The Learning Edge

October 2018

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!

 


APP NEWS

 

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.

Visit #COllapporative  for more information to join the learning and fun!

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
Interoperability Standards 

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.

Computer Science Teacher Education (CSEd) Grant Program


Tech Resource Blogs 

Cult of Pedagogy

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.

TCEA technotes publish blog submissions that provide useful information on learning applications and tools – Check this one out: Save FRED!  Take a look at the Extension Activities too!

 


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.

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

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

 


DIGITAL LITERACY IDEA OF THE MONTH 

Protect Your Family’s Online Data 

Privacy Settings, Location Services, Passwords, Cameras & More


Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.

 

Christine Schein

Christine Schein

Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist at Colorado Department of Education
Christine Schein is a Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist with the Colorado Department of Education. She has a Masters degree in Education with an emphasis in Information Technology and School Library Media. Although her undergraduate degree is in Sociology/Criminal Justice and her work experience spans various business fields, her real passion is students and their future as responsible citizens in the world. She has presented at numerous conferences including ISTE, AASL, CoSN, CASE, and InnEdCo. Christine also has CoSN’s CETL certification.
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