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 eCYBERMISSION.com 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.
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
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.
Tech Resource Blogs
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.
UPCOMING EDUCATOR EVENTS
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.
11/10 Unplugged Computer Science and Plugged In Robotics, MindSpark, Lakewood
DIGITAL LITERACY IDEA OF THE MONTH
Privacy Settings, Location Services, Passwords, Cameras & More
Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.