April 2018 Agenda—La Mesa, California

La Mesa, California

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Network: CLS Staff
Password: !CLS!-1Timothy1:11-$cls$
Easter Sharing: What was an Easter highlight or event in your life since we last met?


Favorite Easter songs or hymns. The following link will open a Google Slide. Easter Slide Show


1.Each of you will search YouTube and create a one minute Vibby clip (vibby.com) of a favorite Easter song or hymn.


2. Create a slide with the link to your Vibby.

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:
  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, May 10
  • #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 blogs and websites in the classroom.


2. Review and explore DoInk.


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

Web Presence


Mark Hess (TEC21 Teacher) – Blogging Links for Teachers

Google Sites

Creating a Google Site





On-line Portfolios  (link to comparison)

Touch Cast and DoInk


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

The Quiver App combines physical coloring from “back in the day” with state of the art augmented reality technology.


IOS   Android   Amazon

google expeditions
Google Expedition Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys. Google Expeditions offers over 400 virtual field trips using your phone and viewer.


Android and IOS

Teacher Kit makes classroom management easy to manage, from taking pictures of students to make seating charts and learn names, to recording grades, taking online anecdotal notes about behavior, and contacting parents all from the app.
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Qrafter is the most powerful QR Code reading app for iOS. Download on your iPhone or iPad to scan a QR code and go directly to the information you want students to see. Any URL can be turned into a QR code: student video, Google Doc paper, Google Slide presentation, etc.
Do you have so many websites you want to remember but don’t know how to organize them? Check out Sqworl! Simply set up your account, create a new group, and begin cutting and pasting URLs of the websites you want to group. Sample Sqworl on animal websites for student research. You can simply share the link and students access the websites you want them to use without typing in URLs.
Grammarly  is a Chrome extension which makes sure everything you type
is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.
Makebadges is a wonderful little tool for creating custom badges to download and use in your classroom. Change the icon, border, shape and colors.
Free Tools for creating professional intros, animations, slideshows and music visualizations in minutes.
Lit Trips are downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. Along the way, placemarks with pop-up windows contain “just in time” resources including relevant media, thought-provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references in that portion of the story. The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students.  Here is an example video..
This website provides games and tools aimed at enriching the early childhood process of learning. With ages 3-8 in mind, the site is organized by both subject area and age group.
In addition to having an awesome name :), this resource offers activities designed for preschool through fifth grade students. There are a number of free printables, games, lesson ideas, videos, and more available. The site also offers a paid version with more resources.
Sutori Multimedia Timelines. This website creates a vertical timeline including pictures, audio, video, weblinks in text. Martin Luther King example Sutori timeline.
This is an augmented reality zoo. Make images turn into 3D.
Song Maker, the newest experiment in Chrome Music Lab, is a simple way for anyone to make and share a song.
Ziteboard is a zoomable online whiteboard.available as a Chrome extension or from Google play store.
Digitize your paper content and turn paper into online activities.

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

e-mail:  ddwetjen@gmail.com
Google+ :  https://plus.google.com/u/0/113814621431145743190
Twitter:  @dwetjen
Phone:   619-254-9659  (cell )

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