March 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-Guest”; use password ResponsibleGuest (all one word)


Good Morning!  let’s catch up!
personally – What have you been up to since last month?
professionally – What have you tried in your class?
Did anyone connect with another classroom? Did anyone try a Mystery Skype?



The Passion of the Christ

Write a Diamante Poem about Jesus starting and ending with either synonyms or antonyms.

That’s My King -Dr. S.M. Lockridge

YouTube credit

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 12.
  • #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?


1. Discover the value of video creation.

2. Explore video creation tools and resources to use with your students.

3. Identify a tool or resource to share with another teacher at your school.

Video Creation

Student Video Creations
Pray and Be WatchfulStudent chapel video about Jesus in Gethsemane produced by Doni Douglass using iMovie Trailer. Published to YouTube on April 14, 2015.
Powtoon Animation
Powtoon lets you drag and drop or fill in ready made templates to create animated videos. This is my example book report.
Video Paper Slides
The Paperside Video. Rapid Video Creation for the Classroom by Dr. Lodge McCammon
Green Screen
 Easy-to-Use Green Screen by Do Ink App Enables Creation of Green Screen Effects on iPhone and iPad  
Some great student projects. Film them in front of a green screen, then insert any picture that they can tell what they learned about it: historical location, weather map, diagram of human body, etc. 
Green Screen Tutorial for Do Ink. Sample Do Ink video on President's Day
Make a simple green screen background by covering a door with green construction paper, felt, cloth, or plastic table cloth, or paint one wall green!
Or try TouchCast Studio on iPad to create a newscast or other video with video apps you can bring in: websites, pictures, calendar, Twitter, maps, etc.
Sample for President's Day
Flipped Classroom
Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education – TED Talk by Salmon Kahn

Check out Khan Academy for subject by grade level from K-12.

Interactive, engaging Pear Deck presentations stimulate discussion with formative assessment in real time. Google Slides Add-On. Create slides where students input short answers or numbers, explore websites, or answer multiple choice questions. Displays student responses anonymously. When you close the session it saves student responses in a spreadsheet. Works like Nearpod. Let’s try it out! Now try making your own Pear Deck using this tutorial.

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when integrating video creation in the classroom?

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

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Educreations. Best screencasting tool I use because it’s so easy. Change background, write while you talk, capture images and voice. Students can use to explain their process in math, or expand upon a picture story they created. Simply take a picture of the child’s work or let them work it on the iPad or laptop, then record the student’s voice explaining process. Engage students with video to capture ideas, share instantly, replay anytime. Publish current Educreations video before beginning a new one (only one new project may be worked on at a time). Here is a sample I made using Educreations to demonstrate how to create a screencast. Keep it short, less than 4 minutes for teaching and 1 minute for students demonstrating learning, and it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Screencast-O-Matic is a web-based tool that let’s you record on-screen activity for short tutorials, visual presentations, and communicate while you demonstrate! Free 15 minute recordings of screen only or videocamera of speaker in corner with screen. Publish to YouTube or save as a video file. Or try a similar tool Screencastify as a Chrome Add-On with 10 minute recordings.
iMovie Trailer Planning Sheets. Take pictures or video to fill in each box. Add text. Produce! Share! Also take videos in iMovie and edit.
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Do Ink makes it easy to create incredible green screen videos and images right on your iPad or iPhone. The app lets you combine photos and videos from the camera roll with live images from your iPad or iPhone’s camera. Featured in “Best New Apps in Education.”
TouchCast Studio app is now free! Annotate, explain and present anything easily and quickly with TouchCast Studio. Add webpages, files, images, videos… nearly anything! Then record or live stream* and share across the web. Watch my sample “Presidential Debate” for fun and see how you can bring in websites, Twitter feeds, images, Google documents and more to your screencast. Realistic backgrounds allow you to film a sports clip, news clip, and more. Note that I made this screencast in front of a green screen so this newsroom background shows up. I didn’t write out a script. You don’t want to spend too much time on these screencasts to make them doable.
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Toontastic 3D is both an app and a Google Play app on Chromebooks. It lets you create animated stories by selecting setting and characters, then using your voice to tell the story as you move the characters. Select Historical Films, Mysteries, Social Studies, School Reports, Documentaries, and more! Look fabulous.
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MSQRD (Masquerade) is automatic selfie video recording app where your students can put on a mask and tell a story as a character. When they are finished it will save to photos where you can export it to Seesaw, Google Drive, any place you can share photos! And it’s so fun! Try it out.

Download ClipChamp to allow recording from webcam including on Chromebooks. Limited number free.

Have Chromebooks? Check this list of best video tools for use on Chromebooks.We Video is the top recommended video app for Chromebook, paid premium version gives you Green Screen capabilities and templates. Check it out!

Know Lounge allows you to host live tutoring sessions where students join with a code you give them. You can also record videos as screencasts here for flipping the classroom or saving for students who were absent.

Create a one-take video by playing a song relating to what you are teaching and having your students act it out.



Check out this YouTube 360 channel to pan around Mars or other topics! How could your students make a 360 degree movie of your school? Perhaps put it on your website.

Using Video to learn history. Explore the battlegrounds of history at this digital location. Watch the map come alive following a timeline of events in this 360 video. With links to other battle interactive maps.

Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk — pets, friends, doodles, and more. Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, fancy book reports, or retellings of learning about anything. And best of all, it’s FREE!

Select images from these free-to-use pictures for your videos. I still right click on the image and put the URL below the picture or at the end of the project to teach students about copyright.

Simply sketch a character, then select the character and move it across the screen. It automatically records as an animation movie.

Ignite Talks are a new form of presentation. Students create 20 slides and talk 15 seconds per slide for a 5 minute talk! Honing Students’ Speaking Skills  
games, mind, strategic activities, competition mode organized by grade level

Try in your literacy center to teach speed & accuracy with words, letters, sounds, and sentences for PreK and elementary. Cost $4,99

Try in your math center to teach fractions, money, geometric shapes, math vocabulary and much more! This site offers each of these free apps as web apps, Apple apps, and Chrome apps! Click on the site and start trying these tools out! Note that you need to provide problems and feedback to students to facilitate their learning.

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

Project Development

Collaboration! We are each other’s BEST resources :-)

TEC21 Challenges

1. Apply what you learned today by creating a student-created video activity or a teacher-created screencast to teach a lesson to your students.  Share your experience by adding it to the Padlet above!

2. Post a comment, link, or student work to the TEC21’s online Google+ community.

3. Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

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