May 2020 #1


Remember, we are in new territory, take care of yourself physically & just as important, take care of yourself emotionally.

Every journey begins with a simple step

Keep it Simple

Hope – May the 4th of May always be with you!


Kami and Google Meet

Use Kami to work collaboratively on a pdf document in Google Meet – Kami is a PDF & document annotation app for schools – “Improve engagement and interaction in the classroom with Kami as your digital pen and paper.”

Eric Kurts Control Alt Achieve

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

Partial Credit is the podcast that brings together education, pop-culture, and shenanigans!

Project Learning Tree

Environmental Education for K-8: May 28, June 4, & June 11. A virtual PLT workshop that pairs self-paced online training with live Zoom sessions lead by PLT facilitators

When: Thursdays May 28th-June 11th, 4:30-6:30 pm via weekly Zoom sessions will connect participants to share ideas, ask questions, and dive deeper into self-paced online PLT K-8 training Cost: $35  Check out the workshop flyer and register by May 21st**first come, first served- space is limited.

iLearn Collaborative Free Offers

iLearn is offering free PD sessions & 3-week courses to teachers from their catalog. Available Through Friday, May 15th, visit their website at iLearn PD link to sign up for a free PD course. You choose the date to start and you can earn up to 30 PD clock hours. You can find their Course Catalog here.

Also available – Free Full-Length Student Online Courses, grades 3-12. Visit their course catalog at Digital Content Warehouse course catalog and sign up at Student Course link

Distance/Remote Learning

The Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado State Library have gathered a plethora of resources for you and the students and families you support. You can find these at the sites linked below:

CDE Learning at Home – The Colorado Department of Education has developed a list of remote learning resources by category.
Colorado State Library Resources & Stay-Cation for parents and students
Distance/Remote Learning Resources for educators and families


Looking for ideas to help kids play and learn at home while limiting screen time during the coronavirus crisis, check out Capstone’s collection of free printables and educational activities.

Apply for the 2020 Aerospace Teacher Academy 

Colorado rural teachers are invited to submit applications to attend the free 2020 Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) Teacher Academy July 20-25 in Durango.  Teachers will receive tools & lessons that can be implemented in their classrooms to inform students about what is happening in the space industry. Continuing education credit & scholarships are available. For additional information, including application details, visit the CSBE Aerospace Teacher Academy webpage.

SLJ Webcast Series

Tune into SLJ’s webinar – Critical Thinking in the Age of Fake News on May 14th.  “Students need nimble critical thinking skills to decipher the ever-evolving landscape of fabricated and biased news reporting across platforms and apps.”  Learn about the latest teaching tools and strategies. Register at SLJ Webcasts. look for previous webcasts, available on demand.

Virtual EOY for Students

Concordia University Texas has developed grade level ideas to end the school year virtually with a P.A.R.T.Y.  Designed by Erin Warham, MSCTE & Alex Herron, EdD, the activities to honor the end of the school year have elements of Play, Art, Read/Role Play, Treat, and Year-End.  Visit their site at Concordia P.A.R.T.Y to view these great ideas!



Ben Graves, a science teacher from Delta & a  Grosvenor Teacher Fellow with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education, shares how to make simple videos for students. Read his blog written after his expedition to Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic.

Strategy Share: How to Make Simple Videos to Transport Your Students and Transform Their Learning

Professional Learning Calendar

Looking for school library-related PD opportunities, visit the Wyoming State Library Calendar for a plethora of ideas – go to Library PLC

Learning Forward Colorado

Learning Forward offers virtual professional learning events to “leverage the power of professional learning to affect positive and lasting change.” Next up on May 14th – Collaboration at the Core webinar. Visit Colorado Learning Forward for info.

Live WebCams

Share live WebCams with your students to observe and journal. Find connections and differences to their own environment and where they live. For options, peruse National Geographic’s list at World Live Cams and at EarthCams

LOOM Free For Educators!

Loom, an easy video recording app, has announced that they are offering Loom Pro free for educators! Visit Loom for more information and get your free account to start creating amazing videos. Please Note from Loom: “First off you’ll be granted a 30-day Loom Pro free trial while Loom verifies your education email. Once verified, you will receive an email to confirm your account status has changed to education. This may take some time so please bear with us during this time.”

Library of Congress Hip Hop App

DJ at Citizen Lab In Beta

LC Labs  A place to encourage innovation with Library of Congress digital collections

FETC 2021

FETC is moving forward with conference planning for January 26-29, 2021. You can submit a proposal to share your knowledge at FETC 2021

Wes Tank raps Dr. Seuss to Dr. Dre Beats

Share with your students! A great way to engage students with read-alouds!

Learning Webinars EdWeb.Net is an award-winning professional learning network provides free webinars and professional learning communities for educators! Take a look at the webinars coming up – from SEL at a Distance to Differentiating online at EdWeb Net. You can also access their archives by creating an account at EdWeb Archives.

Teach & Connect Common Sense Education

Common Sense has put together a number of resources to “Help Families and Teachers Manage Distance Learning”

Wide Open School Get curated guides to help students learn and explore every day
New Video Series Episodes of Distance Learning with Common Sense explore strategies and best practices
Virtual Learning Tools Tools & tips to run an effective virtual classroom

InnEdCO Meets & Summer Series

Mark your calendars! InnEdCO invites you to join the free community Summer Series, June 15th – 18th with Katie Martin. More info coming soon!

Don’t forget the next ‘Meeting the Moment’ Google Meet series on May 14th. Join the conversation & register at  InnEdCO Meets.

Netflix Educational Videos

For many years, Netflix has allowed teachers to screen documentaries in their classrooms, now Netflix offers its educational videos on a YouTube Playlist for educators, students, and parents. Visit Netflix Ed

Some Good News


5/14 InnEdCO Meets
5/21 CoSN Virtual
6/5  Colorado OER Virtual
6/15-6/18 InnEdCO Summer Series
6/21-6/25 NICERC Minneapolis Virtual

7/12-7/17 CSTA Virtual
8/3-8/4 MTSS Summit
11/14 – 11/ RockCS @ Adams 12
11/28-12/1 ISTE Anaheim
1/26-1/29 FETC

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:

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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