February 2018 Agenda—Clinton Township, Michigan

Clinton Township, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


To Wifi:  Look for “TLC-Guest”; use password ResponsibleGuest (all one word)



Good Morning!  let’s catch up!
personally – What have you been up to since NOVEMBER?!
professionally – What have you tried in your class?
Hour of Code?




Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. – Proverbs 12:25 (ESV)

When we know someone is having a bad day we are quick to offer comfort, but what about those times we simply can’t tell?

“If We Could See Inside Other’s Hearts” is a video from the Cleveland Clinic that delivers a powerful message without any words being spoken. This video is a nice reminder of why we should take a step back and be more patient and kind to one another. No one is exempt from life’s challenges and struggles; we can do our part in helping them along if we exercise some tolerance and compassion.

We as teachers and students don’t know what challenges our students have faced this week, last night, or this morning.  We all hide behind our “game faces” and try not to let others know what is troubling us.  Kindness can make any situation better, even if we don’t know what the problem is.

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, March 22nd, 2018.

  • MSTA March 2-3, 2018

  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.

2. Think all the way back to November’s TEC21 Challenges. Did anyone participate in the Hour of Code in December? What happened? Were you successful? Did you come across any challenges?

3. Have you made any New Year’s Professional Growth Resolutions? They might come in handy for “Celebration Day” in May. Share with the person next to you. Maybe you can become an accountability partner with someone to help each other succeed. Do you remember the working definitions for short- and long-term goals we shared with you back in September?

  • SHORT-TERM – Some sort of technology integrating lesson or activity you want to do with your students THIS MONTH.

  • LONG-TERM – A major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a wiki, a web site used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project based learning using a specific tool or tools – there are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”

4. In September, we shared with you ways TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning networks. With the second semester well underway, this would be a great time to reflect on the benefits you’ve been experiencing this year by being connected with this learning community and to begin to consider how you will remain connected once this series of face to face workshops come to an end. We hope you have found it to be a blessing to your teaching ministry and will continue to engage with us for as long as you’re in the teaching ministry.

Twitter: Follow the facilitators and many other educators who use this powerful communication tool to ask questions, share ideas and support and encourage one another. You can also follow hashtags such as #TEC21lcms & #LuthEd!


Google+: Engage with TEC21 Educators going all the way back to “Season 1″ to ask questions and share ideas to support one another!

Facebook: Please “Like” the TEC21 Facebook Page as another way to continue to stay connected with this blessed learning community for many years to come!


Pinterest: Follow TEC21’s collaborative board and we’ll invite you to pin! The invite process is not the most user-friendly so if you don’t receive an invitation, just shoot Brent Dieckhoff (brent@tec21connect.com) and he’ll send you an invite. The other option is to have any member of the board invite you.


Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our workshop centers.


1. Discover the value of collaboration.

2. Explore collaborative tools and resources to use with your students.

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


Collaborative Map Project

Let’s explore two common methods used when creating a Google map collaboratively.

Method #1–Manually click and type to add data to a map

1. To edit the map below by this method, begin by clicking HERE to open it in a new window. If you’re not already signed in to Google, you’ll need to do that first. Then follow the directions below:

  • To place a marker, type the name of the location in the SEARCH BAR. Google maps will take you directly to the location. Then, select “+add to map” and begin to edit.


  • A second way to add your information to the marker’s description box is to select the MARKER symbol right below the search bar. Your cursor will take on the look of a PLUS sign. Navigate manually to your destination point by using the grab and zoom features. Once you’ve narrowed your search, single-click on the map and fill in the information.

2. Great work! Now search the web and add a picture that captures the essence of why this place is so special to you.

Method #2–Upload data from a spreadsheet

1. First, you’ll need to complete a Google form (like the one below) to collect the data to be uploaded.

2. Once the data has been gathered, upload the responses (csv.file) into the map (in this case, to display everyone’s favorite destination place). You can view this video tutorial as a reference to learn and/or review the process – http://goo.gl/8oNF5r.

Mystery Skype Call

Have you ever Skyped or Face Timed with family or friends? Ever joined in on a Google Hangout?

There are a variety of ways to virtually connect your students with other people outside your classroom walls in real time. What kinds of learning possibilities does this technology afford us to do in the classroom? Let’s discuss. Let’s explore. Let’s collaborate with another workshop center!

Tips for a successful Mystery Skype experience:

  1. Find a teacher who wants to do a Mystery Skype also.
  2. Skype with each other first (without students) to practice using the platform and to plan for the activity.
  3. Prepare your students with how the activity works, make assignments for the various roles and GO FOR IT!

Many supplemental resources can be found on the web to help plan for a successful lesson. Here are a couple to get you started:

  1. Check out Skype–etiquette
  2. Student jobs–https://goo.gl/HY6LT6 (Please feel free to “Make a copy…” in your Google Drive.)

Who’s ready to give it a try? – 11:00

We’ve been experiencing some loading issues from time to time with the spreadsheet below. Can you see it now? If your answer is “yes”, that’s good! If your answer is “no”, then try selecting the refresh button in the web browser and that should correct the problem. If you still don’t see it, select this link to access the document directly in Google Drive – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rdKigLeGg0oEqcQ9ff_hxxmDywk3q0sqktJHmGNilIM/edit?usp=sharing.

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when students are collaborating on projects with others?

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

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

Google Hangouts. Looking for a safe way to connect with other Lutheran classrooms across the country and world? Consider using Google Hangouts. You can connect multiple classrooms in one hangout session. Many schools are Google schools so connecting through Google Hangouts makes sense. Practice starting a video call today then connect with another classroom in the coming month.
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We have used Padlet a few times, great for collecting ideas or collaborating with others! Here’s one I use in science to promote literacy and word study.  Mr. Murray’s 8th Grade Chemistry
Thinglink is a free tool for creating multimedia, interactive collages. La Thinglink has introduced Thinglink Edu. They also have introduced verified accounts for schools.
It is an app for iPad and Android or can be used from the web at www.thinglink.com
Short tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KqFHfqjhHE
The Public version of Prezi is free. It enables you to create trailer-like presentations with richly animated slide transitions that your audience must click through manually.
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Lego Movie Maker!  Free ipad app in itunes.  Students can use this app for more than just Legos. Imagine creating stop motion animations depicting the process of cell division using paper cutouts, or their own depictions of Bible stories.  Let your brain go on this one. Lots of possibilities here.

Based on the physical Breakout EDU games, these require no setup or materials.  All games are web based and provide collaborative problem-solving experiences for young children through adults.  They do not provide solutions, however, so you must solve them yourself!

There’s more here than I can explain.  Check it out!

Instant fun with math games at every grade level!

As with other Google apps, Google Drawings allows students to collaborate–this time in a paint-like program. Use it to create diagrams, illustrations, and infographics, etc. (Grade 2+)

Weebly makes it surprisingly easy to create a high-quality website, blog or online store. Over 40 million people use Weebly to bring their unique ideas to life.

Pick a country, see how you do!

Create word searches quick and easy.

Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm

Project Development

Paper slide video?

Next month we discuss student created videos.  I’d like to make a paper slide video with you so you are comfortable making them with your class.
Subject ideas?
Tools needed?

Collaboration! We are each other’s BEST resources :-)

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TEC21 Challenges

1. Plan to virtually connect your students with another classroom. Share your experience!

2. Post a comment, link, or student work to the TEC21’s online Google+ community.

3.  Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.

4.  Encourage a fellow teacher to be a TEC21 participant next year! Express the value of being connected with other Lutheran school educators and the impact it’s had on you, your classroom and your students.


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Contact me if you need anything throughout the month!

Jason Murray

Email at: jmurray@splcs.net

Phone/Text to (586)-413-1276

twitter: @sciguysplcs

Instagram: sciguysplcs

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.