April 2018 Agenda—Decatur, Illinois

Decatur, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

1. Share something good that has happened to you this week.
2. If a good opportunity presented itself, would you move to another country to pursue your career or other interest?


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Jeremiah 29: 11-14

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8th.
  • Whatever It Takes Conference 2018 – June 14th in Galesburg, IL WITCON
  • International Society in Technology Education Conference 2018 – June 24-27 in Chicago, IL ISTE
  • Illinois Educational Technology Leaders Summit 2018 – June 15 in Lisle, IL IETL
  • #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 utilizing the cloud to create shareable documents.

2. Explore a resource to collect student work and/or engage collaboration to use with your students.

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

Insert the topic of your choice!

Classroom to the Cloud (To Create or Not Create… or just where to create)

The migration of digital media to the cloud is a stressful and daunting task. How does one achieve this monumental feet? Here are some quick and easy steps:

  1. Create Folders to assist in this migration
  2. Use tools in which to facilitate this transition
    • Google Docs Quick Create
    • Create Icons for Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets
  3. Routinely organize your files so that it doesn’t overwhelm you later on.
    • Make sure to delete duplicate files.
      • Please note that once you open a file, it automatically saves it for you.
  4. Make it a part of your end of the year tasks to slowly migrate your items over.
    • The major benefit with cloud based documents is that they can be created, edited, or checked anywhere with internet.

Edutopia Article

Light reading: Classroom in the Cloud: Innovative Ideas for Higher Level Learning

Teacher to Student (Assignment collection and/or collaboration)

What are your worries as a teacher? One of mine is assignment collection and management.  Student A always turns his/her work in late and constantly loses it. How do we make a change? Digital assignments!  Listed below are the benefits of digital assignments.

  1. Formatting, Formatting, Formatting!
  2. Ease of student use
  3. Ease of teacher collection
  4. Foster’s greater interests from the students
  5. Slowly migrates the classroom to cloud-based education

TED-Ed Article

Teacher to Parents (i.e. Teacher Pages)

Google classroom provides students with access to materials and assignments galore! Wait… Not quite a Google School? How will we manage in this technologically advanced world?

Teacher web pages are becoming increasingly more and more popular today.  These sites provide greater access to materials, class notes, and multitude of other things that the classroom teacher provides.

Tips for creating a classroom website:

  1. Invest the time to create a page that accurately reflects your classroom and/or teaching style
    • Take your time and test out your page on a few students and/or parents that will give you reliable feedback.
    • If it is not this year, than that is okay. This is not a simple process
  2. Make sure to upload class materials as PDFs. This will eliminate the headache of those who only use mobile devices
    • Examples: Newsletters, Notes, and Permission Slips
  3. Take the time to organize. If it only makes sense to you, there might be a person or two who fail to navigate your site.
  4. Encourage your Principal to have teacher pages added to your school’s website.
    • Parents today like the one-size fits all/one stop shop. If they have to follow this link, then this link, then that link, and then enter in the binary code to get to the log in page they will not look at the information.
    • Make sure to link important information or articles by using hyperlinks for greater ease.

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when ______? (Adjust your questions/discussion based on the topic you chose for today.)

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

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

Canva Easily design beautiful, professional graphics. Canva gives you all the tools you need to design. Choose from hundreds of professionally designed layouts or create your own designs from scratch.
Ziteboard is zoomable online whiteboard with realtime collaboration in teamwork to visualize, present, freehand draw ideal with voice-video chat elearning.
Seesaw is a digital portfolio that allows students to independently document what they are learning at school.
Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is the perfect free educational tool to bring creativity into the classroom. Students can easily create reports, presentations, posters, and more.


Thinking of creating a website? Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share web pages.

Create a free website or blog in minutes by using a simple drag and drop interface. No ads. One of Time’s 50 best websites of the year.

SchoolRack is a free application for teachers to create classroom web sites. Using these class portals, teachers can interact with students and parents, post, collect, and grade assignments, communicate via mailing lists and private discussion boards, and send private messages to students.

Lists made easy. Create lists, collaborate, and get things done with Taskade. (Also a Chrome App)

Nearpod is an interactive classroom tool for teachers to engage students with interactive lessons

NowComment makes it easy to have rich, engaging discussions of online documents no matter how large (or small) your class or collaboration group.

Reach every student. Give instant feedback when students need it most with Classkick. (Also a chrome and iPad app)

Create and share visual ideas. Thousands of Infographic Templates to Customize – Reports, Timelines, Resumes & More!

Peergrade is a free online platform to facilitate peer feedback sessions with students.

Digitize your paper content and turn paper into online activities.

Collaborative classroom quiz site.

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

I am a text block. Provide your teachers with your email address, link to your G+ profile, Twitter username, etc.

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.