March 2019 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am



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Our Agenda –

While you are waiting for us to begin, why don’t you check out the Google+ Community for TEC21 Educators and see what’s new!

Ice Breaker – Which “Peanuts” character is most like you and why?

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But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.     (Ephesians 2:4-10)

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 11.
    • MACUL (Detroit) – March 20 – 22.
    • ISTE (Philadelphia) – June 23 – 26

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?

Breakfast Bytes


1. Discover the educational value of student-created video activities.

2. Explore video creation tools and resources to use with your students.

3. Design a student-centered project or assessment involving student and the use of video.

4. Be a resource to another teacher by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.

Video Creation


Screencastify – Free screen recorder extension for Chrome. Capture, edit and share screencasts. No software download required. Works on Mac, Windows and Chromebooks.  See some examples of how to use in the classroom.

Green Screen

Touchcast – Use a green screen to put video of you or your students into a picture or video.  Currently using iOs but should be coming out soon for Android.

LunaPic – Use to edit photos and then use on Facebook, your website, or green screen videos.

Digital Storytelling

Vimeo – Upload student videos to Vimeo to share with others.  See link here for video tutorials on topics such as screenwriting, video interviewing techniques, storyboarding, and pre-production tips.

Paper-Slide Videos – Students create videos by creating characters, scenes, dialogues, on paper and then videotaping the story by sliding the appropriate pieces of paper into view as needed while someone narrates.  See link for an instructional video.  Click here for a student example of a paper-slide video.

Adobe Spark – Create polished web stories with magazine-style themes. Try it today.  Mobile and web · Beautiful Typography · Professional Themes · Share everywhere · Iconic Imagery.

Stop Motion Video

Stop Motion Studio – Create beautiful stop motion animated movies anywhere instantly on your device. Everything you need is right at your fingertips. No computer needed. It’s simple to use, deceptively powerful and insanely fun to play with. Create fantastic movies your friends will enjoy or share it with the world on YouTube, Facebook and other sites. Works with Android and iOS.

Sharing on Write About from last month.

Write About is a classroom writing community and publishing platform built by teachers.  Includes lots of writing starters, writing groups, and opportunities for feedback from your class or the writing community.  Free version for one teacher allows for 5 posts per student.

To Flip or not to Flip, that is the Question….

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when integrating video creation in the classroom?

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright – Creative Commons, Fair Use, Copyright (upper grades) or Copyright (lower grades)

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

EdPuzzle – Take already existing videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Vimeo, etc. or your own and edit their length.  Make the videos interactive by inserting your audio comments, or a quiz question (multiple-choice or short answer).  Create a class and see how long each student spent on the video and how they answered your questions.

Educreations – Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that’s simple, powerful, and fun to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as you explain any concept. Teachers can create short instructional videos and share them instantly with students, or ask students to show what they know and help friends learn something new.  Easily create videos on an iPad (using the Educreations app) and then share through email, web, or save in Google drive.

DoInk – two apps for iPads (one for Animation & Drawing and one for Green Screen) that makes it easy for beginners to create their own animations or to create a green screen video.  See here for a set of tutorials for the green screen video creation.

Chrome Music Lab – Song maker that is easy to use.  Create short music pieces without any training.  Save and share pieces through links.

Aurasma – Turn everyday objects, images, and places into new opportunities for engagement through striking augmented reality experiences.  Use the app (iOs or Android) to connect a video, picture, web page, etc. to any everyday object.  I have seen some great ideas for using this app.

ReadWriteThink – Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction

ePALS – ePALS Classroom Exchange (ECE) allows students throughout the world to connect and exchange information with one another via email and online conferencing.  Users can collaborate on history, science, or geography projects. Students communicate via email, Internet voice communications, and the WWW. Photos, graphics, and multimedia clips can be shared without long distance phone or mail costs. While interacting with other students, users will also have hands-on experience with educational technology. Viewers can search the online database by school name, language spoken, grade level, city, state, or country to locate a specific classroom — or they can add their own entry for free. The site would be a great enhancement for foreign language classes; students could practice writing another language. Educators could extend lessons and let students become pen pals as well. This is a great resource for interactive education.

Buncee – an easy to use presentation tool that allows you to create interactive slides using animation, videos, drawings, stickers, web images, text, audio recordings, and more.  Can be created on a laptop, chromebook, or mobile device.  See my sample Buncee using this link.

Word Tamer is a neat site for learning the process of developing characters, settings, and plots in creative writing. Word Tamer is set up as an interactive journey through a carnival of literary devices. As students move through the carnival they develop characters, develop a setting, and develop a plot for their stories. At each stop in the Word Tamer carnival students can print out the words they have written. Along the way there are videos to help students understand the roles of characters, settings, and plot development in crafting a good story.

CNN 10 – An online digital news show that is ideal for the classroom.  Clips are 10 minutes long or less.  Teachers can access the daily version or go back to the archives to view past shows

Twig Science Reporter is a free service that provides science stories for elementary school students. The site is updated weekly with videos, articles, and graphics. There is a section in Reach Out Reporter called Fact Pack. In the fact pack section you will find sets of short videos and or images arranged around a central topic.

Math Pickle (K-12) – Games, mind, strategic activities, competition mode organized by grade level.

Ignite Talks are a new form of presentation. Students create 20 slides and talk 15 seconds per slide for a 5 minute talk! Honing Students’ Speaking Skills.

Safe Search for Kids is a powerful safe search tool that filters search results to enhance your kids’ safe search experience.

Web Apps for Our Younger Ones – A ton of different web resources for the younger kids (PreK – 1st).

Classroom Layout Tool – Create and print room layouts and seating charts.

Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm

Project Development

Collaboration! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂

TEC21 Challenges

1. Apply what you learned today by designing a lesson, a student project or an assessment strategy which involves the use of video. Feel free to share your end product by adding it to this Padlet for others to see!

2. Be an inspiration to someone in the Google+ community by posting a comment, link, or something that your and your students have been working on.

3. Be a resource to another teacher on your faculty by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time during the year with questions, problems, or suggestions.


Phone:  989-790-1676  ext. 12   (school)

989-324-0666       (cell)

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