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Ice Breaker – Sentence Starters
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 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.
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?
1. Discover the value of designing your own website.
2. Explore virtual field trips to use with your students.
3. Identify a tool or resource to share with another teacher at your school.
Here is a great website that gives examples of virtual field trips and great tips for making the field trip fun and effective.
Trevor sent in this one (Discovery Education) just in time for Pi Day (3/14): Virtual Tour of the National Institute for Standards and Technology.
Joy sent in a number of resources: EducationWorld (check out the technology section), eSchoolNews (great resource for lesson plans and technology ideas), Scholastic, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 360 Cities, The Whitehouse, Panoramas, Anne Frank House, Polar Husky,Airpano (aerial panoramas), NASA, National Parks and Monuments.
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.
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when teaching young students about presenting a positive (yet safe) self-image and identity online.
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.
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.
Reading website with leveled books for K-5. While there is a cost, the license for a classroom is around $110. Students can read on any device. Teachers evaluate students level and then assign readings from that level. There is an additional online reading tutorial, leveled writing instruction, multi-level science (reading, lessons, labs), custom made vocabulary instruction, and ELA testing.
A wonderful blog by Richard Byrne. Read his daily blog or browse archives for tons of great ideas for teachers. Everything he highlights is free!
Clip and crop photos with your finger. Add pictures to your collage and enhance with text, stickers, videos, backgrounds, and templates. Used with iOS, Android, and web.
Create your own jeopardy template online, without PowerPoint. Or browse the pre-made templates created by other people!
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
1. Post a comment, link, or student work to the TEC21’s online Google+ community.
2. Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.
3. Brainstorm your best way to share your Celebration Day project with the TEC21 community and/or your school community.
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