The Learning Edge

October 2018

Colorado air has turned cool and snow is falling in some areas this week. October is parent/student-teacher conference month for many of you and for some Colorado districts – Fall Break is coming up!  As we transition from fall to winter, consider trying a new learning application with your students, or attend a collaborative meetup with fellow educators. Be brave, be bold, but don’t forget to take some time for yourself. Remember how awesome you truly are – positively impacting students’ lives every day!




ReadWorks  for better readers!  Articles, Vocabulary, Question Sets, Article-a-Day

FlipGrid  for student-centered learning, assessments and much more!

Chrome – Extensions, Apps, Oh My!   Great information from educator Kasey Bell


Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy

eCybermission web-based STEM competition  – Next Gen Standards


eCYBERMISSION, an Army Educational Outreach Program, is a free web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6–9. The program is committed to answering the nation’s need for increased national STEM literacy and to expanding STEM education opportunities across the country. eCYBERMISSION is looking for educators, community leaders, parents, and professionals interested in STEM to create teams of students. Complete the team registration by the deadline, and students will receive a free STEM Kit. Visit to register today.


Monthly Reminder – Register now for the Best Educator Social PD in Colorado! 

Educators need each other. We need one another for support, encouragement, and collaboration. We are each other’s greatest resource!

Join one or both  #COllapporative opportunities for networking and learning!   Meeting dates are below along with links to register.

Visit #COllapporative  for more information to join the learning and fun!

Two locations in Colorado: 
October 18th – Colorado Springs
October 25th – Denver Tech Center



CoSN Interoperability Maturity Model Released  

K-12 education hasn’t focused on interoperability—the seamless sharing of data content and services among systems and applications.  CoSN’s report, Working Together to Strategically Connect the K-12 Enterprise: Interoperability Standards for Education, will help district technology leaders understand why interoperability standards matter.

Interoperability Maturity Model
Interoperability Toolkit

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Visit Cybersecurity Resources for more information

Digital Citizenship Week October 15-19   

Common Sense Education resources for schools and families at Digital Citizenship Week

ISTE Digital Citizenship PLN Hosts Twitter Chat and provides resources at ISTE Blogs

CSEd Grant Deadline is 10/30/18

The Computer Science Grants for Teachers Program which funded approximately $440,000 in 2018 will continue in the 2018-19 fiscal year pursuant to CCR 301-100. Visit the web page linked below for information on how to submit a grant proposal for your school district.

Computer Science Teacher Education (CSEd) Grant Program

Tech Resource Blogs 

Cult of Pedagogy

This team of educators’ goal is to create “a vibrant, encouraging, stimulating community of teachers, supporting each other toward excellence.”  There are blog posts, videos, podcasts and more!  For example, read up on benefits and suggestions for Notetaking.

TCEA technotes publish blog submissions that provide useful information on learning applications and tools – Check this one out: Save FRED!  Take a look at the Extension Activities too!



10/12-10/14  Maker Faire Denver 

10/13 CommonSense Digital Citizenship Symposium, Casey Middle School, Boulder

10/16 ISTE Digital Citizenship Twitter Chat @DigCitPLN #DigCitCommit

10/18 So COllapporative, National Cybersecurity Center, Colorado Springs

10/20 Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire  – Pikes Peak 21C Library

10/25 COllapporative Microsoft, Denver Tech Center

10/19 Ed Technologists of Colorado (ETC) October Meeting, Adams 12  Five-Star Schools, Thornton  The agenda and more information can be found on the ETC Website.

11/3- 11/4 EdTech Team Google for Education Summit  Meadowlark School, Erie

11/10 Unplugged Computer Science and Plugged In Robotics, MindSpark, Lakewood



Protect Your Family’s Online Data 

Privacy Settings, Location Services, Passwords, Cameras & More

Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.


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