April 2019 Agenda–Green Bay, Wisconsin

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi: 
    • Network: PLCS-INTERNET
    • Password: pilgrim123
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
  • To each other – Meet your fellow TEC21 participants!
  • Sign up for Snacks – Let’s make a list for anyone who’s willing to bring snacks for the rest of our dates.
  • Group Sharing of Video Creations: What is one technology project you tried tried in the classroom? How did it go? Do you have a student sample to show?
  • Mike’s List of Apps we’ve done so far – In writing this Agenda, I couldn’t remember all of the things we’ve covered so far, so I made a list!  Check out this list for a quick review/refresher on where we’ve been.
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Everything Changes!

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

Some additional tools:

(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 FINAL workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2019.  It is our CELEBRATION day!
  • Other Stuff

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 – SAMPLEThe 2018 Season Line-up
  • 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, VR, and Student Blogs

2. Explore Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and the use of student blogs to use with your students.

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

What is Real?

Google Expeditions

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

Augmented Reality (AR)

Augmented reality, or AR, allows people to add digital elements into their actual environment.

Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual reality, or VR, is a wholly immersive experience that allows the user to interact with new virtual worlds.

For fun – Here’s what happened to a guy who spent a week in Virtual Reality

AR & VR Resources

Toyota 86 AR .APK for advanced users. (use on Android/Samsung)

Augmented Reality Marker Pack – This is a few years old but has some neat markers if you can get the apps to work.

AR Marker Pack from AP Studio – Has markers for various AR apps.  Some are still live and some have been retired.  A good place to start.

Bowmaster AR – The most immersive archery experience enters the real world!  Use the app to shoot targets on your table.

NBA AR Basketball – Two different modes give you some neat features. The AR Portals allows you to step on the court and behind the scenes of the NBA and some of its biggest events.  The AR Pop-a-Shot Game allows you to take authentic shots as you try to beat the clock or a friend.

Google Translate – Allows you to translate foreign names/words into a different language.  Great for travel.  iOS and Android

Quiver – We covered this on in some detail earlier.  Has neat pictures you can color and make come to life!

Google Lens – This is the replacement for Google Glasses… which fell of the planet a few years back.  It allows you to look at something with your camera and Google Lens will try to identify it.  Still a bit inconsistent.  Android app, but iOS can access through Google Photos

ARUler – A measuring app for Android (sorry iOS…although iOS has its own measuring app).  Check out the link to see which versions are available on each platform.

SkyView App – There are various apps that let you see constellations in the light or dark.  Here’s an Android version.  iOS has some free and some paid variations too.

Discovery VR – Skydiving and swimming with sharks are just two of the many adventures you can find in the exclusive VR content from some of Discovery’s many shows – Deadliest Catch & MythBusters for example  (Discovery is gone, here’s an article about it)

In Mind VR – Shrink down to the micro level and take a journey through a brain in the grips of a mental disorder – as you travel, use your gaze to fire a beam of light that can alleviate the troubled neurons.

Sites in 3D – Visit the ever growing set of locations that are being turned into VR experiences.  Can even use it on the computer just like Google Maps.  iOS and Android app available

Egyptian Mysteries – Google Cardboard sponsored for Android devices.  Solve an ancient Egyptian mystery.

InCell VR – Action mixed with bio-science which all takes place in a highly unusual micro world of the carefully recreated human cell. iOS and Android

YouTube VR – That’s right, you can watch YouTube videos in a VR environment.

Spark AR Studio – Create interactive augmented reality experience with or without code, then share what you build with the world. PC download

Classroom Blogs & 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

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Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when looking at classroom blogs and augmented/virtual reality?

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Common Sense Media – Original Scope & Sequence

Common Sense Media – New Lessons for Gr. 3-8

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

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.

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.

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.

GoNoodle helps teachers and parents get kids moving with short interactive activities. Desk-side movement helps kids achieve more by keeping them engaged and motivated throughout the day. GoNoodle is designed with K-5 classrooms in mind.

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.

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.

Symbaloo is a personal startpage that allows you to easily navigate the web and compile your favorite sites all into one visual interface. Save your bookmarks in the cloud and access them from anywhere with any device.

Super Teacher Worksheets is a website with thousands of pages of printable learning resources. We specialize in creating high-quality worksheets for kindergarten through fifth grade students.

Lots of Calendars – Yearly, monthly and weekly calendars, printable calendar templates for Excel/PDF/Word, bank/federal holidays and more.

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.

National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.

Flipboard is a personalized magazine app designed for phones and tablets, but you can access it on a PC, too. It takes stories from around the web based on your own interests and delivers them to you in an attractive visual feed.

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.

See how cities have changed since 1984.

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.

4D Interactive Anatomy lets you tilt, rotate, and dissect real human specimens online. Try the free trial to see how you can remove layers of the anatomy to reveal muscles, bones, and organs.

Ask your students to use the Fake Ticket Generator to create excitement for class presentations. Have them create tickets and hand them out to other students to use to be admitted to class for their presentation. Create tickets to hand out to students at the beginning of any unit to create interest and excitement.

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

Mike Schmidt

SchmidtM@newlhs.com – on Google+ – @tchrmschmidt – on Facebook – Instagram –Pinterest – LinkedIn – 715.509.0002

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