Begin at 9:00am
Network: CLS Staff
Sharing: Do you have a “most memorable” Easter experience that you would be willing to share.
Favorite Easter songs or hymns. The following link will open a Google Slide. Easter Slide Show
1.Each of you will search YouTube and create a one minute Vibby clip (vibby.com) of a favorite Easter song or hymn.
2. Create a slide with the link to your Vibby.
Announcements & Review
1. Upcoming events:
The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, May 9.
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?
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.
4. ReadWriteThink.org poetry ideas to prepare for April – National Poetry Month
1. Discover the value of Web Presence in today’s world.
2. Explore new apps and sites to use with your students.
3. Identify a tool or resource to share with another teacher at your school.
https://www.blogger.com Mr. Wetjen’s World
Augmented and Virtual Reality
Augmented Reality combines Real World images with augmented experiences by computer-generated perceptual information. It can make flat images come alive! 6 Uses for Virtual & Agmented Reality in Education: Promising Practices & the Need for Small Experiments via @bernardbull
CoSpaces Edu is an intuitive educational technology enabling students and teachers to easily build their own 3D creations, animate them with code and explore them in Virtual or Augmented Reality.
Google Slides presentation by Sarah Grack about Cospaces https://drive.google.com/open?id=1N6fFMbqHCrHwzHXUhvteYtUEi28AR79UDgUEKctOKOw
Other VR experiences..
Extensions aren’t just for late projects or hair anymore… (credit to Kelly Carstens for this list)
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?
Best Apps and Websites (credit to Laurie Friedrich for this list)
CommonSenseMedia Top Picks for Apps & Websites by subject, grade, and skills. Take 5 minutes to explore your area of interest and find one tool to demonstrate!
Elementary School Reading Apps & Websites recommended by CommonSenseMedia
Digital Citizenship Topics of the Month
Privacy & Security
Relationships & Communication
Digital Footprint & Reputation
Self-image & Identity
Creative Credit & Copyright
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.
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.
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.
BookSnap is a digital, visual representation used to annotate and share reflections of any excerpt of a book. Students use Book Creator online or app to create a note about something they are reading and post to your school social network: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Seesaw.
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.
In addition to having an awesome name :), this resource offers activities designed for preschool through fifth grade students. There are a number of free printables, games, lesson ideas, videos, and more available. The site also offers a paid version with more resources and eliminates the ads in the margins.
This website provides games and tools aimed at enriching the early childhood process of learning. With ages 3-8 in mind, the site is organized by both subject area and age group.
Lit Trips are downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. Along the way, placemarks with pop-up windows contain “just in time” resources including relevant media, thought-provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references in that portion of the story. The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students. Here is an example video..
Free Tools for creating professional intros, animations, slideshows and music visualizations in minutes.
Emaze presentations website with a variety of amazing templates! My favorite is Gallery Landscape Art which allows you to insert pictures, videos, and text to showcase artwork or research in an art gallery format. Love the 3D format that allows you to “walk” through the gallery! Sample
EPIC is the leading digital library for kids 12 and under. Over 25,000 biographies, audio, award winners, nonfiction, Spanish, STEM, graphic novels and more. Meets the needs of struggling readers at their level and interest. Free for teachers, and free 30 day trial for parents, then $4.99/month and well worth it! New books for Women’s History Month!
Start your child reading with the free Lite version of this phonics-based interactive game in Bob Books. Even very young children love the simple drag-and-drop interface. Your favorite Bob Books characters and full-color animations encourage kids along the path of learning to read. Each game level increases the challenge just enough to keep your child engaged and acquiring new reading skills. Bob Books Reading Magic will show your child how to:
-Make the connection between letters and sounds.
-Sound out simple words.
-Spell the words they’ve read.
FREE content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning from Kindergarten to 12th Grade. Set up an account, then browse by topic and grade level for passages for your students. Includes step reads by level, audio versions, and ELL/SPED support.
A completely free site for teachers that offer supplemental lessons, printables, and activities in Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies for Kindergarten and up!
This is a link to a blog from a tech educator that includes sites to use for Easter in the classroom.
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
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