April 2019 Agenda–Grafton, Wisconsin

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



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:http://www.biblegateway.com/ 

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 ReadWriteThink.org website or apps (a-e):

(a) Timeline(http://www.readwritethink.org/, website or app)

(b) Venn Diagram (http://www.readwritethink.org/, web or app)

(c) Haiku Poem (http://www.readwritethink.org/, web or app)

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

(e) Trading Cards (http://www.readwritethink.org, web or app) sample

(f) Voki.com (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. Sample Jesus Speaks to Us)

(g) Popplet.com (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) Educreations.com or Google slides (create a screencast telling the story)

(j) Book Creator (Book Snap) (create an ebook or series of book snaps to tell the story)

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…

2. Explore… to use with your students.

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


What is gamification?

Benefits of Gamification from 5 Benefits of Adding Gamification to Classrooms

  • Aids cognitive development
  • Boosts enthusiasm
  • Simplifies engagement and reduces tedious tasks
  • Allows students to track their progress
  • Gives student autonomy


Ways to Gamify your Classroom:

  • CK-12 – Available as a website as well as a Google app that has supplemental practice for the various content areas.
  • Amazing Coin – This iOS app offers kiddos the chance to hone their coin math through activities that help them recognize, spell, sort, order and add coins. Free activities are limited, but for $2.99, a teacher can access the remaining resources.
  • First & Sight Words – For beginning or struggling readers, this iOS app offers interactive play as a way to recognize over 250 common words.
  • GeoFlight USA – For a minimal $1.99, unlock a geography resource that reinforces state names, recognition, capitals, and more. Available for other countries and regions as well! (All platforms)
  • iTooch Elementary School – Grade level apps for science, ELA, and math, created by Pearson. Available for iOS and Android. Cost varies by platform.
  • BoomWriter – Available on any platform, this site focuses on getting your students excited about writing across the content areas! It offers lessons, supplements, and even grading options. It’s also free for educators!
  • Duck Duck Moose – A lineup of iOS apps for early learning. There are a handful for the upper elementary and middle level kiddos as well!
Augmented Reality
More Google Tips and Tricks
  • Webpage – https://sites.google.com/
    • Why set one up?
    • A constant source of information
    • Can be set up to be accessed with private settings or without email permission
    • An easy way to compile resources for your students all in one place, including calendars, links, and upcoming announcements
    • A way to contain your students to specific sites and searches
  • Tutorials
  • Other ideas…
    • Have students create a website for your school, a project, or as an assessment. It doesn’t have to be published publicly!
  • Google Classroom – 13 Reasons to Use Google Classroom – Arizona K12 Center
Extensions aren’t just for late projects or hair anymore…
  • Share to Classroom – Easily share a webpage or online resource to your classes.
  • OneTab – Collect all your tabs into one place and share with the class as a webpage. Helpful for directing the students’ online activity! Check out my example.
  • uBlock Origin – block those pesky side ads that kiddos have a tendency to accidentally click on!
  • DF Tube – block ads as well as the suggested and related videos found on the page.
  • Lightshot – Create instant screenshots of an entire web page or just a section. Edit, crop, and share it instantly.
  • Save to Google Drive – An easy extension that allows you to save a webpage as an image in your Drive.
  • Padlet Mini – Create mini padlet boards for bookmarking your favorite sites!
  • Print Friendly & PDF – Want to share an online article without all the cookie agreements and other links distracting your kiddos? Capture, edit, and share with Print Friendly & PDF!
  • Emoji Keyboard – Because, well, why not? 😜

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.)

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

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.

Pic-Collage is available across all platforms as a simple and easy photo editing tool to create beautiful layouts.

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.

MSQRD (Masquerade) is automatic selfie video recording app where your students can put on a mask and tell a story as a character. When they are finished it will save to photos where you can export it to Seesaw, Google Drive, any place you can share photos! And it’s so fun! Try it out.

A collection of sites to help students learn dissection without physically performing one.

Rewordify allows students to paste a link and get back a version with simpler words and sentence constructions. When students hover over highlighted areas the original, richer text shows up so they can gradually build their vocabulary and familiarity with difficult texts.

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.

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

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