Learning Edge September 2019 #2

Embrace who you are and take time for yourself, your colleagues, and your students. Listen to Chuck Poole’s Podcast at Teachonomy Talks and learn how to Be Like Bentley. You Matter!!

Two Minute Timeout For Teachers with Chuck from Teachonomy Talks – Be Like Bentley!

Educator Cornelius Minor speaks on the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be


This comic creator app is suggested by Dr. Monica Burns to provide a creative way for students to demonstrate their learning. Read about it at Using Comics in the Classroom.

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

Teachonomy podcasts are a feature of the Education Podcast Network  – Podcasts that “encourages you to think about your profession and succeed in the world of education.”  Check out Chuck Poole  podcasts at Teachonomy Talks.

DigCit Week Oct 14-18

For Digital Citizenship Week, Common Sense Media has packaged #digcitweek teaching activities for grades K–12. “Use the materials to help students think critically about what they see online, understand the benefits and risks of sharing information, and balance screen time with other activities.”

Join the TPS Teachers Network

Join the network to learn how you can better use digital primary sources connected to the standards.

Inquiry learning based with Content Focus Groups, Analysis Tools, lesson & activity ideas and more. “The TPS Teachers Network has an equal exchange of ideas. You know it’s not a place where you’re being judged.”  Learn more at TPS.

National Geographic News

National Geographic is calling all educators to join their Educator Network at NG ED.  “Join a community of educators committed to inspiring the next generation of planetary stewards.” NG also offers NG Free Online Courses 

FlipGrid AR

Flipgrid videos can be viewed in augmented reality with FlipgridAR! Add QR codes to your student’s artwork or within books, scan using the Flipgrid app, and watch the video come to life! Check out other new features at the FlipGrid Blog.

Adventure Awaits!  InnEdCO 2020

InnEdCO 2020 planning is well underway! Session proposal submissions will be accepted for review beginning in October and registration will open in November! Look for more info in upcoming Learning Edge Newsletters and at #WE ARE INNEDCO

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?

Denver Botanic Gardens offers a variety of resources just for teachers. Visit their site at Schools & Teachers  and  Denver Botanic Gardens Professional Development for Educators

EduCon 2020 Proposals

EduCon 2020 launches with the theme of “Authenticity,”  at a new conference space in Philadelphia. Submit proposals by November 1, 2019. Learn more or register at EduCon.

Dream Summit @ Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek is hosting the DREAM Summit at Cherokee Trail High School on Saturday, October 5th. Their goal is to inspire educators to achieve the classroom of their dreams. The summit will include a keynote from Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., and other inspiring educators. More information & Registration at Dream.

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 – Assessment & Feedback

More assessment ideas this month from Edutopia with the video below on Interview Assessments and  Develop Confidence Through Delayed Grading  & TAG Feedback

Colorado Educator Network – COllapporative 2019 Kickoff

#COllapporative kicks off its 2019-2020 year with two networking locations!

COllapporative will host its Appy Hour at Two Penguins, Centennial, September 30th at 4:30 pm.

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 hope to see you at either location or both!  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!

Attend READ Act Monthly Webinars

CDE is conducting monthly webinars to keep educators and other stakeholders informed of the changes in the READ Act. This month’s webinar will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. Join via Zoom. Webinar topics will include Early Literacy Grant rules, evaluator request for proposals and the rulemaking process overview. CDE will continue to communicate information through The Scoop, the READ Act section of the website and the READ communication list. Sign up for the list distributions via Survey Monkey.

Ed Tech Tools for First Year

Common Sense Education recommended ed-tech tools for first-year educators – visit CS Tools

New Maker Learning Framework

Digital Promise, an ed-tech nonprofit, has revamped their Maker Learning Leadership Framework, designed to grow maker learning in education.  Take a look at Digital Promise Maker for resources and at their Maker Maturity Model.

Trivia Corner – Autumn Equinox

September 23, 2019, was the autumnal equinox  – commonly known as the first day of fall.  On the day of an equinox, every part of the world day sees almost exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness due to the position of the Earth’s axis. In the Northern Hemisphere, the autumnal equinox falls about September 22 or 23, as the Sun crosses the celestial equator going south. In the Southern Hemisphere, the equinox occurs on March 20 or 21, when the Sun moves north across the celestial equator.



9/24 CSTA Meeting
9/27 ISTE Proposals due
9/30 COllapporative Denver
9/29 CSTA Deadline to submit
10/5 Dream Summit

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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