Learning Edge January 2020 #1

Happy New Year!


Book Creator

If you haven’t tried Book Creator you are missing out on a fantastic app with endless possibilities! This content creation app developed over 5 years ago continues to improve. Creating fiction/nonfiction books with images and embedded audio, interactive portfolios, comic books, and journals are just the beginning.  This application is not only for students but can also be used as a professional learning tool. Head to the website to obtain a free account at Book Creator. Then check out student examples and resources for you to use in your classroom at the teacher dashboard.

Find more information/reviews at  Book Creator YouTube Channel  and Common Sense Apps

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

All of  their “shows are produced by educators who want to shape education through meaningful discussion and content.”Podcasts to listen to in 2020 – go to Ed Podcast Network

2020 Ed-Tech Trends

Kajeet covers the latest K-12 ed-tech trends and topics – Here are there top 6 ed-tech trends for 2020

Common Sense Media

Visit Common Sense’s recent post to learn of 2020 “Apps to Watch Out For”

Teacher Thrive  – All Things Reading Fluency

Join the Facebook Group created to provide teachers with a place to share information, get advice, and connect with other professionals who work with struggling readers. Tips, tricks, and resources are shared to help you improve your students’ reading fluency.

CLiC Workshops – CSU Pueblo

ClICColorado Library Consortium is holding its annual spring workshop, April 27-28 at CSU Pueblo. School library and Makerspace sessions! Scholarships to attend are available, for more information go to CLiC workshop  APPLY NOW!

CAL Maker Workshop

Save the Date! May 5th – CAL Maker Workshop @ 21C Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs. More information to come soon!

20 Most Popular Blog Posts 2019

Kasey Bell has put together a list of the 20 most popular posts for Shakeup Learning in 2019. You can view the list and read the posts at ShakeUp 2019

The School Library Crisis: Harnessing Your Power to Survive and Thrive!

Join colleagues, February 8th, for a half-day at Denver University to learn strategies to help you succeed in becoming an essential and valued member of your staff, maximize & prioritize your work, and message your value & ways to engage your school and community stakeholders. Register at CAL.

Registration is Open for InnEdCO 2020

InnEdCO 2020 #Adventure Awaits is excited to announce that Early Bird registration is available until February 29, 2020.  Go to #WE ARE INNEDCO2020.  Session proposals are being still being accepted for review at Share Your Adventure!

6 Ed Stories to Watch in 2020

Forbes writer,  Peter Greene, shares his opinion on the 2020 education stories to watch in 2020. Read his opinion article at Forbes Ed
More from Forbes – Top 5 Digital Transformation Trends

Edutopia 2019 Research Summary

Youki Terada, Edutopia’s Research & Standards Editor summarizes the 2019 education research findings at Research Highlights

DigCitCommit & ISTE Virtual Congress

During this two-day online event, you’ll connect with students and educators who are successfully modeling the new DigCitCommit competencies and hear how their experiences are empowering learners to lead in the digital world.  The event “is one way you can join our global campaign to redefine digital citizenship and reach 1 million students worldwide by 2021!” Register at Virtual Congress.

ISTE Free AI Professional Learning

AI Explorations and Their Practical Use in K-12 School Environments is an eight-week, 15-hour facilitated online course for K-12 educators that explores AI topics and the development of student-driven projects. Apply NOW! Visit ISTE AI

Learning Webinars EdWeb.Net

EdWeb.net is an award-winning professional learning network provides free webinars and professional learning communities for educators to share their best ideas and practices to improve teaching and learning, student achievement, and school culture. Take a look at their offerings coming up in 2020 at EdWeb Net.


January was named for the Roman god Janus, known as the protector of gates and doorways, which symbolize beginnings and ends. Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking into the past, the other into the future—a fitting symbol for this first day of the year. It’s natural for us to reflect on the past year and also look forward to the new. – Farmers Almanac  BTW, January 4th, 2020 was National Trivia Day!


1/14-1/17 FETC Conference
2/8 School Library Crisis
2/11-2/12 DigCit Commitment Virtual Congress
2/5-2/8  CCIRA
2/20-2/21 iLearn Collaborative

4/27-4/28 CLiC Libary Workshop
5/5 CAL Maker Workshop @ 21C
6/15-6/18 InnEdCO 
6/28-7/1 ISTE
7/12-7/17 CSTA

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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