It’s that time of year – planning for summer professional development is upon us. It is the perfect time to network and learn from one another. There are some great opportunities available for you to join – low-cost and free options too! Peruse the list below for some options.
June 6 – Rock CS at Adams 12 Free!
June 10-13 InnEdCO Colorado’s premier educator event!
June 25 – 27 NICERC Cyber Ed Forum in Broomfield. ONLY $50 for Colorado Educators!
June 25-27 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence
July 7-10 CSTA Annual Conference in Phoenix
July 8-12 2019 Innovative Schools Conference
Hopefully, you will also be relaxing and enjoying time with friends and family. Did you know? Your local library has Checkout Colorado State Parks Backpacks. The pass included in the backpack allows one vehicle and its passengers into any of Colorado’s 41 state parks. As the checkout period is 7 days, a patron can use it in one park for a one-week/weekend camping trip in one state park, for instance, or could visit several state parks over the course of the week. Check the backpack out at your local public library. For more information visit State Parks Pass and General Park Information and for a list of participating libraries go to Colorado Libraries State Parks Backpacks.
Force Users to Make a Copy of a Google Doc
If you have ever had someone work off of your Google Doc instead of making a copy for themselves, you will know how valuable this is! Kasey Bell’s post at Shakeup Learning describes how to force a user to make a copy of a Google Doc. Love it! Force User Copies
What is your favorite app? Please share your favorite applications or websites that you use with students at What’s Your App? Watch for your submission to be featured in APP NEWS soon!
Additional digital learning resources/apps can be found at CVL Digital Literacy.
School Library Month
It’s worth repeating – School Libraries are worth celebrating! Keep celebrating your school library beyond April.
FlipGrid April 2019
On April 24th, 2019, unite to celebrate International #StudentVoiceDay! Students can join the Our Global Classroom Flipgrid and answer one question: How will you use your voice to change the world? Sign up your school, classroom, or students to participate and Amplify at #StudentVoiceDay.
News and America’s Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News
Using breaking news is the ideal way to teach media literacy with students. Common Sense Media provides tips for students when they are encountering news media reports. Watch and share the video with your students from News and America’s Kids at News Impact.
InnEdCO 2019 – Learning Academies & Keynotes at Keystone, Oh My!!
InnEdCO announces Gitanjali Rao as a keynote speaker. She is 13 years old and is an 8th grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, CO. She was named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2017 by the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, with a patent-pending device to detect lead in water faster than any other current techniques.
May 6th DEADLINE IS SOON – Call for Nominations –
Making ‘IT’ Happen!
The Making ‘IT’ Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage, and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Nominate a colleague by May 6th at Making IT Happen Award
Ted Talks for Educators
North Dakota teacher Kayla Delzer seeks to change how technology is viewed in the classroom. You don’t have to know every app and how to use it!
ISTE is Accepting ‘New Ideas’ Proposals
ISTE 2019 is seeking – Diverse stories/paths to success, short engaging presentations, and sessions on timely ed-tech topics, ideas or approaches to teaching and learning. Submit your new idea by April 26th at Submit a Proposal
Read-Worth Articles on Digital Education
Education Week reporter Ben Herold explores how technology is shaping teaching and learning and the management of schools. He posts read-worthy articles for educators and the learning community providing topics for collegial discussion.
Toolkit for Digitally Literate Teachers
USC Rossier School of Education has recently published a resource titled “Toolkit for Digitally Literate Teachers”, which provides teachers and school administrators with how-to guides, actionable strategies, and real-life examples of the benefits of digital literacy and how to incorporate technology in the classroom. Sections include an explanation of digital literacy, ideas for a digitally literate classroom, digital literacy resources to bookmark, and more!
So COllapporative on May 16th
Join the last 2018-2019 So #COllapporative meetup at The Center for Modern Learning in Colorado Springs – Cybersecurity and CS learning opportunities with Giveaways, a Zoom conversation with NICERC Director, Kevin Nolten, food and beverages will be provided! #COllapporative for more information to join the learning and fun. Thursday, May 16th, Register Here – Southern Colorado
Don’t miss Rock CS on June 6th! Rocky Mountain Computer Science Conference for P-12 Educators
Adams 12 Five Star Schools and St. Vrain Valley School District have teamed up to create the first Colorado Computer Science Conference for P-12 Educators for more information visit – Rock CS! AND on July 7th, there will be additional K-12 professional development workshops. For information please visit www.RockCS.org and follow on Twitter @RockCSCO
Edutopia Video Series How Learning Happens
In this video series, Edutopia explores how educators can guide all students, regardless of their developmental starting points, to become productive and engaged learners.
The Science of Learning and Development
Education Blogs for 2019
George Couros, Author of The Innovator’s Mindset frequently posts on his blog, The Principal of Change. His posts are insightful and encourage we as educators to support one another in our endeavors to improve education. Visit his blog below at the link and also at his most recent post People That Fill Your Bucket.
Learning Activities with Google Drawings
Google Drawings is an easy, free platform for amazing visual creations. Tony Vincent shares some of his favorite activities from his fifth-grade classroom — and tips for creating your own!
Colorado Department of Education Communications
The Colorado Department of Education offers many electronic publications for you. You can sign up by visiting the CDE Communications Office homepage: http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications.
Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.
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