April 2018 Agenda—Orange, California

Orange, California

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


April is “National Poetry Month.”  Write your own Diamante Poem about anything having to do with the Easter Story using the following link Diamante Poem. Save the poem to share it as part of our devotion today.


A review of the Easter story from the point of view of children.  What does Easter mean to you?  How do we share this story with our own students?  How can we pray for you? Video from:  Skit Guys

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, May 10th.
  • Day of Discovery-free technology training, food and prizes from the Discovery Education group-April 28th-I have gotten numerous ideas from this professional development day!
  • ISTE, Chicago, Illinois, June 24-27
  • #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 gamification in the classroom

2. Explore the makerspace movement and how to use it with your students.

3.  Learn more about how to create an Imovie and Clips video.

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

Makerspaces, Games, Imovie and Clips-Oh My!


“Giving students a comfortable place to fail.”

  • Makerspace Article-Why the Makerspace Movement Matters to Educators
  • Let’s Play-pipe cleaner activity-use 10 pipe cleaners with a partner to make a structure as high as possible
  • Paper Circuits-Paper Circuits and Literature
  • More paper circuit information and where to get paper circuit materials-ChibitronicsAmazon
  • Makey Makey-Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to your world and start inventing the future. Makey Makey: An Invention Kit for Everyone.

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Imovie & Clips

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-website that helps students learn more about their online identity
  • Information Literacy-resources for educators with worksheets that teach students how to search online, identify valid sources, research effectively and more.
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources


Piccollage allows you to edit pictures, make easy collages and cards and more.  This app is free, but their is a student app for pay.

Classroom Checkout™ makes it super easy to manage checkouts from your classroom children’s book library. Your students can check out books by simply scanning barcodes. The app costs $5.99
paper app
Paper® is the immersive sketching app for capturing ideas anywhere. Beloved by 25 million people who sketch, handwrite notes, draft, diagram, and give form to their ideas

The Quiver App combines physical coloring with state of the art augmented reality technology to bring you and your children an extraordinary experience.

superhero app

Create your own animated comic book featuring monsters and superheroes! Create and record your own stories! Put multiple scenes together to make a comic strip.

JeopardyLabs allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint. The games you make can be played online from anywhere in the world. Building your own jeopardy template is a piece of cake. Just use their simple editor to get your game up and running.

Free online PDF editor-basically anything you can do with the paid version of Adobe, but this is FREE!

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a “Book Snap” that gives students a way to interact more directly with books and create a digital representation of their thoughts and insights.

This Google Doc provides one STEM activity for each week of the school year.  The curriculum includes basic instruction, material lists and pictures.

Huge resource of STEM and Makerspace products and ideas!.

Great kids website for teaching history from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Students can explore different artifacts and information from a wide variety of historical times.

Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.

Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story.

All across the nation, school, teachers, students, libraries, and families celebrate by reading, writing, and sharing poetry. Here are  websites that do all that and more.

Free worksheets on a wide variety of topics and more…

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

  • Sarah Grack
  • Educational Technologist
  • St. John’s Lutheran School
  • sgrack@stjohsorange.org
  • @sgracko-Twitter
  • Sarah Grack-Facebook
  • @sarahgrack-Instagram
  • 657-464-0735

Sarah Grack

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.