April 2018 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


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Our Agenda – www.tec21connect.com

While you are waiting for us to begin, why don’t you check out the Google+ Community for TEC21 Educators and see what’s new!

Ice Breaker – Sentence Starters


But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:4-7

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

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 designing your own website.

2. Explore virtual field trips 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!

Virtual Field Trips

Here is a great website that gives examples of virtual field trips and great tips for making the field trip fun and effective.


Patrice found these excellent articles with “Ten of the Best Virtual Field Trips” and “5 Best Virtual Field Trips.”


Trevor sent in this one (Discovery Education) just in time for Pi Day (3/14):  Virtual Tour of the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

Joy sent in a number of resources:  EducationWorld (check out the technology section), eSchoolNews (great resource for lesson plans and technology ideas), ScholasticSmithsonian National Museum of Natural History360 CitiesThe WhitehousePanoramasAnne Frank HousePolar Husky,Airpano (aerial panoramas), NASANational Parks and Monuments.



Skype in the Classroom – great resource by Microsoft that makes it easy to bring the world into your classroom in five different ways:  virtual field trips, Skype lessons, Skype collaborations, Mystery Skype, and Guest Speakers.


Discovery Education – explore a large number of both live and archived field trips and guest speakers.  A subscription is not necessary to use.


Ellis Island and Immigration – interactive tour, contains great teacher resources.


Reach the World – brings the world into the classroom with a large number of “journeys” to countries far and wide.


American Museum of Natural History – explore exhibitions and try interactive experiences.


Edutopia – an article that links you to 6+ virtual field trips and resources.


Explore Virtual Adventures – tons of virtual field trips and ideas for engaging students.

Learn Around the World – new free field trips each month (both global and USA focused), optional paid field trips or virtual guest speakers also available.  Private shows can be arranged.  There is also a way to connect with classrooms around the world.


iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips – tons of iPad apps where your students can explore at their own pace.

International Space Station Live –  Explore the International Space Station, interact with the crew, see live data and use a number of educational resources.

Virtual Field Trips That Every Teacher Should Know About – article by Simple K12 that links 6 great field trip resources including art museums, astronomy, the White House, Smithsonian, and more.

Get Outta Class with Virtual Field Trips – From Education World.  Tons of virtual field trip resources along with some that are “make your own.”

Teacher Tap – Teacher blog that lists lots of virtual field trip resources.

Web 1.0 vs 2.0 vs. 3.0
Evolution Web 1.0, Web 2.0, to Web 3.0 – Video

Article “Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 vs Web 5.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition.”  (Flat World Business)

Move Up the Technology Spectrum – Worksheet

Creating Your Own Website

We will explore the New Google Sites which is an extremely easy tool for students to use.     Go to:    sites.google.com/new

Click here for a video tutorial on using the New Google Sites.

Celebration Day Presentations



Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when teaching young students about presenting a positive (yet safe) self-image and identity online.

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

21 Websites for Poetry – April is poetry month!  Explore these great resources to use with your class.
Freeology – a plethora of free resources including ready-to-go worksheets for various grade levels and content areas, templates, calendar makers, graphic organizers and more.
Chrome Music lab
Chrome Music Lab – Song maker that is easy to use.  Create short music pieces without any training.  Save and share pieces through links.
Geo Guessr
GeoGuesser – Let’s explore the world!  Embark on a journey that takes you all over the world – from the most desolate roads in Australia to the busy, bustling streets of New York City.  Play as a single player or challenge a friend.  Game uses Google Earth.
Classkick – An app for teachers to create quick assignments, classroom tasks or authentic assessments using this app and website. Students can receive real time feedback on their work while being monitored by the teacher.  Great for 1-to-1 iPad classrooms. (Grade 4+)  

Provides K-12 educators access to unique, live educational content created and delivered by a rapidly expanding community of leading museums, science centers, historical sites, zoos, aquariums, literary groups, wellness centers, arts and performing arts organizations. While there is a cost, teachers can purchase a “season pass” to any of the yearly live events for $49.95.  See Calendar of Events to explore the potential topics available.

Google Tour Builder allows you and your students to create your own virtual tours using a combination of Google Slides, Google Earth,. and Google Maps.

Check out this instructional video on how to build a Google tour!

Here is an example of a tour built with Google Tour Builder.

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.

Here are instructions for Getting Started with Google Lit Trips.

Here are instructions on Viewing Google Lit Trips with Google Earth for Web.

The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. While there are official tools you can use such as Skype, Twitter, WriteAbout or Edmodo, you choose the tools that will make the most sense for you. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.  Time frame is October – mid November.  Sign up now and help choose the 2018 books!

Sign up your classroom or your school to participate in Global School Play Day on February 6, 2019.  Students participate in unstructured, creative, non-screen play.  Collaborate with schools around the world in the planning, playing, and debriefing!

Projects by Jen – a wonderful website for PreK-6 (although other grades are welcome) teachers that promotes creative, collaborative problem-solving.  They use math, science, art, music, writing, reading, etc.  Use archived projects with your class or participate in a current project.  There is opportunity to collaborate with other classrooms around the world.  Sign up your class to participate.  Projects still available this spring:  poetry, crayon project, photographer/artist.

Reading website with leveled books for K-5.  While there is a cost, the license for a classroom is around $110.  Students can read on any device.  Teachers evaluate students level and then assign readings from that level.  There is an additional online reading tutorial, leveled writing instruction, multi-level science (reading, lessons, labs), custom made vocabulary instruction, and ELA testing.

A wonderful blog by Richard Byrne.  Read his daily blog or browse archives for tons of great ideas for teachers.  Everything he highlights is free!

Clip and crop photos with your finger.  Add pictures to your collage and enhance with text, stickers, videos, backgrounds, and templates.  Used with iOS, Android, and web.

Create your own jeopardy template online, without PowerPoint. Or browse the pre-made templates created by other people!

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

Email me at:   lmeyers@vlhs.com

Call me at:  989-324-0666 (cell) or 989-790-1676 ext. 12 (work)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.