April 2019 Agenda–Rockford, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Grab some breakfast and get settled 🙂


Since April is National Poetry Month and next week is Holy Week, let’s each take one story and share it using a form of poetry. 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)

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 gamification in the classroom.
2. Explore various tools and resources to use with your students.
3. Identify a tool or resource to share with another teacher at your school.

Facilitator’s Choice!


What is it and when to use it
Classcraft – students play in teams and earn points for positive behaviors, enabling them to unlock real-life powers and thousands of customization options for their avatars.
         – Intro Webinar (about 35 minutes)
A game-based learning platform with standards-aligned content across K12 subjects and special features designed for classroom use.
50 Awesome Videos for Gaming Teachers
4 Ways to Bring Gamification of Education to Your Classroom
Create a choose your own adventure using Google Forms
12 Examples of Gamification in the Classroom
10 Ideas to Gamify Your Classroom

Interesting Reads


Google Classroom
SeeSaw Practice – Sample Class
Coding Trial – CodeCombat Sample Class

Digital Citizenship Integration

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

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

Long Division Touch – completely free app that contains tutorials and supplemental problems to strengthen your students’ long division skills. Divide, multiply, subtract, SLIDE! (Grade 4+)
Play-Doh TOUCH – With this fun app, students can mold a Play-Doh creation, capture it with the camera, and then animate it to complete tasks. Available as a free app, this is definitely worth checking out! (Grade 1+)
This Phonics Genius app is loaded with content: over 6,000 professionally recorded words carefully grouped into 225 categories by phonics. You can add your own cards and record your own voice. Customizable to hear sound and show phonic highlights in red or not. Now 99 cents but well worth it. For ages 1-8.
See and hear over 300 sight words flashcards on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. In most schools, children are expected to learn these “high-frequency” words by sight, without sounding out, by the end of the first grade.
With Math is Fun kids in grades K-12 can practice math with easy-to-learn games and activities. Check out all the options at this website, iPad app, or Google Play app. Even a dictionary of visuals to explain math terms.
The video game archive has many “old school” arcade games such as Pac-Man as well as educational games such as SimCity and the Oregon Trail.
Cookie is a website that 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.
Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists.
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.
Videos on a variety of topics. Hank Green is very entertaining and does a good job explaining a variety of things.
GoGuardian is a paid service to monitor students’ actions online. For Chromebooks and Windows devices.
Step by step is a professional EdTech studio that focuses on developing educational apps for children aged 1 to 5 years old.
Web tools to help you create educational games.
Search for a topic that you want research on.  Instead of having to scan through countless articles, InstaGrok creates a concept map related to the search (with sources).  Great to help younger students get used to research.
The free BeginningReads program supports teachers, parents, and tutors in bringing children into reading. Before children learn about written language, they have developed a substantial oral language word bank. The goal of BeginningReads is to connect student’s oral language knowledge with written language. The texts do this by placing a premium on words that are both highly concrete and phonetically regular—words such dog, cat, pet, andbig. Each level has 12 4-page books that share a set of concepts, which allows young readers to see the same words in many different texts. Each book is provided as a double-sided PDF ready for printing. BeginningReads is also available as iBook on iTunes!

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

Email – RachaelFranklin@TEC21connect.com

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.