Learning Edge October 2019 #2

Fall, known as the season of change, provides us with an opportunity (or excuse!) to try something new and leave behind what isn’t working for our students.  Be bold and give a new app a try, listen to a podcast, attend a webinar or a networking event. Let your students explore  – escape the ordinary and enjoy new learning adventures!

Don’t forget it is Digital Citizenship Month, Bullying Prevention Month, Dyslexia Awareness Month, and Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Need some resources? Check out the Learning Edge editions at October 2019 & Dyslexia Awareness at the Colorado Virtual Library.



CommonSense Education offers a great list of middle school reading apps and websites – visit CSE Apps for the list.

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, highlights the EduMagic Podcasts for future teachers by host, Dr. Sam Fecich. She interviews preservice teachers and current teachers and administrators who share tips and stories to help preservice teachers become educators of excellence. Check out more at EduMagic and for the most recent podcast, listen to Emily Sattler – 6 Ed Tech Tools for Your Teacher Toolbelt.

It’s National Media Literacy Week

NAMLE – the National Association of Media Literacy Education leads the efforts to coordinate the media literacy week which highlights the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today. For resources visit Media Literacy Week.

The News Literacy Project offers a free newsletter, The Sift®, published on Mondays during the school year – Subscribe.  Resources for educators can be found at NLP Educators.

Checkology   –  Engaging, interactive lessons help educators (free version available) equip their students with the tools to evaluate and interpret the news and to learn how to decide what news and information to trust, share and act on.

Dyslexia Awareness Month

For more information and resources view Dyslexia Awareness Month

#UntilEveryoneCanRead  #DyslexiaAroundTheWorld

The Economist Intelligence Unit: Skills of the Future

“Schools play a crucial role in preparing students for the jobs ahead of them, but what skills will the next workforce need?” Read the Google-sponsored research at the Economist Intelligence Unit: Skills of the Future.

CS For All Webinars

Join the CS For All webinar 11/13 @ 5:30 pm, What does a CS Classroom Look Like in Elementary School?  The webinar will include lesson ideas and strategies, physical setup of rooms, etc.  Visit the meeting room at CS adobe connect.

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week takes place from 10/23 to 10/31. This week is designed to educate youth about drug prevention. It was first sponsored by the National Family Partnership in 1988. Check out these resources at Planning Guide. Monica Burns shares additional Red Ribbon Week resources at Lesson Plans.

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?

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

NASA Express Your STEM Connection

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community at NASA Express Blog

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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.

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 for Educators

Jessica Hamman of Glean Education provides tech tools in this article Creating a Dysgraphia-Classroom – Six Ways to Support Students with Dysgraphia.

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

Brain-Based Learning & Dyslexia

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 Day in Tech History

On October 18, 1985, The Nintendo Entertainment System, along with the Robotic Operating Buddy (R.O.B.) and the Zapper light gun are released in New York. Eighteen games were available, two of which came bundled with the system: Duck Hunt and Super Mario Brothers.

To Geek Out some more, find out what else happened in tech history at 365 Days of Tech.


11/2-11/3 EdTech Summit, Arvada
11/5-11/6 Skype-a-Thon
11/12 CS For All Webinar
11/15  TLF
11/18 So COllapporative
12/1 InnEdCO Proposals Due

12/9-12/16 Hour of Code
1/14-1/17 FETC Conference
2/11-2/12 DigCit Commitment Virtual 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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