March 2018 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (Group 1)

Seward, Nebraska

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi: Conference Code:  TEC21Workshop
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
  • To each other – Grab a snack. Add a prayer request to our Padlet board. THEN Add your picture and contact information to this Google Doc to help us stay connected.
  • Lunch – Put in your order for lunch from the Dog House Grill menu! Place lunch order on this form. Note there are 2 specials today: (1) Curly Tail Grill: Two grilled slices of Texas Toast piled high with shaved ham and cheddar cheese (2) Cheeseburger: hand-pattied burger with American cheese served on a brioche bun with lettuce & tomato (both served with fries or side salad & fountain drink) $5.87
  • Group Sharing of Technology Integration: What is one technology project you tried tried in the classroom? How did it go? Do you have a student sample to show?


As we follow Jesus from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, take one story or multiple events and share  multimodally. Working with a partner, you may also compare and contrast Palm Sunday with Good Friday to demonstrate how the sentiment of the people changed drastically in just four days. Try a tool you haven’t worked with yet that perhaps your students could use. You can find the verses at: 

1. Palm Sunday (Matthew 21:1-17)

2. Jesus anointed by Mary in Simon’s House at Bethany-Tuesday: (Matthew 26:6-13)

3. Preparation for the Passover-Tuesday night: (Luke 22:7-16, 24-30)

4. Jesus washes the Apostles’ feet to teach them humility-Thursday night: (John 13:1-20)

5. Jesus opens his heart to the disciples about his departure-Thursday night: (John 14-16)

6. Jesus’ intercessory prayer near Gethsemane-Thursday night: (John 17)

7. Betrayal, arrest and trial-Friday morning: (Matthew 26:47-27:30)

8. Jesus crucified on the cross-Friday: (Luke 23:33-46)

9. The Resurrection-Sunday: (Matthew 28:5-8)

Some tools you may use, but are not limited to, to portray this episode of Jesus’ passion:

From website or apps (a-e):

(a) Timeline (, search for Timeline at website or app)

(b) Venn Diagram (, search for Venn Diagram app only)

(c) Haiku Poem (, search for Haiku app only)

(d) Acrostic Poem (ReadWriteThink interactive on web or app)

(e) Trading Cards (, app only)

Some additional tools:

(f) (create an avatar, Jesus is an option under “World,” and add voice by typing text to speech for provided voice or using microphone for your voice. The Jesus character is now only available with the paid package.  Sample Jesus Speaks to Us)

(g) (create a graphic organizer with pictures, video, & words to tell the story)

(h) Bible Buddies HD (puppet play app, need Director’s pass for Easter story $3.99)

(i) or Google slides (create a screencast telling the story)

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24.
  • NETA Spring Conference, Omaha. April 18-20. Register here
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.
  • teacher training- free one week this summer with 4 follow up sessions throughout next school year. Sign up here if you would like more information.

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 using your TPACK knowledge to empower students to use technology to learn and demonstrate learning.

2. Explore Project-Based Learning and Gamification to use with your students.

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

Technology Infused Student Learning!

3 Rules to Spark Learning

1. Curiosity comes first

2. Embrace the mess

3. Practice reflection

Trends in Education K-12
Project-Based Learning using Technology

1. Engineering a Bridge

2. Nebraska Statehood Timeline

3. Shape Scavenger Hunt

4. Art Tells the Story of Nebraska

5. Summarizing Reading & Research

Still More Ideas: 8 Engaging Early Literacy Activities that Use Technology and Hands-On Learning

The 6 Must-Have Elements of High Quality Project-Based Learning: Intellectual challenge & accomplishment, authenticity, public product, collaboration, project management, reflection

An Introduction to Design Thinking: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test.

“They are afraid of being wrong,” said Gallin. “And that fear of being wrong cripples them.” Teach students to take risks and make mistakes when they can receive feedback, teach strategies, try PBL. Here’s an approach to math phobia that could add up: Tackle the fear head on


Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when ______? (Adjust your questions/discussion based on the topic you chose for today.)

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy  Strategic Searching, A Creator’s Rights, A Creator’s Responsibilities, Identifying High Quality Sites, Rework, Reuse, Remix and more from
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

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Teacher Kit makes classroom management easy to manage, from taking pictures of students to make seating charts and learn names, to recording grades, taking online anecdotal notes about behavior, and contacting parents all from the app.
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Do you have so many websites you want to remember but don’t know how to organize them? Check out Sqworl! Simply set up your account, create a new group, and begin cutting and pasting URLs of the websites you want to group. Sample Sqworl on animal websites for student research. You can simply share the link and students access the websites you want them to use without typing in URLs.

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ReadWriteThink offers this great time line maker tool that can include pictures and text. You can slide the items top and bottom of the line, and move them to add others.
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Sutori Multimedia Timelines. This website creates a vertical timeline including pictures, audio, video, weblinks in text. Martin Luther King example Sutori timeline.
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Qrafter is the most powerful QR Code reading app for iOS. Download on your iPhone or iPad to scan a QR code and go directly to the information you want students to see. Any URL can be turned into a QR code: student video, Google Doc paper, Google Slide presentation, etc.
Quiver Vision is 3D augmented reality coloring. Print a page, color it, then hold your iPhone or iPad over the picture to see the object jump off the page and move!
AR Flashcards - Animal Alphabet
AR Flashcards – Animal Alphabet is an app that brings augmented reality to paper flashcards to make them 3D and jump off the page! Go to the website to print the flashcards of alphabet, math facts, dinosaurs, etc., cut them out so white shows all the way around, download the app on your iPad or iPhone, then view the flashcard to see the animal in 3D.

Voting is now open for upper and lower grades favorite books to win March Madness, literacy style! As your students are excited about NCAA basketball March Madness, you can start some of your own!  Mr. Nate Balcom of Grand Island does this every year. Join this collaborative project, or create your own for any subject area (solve a math problem for each of the spaces in the bracket, etc.)

Type in the name of a children/young adult author and see a word map of related authors appear. Those names closest to the name you submitted are authors a student who reads the suggested author would also appreciate.

Do you know about Crash Course videos? They are animated videos on a variety of topics including history, literature, anatomy, psychology, biology, chemistry and more.

Check out these brief 8-10 minute videos on demonstrating some of the best teaching and learning technology tools. Search the over 350 videos arranged in Playlists by grade level or subject.

Help students report information by the numbers in an organized fashion using Piktochart easy-to-use infographic maker to make learning visible.

Just type in a URL of a student project or website and this website instantly generates a QR code that when scanned takes you directly to the website. Try it this spring with student projects!

To stay current with technology trends, subscribe to Richard Byrne’s blog FreeTech4Teachers. Subscribe via email or like on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter at this site.

Google+ is housed in Google Drive and allows you to join or create communities to learn about topics of interest or connect with amazing people. Click here to go directly to Googe+ Communities. Great collaboration tool. Consider creating a community for parents and students. You can post information and they can respond to you and each other. How to create a Google+ Community Tutorial

Kodable produced these standards to help teachers know what they should be helping students learn now that classroom teachers do most of the computer time. Standards include programming & communication, social emotional learning, everyday connections, and computational thinking and programming concepts. Here is a great teacher blog to explore to set up your technology lessons in your classroom.

As you plan the computer skills and strategies you will teach your students read through the Nebraska Standards across disciplinary standards to see how technology use is expected: collect data, measure, analyze and interpret data to provide evidence, use mathematical representations to describe a model, integrate qualitative scientific and technical information to support a claim, design, evaluate, and refine a device, use a computer simulation, etc.

It’s time for you to explore the CommonSenseMedia website to explore highest suggested apps and websites for your subject area and grade level. Especially check “Find an Ed Tech Tool” and “Top Picks.”

Mural of 243 hand-painted birds. Click on any one to learn about habitat, habits, and audio recording of bird’s call. Includes map highlighting where each bird can be found. Also links to world e-bird map. Perfect for studying birds this spring!

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

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