March 2019 Agenda–Seward, Nebraska

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi:  Concordia NonSecure Code: TEC21Workshop
  • How to get to today’s agenda:
  • To each other – Grab a snack! Add a prayer request to our Padlet board below.
  • Lunch in the Doghouse Grill. Please complete your lunch order before we begin so I can forward the order and it will be ready when we go to lunch at 11:30. Today’s TEC21 Special:Thrilled Cheese. Served with side fries or salad & drink.
  • Group Sharing of Technology Integration: What is one technology project you tried tried in the classroom? How did it go? Do you have a student sample to show?


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: 

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 website or apps (a-e):

(a) Timeline(, website or app)

(b) Venn Diagram (, web or app)

(c) Haiku Poem (, web or app)

(d) Acrostic Poem (ReadWriteThink interactive on web or app)

(e) Trading Cards (, web or app) sample

Some additional tools:

(f) (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) (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) 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)

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 25 for our Day of Celebration and Learning!
  • Concordia Day of Giving March 28: Give a Prayer, Give a Shout, Give a Gift

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 as a way to facilitate inquiry while integrating technology across the curriculum.

2. Explore content-based apps and websites to use with your students.

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

Technology-Infused Learning!

Project-Based Learning: Inquiry

3 Rules to Spark Learning

1. Curiosity comes first

2. Embrace the mess

3. Practice reflection

Project-Based Learning: TPACK

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

Project-Based Learning Using Technology: Activities

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

Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality

Augmented Reality combines Real World images with augmented experiences by computer-generated perceptual information. It can make flat images come alive! 6 Uses for Virtual & Agmented Reality in Education: Promising Practices & the Need for Small Experiments via @bernardbull

Best Apps and Websites

CommonSenseMedia Top Picks for Apps & Websites by subject, grade, and skills. Take 5 minutes to explore your area of interest and find one tool to demonstrate!

Elementary School Reading Apps & Websites recommended by CommonSenseMedia

50 Popular iPad apps for Struggling Readers and Writers

Top 12 Websites for Children with Learning Disabilities

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when creating and posting projects?

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

Do you have so many websites you want to remember but don’t know how to organize them? Check out Sqworl! Simply set up your account, create a new group, and begin cutting and pasting URLs of the websites you want to group. Sample Sqworl on animal websites for student research. You can simply share the link and students access the websites you want them to use without typing in URLs.

AR Flashcards – Animal Alphabet is an app that brings augmented reality to paper flashcards to make them 3D and jump off the page! Go to the website to print the flashcards of alphabet, math facts, dinosaurs, etc., cut them out so white shows all the way around, download the app on your iPad or iPhone, then view the flashcard to see the animal in 3D.

Quiver Vision is 3D augmented reality coloring. Print a page, color it, then hold your iPhone or iPad over the picture to see the object jump off the page and move!

BookSnap is a digital, visual representation used to annotate and share reflections of any excerpt of a book. Students use Book Creator online or app to create a note about something they are reading and post to your school social network: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Seesaw.

HP Reveal Studio. Watch a quick video on how to build an Aura. Get brushed up on HP Reveal Studio basics. Check out our frequently asked questions.

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.

Infographic of 6 Uses for K-12 Classroom AR. Augmented reality overlays digital information on top of an existing environment, and the AR device market is expected to reach more than $659 million by 2018. School uses include word walls and deaf sign-language flashcards.

FREE content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning from Kindergarten to 12th Grade. Set up an account, then browse by topic and grade level for passages for your students. Includes step reads by level, audio versions, and ELL/SPED support.

Start your child reading with the free Lite version of this phonics-based interactive game in Bob Books. Even very young children love the simple drag-and-drop interface. Your favorite Bob Books characters and full-color animations encourage kids along the path of learning to read. Each game level increases the challenge just enough to keep your child engaged and acquiring new reading skills. Bob Books Reading Magic will show your child how to:
-Make the connection between letters and sounds.
-Sound out simple words.
-Spell the words they’ve read.

“The Most Important Thing Poem” for Women’s History Month. Patterned after Margaret Wise Brown’s Important Book. Select an important woman from history and write a sentence telling the most important thing about her life. List three interesting life events and then end with the exact phrase you used at the beginning of the poem. Great way to scaffold research and writing in April!

Kodable produced these standards to help teachers know what they should be helping students learn now that classroom teachers do most of the computer time. Standards include programming & communication, social emotional learning, everyday connections, and computational thinking and programming concepts. Here is a great teacher blog to explore to set up your technology lessons in your classroom.

Help students report information by the numbers in an organized fashion using Piktochart easy-to-use infographic maker to make learning visible.

emaze presentations website with a variety of amazing templates! My favorite is Gallery Landscape Art which allows you to insert pictures, videos, and text to showcase artwork or research in an art gallery format. Love the 3D format that allows you to “walk” through the gallery! Sample

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!

EPIC is the leading digital library for kids 12 and under. Over 25,000 biographies, audio, award winners, nonfiction, Spanish, STEM, graphic novels and more. Meets the needs of struggling readers at their level and interest. Free for teachers, and free 30 day trial for parents, then $4.99/month and well worth it! New books for Women’s History Month!

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

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1.Try a new technology tool with your students for Easter or April poetry month.

2. Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.

3. 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

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