Learning Edge November #1

It’s November, National Gratitude Month! “Practicing gratitude can lessen stress, improve physical health, bolster relationships, and create a culture of collaboration and respect. Gratitude has also been proven to enhance empathy, boost self-esteem, and reduce aggression. For students, cultivating a sense of thankfulness can even improve learning outcomes.” GoGuardian

Create opportunities for students in your classroom to understand and express gratitude through journaling, making a gratitude list, artwork, and more. For some ideas, read the articles for ideas at TeachHub, Edutopia, Berkeley’s Greater Good, and Common Sense Education.



10 .New Shortcuts from Google

A year ago, G Suite created a handful of shortcuts: docs.newsheets.new, and slides.new.  These shortcuts make it quick and easy to create a new document, spreadsheet or presentation. Just type the shortcut into your address bar.  Check out other .new shortcuts to use at Google New .

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

Education Podcast Network,

Leader of Learning Podcast Episode #55 – Don Kreiness with Chrissy Armano Arrabito, author of Quiet Kids Count. Chrissy is an elementary school teacher discusses how educators can recognize, support, and encourage introverted students.

Pop Culture Classroom

Pop Culture Classroom  Pop Culture is holding an open house, January 18, 2019, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at there offices. Come enjoy our library of board and video games, meet our team of teachers, and participate in short activities that highlight how PCC educates through pop culture media. For more info & registration go to Pop Culture.

Digital Promise & NETP 2020

Digital Promise has announced its partnership with the NETP to develop the 2020 National Ed Tech Policy. The National Education Technology Plan is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The Plan articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. You can sign up to receive updates for the 2020 NETP at NETP 2020.


Eduporium offers a weekly blog with Tips & Tricks for teachers and ed-tech specialists. The blog posts cover “all the important getting started bits of information” about different tech tools.

Tips & Tricks for Bolt
Sphero Mini Activity Kit

Save the date for 6th Annual K-12 Administrator Job Fair

Educators seeking administrative positions for the 2020-21 school year are invited to save the date for the 6th Annual K-12 Administrators Job Fair on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. The fair will host human resources personnel from various Colorado school districts recruiting educators for administrative positions. Last year, 21 school districts participated in the job fair and 143 educators networked with district representatives.

The Colorado Association of School Personnel Administrators (CASPA), Colorado Association of Latino/Administrators & Superintendents (CO ALAS) and Regis University – Education Leadership Program are hosting this free job fair for all K-12 educators.

For more information, contact Jesus Escarcega at jdescarcega@aurorak12.org.

EdWeek  Free Online Summit

EdWeek is offering a free online event: Personalized Learning: What Works? This online summit on Thursday, November 21st, provides “practical takeaways on personalized learning approaches.  More information & registration at Summit.

TEDEd Student Talks

The TED Student Talks Program supports students as they discover, explore and present their big ideas in the form of short, TED-style talks. To learn more visit TEDEd Students.  Visit TEDEd Student Talks to view student-created TEDEd Talks. What are our students saying?

TCEA Digital Breakouts

Just for fun – Try this digital breakout with your students at Gobble Gobble, from Peggy Reimers at TCEA. If you have difficulty with the codes, you can email her at preimers@tcea.org for clues and answers.

Submit Your Proposal for InnEdCO 2020

InnEdCO 2020 #Adventure Awaits is excited to announce that session proposal submissions are being accepted for review until December 1st at Share Your Adventure!  Registration will be opening in November.  Look for more info at #WE ARE INNEDCO

So COllapporative 2019

So COllapporative looks forward to seeing you on November 18th at Foothills Elementary in Colorado Springs!  Meetup with amazing educators across Southern Colorado for networking, app sharing, food & beverages!   Register at So-COllapporative.    Please visit/join our Facebook group for more details. You may also contact schein_c@cde.state.co.us for more information.

Every year since 2011, One Book Colorado has given away a copy of the same book to every 4-year-old in the state, through public and military libraries and Denver Preschool Programs in English and in Spanish. The 2019 book is Penguinaut! You & your students can participate in selecting the next book. Visit One Book Colorado to watch the videos and vote for your favorite book

Science Buddies YouTube Channel

Visit the Science Buddies YouTube channel for continuous new video content on their home page each week. You can also subscribe to the Science Buddies channel at YouTube to get notified when new videos are added!

Edutopia for Educators

“While no gratitude routine is foolproof, a tradition of writing a weekly letter of gratitude is low-fuss and adaptable long past the holiday season,” says Marissa King in this Edutopia article.  Read more about how she pairs the art of letter writing with gratefulness – Encouraging a Sense of Gratitude 

View this 60-Second Strategy this classroom does to improve their culture through Appreciation, Apology, Aha!


Applications for the Technology, Instruments, Guest Experiences and Resources (TIGER) Music Grant are being accepted through November 22nd. These grant awards fund the purchase of sheet music, risers, & the basics for music instruction. This opportunity is made possible through a donation from FACE Vocal Band.  Share this with your colleagues!  More information at Tiger and Intro Video.

BrainPOP Event

Happening Soon! Wednesday, November 13th, 4 pm -7 pm  – Join your fellow educators to explore BrainPOP’s new tools for Social-Emotional Learning and get hands-on with coding across the curriculum. More information and RSVP at Curiosity.

Trivia Corner

Veterans Day History – Share with your students any time of the year!

The WWI armistice between Germany and the Allied nations happened on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”.  There is more facts surrounding how our official Veterans Day came to be, visit Veterans Day Facts.

Your students can express their gratitude for our soldiers by writing a letter of thanks. View these sites for more information:
Express Your Gratitude
Support Our Troops


11/12 CS for ALL Webinar
11/13 BrainPoP
11/18 So COllapporative
12/1 InnEdCO Proposals Due
12/9  TLF

12/9-12/16 Hour of Code
1/14-1/17 FETC Conference
2/11-2/12 DigCitVirtual Congress
2/5-2/8    CCIRA
2/20-2/21 iLearn Collaborative

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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