January 2018 Agenda—Livermore, California

Livermore, California

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:30am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually

Once you are logged in – help yourself to coffee and a treat!

Think of one way that you have incorporated technology in your classroom since we last met in November and be prepared to share with the group.

 Devotion

Starting this New Year, how do we see God working in our lives…Kairos moments…

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, February 22, 2018.
  • #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.

Google Collaborative Maps

With Google apps, the opportunity for collaboration is exponential. At any given time, students can simultaneously add to documents, slides presentations, spreadsheets, maps, etc.

Google Collaborative Presentations

With Google apps, the opportunity for collaboration is exponential. At any given time, students can simultaneously add to documents, slides presentations, spreadsheets, maps, etc. We’re going to explore a collaborative Slides presentation. Here are a few quick facts about Slides:

  • Slides is like PowerPoint–a customizable presentation app for topics, ideas, and information.
  • Presentations can be shared to allow viewing, commenting, and/or editing.
  • Students can edit and see others and their edits in real time.
  • Slides has a built-in image search that pulls from free use images.

Now that you have a little bit of background, let’s try it for ourselves! Below, you will find a presentation that has been shared with you. The facilitator (that’s me!) will assign you a slide number.  You can use the link below, CNH Tec21, to access the shared Slides presentation, and you can edit your assigned slide to tell us a little bit about your school. Here are a few tips to make things go smoothly…

  1. Try to stay on your slide! It can get tricky when more than one person is editing!
  2. If changing the background, don’t apply it to the theme. This will change everyone’s background!
  3. Try the internal image search to find pictures! If you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to open a new tab in your browser and give it the ol’ search in Google. Then, copy and paste when you’ve found the right pic.
  4. Remember, you can change the layout of your page to whatever you’d like. Feel free to add a text box here or perhaps a picture there! The slide is your canvas!
  5. If you do something you don’t like… remember, “UNDO” is your friend. Look for that backward-spinning arrow in the toolbar and everything will be alright!
  6. Have fun! :)

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

Projects by Jen
Projects by Jen   Online collaboration projects and resources for PreK-6.
Open Ed
Open Ed World’s largest K-12 resource library. Assessments, videos, and homework with games to further learning where needed for each standard for each student.

https://www.opened.com/

Symbaloo
Symbaloo   Save weblinks in an organized way for yourself or your students.
Or create a lesson with Symbaloo.
Travel by Drone
Travel by Drone   Take aerial field trips to locations around the world from the safety and comfort of your classroom.
thinglink
Thinglink is a free tool for creating multimedia, interactive collages. La Thinglink has introduced Thinglink Edu. They also have introduced verified accounts for schools.
It is an app for iPad and Android or can be used from the web at www.thinglink.com
Short tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KqFHfqjhHE

Parents can now view their kids’ activity across educational sites and time sinks, in-school and at-home across all of their school-owned devices or personal devices . All of this is delivered via beautifully designed dashboards and e-mail reports!

A home version for this product will be out later this year.

A useful resource online for students to “chat” and collaborate. Simply create a room, give the students the website and code, and they can join the fun.  (Grade 3+)

Another fantastic app by Google… Use the links below to see how you can start collaborating using Google Maps!

As with other Google apps, Google Drawings allows students to collaborate–this time in a paint-like program. Use it to create diagrams, illustrations, and infographics, etc. (Grade 2+)

PikWizard is a free site that offers thousands of high quality images that you can download and re-use for free. PikWizard provides clear guidance on how you can use each picture that you find on the site. You will find that guidance posted to the right of any picture that you select from search results. PikWizard also provides clear directions on how to give credit to the photographers whose pictures you use.

Click on Watchkin.com. Copy and paste the URL of the video you want to view into the Watchkin search box and you’ll be taken to a clean page to watch your video. No distracting or potentially offensive videos will appear. To search for more videos, type your search terms in the search box above, or on any watchkin page. You can drag and drop the Watchkinize button up to your toolbar to use whenever you show videos to your class.

Create a professional looking website for free. Weebly makes it quick, simple and fun:)
Getting started with a Weebly http://help.weebly.com/beginners-guide.html.
SAMPLES:
1) Teacher made – Mrs. Adelman’s: http://mrsadelman.weebly.com/
2) Student made – Martin Luther King Report: http://nhdexample1.weebly.com/assassination.html

GeoGuessr (web-based version) Imagine yourself being thrown out somewhere in the world. Your mission is to figure out where you are! Embark on a journey that takes you all over the world. From the most desolate roads in Australia to the busy, bustling streets of New York City. GeoGuessr takes you from the most desolate roads in Australia to the busy, bustling streets of New York City.

A day in the life of Americans! In real time! What are we doing! Visualized with moving mathematical imagery.

Watch population growth appear on the map as dots representing concentrations of one million people. Change themes on the maps and learn about important milestones in human history, health, environment, science and technology.

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

Project Development

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

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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

I am a text block. Provide your teachers with your email address, link to your G+ profile, Twitter username, etc.

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.