January 2018 Agenda—Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually

Let’s Catch Up?

What was something fun you did in the last two months?

The New Year is often a time for reflection.  While waiting to begin please think of the following three things:  something you would like to keep doing, stop doing, and start doing.  This can be in the classroom, but it doesn’t have to be.  Click the link below to share your thoughts with the group.  You can use my posts as examples of the format.

 

 Devotion

Every Day

“Gratitude for Ungrateful Days” from Max Lucado’s Every Day Deserves a Chance

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, February 22nd.
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.

2. A final reminder that the application deadline to receive graduate-level credits is on January 31, 2018.

How to apply:

  • Step 1 – Select the following link and search for the form with your facilitator’s name on it: EDUC 513 Form.
  • Step 2 – Download and print off a copy. You’ll need to mail this form to Concordia University along with a check.
  • Step 3 – Submit an online application on the CUNE website found here – https://ss2.cune.edu/OAP/apply/index.cfm.

As a reminder, Concordia University–Nebraska is one of our “Premiere Sponsors”. We have a special arrangement with them where you may receive three graduate-level credits for your participation in our program at a cost of $80/credit hour. This has helped some teachers meet recertification requirements in order to renew their teaching license while others have used the credits to advance to a new tier on their school’s adopted pay scale. Additionally, if a teacher is interested in pursuing a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction or M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with Instructional Technology Leadership, these same three graduate-level credits would take the place of EDUC 506 – Integrating Technology in the Classroom in both of those masters programs.

3. Have you made any New Year’s Professional Growth Resolutions? They might come in handy for “Celebration Day” in May. Share with the person next to you. Maybe you can become an accountability partner with someone to help each other succeed. Do you remember the working definitions for short- and long-term goals we shared with you back in September?

  • SHORT-TERM – Some sort of technology integrating lesson or activity you want to do with your students THIS MONTH.
  • LONG-TERM – A major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a wiki, a web site used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project based learning using a specific tool or tools – there are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”

4. In September, we shared with you ways TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning networks. With the start of the second semester, this would be a great time to reflect on the benefits you’ve been experiencing this year by being connected with this learning community and to begin to consider how you will remain connected once this series of face to face workshops come to an end. We hope you have found it to be a blessing to your teaching ministry and will continue to engage with us for as long as you’re in the teaching ministry.

Twitter: Follow the facilitators and many other educators who use this powerful communication tool to ask questions, share ideas and support and encourage one another. You can also follow hashtags such as #TEC21lcms & #LuthEd!

Google+

Google+: Engage with TEC21 Educators going all the way back to “Season 1″ to ask questions and share ideas to support one another!

Facebook: Please “Like” the TEC21 Facebook Page as another way to continue to stay connected with this blessed learning community for many years to come!

Pinterest

Pinterest: Follow TEC21’s collaborative board and we’ll invite you to pin! The invite process is not the most user-friendly so if you don’t receive an invitation, just shoot Brent Dieckhoff (brent@tec21connect.com) and he’ll send you an invite. The other option is to have any member of the board invite you.

Instagram

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

5. Think all the way back to November’s TEC21 Challenges. Did anyone participate in the Hour of Code in December? What happened? Were you successful? Did you come across any challenges?

Goals

1. Discover the value of collaboration.

2. Explore collaborative tools and resources to use with your students.

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

Collaboration

Mystery Skype Call

Have you ever Skyped or Face Timed with family or friends? Ever joined in on a Google Hangout?

There are a variety of ways to virtually connect your students with other people outside your classroom walls in real time. What kinds of learning possibilities does this technology afford us to do in the classroom? Let’s discuss. Let’s explore. Let’s collaborate with another workshop center!

Tips for a successful Mystery Skype experience:

  1. Find a teacher who wants to do a Mystery Skype also.
  2. Skype with each other first (without students) to practice using the platform and to plan for the activity.
  3. Prepare your students with how the activity works, make assignments for the various roles and GO FOR IT!

Many supplemental resources can be found on the web to help plan for a successful lesson. Here are a couple to get you started:

  1. Check out Skype–etiquette
  2. Student jobs–https://goo.gl/HY6LT6 (Please feel free to “Make a copy…” in your Google Drive.)

Who’s ready to give it a try?

We’ve been experiencing some loading issues from time to time with the spreadsheet below. Can you see it now? If your answer is “yes”, that’s good! If your answer is “no”, then try selecting the refresh button in the web browser and that should correct the problem. If you still don’t see it, select this link to access the document directly in Google Drive – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rdKigLeGg0oEqcQ9ff_hxxmDywk3q0sqktJHmGNilIM/edit?usp=sharing.

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when students are collaborating on projects with others?

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

todaysmeet_0
TodaysMeet is an easy online conversations supplement and extend the classroom.  Great for backchannel discussions.
hangouts
Google Hangouts is a great way extend your classroom beyond its walls. Look here to see 7 ways you can use this in your classroom.  We used this for our mystery call today.
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Padlet – From your hobby to your career, your class notes to your final exam, your mood board to your runway show, padlets help you organize your life.
flipgrid
Flipgrid is a K-12 resource that is designed to promote open discussion among all students within your classroom.  Teachers post topics, videos, or links for discussions and students respond to the prompt and to each other with short video reflections.
twiddla
Twiddla is a no setup web-based meeting playground where you can mark up webpages, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas.

The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a major rethinking of how the digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 major research centers, the National Zoo, and more, can be used together, for learning.

Created through a partnership between Tigtag and Imperial College London, Reach Out Reporter is an online primary science news service which helps teachers integrate topical science into everyday teaching and learning.

LiveBinders allow you to do with digital information what you do with the piles of papers on your desk – organize them into nice presentable containers – like 3-ring binders on your shelf.  With online binders you can combine all of your cloud documents, website links, and desktop documents to your binder for easy collaboration and access.  Also, you can search through a variety of topics and binders already created.

This particular project will allow students to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and will provide them with real-time data. Classes from around the country, and the hopefully the world, will be collecting, sharing and analyzing data with Skittles.

Google My Maps allows for students to collaborate and create custom maps.  Check out this example projectwhere 8th grade students researched and customized a map about their favorite Bible stories.  Here is an example video.

Created by the New York Times, students can create a 15 second video that defines a previous word of the day.  Search youtube for previous winners and examples.  This is a fun project where students are creating for an outside audience.  Deadline is February 23rd.

An online mind mapping tool that allows sharing and collaboration.

A calendar of collaborative projects for the 2017-2018 school year.

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

Project Development

Collaboration! We are each other’s BEST resources :-)

Made with Padlet

TEC21 Challenges

1. Plan to virtually connect your students with another classroom. Share your experience!

2. Post a comment, link, or student work to the TEC21’s online Google+ community.

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

4.  Encourage a fellow teacher to be a TEC21 participant next year! Express the value of being connected with other Lutheran school educators and the impact it’s had on you, your classroom and your students.

Reflection

Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Google Plus:  Luke.Finchum@cuw.edu

Email: Lfinchum@zionnewpal.org

Twitter: @Lfinch11

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.