April 2019 Agenda–Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


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Ice Breaker – Sentence Starters


Matthew 28:1-10

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

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 project-based learning for your students.

2. Explore virtual field trips to use with your students.

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

Virtual Field Trips

Resources for Virtual Field Trips

Here is a great website that gives examples of virtual field trips and great tips for making the field trip fun and effective.


The First Thanksgiving – Briana sent in this one from Scholastic that she uses around Thanksgiving time.


Google Earth – Search for locations, view information cards, check out voyager with tours, quizzes, and games.


Patrice found these excellent articles with “Ten of the Best Virtual Field Trips” and “5 Best Virtual Field Trips.”


Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration – for $75 a year, students can experience 10 virtual field trips.  See link for the 2018-19 offerings.


Joy sent in a number of resources:  EducationWorld (check out the technology section), eSchoolNews (great resource for lesson plans and technology ideas), ScholasticSmithsonian National Museum of Natural History360 CitiesThe WhitehousePanoramasAnne Frank House, ,Airpano (aerial panoramas), NASANational Parks and Monuments.


Earth Day is Monday, April 22nd.  Check out these great field trips offered on that day by Connect2Texas.  You can register and then use an archived copy at a later date.  Here are some other field trips to consider.


Skype in the Classroom – great resource by Microsoft that makes it easy to bring the world into your classroom in five different ways:  virtual field trips, Skype lessons, Skype collaborations, Mystery Skype, and Guest Speakers.


Discovery Education – explore a large number of both live and archived field trips and guest speakers.  A subscription is not necessary to use.


Ellis Island and Immigration – interactive tour, contains great teacher resources.


Reach the World – brings the world into the classroom with a large number of “journeys” to countries far and wide.


American Museum of Natural History – explore exhibitions and try interactive experiences.


Edutopia – an article that links you to 6+ virtual field trips and resources.


Explore Virtual Adventures – tons of virtual field trips and ideas for engaging students.

Learn Around the World – new free field trips each month (both global and USA focused), optional paid field trips or virtual guest speakers also available.  Private shows can be arranged.  There is also a way to connect with classrooms around the world.


iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips – tons of iPad apps where your students can explore at their own pace.

International Space Station Live –  Explore the International Space Station, interact with the crew, see live data and use a number of educational resources.

Virtual Field Trips That Every Teacher Should Know About – article by Simple K12 that links 6 great field trip resources including art museums, astronomy, the White House, Smithsonian, and more.

Get Outta Class with Virtual Field Trips – From Education World.  Tons of virtual field trip resources along with some that are “make your own.”

Teacher Tap – Teacher blog that lists lots of virtual field trip resources.

Web 1.0 vs. 2.0 vs. 3.0

Evolution Web 1.0, Web 2.0, to Web 3.0 – Video

Article “Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 vs Web 5.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition.”  (Flat World Business)

Move Up the Technology Spectrum – Worksheet

Creating Your Own Website

We will explore the New Google Sites which is an extremely easy tool for students to use.     Go to:    sites.google.com/new

Click here for a video tutorial on using the New Google Sites.

Project-Based Learning

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

Project-Based Learning Using Technology: Activities
Ideas for the Little Guys (K-1)

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 – Student video     Parent video
  • Information Literacy – Video #1      Video #2
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

21 Websites for Poetry – April is National Poetry month!  Explore these websites to get some new ideas for using poetry in the classroom.

GeoGuesser – Let’s explore the 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.  Play as a single player or challenge a friend.  Game uses Google Earth.

Freeology – a plethora of free resources including ready-to-go worksheets for various grade levels and content areas, templates, calendar makers, graphic organizers and more.

Classkick – An app for teachers to create quick assignments, classroom tasks or authentic assessments using this app and website. Students can receive real time feedback on their work while being monitored by the teacher.  Great for 1-to-1 iPad classrooms. (Grade 4+)  

Artsonia is a gallery of student art portfolios where young artists (grades PK-12) display their art worldwide.  Another great website for lessons/resources in the Art Education world is the Incredible Art Department.  See also “The Art of Ed”  and “Princeton University Art Museum” for lots of ideas, lesson plans, and other resources.

Google “My Maps” allows you to create an interactive map using Google maps or Google Earth.  Students can mark locations and attach information, pictures, videos to those markers.

Provides K-12 educators access to unique, live educational content created and delivered by a rapidly expanding community of leading museums, science centers, historical sites, zoos, aquariums, literary groups, wellness centers, arts and performing arts organizations. While there is a cost, teachers can purchase a “season pass” to any of the yearly live events for $49.95.  See Calendar of Events to explore the potential topics available.

Google Tour Builder allows you and your students to create your own virtual tours using a combination of Google Slides, Google Earth,. and Google Maps.

Check out this instructional video on how to build a Google tour!

Here is an example of a tour built with Google Tour Builder.

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.

Here are instructions for Getting Started with Google Lit Trips.

Here are instructions on Viewing Google Lit Trips with Google Earth for Web.

The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. While there are official tools you can use such as Skype, Twitter, WriteAbout or Edmodo, you choose the tools that will make the most sense for you. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.  Time frame is October – mid November.  Sign up now and help choose the 2018 books!

Sign up your classroom or your school to participate in Global School Play Day on February 6, 2019.  Students participate in unstructured, creative, non-screen play.  Collaborate with schools around the world in the planning, playing, and debriefing!

Projects by Jen – a wonderful website for PreK-6 (although other grades are welcome) teachers that promotes creative, collaborative problem-solving.  They use math, science, art, music, writing, reading, etc.  Use archived projects with your class or participate in a current project.  There is opportunity to collaborate with other classrooms around the world.  Sign up your class to participate.  Projects still available this spring:  poetry, crayon project, photographer/artist.

Discover more than a million resources in the Smithsonian, create personal collections and educational experiences, and share your work. The ability to search, annotate, curate, share, and remix resources opens the door for creative use in almost every classroom. The annotation tools are easy to use and collections are completely customizable. Grades 4-12

YouTube video that shows all the states and capitals along with a highlight of the state set to a catchy song.

YouTube video that tours all the countries in the world showing their location and some pictures to help remember.  All of this set to a catchy tune!

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.

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 me at:   lmeyers@vlhs.com

Call me at:  989-324-0666 (cell) or 989-790-1676 ext. 12 (work)

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