February 2018 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

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Ice Breaker – Which “Peanuts” character is most like you and why?

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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 our 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.  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.     (Ephesians 2:4-10)

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 12.
  • MACUL – March 7-9 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.  See link here for more information:  MACUL
  • ISTE – June 24-27 in Chicago.  See link here for more information:  ISTE
  • GoogleFEST – in August see MACUL website under Events for more information as it is posted.
  • miGoogle – in the Fall (maybe November?), see link for sign up to receive emails about the schedule.
  • #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.  The following people have been registered for credit at CUNE:

Koboldt, Mary
Greenwood, Tamra
Erickson, Deb
Dent, Kelli
Pittman, Janel
Knoll, Leah
Massey, Elizabeth


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
Vimeo – Upload student videos to Vimeo to share with others.  See link here for video tutorials on topics such as screenwriting, video interviewing techniques, storyboarding, and pre-production tips
Video Paper Slides
Paper-Slide Videos – Students create videos by creating characters, scenes, dialogues, on paper and then videotaping the story by sliding the appropriate pieces of paper into view as needed while someone narrates.  See link for an instructional video.
Green Screen
Touchcast – Use a green screen to put video of you or your students into a picture or video.  Currently using iOs but should be coming out soon for Android.

LunaPic – Use to edit photos and then use on Facebook, your website, or green screen videos.

Digital Storytelling
Adobe Spark – Create polished web stories with magazine-style themes. Try it today.  Mobile and web · Beautiful Typography · Professional Themes · Share everywhere · Iconic Imagery.
To Flip or not to Flip, that is the Question….
Sharing on Write About from last month.
Write About is a classroom writing community and publishing platform built by teachers.  Includes lots of writing starters, writing groups, and opportunities for feedback from your class or the writing community.  Free version for one teacher allows for 5 posts per student.

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 – Creative Commons, Fair Use, Copyright (upper grades) or Copyright (lower grades)

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

DoInk – two apps for iPads (one for Animation & Drawing and one for Green Screen) that makes it easy for beginners to create their own animations or to create a green screen video.  See here for a set of tutorials for the green screen video creation.
Educreations – Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that’s simple, powerful, and fun to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as you explain any concept. Teachers can create short instructional videos and share them instantly with students, or ask students to show what they know and help friends learn something new.  Easily create videos on an iPad (using the Educreations app) and then share through email, web, or save in Google drive.

Screencastify – An extension to Google Chrome that allows you to easily create a screencast with audio or video.  The screencasts can be saved or shared

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EdPuzzle – Take already existing videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Vimeo, etc. or your own and edit their length.  Make the videos interactive by inserting your audio comments, or a quiz question (multiple-choice or short answer).  Create a class and see how long each student spent on the video and how they answered your questions.
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Aurasma – Turn everyday objects, images, and places into new opportunities for engagement through striking augmented reality experiences.  Use the app (iOs or Adroid) to connect a video, picture, web page, etc. to any everyday object.  I have seen some teachers have some great ideas for using this app.

Buncee – an easy to use presentation tool that allows you to create interactive slides using animation, videos, drawings, stickers, web images, text, audio recordings, and more.  Can be created on a laptop, chromebook, or mobile device.  See my sample Buncee using this link.
Video Scribe – an easy way to create whiteboard animations for teachers or students.
The History Project allows you to organize memories in an interactive timeline.  Users have the ability to link images, audio, video, and text documents on their timeline. Could be used for flipping classroom material or it would make a great end of the year review.
Word Tamer is a neat site for learning the process of developing characters, settings, and plots in creative writing. Word Tamer is set up as an interactive journey through a carnival of literary devices. As students move through the carnival they develop characters, develop a setting, and develop a plot for their stories. At each stop in the Word Tamer carnival students can print out the words they have written. Along the way there are videos to help students understand the roles of characters, settings, and plot development in crafting a good story.
Reach Out Reporter is a free service that provides science stories for elementary school students. The site is updated weekly with videos, articles, and graphics. There is a section in Reach Out Reporter called Fact Pack. In the fact pack section you will find sets of short videos and or images arranged around a central topic.
Ten Marks is a free math site created by Amazon, which allows students to practice math skills with scaffolded lessons, videos, and embedded hints. The free version only allows you to utilize content from one grade level and doesn’t have the same reporting capabilities as the premium accounts but it’s a good option for extra practice.

OSnap – an iOS app for creating stop-motion video or time-lapse photography.  Download from the app store.

CNN 10 – An online digital news show that is ideal for the classroom.  Clips are 10 minutes long or less.  Teachers can access the daily version or go back to the archives to view past shows.
Edutopia contains evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that work.  Find practical classroom strategies and tips, see videos showing the strategies in action, and explore project-based learning strategies and examples.  Also highlights current topics with articles and blogs.

The Michigan Educational Technology Standards for Students (METS-S) are aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) and the Framework for 21st Century Learning. The Michigan standards are intended to provide educators with a specific set of learning expectations that can be used to drive educational technology literacy assessments.

These standards are best delivered by authentic instruction and assessment with direct curricular ties and it is intended that these Standards will be integrated into all content areas. The preparation of our students to the successful in the 21st Century is the responsibility of all educators.

The METS 2009 Teacher Checklist is a helpful tool to use in discussion with your faculties about technology curriculum and integration.

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

Feel free to contact me anytime!  My email is lmeyers@vlhs.com and my phone number is 989-790-1676  ext. 12.  Or you can certainly contact me by cell 989-324-0666.

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