Learning Edge January 2019 #1

As we begin a new calendar year and we move into the 2nd half of the school year, let’s plan some time to spend with our colleagues to support one another and to renew our energy and passion for education.  This edition of the Learning Edge provides a multitude of opportunities and ideas to gather your colleagues or meet new ones by attending a collaborative EdCamp or a Colorado COllapporative, a workshop or conference, or create a cohort and take an eNet Learning course or earn ASCD Microcredentials together.

 Check out the article below on education conferences to attend in 2019 and also view the list of upcoming events in Colorado at the end of this post.



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Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy

eNet Learning Courses

Are you needing new ideas, resources or even recertification credit?   eNetLearning is here to help you with that.  Now is the time to get those new ideas and/or hours that you need. eNet has great courses for you, both 15, 30, or 45 continuing ed units or even 1, 2 or 3 grad credit hours if you prefer.  Questions? Contact carolyngardner@enetlearning.org

 The Return of Public Domain  Copyright 1923!

As of Jan. 1, 2019 anything that was originally copyrighted in 1923 passed into the public domain—meaning that anyone can use and reprint it, free of charge, and without permission. This means hundreds of thousands of books, musical compositions, paintings, poems, photographs, and films are now available to you and your students! On January 1, 2020, more amazing works will enter public domain including famous novels like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Read more at Smithsonian 1923 Public Domain
Good Reads added – Top 200 Books Published in 1923
PICRYL, the largest search engine for public domain images, documents, music, and videos.

Forbes Top 5 Digital Transformation Trends in Education

The lists of chosen top/best digital education trends are being published by organizations across the world. Here is Forbes most recent list:

Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
Personalized Learning
Internet of Things IoT
AI and Big Data
Cyber Dangers – Security
Read more at Forbes ED

2019 Outstanding Science Trade Books

Seeking to improve your collection of science books for students? Peruse the Outstanding Science Trade Books 2019 (PDF)  list, chosen by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC). Reading science trade books are the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning science content.

Colorado Teen Literature Conference

will be held on April 13th at the University of Colorado Denver‘s Auraria Campus. Keynote speakers will be Sandhya Memon and Bill Konigsberg. Registration begins on February 4th  at COTeenLit
Register early, this one fills up fast!

CoSN Releases 1st Driving K-12 Innovation

The first of the three Driving K-12 Innovationpublications is now available – Driving K-12 Innovation: 2019 Hurdles. You can access and download at 2019 Hurdles.

Comics Workshop at History Colorado

TPS Western Region will host a free workshop on February 16th, 9am-3pm, focusing on using historical and present-day comics to improve literacy skills, critical thinking, and student engagement. Instruction will include how to analyze and create comics in the classroom. Lunch and PD Certificate will be provided. You can register at COMIC

Not to Miss Education Conferences in 2019

Read Ed Advocate’s article on fabulous upcoming conferences across the country.
Concordia Portland U Ed Conference List 
Getting Smart’s List of 26 Can’t-Miss Conferences

Colorado ASCD Micro-Credentials  

the official state affiliate of ASCD, has developed a Teacher Leadership Micro-credential to provide an opportunity for teachers to hone their skills as leaders while staying in the classroom. More information is provided at TLMC.

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.

Thursday, Jan 17th Southern Colorado

Tuesday, Jan 29th   Denver Tech Center

12 months of Colorado American Indian History Education

HistoryColorado offers online exhibits, earn digital badges, resource guides, and primary source sets! For Example – Ute Tribal Paths online exhibit, Colorado Fur Trade, Bent’s Fort  online exhibit Colorado and the Fur Trade about Bent’s Fort 

Utes circa 1896-1899
(credit: History Colorado)

Use Digital Primary Sources in 2019

  • Engage Students
  • Develop Critical Thinking Skills
  • Construct Knowledge

Primary sources provide a window into the past and unfiltered access to the record of artistic, social, scientific and political thought and achievement during the specific period under study, produced by people who lived during that period. Bringing young people into close contact with these unique, often profoundly personal, documents and objects can give them a very real sense of what it was like to be alive during a long-past era.  Visit CVL Primary Source Resources

EdTech Tools To Try in 2019

From the Cult of Pedagogy Blog by Jennifer Gonzales ed tech tools to try in 2019!
Including Google’s Tour Creator!

Google Forms Hacks

Upgrade your Google form use with these tips from TCEA Blogger Micahel Guhlin at HACKS


1/17  Southern Colorado COllapporative
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
2/22-2/23   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

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