April 2019 Agenda–Livermore, California

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


Grab a snack and get ready to share!


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)

Student sample of comic strip https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1lIWkry8TQ-a4yZgwtXjyP3LzrYD8N-yG50zdb4Lssqc/edit?usp=sharing

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2019.

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 technology in the development of student projects.

2. Explore a variety of online, VR and AR tools to use with your students.

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

Project-based Learning

Project infused learning

3 Rules to Spark Learning

1. Curiosity comes first

2. Embrace the mess

3. Practice reflection

What is the TPACK Model? 

Curricular Integration of Subjects, intentional selection of Pedagogy, layering of Technology to take students to a higher level of learning that meets standards

PBL Resources

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.

Amazing Grace Christian School STEAM Fair commercials

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

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

Student Blogging

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

ClassDojo is an online classroom-management platform that helps teachers record and track their students’ behaviors in real time while also giving students instant feedback. Much of this happens publicly through the use of a visual tracker, often displayed to the class on a screen or interactive whiteboard. Teachers can keep some information private depending on how they choose to set things up. The platform is designed to help individual students, as well as entire classes, identify areas for improved behavior and set related goals. (Free, K – 6)

Create elegant eye-catching artwork – no talent required.

The fastest live video messenger app on the planet. It combines the convenience of texting with the expressiveness of video chat. Now you and your friends/family can share real moments as they happen, and enjoy quality facetime.

i-nigma is a QR code reader. There are many out there; this one has worked for me in the past.

Inventioneers: Excellent physics puzzler that emphasizes engineering practices. Fun and challenging for all ages!

A curriculum or simply a resource for teachers to use with students to encourage proper and accurate technology use.

Explore all things science at this website! Lessons, tools, collections, afterschool ideas, and news for grades K-12. Seach by area of science, grade level, type of activity, videos, and materials for students or teachers.

Free app that explores instruments, spells name of instrument, and views a video of the instrument being played

These apps are easy to use and in a variety of subject areas (free and a small cost).

This is about.com’s take on a publication for educators. I have found some neat stuff – like these icebreakers – while browsing this site.

Apps Gone Free (iOS and Android) is a free app which offers anywhere from 4 – 7 free apps each day. They range from the educational (usually lower grades or young children) to the personal (like organization), from games to picture editing. Normally costing $0.99 – $4.99, this is a great way to find apps that you and your students might use.

Online lessons and resources in the arts for all age levels.

Any version of the Bible at your fingertips. No longer can your students claim they left their Bible at school.

Bouncy Balls is a great noise monitor. Watch the balls bounce higher the louder the class gets! Great to show differences in music too.

Play charades with your class.

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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