April 2018 Agenda—Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, State

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


WIFI Password: K3275J9943


How can we pray for you today?

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, May 3rd.
  • EdCamp AZ @ GCU – May 30th from 9:00-4:00
  • #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 and identify upcoming trends in education.

2. Explore ways to gamify your classroom or connect with other educators.

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

Insert the topic of your choice!

Follow Up from March’s Workshop
Green Screen Information



Blogs/Class Websites

Mark Hess (TEC21 Teacher) – Blogging Links for Teachers

Google Sites

  • Webpage – https://sites.google.com/
    • Why set one up?
    • A constant source of information
    • Can be set up to be accessed with private settings or without email permission
    • An easy way to compile resources for your students all in one place, including calendars, links, and upcoming announcements
    • A way to contain your students to specific sites and searches
  • Tutorials
  • Other ideas…
    • Have students create a website for your school, a project, or as an assessment. It doesn’t have to be published publicly!



  • Student portfolio with messaging between teacher and parents
  • Allows for a class blog
  • One platform to utilize


Classroom/Teacher Instagram Account

  • Hashtags to follow – #iteachtoo, #teachersofinstagram, #teachersfollowteachers
  • Also look for grade specific people/hashtags
  • Great for visuals (I screenshot a lot!), but the Insta stories are awesome to hear a teacher explain an activity
  • @kinderdosil, @cglskindergarten, @jesus.donuts.middleschoolers
Creating Worksheets

Classroom Time Games

Google Classroom – 13 Reasons to Use Google Classroom – Arizona K12 Center

The Future of Education

What is gamification?

Benefits of Gamification from 5 Benefits of Adding Gamification to Classrooms

  • Aids cognitive development
  • Boosts enthusiasm
  • Simplifies engagement and reduces tedious tasks
  • Allows students to track their progress
  • Gives student autonomy


Ways to Gamify your Classroom:

Made with Padlet

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.)

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

Screenshot 2018-04-03 at 9.39.53 PM

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.*

• A student scans a book’s barcode to check out or in.
• The teacher can see currently checked out books.
• The teacher manages student accounts, assigning login codes.
• The teacher can manage the classroom library.

Classroom Checkout is designed to be installed on a shared iOS device, with each student and the teacher using a numeric login code to access the app.

Screenshot 2018-04-04 at 9.10.34 PM
Geoguessr gives you 360 degree views of different locations based on the maps that you choose.  Then use the map to guess where you are located.  This could be great to utilize map skills, but also to use the pictures to help start stories in younger grades.

CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 3-12. The resources are:

  • Flexible;
  • Research-Based;
  • Aligned to the Common Core State Standards;
  • Created by teachers, for teachers.

Try Flipgrid out by creating a response to a video here.

Story Dice

This app can be used with a wide variety of age groups ranging from preschoolers to middle school and high school language arts students. The user interface is simple enough for ages 3+ to use without any additional instruction. The use of the app does not require reading, so it is an ideal tool for using in a preschool story circle (see lesson plans) as well as a general writing prompt for all ages without reading or native language barriers.

Google 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.

Google Lit Trips – YouTube

Explore an interactive map of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Click on the locations of famous art works and find kid-friendly activities to complete.

Example – Washington Crossing the Delaware

The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere.

Rewordify allows students to paste a link and get back a version with simpler words and sentence constructions. When students hover over highlighted areas the original, richer text shows up so they can gradually build their vocabulary and familiarity with difficult texts.

Search for a topic that you want research on.  Instead of having to scan through countless articles, InstaGrok creates a concept map related to the search (with sources).  Great to help younger students get used to research.

Live data from the International Space Station

A way to use circuits in your classroom with everyday objects like bananas or paper!

Free worksheets and more since 2001

April is National Poetry Month!

A website that will recommend what book to read next based on the book you just finished.

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.

4.  Feeling brave?  Make a TEC21 Impact story through SWIVL.  TEC21 Impact Stories


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Emily Hollendoner – emily.a.maki@gmail.com or EmilyHollendoner@tec21connect.com

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.