Learning Edge October #1

Fall has arrived and as quite typical for Colorado in October there is a forecast for snow this week in many parts of the state.  Make sure your car is prepared for winter travel! October is also honored to hold a number of national awareness events, including Digital Citizenship Month, Bullying Prevention Month, Dyslexia Awareness Month, and Cybersecurity Awareness Month. These are highlighted in the sections below. If you need more events to focus on, check out the Trivia Corner at the bottom of the page.

It’s also Positive Attitude Month!


TCEA shares Five Free Tools to Create Educational Videos – read the article at TCEA Blog

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

The Burned in Teacher Podcasts,  a feature of the Education Podcast Network, with Amber Harper delivers podcasts that discuss teacher burnout and how to turn it around to becoming “Burned In”.

Join Amber Harper with Season 3, Episode 41, Begin Where You Are At.

DigCit Week Oct 14-18

Amplify your students’ voices and give them ownership of their digital lives –

Peruse the video discussion activities developed by Common Sense Media at CS Activities.  “Add a daily dose of digital citizenship to your week with the Digital Citizens (they’re a band!). These fun characters help young students learn about healthy media habits.”  There are video activities for all ages.

ISTE Announces Coalition for DigCitCommit Educator Challenge

The Digital Citizenship Commitment campaign (DigCitCommit) has been launched with the goal of redefining digital citizenship and reaching 1 million students by 2021. The campaign will engage educators, allow for the sharing of best practices and provide them with the tools to teach a new definition of digital citizenship and well-being. Read the announcement at ISTE Press.

Learn more about the Coalition at DigCitCommit.

Digital Citizenship Commitment Virtual Congress

The DigCitCommit coalition also announced the first Digital Citizenship Commitment Virtual Congress Feb. 11-12, 2020. The free virtual event will showcase educators and students who demonstrate effective digital citizenship based on the five competencies. Programming and registration will launch in tandem with the coalition’s celebration of Digital Citizenship Week in October.

International Dyslexia Awareness Month  #UntilEveryoneCanRead  #DyslexiaAroundTheWorld

Governor Polis has issued a proclamation for Colorado as Dyslexia Awareness Month  #edcolo #READingCO

For more information and resources view Dyslexia Awareness Month

Student Podcasting

The Student Podcast PODCAST, at Listenwise, founded by Monica Brady-Myerov, is a podcast featuring great student podcasts!  Each week the PODCAST highlights students’ work and includes teachers’ challenges and successes of podcasting with their students. “We believe elevating students’ voices beyond the classroom and sharing the lesson process will inspire others to get podcasting with their classes!”  You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Spotify.

Resources from Listenwise to support Student Podcasting

KQED Learn Discussions

KQED Learn is a free platform for middle and high school students to tackle big issues and build their media literacy and critical thinking skills in a supportive environment. “We bring you a new topic every other week to discuss with students inside your classroom and from schools around the country.”

Tierney Classroom Tech Tour

The Tierney k-12 Education team is touring the U.S. to showcase the latest classroom technology solutions. You can attend at one of their locations, visit Tech Tour for more information.

Join the Global #GridPals Celebration… 

During this 48-hour event, thousands of scholars will “travel” around the world via Skype, Teams, and Flipgrid to share their cultures, ideas, questions, and more! Learn more about the entire event and for tips on how you can participate at the Microsoft Education Blog.    #MSFTGlobalConnect

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?

Online bullying has real-world consequences, and young software engineer Trisha Prabhu saw a way to help by inventing a tool called ReThink that asks people, before they send a hurtful message, if they really want to say that. Listen to the story of this clever invention.  You can get the app at ReThink App Google Play.  Her original TEdEdStudent talk is at ReThink.

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 in upcoming Learning Edge Newsletters and at #WE ARE INNEDCO

EDTech Team Colorado Summit

The EdTechTeam Colorado Summit is your opportunity to get creative with the latest strategies and tools in educational technology. This year it will be held at Arvada West High School – Arvada, CO, November 2 & 3, 2019. More information at CO Summit and Register at EDTech

Colorado Educator Network – COllapporative 2019 Kickoff

So COllapporative will kick off the 2019-2020 school year at Grand Mountain School at Widefield School District, October 15th at 4:30 pm. Food and beverages will be provided.  Register at So-COllapporative. You may also contact schein_c@cde.state.co.us for more information.

We look forward to seeing you on October 15th!  Please visit/join our Facebook group for more details and to stay in the know!

READAct Conference

The 5th Annual READAct conference is designed to support the implementation of evidence-based reading instruction. The focus will be on direct and explicit instruction for all students including English learners, emerging readers, and struggling readers. The conference will be held in Grand Junction on Thursday and Friday, October 10th and 11th, 2019.  You can register at READAct Conference. I hope to see you there!

Free Arduino Workshop at Widefield SD

Coding in Action is an after school coding club that culminates with a competition, serving grades 3-5.  Widefield School District 3 is hosting a FREE Arduino workshop on December 7, 2019, from 8 am to 12 pm to help coaches and teams get ready for the competition. Coaches can attend alone or they can bring their teams. Attendees will learn how to set up and program LED lights and RGB LED lights with an Arduino board.  More information and registration at Coding in Action.

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 – YouTube Channel

Edutopia’s YouTube Channel provides excellent videos for educator learning and discussion. Visit Edutopia YouTube

CS for All Exploring Computer Science Webinar

Are you teaching ECS and could use some support? On October 17th, join CS for All Teachers Community Ambassador, Tina Boyle Whyte, and her co-presenters, Dan Rhode and Amy Fetherston, for an engaging discussion where you’ll explore the curriculum for the entire year.  Visit ECS Webinar for more information.

OpenSciEd NGSS Middle School Units

OpenSciEd was launched to improve the supply of and address the demand for high-quality, open-source, full-course science instructional materials. In this recording, Jim Ryan, Executive Director of OpenSciEd, shares a one-hour introduction to the OpenSciEd organization and the newly-released units. He discusses the publicly available materials themselves, the OpenSciEd project and development process, and a timeline for releasing a full middle school program. See the recently released OpenSciEd units, which were reviewed by Achieve’s Science Peer Review Panel.  Resources and info at Instructional materials.

National Bullying Prevention Month

Since 2006, schools and organizations across the country have joined in observing National Bullying Prevention Month in October. The goal is to encourage schools, communities & organizations to work together to stop bullying including cyberbullying.  Resources for educators, students, parents, and the community can be found at STOMP Out Bullying ™, Stop Bullying.Gov , Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention.

Trivia Corner – October Celebrations

October is also Bilingual Child Month, National Dropout Prevention Month, National Go On a Field Trip Month.  Check out what else to celebrate in October at National Day Calendar. On the lighter side, it is also National Pretzel, Pizza, and Cookie Month!


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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