Learning Edge March #2

Spring Break is here! Whenever your spring break has occurred, we are hoping you had time to relax and re-energize yourself for the remaining weeks of the school year.  Listen to Drew Dudley’s TED Talk for uplifting words on  Everyday Leadership as he redefines leadership to “lollipop moments”. Every teacher can be a leader!

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago” – Warren Buffet


Need a QR Code reader for Windows 10? Get QR Code for Windows 10

You can also download the QR Code for Windows 10 app and generate your own QR codes. All you need to do is hit the hamburger menu and voila, your QR has been generated. The app also keeps a history of your QR codes. So, if you ever need to check what QR codes you’ve used, click on the menu button and go to History.

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.

FlipGrid Focus March 2019

READ FlipGrid’s March Newsletter for new ways to use this app with your students. If you missed the March 26th FlipGrid Genius Hour episode on Infused Inquiry with Holly Clark you can catch it at FlipGrid vimeo.

Create a Fliphunt – a digital scavenger hunt!  Learn how at Fliphunt. Ideas for creating Fliphunts can be found at FlipGrid Fliphunts.

InnEdCO 2019  – Learning Academies & Keynotes at Keystone, Oh My!!

InnEdCO announces Gitanjali Rao as a keynote speaker. She is 13 years old and is an 8th grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, CO. She was named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2017 by the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, with a patent-pending device to detect lead in water faster than any other current techniques.

What’s Happening at the Learning Academies  – for more info go to InnEdCO2019
Register for InnEdCO 
Additional Keynote and Featured Speakers


The Making ‘IT’ Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage, and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Nominate a colleague by May 6th at Making IT Happen Award

Ted Talks for Educators

How to Make Stress Your Friend   –  “You can trust yourself to handle life’s challenges and you’re remembering that you don’t have to face them alone” – Kelly McGonigal


Don’t miss Rock CS on June 6th! Rocky Mountain Computer Science Conference for P-12 Educators

Adams 12 Five Star Schools and St. Vrain Valley School District have teamed up to create the first Colorado Computer Science Conference for P-12 Educators for more information visit – Rock CS!

AND on July 7th,  the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center and MindSpark Learning will be offering additional K-12 professional development courses.  For information please visit www.RockCS.org and follow on Twitter @RockCSCO


The National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center has developed a library of free modular curricula for teachers to embed across multiple disciplines and empowers them to prepare students to become the next generation of engineers and cyber professionals. More information can be found at NICERC. Request access to the NICERC Curricula at Cyber Interstate. 


Bill and Melinda Gates have published their annual letter at Gatesnotes.
Their list of “Surprises” learned includes the impact of girls’ education, globalism, and at Surprise#8 – textbooks becoming obsolete and digital learning tools.

 BE THERE – April 18th & 23rd, 2019 COllapporative Events 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

Edutopia Video Series How Learning Happens

In this video series, Edutopia explores how educators can guide all students, regardless of their developmental starting points, to become productive and engaged learners.

Education Blogs for 2019

National Geographic Blog for Educators

features Strategy Share, Educator Spotlight, and News from NatGeo. Strategy Share includes innovative ideas, projects, and approaches from inside and outside their community of educators. The March 2019 post includes documentary filmmaking and teaching literacy in the science classroom.

Podcasts for Educators

The Shake Up Learning Show, a new podcast hosted by Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning, launches on March 26, 2019. ‘This binge-worthy series will focus on meaningful technology integration and dynamic learning strategies for teachers, and listeners will get access to an EPIC FREEBIE DOWNLOAD!’  New episodes will be released every Tuesday. Subscribe to Kasey Bell’s newsletter at Shake Up Learning.

Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian’s 3D Digitization Program Office is bringing some of their 137 million objects to life by creating three-dimensional detail. “With only 1% of the Smithsonian’s collections on display at any one time, digitization could allow us to bring the remaining 99% of the collection into the virtual light.”

View their most recent 3d model at Woolly Mammoth.  Learn more at Smithsonian Digitization Facebook page.


4/13   Colorado Teen Lit Conference
4/18   So COllapporative at Harrison SD
4/23   COllapporative (Tech Center)
4/27-4/28   EdTech Team Summit Aspen
5/10  Engaging Congress @ History Colorado
5/19  So COllapporative 
6/6    P-12 Rock CS  Adams 12
6/10-6/13    InnEdCO 2019
6/23-6/26   ISTE Philadelphia
6/25-6/27   NICERC Cyber Ed 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.

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