The Learning Edge

October 2020 #2

Mr. Wixard’s Water Cooler

We are closing in on the end of October and snow has flown a few times! Make sure you are ready for colder weather and read up on winter travel preparation at CDOT Winter Weather Driving. Even if you are working remotely and not driving as much, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

Last week, was Digital Citizenship Week!  Although this is a “week” celebration, I am a firm believer that integrating digital citizenship opportunities and discussions for students is necessary throughout the year. There are a plethora of resources for you – visit my earlier post at Learning Digital Citizenship for ideas, activities, and resources to develop digital citizenship  If you have more resources to share with the learning community, please send them to me via DigCit Resources.  I will be sure to add it!

APP NEWS – Flipgrid Updates!

Flipgrid just keeps on getting better!
Below are just some of the new updates
and offerings from them. Keep informed on Flipgrid updates by subscribing to their newsletter at FlipGrid News

Text Comments To further engage your learning community, students can now reply with text comments to any video in Flipgrid. Empower your students’ voices! Learn more about text comments here. 

Flipgrid and Canvas Integration  Using the Canvas Learning Management platform? Flipgrid has collaborated with Canvas to connect the two platforms and make it easier for educators to share Flipgrid directly with their Canvas students. Read more about how to do this at Flipgrid Support

Flipgrid Discovery Library With over 25,000 topics, you can find ideas, inspiration and ready-to-use discussion prompts! Watch the video below and visit the Flipgrid blog at Find Inspiration.  In your Flipgrid account, click on the Discovery tab to locate the Topic of the Day, Wonder of the Day, and partners such as the MET, Wonderopolis, Minecraft, and many more! I can get lost on this site!

CSV Domain Upload  You can now upload a CSV file of all the domains you’d like to have access to your Topic.

Additional digital learning resources/apps can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy.

What’s Your Favorite App?

What is your current go-to app or website that has created powerful learning experiences for your students, specifically during the transition to remote learning? Share your favorites at What’s Your App?   Your app will be shared in future Learning Edge Newsletters in APP NEWS!

ISTE News 

Read great articles on ISTE’s Blog – The most recent blog posts focus on Media Literacy – Teaching Fact vs Fiction. Just in time for Media Literacy Week, October 26-30.

ISTE is offering its course, Digital Citizenship in Action at 60% off in honor of Digital Citizenship Month! Info & registration More ISTE courses at ISTE U.

National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with Arts Midwest, is taking applications for grants for NEA Big Read project between September 2021 and June 2022. NEA Big Read program is a community-wide read of one of a selection of titles, book discussions, and local book-inspired events. The deadline for grant applications is January 27, 2021. A webinar for applicants will be held on Thursday, November 12 at 1 p.m. ET. Click here to register. Visit Arts Midwest’s website for application details.

Bookmarks Series Netflix

ALSC partnered with Netflix in support of Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, a collection of 12 episodes featuring prominent Black celebrities and artists reading children’s books from Black authors. Visit Bookmarks to view the episodes and to access links to additional resources. Videos are also available for free without a subscription on the Netflix Jr. YouTube page.

Digital Literacy  

Learn how to help your students be digital literacy masters in this virtual event “Here, There, and Everywhere” put on by TCEA, MACUL, and other ed-tech organizations. Featured speakers include Keynote Mike Ribble and Dr. Kristen Mattson. The event takes place in the evening and on-demand. November 18-December 9, 2020. Priced at just $29, and open to any educator.  Learn more and Register now to save your spot!

Edutopia Videos for Educators

Edutopia, consistently provides us with new and timely videos. The newest video is Letting Students Lead With Their Identity with Karen Pittman.

Bitmoji Classrooms

And more on Bitmoji Classrooms! For a quick and easy start watch the tutorial from Kathryn Panczner below. Check out the Facebook groups too at Teaching with Neons and Bitmoji Craze for Educators

GoNoodle Happiness for You! 

Collaboration Learning Burst

Join the inaugural  Collaborating During Stressful Times Learning Burst, a one-hour-a-week blended learning opportunity for 4 weeks, and earn CE credit! It’s Free too! In this first course offering, you will learn with and from one another on collaborating with others, especially during stressful times. The course will open on November 1st. For more information to register visit Learning Burst. Join the collaboration!

Shine-a-Light Webinars

CU Denver’s LDT-Library Program and Colorado State Library have partnered in a new series of webinars, Shine-a-Light: Spotlight on Innovative Practices. The first session, featured Tasha Tolbert, Teacher Librarian & Learning Coach.  Tasha shares her education passion and discusses her innovative role as a Learning Skills Coach. You are sure to be inspired!  To view the first webinar in the series visit the Zoom recording at Shine-a-Light. The password is 19Oct20. Look for more information to come on the next Shine-a-Light!

Let’s Talk Media Literacy

You are invited to the Let’s Talk Media Literacy hour at the Colorado State Library, on Wednesday, October 28. Celebrate National Media Literacy Week! For more information visit Let’s Talk.

Apple Tech Update for Education Webinar

Join Apple System Engineers and Education Leadership Executives as they highlight the latest iPadOS and MacOS features for education. Don’t miss this opportunity to see new features in action and connect with Apple to help you get the most from Apple devices in your school. Register at one of the following options:
October 27: 9:00 AM – 10:30 am MDT
October 29: 01:00 PM – 02:30 pm MDT

Check out the Apple Education Learning Series too!

CodeHouse Tech Exposure Day

The goal at CodeHouse has always been to “expose Black and Latinx high school students to careers and pathways in the tech ecosystem.” The Tech Exposure Day: Virtual Field Trip is coming up on November 12th! Learn more about this amazing opportunity and how you can register your students at CodeHouse.

Samsung Grant

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest for students grades 6-12, is taking applications to win part of a prize valued at $2 million in technology and supplies. Teachers submit student project ideas using project-based learning to tackle local and national issues. New to this year’s contest, Samsung will offer teachers who register two professional development opportunities through MindSpark Learning. Deadline to apply is 12/13. For more information or to apply, visit

CDE Educator Training

CDE K-3 Reading Training

Just a reminder from the last newsletter – Colorado school districts are required to ensure all Kindergarten through 3rd-grade teachers complete evidence-based training in teaching reading by the 2021-22 school year. CDE is offering training options to meet this requirement. Visit CDE READING for more information.

SPARK Newsletter

Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes. The Colorado Department of Education also offers many electronic publications for you. You can sign up by visiting the CDE Communications Office homepage:

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


11/1  Learning Burst Course
11/5   SLJ & LJ Library Con Live
11/5 National Literacy Summit
11/7 – 11/8 Learning & Brain  Social/Emotional

11/29 – 12/5 ISTE Virtual 
1/26 – 1/29  FETC
2/1  – 2/5     TCEA 
6/27-30       ISTE2021

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