April 2019 Agenda–Columbus, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


Let’s Play a few rounds of Quizlet Live to get back into the swing of things.  Our Quizlet set introduces/reviews 36 popular EdTech resources.  Perhaps something will peak your interest for today’s work time.

Quizlet Live


1 Peter 1: 18-19
18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, May 9th.

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 some things 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 last year – SAMPLE.
  • Use the outline below with its questions and strategies to prepare for the day. To download and print a copy, click HERE.

To download and print a copy, click HERE.

Breakfast Bytes


1. Discover the value of AR and VR.

2. Explore Portfolios and Blogging to use with your students.

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

What Is Real?

Google Expeditions is the big AR/VR champion for classrooms.  Expeditions introduces your students to a new way of learning.  With AR & VR, teachers are no longer limited by the space of the classroom.

To run VR Expeditions best, you will need:

  • the Expeditions app
  • a mobile device or Chrome OS
  • optionally: Cardboard or Daydream viewer.

To run AR Expeditions best, you will need:

  • the Expeditions app
  • a mobile device that supports ARCore (Android) or ARKit (iOS)
  • optionally: a selfie stick



Google Cardboard – A simple way to get VR in the classroom

Classroom Blogs and Student Portfolios

Classroom Blog

Blogging comes in many forms, it addresses countless topics, and it can, without a doubt, be divided by its quality.  But when it comes to education, blogging can be an excellent tool for improving a student’s involvement, excitement, and most importantly, writing skills.

Reason’s to have students blog:

  1. Blogging exercises student creativity
  2. Regular writing sharpens the brain’s performance
  3. Promotes expression of self
  4. Blogging boosts confidence
  5. Improved communication skills

Sites for Classroom Blogs

  • Weebly – a very basic website creation tool that is pretty intuitive.
  • Edublogs – another free blogging site for educators and students.  Has a variety of features for moderating content and privacy controls.
  • Twiducate – Social networking for schools.  Twiducate is the perfect solution for elementary and secondary students.  It allows teachers to create a private social media platform for your class to use in their learning and activities.
Student Portfolios

Student portfolios are collections of student activities, accomplishments and achievements to demonstrate growth over time, offering an alternative to authentic assessment for students and teachers.

Advantages for students include:

  1. Self-Evaluation of growth and development of learning
  2. Individualize for each student
  3. Promotes communication between students, teachers, and parents
  4. Helps the student to stay accountable for their own education

Sites for Student Portfolios

Seesaw – This is a student driven digital portfolio and simple parent communication tool.  It provides a place for teachers to share information and for students to chart their growth through pictures, videos and voice recordings

ClassDojo – ClassDojo provides a place for students and teachers to showcase behaviors, activities, and achievements in the classroom for parents to enjoy.

Google Sites – Google Sites is another Google Suite tool that may be useful for creating student portfolios.  It allows you to have a lot of control over the look of your portfolio and share it with a global audience.  Here’s a blog post all about how to get started and make your own digital portfolio using Google Sites.

Louise Reisler’s Site & Blog

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
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

EdPuzzle is the perfect tool for allowing students to watch and engage with videos while the teacher gathers data throughout the lesson. As teachers dabble into the flipped classroom philosophy, EdPuzzle is the perfect enhancement tool for videos to be watched at home instead of eating up valuable class time.

Writable is a guided writing practice program for grades 3-12. With hundreds of customizable assignments, Writable helps teachers save time on instruction and feedback. The program works alongside Google Classroom/Docs to scaffold writing, deliver feedback, speed up grading, and monitor growth.

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!

HP Reveal Studio. Watch a quick video on how to build an Aura. Get brushed up on HP Reveal Studio basics. Check out our frequently asked questions.

Quizizz is an engaging formative assessment tool that would be great to use as a prior knowledge check, mid-lesson status report, or exit ticket. Students enjoy the game-based atmosphere, friendly competition, and memes.

Infographic of 6 Uses for K-12 Classroom AR. Augmented reality overlays digital information on top of an existing environment, and the AR device market is expected to reach more than $659 million by 2018. School uses include word walls and deaf sign-language flashcards.

See how cities have changed since 1984.

To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.

BookSnaps are a digital, visual representation used to annotate and share reflections on an excerpt of a book. Students use a variety of tools to create a note about something they are reading and post to your school social network: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Seesaw.

Videos on a variety of topics.  Hank Green is very entertaining and does a good job explaining a variety of things.  I use this in my Biology & Anatomy/Physiology Classes.  As always, be sure to pre-watch the videos for content as Hank can get a little… interesting… in his delivery.

Let’s explore the world! World. Embark on a journey that takes you all over the world. From the most desolate roads in Australia to the busy, bustling streets of New York City. Single player Challenge mode.

You don’t need the Instagram app to create the Instagram Stories experience. You just need Google Slides! Check out this template and how you can use it in class. Credit Matt Miller at Ditch That Textbook.

Here are some ideas for effective end of the semester projects.  Fact recall is not the goal as these cumulative activities pull from lessons learned throughout the schoolyear.

From billboards to character playlists, Todd Finely gives multiple ways for students to demonstrate their book’s contents.

Read this Twitter chat where teachers describe how they use Google MyMaps.

Twitter is a great place to find resources.  Spend a few minutes looking for ideas, follow a thread, or tweet a question.  I find most of my ideas from Twitter.

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

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

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

2. Prepare for Celebration Day! Have fun with this! Use the outline below with its questions and strategies to prepare for the day. To download and print a copy, click HERE.


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Email: Lfinchum@zionnewpal.org

Twitter: @Lfinch11

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.