May 2019 Agenda—Green Bay, Wisconsin

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi: 
    • Network: PLCS-INTERNET
    • Password: pilgrim123
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
  • To each other – Meet your fellow TEC21 participants!
  • Sign up for Snacks – Let’s make a list for anyone who’s willing to bring snacks for the rest of our dates.
  • Group Sharing of Video Creations: What is one technology project you tried tried in the classroom? How did it go? Do you have a student sample to show?
  • Mike’s List of Apps we’ve done so far – In writing this Agenda, I couldn’t remember all of the things we’ve covered so far, so I made a list!  Check out this list for a quick review/refresher on where we’ve been.
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1) Put God first

2) Fail big

3) You’ll never see a U-haul behind a hearse

YOU are making a difference in the lives of your students EVERY DAY

Announcements & Review

1. Letter grades will be submitted to Concordia within the next week for those of you receiving graduate-level credit. Later in May, you will receive an email from the TEC21 Office providing you with your letter grade and letting you know when you can request a transcript from Concordia should you need one for your records.

Concordia University Nebraska





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. Tips and Tricks to Keep Kids on Track during Genius Hour

2. 7 Questions Principals Should Ask When Hiring Future-Ready Teachers

  • How do you teach students to become problem designers?
  • How do you manage your own professional growth?
  • What are your expectations for students to self-assess their work and publish it for a wider audience?
  • What does your global network look like?
  • How do you give students an opportunity to contribute purposeful work to others?
  • How do you teach students to learn what you don’t know?
  • How do you teach students to manage their own learning?

3. Harris, J., & Hofer, M. (n.d.). Activity types website.


1. Understand the value of being both a consumer and a contributor in your professional learning network.

2. Commit to being a connected, resourceful life-long learner.

3. Celebrate each other’s TEC21 achievements through today’s mini-conference format.

Here are some ways TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning network:

Twitter: Follow @TEC21_LuthEd the facilitators and many other educators who have embraced this powerful communication tool. Follow and use these hashtags #TEC21lcms & #LuthEd when tweeting!

Facebook: Stay connected with everyone by engaging with TEC21 Educators going all the way back to “Season 1”. What a wonderful way to receive a life-time of support from one another. Also, please help us get the word out to as many teachers as possible about the TEC21 Workshop Program by “Liking” us on the TEC21 Facebook Page


Pinterest: Follow TEC21’s collaborative board and we’ll invite you to pin along with hundreds of other teaches on the shared board! If you don’t receive an invitation, be sure to let one of the facilitators know so we can add you as a collaborator.


Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our workshop centers from year to year.

Mini-conference Style Presentations

Time to gather your…

  • Notes
  • Links
  • Resources
  • Thoughts
  • Composure

Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS to access everyone’s presentation links from all the workshop centers.


Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

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.
It can be a challenge to find a clip that is appropriate for your students. Then there are still the issues of “related” videos that aren’t really related to your search and comments that don’t add any value to the video. Here are five good alternatives to searching on YouTube for educational video clips.   Here are alternatives to youtube:
Next Vista
Next Vista’s purpose is to provide a place for teachers and students to share videos with other teachers and students in a safe environment.
Class Hook
Easily find educational videos from TV shows and movies to use in your lessons
JeopardyLabs is the simplest way to build Jeopardy-like games online. Powerpoint is not needed.
Earthcam is a global network of streaming video cams opening up unique views around the world.
Digital Bell Ringers Is a collection of activities that you can use to begin class or anytime in your classroom. (Be sure to also download the free eBook for even more ideas).
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
Ology is a science website for kids form the American Museum of Natural History.
HOMER Reading – Learn to Read is an app that has been shown to help improve students’ reading scores through regular use. A great app suggestion for your students’ summer practice! Also, try the company’s HOMER Stories: Kids Library. (Early childhood – Grade 2)
iOS, Google Play, and online
Heads Up! Kids is a charades app offering hilarious fun and way to get your kiddos communicating with one another. The kids’ version offers pictures as the clues and more kid-friendly topics. However, for upper grades, try the original Heads Up!. Both are available for a minimal $0.99. (Grade 1+)
iOS only
Talk and Comment is a free Chrome Extension that allows you and your students to record voice notes anywhere on the web. Go to the Chrome Web Store to download Talk and Comment. The icon will appear to the right of your search bar in Chrome. A small circle for recording will appear to the right of all online documents. Simply highlight text in a Google Doc, Slide, website, anywhere online and click the record circle. You will instantly have an audio comment! Check out this video to get started.
Classroom Use
BioMan Biology is the fun place to learn Biology! Here you will find learning games, review games, virtual labs and quizzes that will help you to learn about cells, ecology, genetics, physiology, and much more!
George Couros:  “The Principal of Change”
Stories of learning and leading”
The Digital Pirate is a document based on the idea of a “hook” as presented by Dave Burgess (Teach Like a Pirate).  The “hooks” is this document all involve digital tools.
Printable Paper is collection of over 1800 different types of paper (graph, line, music and much more) that you can download and print for free.
Learn more about the amazing world of science by enjoying our fun science experiments, cool facts, online games, free activities, ideas, lesson plans, photos, quizzes, videos & science fair projects. Thers are also links to a similar math and english page,
These videos provide creative and educational tours of the states and world.
60 Second Presidents is a PBS website containing a 60 second video summary of the life of each president and additionl information and activities on the presidents.
Play The Oregon Trail Game (circa 1990).
Funbrain contains games, books and videos in a variety of grade levels and subject areas.
This website contains suggestions for engaging tech activities that you can use with your students at the end of the year.

These are the wonderful people who celebrated their accomplishments in TEC21!  God bless you all.

Collaboration! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂

The bestowing of award, praise and adulation.

We officially dub you TEC21 Teachers–connected, resourceful life-long learners!

1. “Pomp & Circumstance”

2. Presentation of “diplomas”

3. Presentation of TEC21 Digital Badges

Dear TEC21 Teachers,

As educators, we all know how hard it is to keep up with the needs of students. TEC21 recognizes the extra effort it takes to learn, stretch and grow to provide Technology Enriched Classrooms. We applaud every school who has given the green light to allow teachers to participate in our workshops, and every teacher who has stepped outside his or her comfort zone to be vigorously challenged. Our goal with you is a contagious classroom full of motivated students.

You have earned this badge. We have provided it in two sizes each for school administrators and teachers. We hope you’ll proudly display it on your school website or personal classroom website.

Thank you for making a TEC21 classroom a badge of honor.

Serving Him with you,

The TEC21 Facilitators

For School Administrators

Small School Badge

TEC21 School Badge Small

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Large School Badge

TEC21 School Badge Large

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For Teachers

Small Teacher Badge

TEC21 Teacher Badge Small

<div align="center"><a href="" title="Tec21"><img src="" alt="Tec21" style="border:none;width:100%;max-width:256px;height:auto;" /></a></div>


Large Teacher Badge

TEC21 Teacher Badge Large

<div align="center"><a href="" title="Tec21"><img src="" alt="Tec21" style="border:none;width:100%;max-width:256px;height:auto;" /></a></div>

Final TEC21 Challenges

1. Continue to be a connected educator!

2. Continue to be a life-long learner!

3. Continue to be a resource to others!


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Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Mike Schmidt – on Google+ – @tchrmschmidt – on Facebook – Instagram –Pinterest – LinkedIn – 715.509.0002

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.

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