The Learning Edge

May 2020 #2


The fact that you worry about being a good teacher

means you already are one.

Jodi Picoult



Colorado Educators Rock!

Looking for Google applications or other tech tools to support your instruction? Visit the Google Site Bulldog Tech PD developed by Colorado educator, Linda Horne, Digital Learning Coach at Brighton 27J.  She has developed tutorials, learning supports, and application tips to help improve your technology integration practice. Peruse Presentations, Tech Tidbits, & Resources (on Wakelet). Enjoy your learning!

Interested in using Wakelet? Learn how with Richard Byrne of

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.

UCCS Instructional Technology Online Certification

This summer, the UCCS College of Education is offering four online instructional technology graduate courses, 12 credit hours, resulting in an Instructional Technology Certificate. The online courses are designed for educators of all levels/content areas to enhance their teaching methodologies. The program Visit UCCS Grad for more information. Classes begin June 15th.

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

Ditch That Textbook Podcast Episode #185

Listen to Matt Miller’s podcast for information on the Global EdTech Academy! A Free project from Microsoft and CUE – for Google users too!  Don’t miss presentations from Alice Keller, Michael Cohen, Holly Clark, and more! Go to Academy this summer!

ASCD & Monica Burns

Watch Monica Burns’s latest webinar sponsored by ASCD on  “Tailoring Classroom Technology Tips for Learning Outside the Classroom.”

Also, check out her numerous podcasts at CLASSTechTips

Edutopia Webinars

Whether you’re new to teaching online or a veteran, these six tips can help you make sure your students stay connected and immersed in learning. Keeping Students Engaged in Digital Learning

eNetLearning & CDLS – Online Learning Students & Educators

Check out the courses for educators offered by eNetLearning from Designing Blended Learning to Teaching Geography in the 21st Century. eNetLearning has courses you can easily take for credit. eNetLearning, a project of the Colorado BOCES Association and Foundation in partnership with the Centennial BOCES.

For Students: Colorado Digital Learning Solutions (CDLS) offers a fast-paced 8 week semester during the summer.  The summer courses  – Only $25 – cover the full semester of content, condensed into an eight-week timeline.

CDE Draft School Year Planning Toolkit

CDE has developed a DRAFT 2020-21 School Year Planning Framework and Toolkit consisting of five areas: Health and Safety, Continuity of Learning, Conditions for Learning, Planning and Communications, and Policy and Funding. The site will change based on updated data and feedback which you can provide at Broader Feedback.

CDE Learning at Home

The Colorado Department of Education has developed a list of remote learning resources by categories for educators and families. Visit   CDE Learning at Home

iLearn Blended Learning Certification

The Fast Track Teacher Prep Program for Blended Learning is being offered for two summer sessions:
June 3rd – July 3rd  &  July 8th – August 8th

Three-week and four-week options – Visit Fast Track for more info.   ONLY $75/enrollment for 28 PD hours and $100/enrollment for 32 PD hours. Two graduate university credits can be earned from Univ Northern Colorado @ $65/credit.

Fast Track Program for registration and visit PD courses for other iLearn Courses.

You can access the demo student digital courses by using this login:,
Username: dcwdemo
Password: DCW_001

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 June 4th,  Becoming a Learning System in Challenging Times.  Visit Colorado Learning Forward for info.

Live WebCams – Summer Learning

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

A New Way Forward Summit #2

Create a Learner-Centered Future! A free virtual summit for educators, parents, and students who are ready to explore creating a Learner-Centered Future! Summit 1 features Katie Martin, student Maya Green, Yong Zhao, and Dr. Scott McLeod (CU-Denver). Recorded & on Demand! Summit 2, May 28th Register Now to receive the archived link!

Flipgrid Live

Join Flipgrid on June 29th, for their annual educator celebration and launch party. Flipgrid will unveil their “biggest Flipgrid updates”, and “bring special guests, awards, and surprises to your home!” Register at FlipGrid Live

Learning Webinars EdWeb.Net is an award-winning professional learning network that 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.

Coming up on June 2nd, Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Supports

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 Summer Series

Mark your calendars for a don’t miss event! InnEdCO invites you to join the free community Summer Series, June 15th – 18th with Katie Martin.   Join your fellow colleagues from Colorado school districts to share experiences, learn, grow, and reflect on best practices.  Registration

CS Mines Scratch Meet-up

CS Mines is offering a free Scratch Meet-up via Zoom, May 28th, 3-5 pm. Featuring Laura Peters (Harvard ScratchEd team). Breakout sessions too! 10 Scratch Blocks Challenge, Video Sensing, and more! Zoom Link and PW  660904

SLJ Webcast On-Demand

Take a break this summer & Tune in to SLJ’s webcast series, register to receive the On-Demand link to view. Most recent topics: It’s About Equity! Let’s Tackle Information Poverty & Critical Thinking in the Age of Fake News

In honor of all students and their imaginations – Keep on Thinking!

Wes Tank raps Dr. Seuss to Dr. Dre Beats


6/5  Colorado OER Virtual
6/15-6/18 InnEdCO Summer Series
6/21-6/25 NICERC Minneapolis Virtual
6/29 FlipGrid Live

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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Christine Schein
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