April 2018 Agenda—Clinton Township, Michigan

Clinton Township, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


To Wifi:  Look for “TLC-Church”; use password F2C7bb35b9


Good Morning!  let’s catch up!
Grab a snack or drink and go to WordArt or WordClouds. Create a word cloud from words that represent what you have been doing professionally and personally over the past few weeks.  Your computer needs to run java for wordle, so if yours doesn’t, pair up with someone who has it.
Be ready to add to your word clouds!



Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:
  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, 5-10-18.
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.
2. Let’s take this time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. What happened? Were you successful? Did you come across any challenges?
3. “Celebration Day” is coming up! What does the format of the day look like and what can you do to prepare?
Helpful tips:
  • Think of the day as a mini-conference and each of you will be the presenters.
  • 10-15 minutes show something(s) you’ve accomplished this year – what you did, how you did it and why you did it.
  • Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS. Locate your center’s doc and add your name, a description of what you’re sharing and provide your links. Have samples of student projects hosted on the web? Share those links, too! Here’s an example of what the line-up looked like at one of the workshop centers a couple years ago – SAMPLE.
  • Consider what device or devices you will use.
  • Use the outline below with its questions and strategies to prepare for the day.


1. Discover the value of…digital fun and games in your classroom
2. Explore new tools to use with your students.
3. Identify a tool or resource to share with another teacher at your school.

Fun and Games in your Classroom!

Sub-topic #1

Virtual Field Trips

Feel like you need to get out more? Virtual Field Trips are a perfect option to keep those kiddos intrigued. They LOVE using Google Maps and Street View as well as looking at images of their favorite thing. Why not put their curiosity and interest to good use? Check out these links and helpful tips and ideas!
Sub-topic #2

Gamification of Education

Let’s go try out Kahoot!  Afterwards, try making a 5 question quiz on the topic of your choice!  Spend some time and get comfortable with it.  I included some free clipart sites below!
Subtopic #3

Student Web Sites with Google Sites

Google Sites is a simple to use tool which allows students to create web sites for specific assignments or as a digital portfolio.  Create a basic web site for a project you would use in your classroom.  Create a model to show your students prior to giving them a similar assignment.
Here’s mine
I’ll assist you if needed, the goal is for you to spend enough time in this that you are comfortable facilitating your students creations.

Digital Citizenship Integration

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

goREACT lets students use the periodic table to “mix” elements.
Lifeboat to Mars Two simulation games that center around biology
At DiscoveryEducation you can take your students beyond the classroom walls and into some of the world’s most iconic locations for rich and immersive learning experiences — no permission slips required.
flow free
Flow Free® is a simple yet addictive puzzle game.
quizizz is an alternative to Kahoot!  Similar in many ways.

I love this for student created review games.  Free and easy to use.

Mostly free clipart, read over the terms of use, but the majority of these are available for free!

All free photos for educational use.  It isn’t always easy to find what you want here, but I always look.

Wonderfully done sketch clipart.  Don’t be fooled by the “add to cart” feature, the front page says its free to students and teachers.

Geared perhaps for younger grades, its free to play.  You can get an account to unlock additional features, but it isn’t necessary.

Free video editor!  Add voice overs and music to video.

Mural of 243 hand-painted birds. Click on any one to learn about habitat, habits, and audio recording of bird’s call. Includes map highlighting where each bird can be found. Also links to world e-bird map. Perfect for studying birds this spring!

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to your own desktop to use as you wish.

A venn diagram tool by Read Write Think.  Students can demonstrate their knowledge of a subject by using this tool.

Another great tool from Read Write Think.  Takes students through the process of creating a Diamante Poem.

Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Post a comment, link, or student work to the TEC21’s online Google+ community.
2. Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.
3. Brainstorm your best way to share your Celebration Day project with the TEC21 community and/or your school community.


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Contact me if you need anything throughout the month!

Jason Murray

Email at: jmurray@splcs.net

Phone/Text to (586)-413-1276

twitter: @sciguysplcs

Instagram: sciguysplcs

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.