January 2019 Agenda—La Mesa, California

La Mesa, California

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Network: CLS Staff
Password: !CLS!-1Timothy1:11-$cls$
How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
Sharing for the day – Share one way you have used technology in your classroom this past month.


Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:
  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, February 21, 2019
2. Think all the way back to November’s TEC21 Challenges. Did anyone participate in the Hour of Code in December? What happened? What obstacles (if any) did you and your students have to resolve? How did your students respond to the coding activities? What successes did you and your students experience?
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 website 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 start of the second semester, 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 comes 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! With Google’s announcement that they’ll be shutting down these communities in 2019, we are continuing to explore how we can best continue to equip, encourage, and support one another for years to come. We’ll keep you posted!
Facebook: Please “Like” the TEC21 Facebook Page! This will help us to grow and expand our reach to new schools and teachers and in turn impact more students! #LutheranSchoolsThrive
Pinterest: Following TEC21’s collaborative board is another way for us to experience the benefits of being connected educators! If you want to join us by being a collaborator on this board, just click this link and start to pin–https://pin.it/ufa45k5b6lzmzp.
Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our innovation centers.

Breakfast Bytes

1. Teaching Methods for Inspiring the Students of the Future -Joe Ruhl TEDx Choice, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Caring
2. Collaborate with top teachers. Top IT Blogs for teachers! The 2018 Top 50 Must Read K12 IT Blog list is here via @EdTech_K12  
3. Collaborating Across a District – or a Country: Digital Tools Enable Teachers to Share Resources and even Co-Teach with peers anywhere


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.


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 innovation 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?

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.


Two other sources for locating interested teachers in on Twitter    #mysteryskype  or  #mysteryhangout


For Google Hangouts:
  1. Open Hangouts at hangouts.google.com.
  2. Click  Video Call
  3. Click   Copy Link To Share
  4. Send an e-mail to participants. The link will be on the clipboard, so rightclick and click paste to insert the link into your email.
  5. The recipient needs to click on the link to open the Hangout screen, listen for a tone and click the green box Join Hangout
More projects for collaborating with other classrooms…

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

Projects by Jen
Projects by Jen   Online collaboration projects and resources for PreK-6. Her projects are archived on her website.
Jen, (Jennifer Wagner) in mid December 2018 found out she has stage 4 cancer. She is currently on hiatus from her website, but is keeping a blog of her new reality. Jen is a Christian, and I would encourage you to read her new blog.
Open Ed World’s largest K-12 resource library. Assessments, videos, and homework with games to further learning where needed for each standard for each student.
You can log in with your Google+ account.
Symbaloo   Save weblinks in an organized way for yourself or your students.
Or create a lesson with Symbaloo.
Travel by Drone
Travel by Drone   Take aerial field trips to locations around the world from the safety and comfort of your classroom.
Thinglink is a free tool for creating multimedia, interactive collages.  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
Grab your camera! Let’s ChatterPix! Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk — pets, friends, doodles, and more.
Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports.
And best of all, it’s FREE as an iPad app!
Skype in the Classroom is a free community that offers live transformative educational experiences for students including Virtual Field Trips, talks from Guest Speakers, classroom to classroom connections, and live collaboration projects
Students can create tours as part of a research project, use them as a way to reflect after a field trip, or even as a supplement to a creative writing project. They can be used to create tours of your school, your classroom, or your town. If your school doesn’t currently have much VR technology, start with an affordable Google Cardboard—just pop a smartphone into one of these and you now have one VR headset that can be used by a small group of students.

Google Tour Creator

Duck Duck Moose has joined forces with Khan Academy, whose mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. The link below has a number of apps designed for ages 2-7 (and some for older kids)
The apps are for both IOS and Android.
This is an amazing Google Docs add-on which allows you to make audio and other comments and feedback on students’ work. It’s a wonderfully easy way to mark homework and assignments. Students can also reply to feedback with audio comments.
Audiotool is a powerful online music production studio right in your browser. Start making music in the cloud.
Flipgrid is a video discussion platform. Students record short, authentic videos and can reply to each other’s videos. Teachers are 100% in control with video moderation, access controls, You can take your classroom global and connect with another educator to set up a #GridPals collaboration. Check out this amazing GridPals guide created by the first ever GridPal, Bonnie McClelland!
When you first look at Webjets, you might think, “Oh, it’s like Padlet.” And in some ways, you’d be right: In Webjets, users create boards where they gather items on cards, placing these on a desktop that feels like a bulletin board.
Webjets could be used as a flexible tool for any kind of group project or task, whether it’s done by you or your students.


This addictive game plunks you down somewhere in the world using Google Street view. You literally start on some country road and the whole point of the game is to figure out where in the world you are. You can navigate down the road in the app, and you can turn around and zoom in to look more closely at things, but because the game often chooses the most remote locations, you often find yourself traveling for quite a while before you see any clues. Once you do see something—a road sign, ideally, or something at least with language on it—you can start figuring it out.
Video is becoming a well-respected form of “text” that can be consumed and analyzed as deeply as any print text, so collections like these should become a part of your school’s library of options for classroom materials. One word of warning: Although the content on the site has been rated safe for all audiences on YouTube and Facebook, the videos on Great Big Story were not made specifically for a student audience, and some material will not be appropriate for younger viewers. Teachers should preview videos before sharing them with students.


This is an alternative to Skype for those that have a Google account. Both parties will need to have Google accounts. or you can send an invitation if the other party has a gmail account.
Nearpod. Create slides interspersing polls, video clips, open answer questions, quiz, audio, draw picture or circle answer to get every student responses. Use in guided reading placing picture of story page on a slide, ask a comprehension question on a slide, then have students circle the character or vocabulary word requested. Can be completed collaboratively by partners or small groups.
Another clean video page without distractions. Click on Watchkin.com. Copy and paste the URL of the video you want to view into the Watchkin search box and you’ll be taken to a clean page to watch your video. No distracting or potentially offensive videos will appear. To search for more videos, type your search terms in the search box above, or on any watchkin page. You can drag and drop the Watchkinize button up to your toolbar to use whenever you show videos to your class.
Securely is a program that allows parents to view their kids’ activity across educational sites and time sinks, in-school and at-home across all of their school-owned devices or personal devices . All of this is delivered via  a dashboards and e-mail reports! Cost is based on the number of users at the school.
Smithsonian Learning Lab    Discover more than a million resources in the Smithsonian, create personal collections and educational experiences, and share your work. The ability to search, annotate, curate, share, and remix resources opens the door for creative use in almost every classroom. The annotation tools are easy to use and collections can be customized.  Grades 4-12
ePals offers pairing services for schools from around the world that are eager to learn from one another. Classrooms can access over 200 countries via live video chat, creating a unique learning community where young people experience a little bit of life in a foreign country while forming dialogues and lasting friendships. ePals represents the world’s largest network of K-12 classrooms, and best of all, it’s free.
Teachers enroll in a project and Pen Pal Schools connects them with a group of pen pals. Join the world’s largest collaborative learning community and make project-based learning easy!
The premier one-stop website for live, interactive learning experiences. Find and post collaborative projects for your learners to connect with peers around the world. Search for Free Collaborations and consider joining one! You can also pay a yearly membership of $75 for your school and take 10 virtual field trips all over the world! Pretty good deal too!
Here are some simple tech tools students can use to create awesome projects. Students can work together in cooperative learning groups or independently depending on your access to technology in your school district. Each idea for demonstrating learning comes with an excellent collaborative learning idea! Bonus: They’re all free!
Children’s opportunities for hands-on service in the field tend to be limited – but through Lutheran Hour Ministries’ International Online Mission Trips (OMT), students can experience much of the learning and thrill of a mission trip – and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the work of Lutheran Hour Ministries around the world. A free curriculum to lead your students to Peru is ready to leave now! (Web-free)
With Math is Fun  kids in grades K-12 can practice math with easy-to-learn games and activities. Check out all the options at this website, iPad app, or Google Play app. Even a dictionary of visuals to explain math terms.
Create digital scavenger hunts for you and your students to explore or use existing scavenger hunts! Participants can be awarded points, and topics and ideas vary from field trips around popular locations to science lab safety.
BAND is an app for teachers and classroom organizers. It offers every tool you need to communicate with your students and fellow teachers.

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

Project Development

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

Made with Padlet

TEC21 Challenges

1. Plan a collaborate learning activity which would engage your students with another teacher’s students through digital means. Share your experience!

2. Post to TEC21’s online Google+ community. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, or a picture of you and your students engaging in a learning collaborative learning activity.

3. Be of support–a resource–to one of your colleagues.

4. Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2019/2020 school year opened on January 2, 2019. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other Lutheran school teachers and the impact it’s had on you and your students. Thank you in advance for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd


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Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.