February 2018 Agenda—Orange, California

Orange, California

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


Play the game Geoguessr.  After playing five rounds, record your score.  We will compare scores and the winner will get a prize!!


During this Lent season let us remember  some of the special interactions Jesus had along the journey to the cross.  How will you make His story of redemption personal?

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April, 12th.
  • CUE conference in Palm Springs, March 15-17th.
  • ISTE conference in Chicago, IL June 24-27th.
  • #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?


1. Discover the value of video creation.

2. Explore video creation tools and resources to use with your students.

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

Video Creation

Student Video Creations

Any topic in any classroom can be turned into a video.  Here is a video where kindergartners share their knowledge of butterflies into a video using Imovie.

Video Paper Slides

A brief explanation of how to make paper slide videos.

Green Screen

By using the Green Screen by DoInk app, anything that is green can be turned into a “green screen,” including napkins, paper plates, plastic table clothes and more!!

Here is the video on how I used Icab Mobile and Green Screen to create a video on mitosis.

Still Shot Videos

Ideas for doing Still Photo Videos.  The kindergartners at my school wrote the script, created storyboards, took the pictures, added their voice and chose the music to the still photo video below.

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when integrating video creation in the classroom?

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

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources


GreenScreen by DoInk is my absolute favorite green screen app.  The app costs $2.99 but is worth every penny.  Easy to use by yourself or with students.  Add your own backgrounds to make your pictures and videos come alive!


Icab mobile is a web browser app that allows you to download and save videos from the internet including Youtube.  You do have to pay for this app, but the cost is minimal and worth it.  This app has allowed me to add fun video backgrounds to my students’ green screen projects.


Imovie allows you to easily to browse your clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and stunning 4K-resolution movies. You can even start editing on iPhone or iPad.

Shadow Puppet Edu allows you to easily create videos in the classroom! Students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning. 30+ lesson ideas supporting Common Core make it easy to get started!


Ipevo Whiteboard allows you to:

  • Use iPad with certain stands to turn your tablet into a document camera or scanner. Now you can draw and add text directly onto the camera image.
  • Load an image from iPad’s Photo Library. Import pictures or pre-saved photos from Photo Library into IPEVO Whiteboard as a background to annotate on.
  • Use iPad like a blank whiteboard. You can draw, add text, and record both your voice and your onscreen activity.

Explore the home of George Washington in this interactive website which allows you to take a virtual tour of Mount Vernon that includes videos and detailed facts.  I give students a scavenger hunt to explore the website.

Great FREE website that allows you to assign grade level passages to your students, test them on their comprehension with the given questions, and then track their data to see how they perform.

PicLits is an e-learning website that utilizes photography and word banks (keywords) to improve literacy skills via writing.

Animoto allows you and your students create professional looking videos using their easy-to-follow format.  Make sure you sign up for a free educators account.

Pixton allows your students to create impressive comics to demonstrate their knowledge with simple click-and-drag tools.

The University of Wisconsin website gives information and examples for each of the moviemaking steps including screenwriting, storyboards, set design, film editing and more.

YouTube 360 channel to pan around Mars or other topics! How could your students make a 360 degree movie of your school? Perhaps put it on your website.

Simply sketch a character, then select the character and move it across the screen. It automatically records as an animation movie.

Math Pickle provides beautiful activities for math classrooms.  The emphasis on elegant graphical design and solid mathematics makes everything here a pleasure.

Have Chromebooks? Check this list of best video tools for use on Chromebooks.We Video is the top recommended video app for Chromebook, paid premium version gives you Green Screen capabilities and templates. Check it out!

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

Project Development

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

TEC21 Challenges

1. Apply what you learned today by creating a student-created video activity or a teacher-created screencast to teach a lesson to your students.  Share your experience by adding it to the Padlet above!

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.


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Sarah Grack

Sarah Grack

  • Educational Technologist
  • St. John’s Lutheran School Orange
  • sgrack@stjohnsorange.org
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