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Business Identity Theft

Identity theft doesn’t just target individuals — businesses are also vulnerable to these types of crimes. Hijackers can steal financial information from businesses in order to pose as that business to establish lines of credit or make fraudulent purchases. How can your business protect itself from identity theft and cyber crimes? Three Colorado state agencies […]

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Transportation Network Companies

How does the State of Colorado regulate digitally-networked transportation companies like Uber and Lyft? The Colorado Legislative Council has just published a new Issue Brief that explores this topic. Here you can learn about the many differences between transportation network companies (TNCs) and traditional taxicabs, including driver requirements, safety inspections, and how the companies set […]

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Tips for Flying Drones in Colorado

Whether for fun or for business, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, are a hot new tool that’s growing in popularity. But before you set your drone in flight, you should be aware of safety precautions, laws and regulations, and insurance information. The Colorado Department of Transportation’s website contains a helpful webpage, Fly […]

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Tips for Avoiding Cyber Scams

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. What can you do to avoid being a victim of cyber crime? Criminals are increasingly using the internet to target victims, either to steal their identities or scam them out of a lot of money – or both. Below are some common types of cyber fraud, and tips to […]

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Computer Science Resource Bank

There’s no question that computer science is becoming an increasingly important subject in today’s schools. If you’re a computer science teacher, be sure to check out the Colorado Department of Education’s new Computer Science Resource Bank. Here you’ll find “a variety of materials for computer science educators, including standards, curricula, and materials for professional educator […]

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Open Educational Resources

Good news for students and professors! On Monday Gov. Hickenlooper signed HB18-1331, a bi-partisan bill that encourages “expanding the use of open educational resources at public institutions of higher education.”  Open educational resources, or OERs, are “high-quality teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual […]

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Colorado Digital Learning Day

Governor Hickenlooper has declared today, Friday, February, 16, as Colorado Digital Learning Day.  This day highlights the important role of technology in today’s learning landscape.  The proclamation states in part that “Digital Learning Day will encourage teachers, students, schools, parents, policymakers, and the public to participate in activities that promote discussion about innovative learning practices.” […]

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Student Data Privacy

The Colorado Department of Education takes many precautions to protect students’ privacy and limit the availability of personally identifiable information.  To learn more, check out the following resources outlining the steps CDE is taking to ensure your children’s privacy: Checklist for Data Sharing Agreements Data Collection Review  Definitions and Review Processes, Agreements Disclosing Personally Identifiable […]

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Online Schools

Are you considering enrolling your child in a K-12 online program?  If so, there are many resources from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) that you can use to find the right school for your child’s needs.  CDE’s Blended and Online Learning webpage offers a wealth of information on the topic, including lists of programs, […]

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Colorado Judicial Learning Center

The State of Colorado’s judicial branch offers a fun, unique way for all ages to learn about the state’s judicial processes — the Judicial Learning Center.  Developed in partnership with the Colorado Supreme Court Library, “the Learning Center is a 4,000-square-foot museum-style space that is full of interactive, fun, and informative exhibits,” according to their […]

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October 10 is Electronic Records Day!

This coming Saturday, October 10, is Electronic Records Day, where we recognize the importance of preserving our digital heritage and making our history more accessible online.  Aside from recognizing the benefits of preservation and access, Electronic Records Day also promotes the preservation of the electronic records themselves, which can deteriorate or become unreadable over time […]

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Data Breaches and Identity Theft

Several high-profile data breaches of retailers have occurred recently, so this holiday shopping season, be aware of how to protect yourself and your money.  Several state publications can help you prepare or recover from data breaches and/or identity theft. What should I do if a data breach occurs at a place I have shopped or […]

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Go Code Colorado

Got an idea for an app?  Then the State of Colorado’s new Go Code Colorado contest is for you.  Sponsored by the Governor’s Office and the Colorado Secretary of State, the competition “is an apps challenge designed to make public data more accessible and user-friendly.  Teams of developers and entrepreneurs across the state will compete […]

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Colorado Byways Mobile App

Next time you travel aroud the state by car, be sure to download the new Colorado Scenic Byways Guide mobile app, available now from the Colorado Tourism Office.  (You can download the app here.)  The app can be used to find the locations of official Scenic and Historic Byways around the state, as well as for […]

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Colorado History Exhibits – Online

Did you know that you can visit the History Colorado Center’s exhibits without ever leaving your chair?  They have set up an Online Exhibits website where you can go to view exhibits on Colorado History which tie in with the actual exhibits in the museum.  The online exhibits are fun and interactive, and while geared […]

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Internet Speed Test

The State of Colorado’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) is offering a new tool for Colorado residents and businesses to test the speed of their broadband internet connection.  The speed test will allow the OIT to determine and help improve internet speeds across the state.  By taking the test, you can put your part of the […]

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Beware of New Cell Phone Phishing Scam

A new scam involving calls to Colorado cell phones has been identified.  The scam is a “phishing” scam whereby the caller pretends to be from the person’s financial institution and asks for account numbers and passwords.  The calls originate from a California phone number.  If you receive a call like this, DO NOT give out […]

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New Resource: No DUI Colorado

Several state agencies have teamed up to offer Coloradans a new resource, No DUI Colorado (www.noduicolorado.org).  This helpful site is divided into three sections:  Preventing a DUI I got a DUI.  Now what?  Resources The site also includes basic information on what constitutes a DUI or DWAI; DUI statistics and surveys; news; and a handy blood alcohol level calculator.  The […]

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Colorado Digital Citizenship Day

Today, April 22, has been designated as the first-ever “Colorado Digital Citizenship Day,” as recognized by the State Board of Education.  “Colorado Digital Citizenship Day will focus on the important issues facing children and their families in our 24/7 digital world,” according to the State Board’s resolution.  This includes children’s internet safety and privacy issues, and […]

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Digital Learning in Colorado

The Colorado Dept. of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Children’s Campaign have teamed up to study the effects of and opportunities for K-12 digital learning in Colorado, as required by HB12-1124.  The result is Digital Learning in Colorado, which examines the benefits of digital learning and how it affects student achievement and academic growth.   The study also looks at ways […]

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Service Outage: CoSPL Online Catalog

There will be a service outage for the Colorado State Publications Library online catalog (Pandora) this afternoon (August 28th) from 4:00 – 8:00pm. Our server will be undergoing maintenance. This outage will not affect access to digital state publications, but our bibliographic database of print and digital publications will be offline.We apologize for any inconvenience […]