyzing media, and amplifying student voice through authentic storytelling. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one-hour virtual professional learning event.

2/28 Teaching Students to Critically Analyze Media
3/7  Helping Students Create Authentic Stories
3/14 Amplifying Student Voices Across the Community

Register at Digital Media Literacy

Technolgy in Education 5 Trends to Watch

Augmented Reality, 5G and More

Technology in Education 2019: 5 Trends to Watch

InnEdCO 2019 Register NOW!March 1st Early Bird Deadline

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!

Ted Talks for Educators

Young poet, educator, and activist Malcolm London performs his stirring poem about life on the front lines of high school. Described as “Beautiful, lyrical, chilling.”

Reminder – 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.

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

 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, April 18th, Register Here – Southern Colorado
Tuesday, April 23rd, Register here – Denver Tech Center

CS Bits and Bytes Newsletter

From CS for All, National Science Foundation (NSF) has re-launched their CS Bits and Bytes newsletter, highlighting innovative computer science research.

2019 Issue 1 Crowdsourcing2019 Issue 2 DIY engineering 

The Power of Relationships in Schools

Edutopia 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!

CoolCat Teacher – Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis has been writing the Cool Cat Teacher blog for more than 12 years and has been an Edublog award finalist for Best Teacher Blog for most of those. If you missed her at last week’s iLearn Conference in Denver, you can still learn from her blog, newsletter, and podcasts.

VR Apps for Education

Read the TCEA post on VR Apps to prepare students for careers of the future! Too many to list here, but check out Number Hunt – where gaming meets math.

Teaching the African American Experience with the Smithsonian Learning Lab – Google Hangout!

Tour the Smithsonian’s online learning lab and find great, new, ready-to-use teaching resources from the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, from 4 pm – 5pm
Google Hangout On Air (link will be sent upon registration)

Register at Smithsonian Learning Lab


3/9     EdCamp Colorado Springs
4/13   Colorado Teen Lit Conference
4/18   So COllapporative at Harrison School District
4/23   COllapporative at Microsoft (Tech Center)
4/27-4/28   EdTech Team Summit Aspen, Colorado
5/19    So COllapporative at Center for Modern Learning
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.

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February 2019 #1

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