Learning Edge March 2020 #1



Experiments with Google

“AI Experiments is a showcase for simple experiments that make it easier for anyone to start exploring machine learning, through pictures, drawings, language, music, and more.” Google AI Experiments

Check out AI + Writing, AI + Drawing, AI + Music and more at AI Experiments

Thanks to Polly Gallagher from the Grand County Library District for recommending this site!

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

This month listen to Chris Nesi of House of EdTech as he kicks off his #EdTECH FINAL FOUR Vote – he has developed a Final Four Bracket sheet for you and provides an opportunity for you to vote!

ISTE/SLJ 2020 Tech Trends Webcasts

ISTE and SLJ team up this spring for presentations (sponsored by Mackin) on “critical topics in the learning space, from actionables to address information poverty to creative methods for encouraging tentative readers, from elementary students to teens.” Beginning March 5th (catch the on-demand version)  through May 14th you can register for webcasts on Serving Striving Readers, It’s About Equity! Let’s Tackle Information Poverty and Critical Thinking in the Age of Fake News.

MTSS Summit

CDE’s Office of Learning Supports is presenting the annual summit on the multi-tiered system of supports (CO-MTSS) – a free two-day conference Aug. 3-4 at The Antlers, a Wyndham hotel in Colorado Springs. Keynote speakers will include Dr. Rich Milner from Vanderbilt and Dr. Donna Ford from Ohio State University. People interested in presenting a poster or breakout/paper session can submit a proposal here. For more information, please visit the website. 

For More Information, Contact: Allison Greene at greene_a@cde.state.co.us

ISTE DigCitCommit for Parent Resources

Share ISTE’s Blog on Educators: Help parents talk to their kids about tech

Find more resources at CVL Digital Citizenship Resources

CAL Maker Workshop

The CAL Maker Division is holding its annual Maker Workshop @ 21C Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs on May 5th – An Engaging and informative workshop to help develop and enhance your maker space. Register at CAL Maker  You don’t want to miss this one!

Resources for Teaching Online

From Michael Cohen, the TechRabbi Blog  – take a look at some options to create online learning opportunities. Of course, keep in mind that all students may not have online access at home. From Zoom to Wakelet, there are a number of options to check into for you and your students. Many of these companies are currently offering premium versions of their software at no cost to teachers and students due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Free to K-12 Educators – Colorado OER Conference

On June 4th the Colorado Department of Higher Education will host a K-12 pre-conference day at the Colorado School of Mines. For more information visit OER Conference

Computer Science Grants Available!

The CSed Grant Program has a grant opportunity currently available for application:

Additional information on CS Education in Colorado can be found at CS on CVL

Computer Science in Colorado

Rock CS May 29-30

Rock CS, Rocky Mountain Computer Science Conference for P-12 Educators, is now open for registration and accepting presenter applications! This two-day event, designed by Adams 12 Five Star Schools & St. Vrain Valley School District,  supports P-12 classroom teachers with teaching computer science (CS) and computational thinking. Contact info@rockcs.org if you have questions.

  • $50 registration
  • Learn how to integrate computer science and/or computational thinking into any content
  • Explore innovative strategies for your CS classroom
  • First 100 registrants eligible to win a prize! (Must be present to win.)

Early Bird Registration Extended! Register Now!

Be a part of this educator community focused on students and innovative learning. See below for more information on registration, educator nominations, and volunteer opportunities.  Register by April 1st for Early Registration rates at #INNEDCO2020.  InnedCO is seeking a Colorado Educator Keynote to be honored and to speak at this year’s Adventure Awaits conference. Nominate your colleague for this honor at CO Educators Rock @InnEdCO2020.

InnEdCO 2020 Volunteers Needed! Become a part of the conference team by providing a little of your time to support your fellow attendees. Find out how at Volunteers @InnEdCO2020

March 15th deadline for Stipend to attend InnEdCO 2020Apply for a stipend towards the cost of attendance & lodging. For more details visit InnEdCO Stipend


TEDEd celebrates the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Discover hundreds of animated lessons, create customized lessons, and more at TedED.  Start at Ted-Ed Club – Inspire your students to share their ideas using the Student Talks program.

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. You can also access their archives by creating an account at EdWeb Archives.

Supporting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Learning with Video Games coming up on March 16th.

Common Sense Education News Literacy

Common Sense Media is highlighting a “growing group of irresistible games about everything from fact-checking to bias to mis- and disinformation. Check out these news literacy favorites:

Bad News: Modern, minimalist fake news game has players be the villains.
BBC iReporter: Spot real stories, dodge fake news in cheeky media literacy sim.
Informable: Spot fake news, sharpen media literacy skills with speedy quizzes.
Newsfeed Defenders: Social media simulation builds news literacy skills.

Trivia – Census March 1790

The 1790 U.S. Census Act, was signed on March 1, 1790. The census reflected the values of the United States in 1790 which asked just six questions: the name of the (white, male) householder, and then the names of all the other people in the household, divided into these categories: Free white males who were at least 16 years old; free white males who were under 16 years old; free white females; all other free persons; and slaves.  Learn More at census.gov & Smithsonian


5/29-5/30 RockCS @ Adams 12
6/4 Colorado K-12 OER
6/15-6/18 InnEdCO Keystone
6/21-6/25 NICERC Minneapolis
6/28-7/1 ISTE Anaheim
7/12-7/17 CSTA Arlington
7/20-24 National CSPdWeek at CS@Mines

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.

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