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Reconnecting to each other – Enjoy some coffee cake and we’ll reconnect in a bit!
Using Descriptive Words… About You!
Use one of the websites below to create a word cloud that describes you!
While you listen to the lyrics and melody of the song, write down whatever words come to mind in the word cloud generator of your choice.
Announcements & Review
1. Upcoming events:
- The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, May 2.
- #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.
- Join the TEC21 Facebook group!
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 digital assessment and digital portfolios.
2. Explore apps and extensions to use with your students.
3. Identify a tool or resource to share with another teacher at your school.
The Digital Classroom and Portfolio
Google Drive – easily organized and shared, Google Drive is a simple, free option for student portfolios. Create folders by subject, project, grading period, etc. and easily share it among teachers, student group members and even parents.
Google Classroom – Similar to Edmodo, Google Classroom offers a safe place that provides teacher-student interaction through announcements, assignments, question/response, and other tools. Let’s check this sample classroom for TEC21!
Pear Deck – Easily collect student data and provide individualized feedback using Pear Deck. It integrates with Google seamlessly and offers a decent amount of personalization with the free account. Here are some example lessons.
Tech du jour…
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? 😜
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!
Digital Citizenship Integration
How can we produce positive self-images/identities when creating digital portfolios and how do we teach educated discernment when choosing appropriate and useful apps?
- Internet Safety
- Privacy & Security
- Relationships & Communication
- Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Self-image & Identity
- Information Literacy
- Creative Credit & Copyright
Little or No Prep Tools & Resources
Your favorite lasagna-loving, fat cat, Garfield, guides students through a variety of topics, from standard language arts skills to online safety. Several topics are offered as individual apps:
iOS and online
Draw and tell allows students to visually create a story and narrate it! The drawings are hand-drawn and colored by the user, then used during narration of their story or information. (K – Grade 3)
Consisting of more than 300 sight words considered high-frequency words in most school curriculum settings. With clear text and auditory support, this app helps strengthen sight word skills in your younger ones! (Preschool+)
Google’s interactive Earth website offers students a chance to explore outside of their corner of our world. With the ability to zoom, pan, and “drop in” to different parts of the world, we give our students the freedom to discover new places, new cultures, and the wonders of the world. It offers sharing and bookmarking capability in a clean app. Try the online platform for an even better experience! (Grades 3 and up)
A mostly free and practical website that combines videos, games, and lesson plans to teach our kiddos some necessary concepts. It also allows you to share directly to Google Classroom. Available resources for preschool through 5th grade.
By request, check out this compilation search of early learning (preschool – 1st grade) apps available on the Google Play store for Android devices.
A useful blog post suggesting a dozen different sight word apps for primary grades. Some free, some paid, some with in-app purchases… but all excellent!
A helpful list to supplement your classroom assessment modalities.
A completely free site for teachers that offer supplemental lessons, printables, and activities in Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies for Kindergarten and up!
The Smithsonian offers this website free of charge to help plan and supplement your history lessons. With a plethora of resources, this site surely will not disappoint and helps bring our past into the present! (Kindergarten and up)
Schoolhouse Rock–informative content, catchy tunes wrapped up in classic graphics… need we say more?
What’s real and what’s fake and how do we teach our students to tell the difference? What is Self-Image & Identity and how do we instill a positive identity online? Common Sense Education wins again!
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.
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