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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Girls Who Code Announces Summer Immersion Program
A 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!
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.
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
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Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.
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