The Learning Edge

October 2018 #2

At the October 2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education in Denver, Jamie Meade, COS of Battelle for Kids , spoke on the importance of hope for students. She referenced Dr. Shane Lopez and GALLUP Student Poll findings that the level of students’ hope for their own future is a more robust predictor of college success than are high school GPA, SAT, ACT scores.  The three-prong approach to student hope includes Agency – Pathways – Goals.    You can find out more about building hope for students at ASCD Publications and educational leadership



One of my all-time favorite screen recorders is  Screencastify! The light version is free – Add it to your digital toolbox using the Chrome extension. Use it with your students!

  • 10-minute recording limit per video
  • 50 videos per month
  • Desktop, browser tab or webcam capture
  • Narrate with your microphone’s audio
  • Embed your webcam into your screencast

Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy

Device Free Dinner 



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

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!

Upcoming in  Colorado:

November  27, Denver Tech Center

December 4th – Odyssey Elementary, Colorado Springs

50 Ways to Measure Understanding

by Terry Heick

How do you measure what a student understands?  Learn some different ways you may not have tried to assess student learning!

Free Hour of Code Workshop at mindSpark Learning

Thursday, November 1st   5:00 PM  – 8:00 PM

  • Support in shaping and designing your own Hour of Code event
  • Discuss how you can get your whole school involved
  • Plan strategies that engage stakeholders in your community
  • Design methods that work to reach students and their families


Attend a Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Capstone Symposium

Join Northeast BOCES and CDE’s Office of Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness (PWR) to explore implementation strategies, lessons learned and student work from schools in the region concerning PWR. The symposium will be from 1-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Northeast BOCES Office, 301 W. Powell St., Haxtun. View more information and find the registration link on the event flyer (PDF).

Hour of Code

December 3-9, 2018

Top Tech Trends Fall 2018

Register here – School Library Journal/ISTE Webcasts

Digital Citizenship for Tweens and Teens, November 8th

Digital Equity: You Can Help Level the Playing Field in Schools & Libraries, December 6th

Microsoft Skype-a-Thon November 13-14 

“Nearly half a million students, teachers, and guest experts will connect via Skype to see how many virtual miles we can travel around the world in 48 hours.

Our mission is to open hearts and minds by raising awareness of different cultures, values, and perspective, and to help support a quality education for thousands of student around the world”

Tomorrow! 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

Computer Science Content Standards  9-12

Computer Science Resource Bank

K-8 Computer Science Standards guidance from Colorado District Leaders.


4 Tips for Assessing Digital Literacy in the Classroom from The Teaching Channel [broken link removed 17-Nov-2021]

Edu Tech Chats

Microsoft is offering Edu Tech Chats at Harrison School District on November 15th. For more information view the flyer at EDU TECH  REGISTER AT EDU TECH CHATS


11/1  Free Hour of Code training at MindSpark Learning

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

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

11/13-11/14 Skype-a- thon

11/15  Microsoft Edu Tech Chats, Harrison School District

11/27 COllapporative Microsoft, Denver Tech Center

12/4  So COllapporative, Odyssey Elementary, Colorado Springs

12/3 – 12/4 Hour of Code week

2/6 – 2/9 CCIRA 2019 conference Championing Literacy  Marriott Denver Tech Center

2/22 – 2/23 iLearn 2019 Conference   Submit a Proposal by 11/26/18


Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from

Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.


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