1. Upcoming events:
2. A final reminder that the application deadline to receive graduate-level credits is on January 31, 2018.
How to apply:
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?
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+: 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: 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he’ll send you an invite. The other option is to have any member of the board invite you.
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?
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.
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:
Many supplemental resources can be found on the web to help plan for a successful lesson. Here are a couple to get you started:
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.
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:
Now that you have a little bit of background, let’s try it for ourselves! You can use the link below, TEC21 Phoenix 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…
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when students are collaborating on projects with others?
The Iditarod is coming up in March! While we probably won’t feel like dog sledding here in Arizona, there are some great cross-curricular activities to do while following the race. Check out these resources!
ITC Teacher on the Trail Blog – GREAT ideas for lesson plans for ALL age levels
Free, ready-to-use resources aligned to Common Core standards. It’s divided into ELA and Math. I like the ELA because they have student writing samples which I will use to help model good writing, as well as reinforce outlines for that writing format.
Instagram can be a great way to grow your PLC and learn! There are so many teachers who will share their resources and ideas with you by following them.
Also, there is a #teacherfitnesschallenge happening this month (and will change each month). Follow Ashley (@teachingwhereyourecalled) and Kayla (@sweetestteacher) to sign up and stay up to date on all of the challenges. Each time you log a work out that month, you may win fun stuff like a teacher subscription box, a t-shirt, workout gear, etc. And you get to feel better about yourself too! January’s challenge is to walk/run 1 mile each day from January 15-31st.
Think about the creations your students could make by sharing a spreadsheet with them and allowing them to use the cells in the sheet to create a piece of artwork.
Students can create their own snowman and then write a story to go along with it. A great way to teach the power of using CTRL + C and CTRL + V on the computers! Directions in Slideshow. Be sure to “Make a Copy” before you start editing the slideshow!
Setting word limits can help students learn how to write better by learning less. This blog post has ideas on creative ways to synthesize writing by limiting the amount of words students can use.
From TPT Seller’s Site – February Digital Magic Reveal Pixel Art – students solve addition or subtraction problems and AUTO-GENERATE one of 5 Valentine’s Day pixel art images in Google™ Sheets! This self-checking, EDITABLE, digital activity works with ANY device with Google™ Sheets (iPads, Chromebooks, and more) and includes 4 differentiated versions.
Easily integrate Google Classroom or Google Drive™ online storage service into your February or Valentine holiday plans with this low prep, paperless, addition review game! As students solve the addition or subtraction problems in Column A, by typing their answers in Column B, a mystery pixel art image is revealed, piece by piece. Students will know they have typed the correct answer if they see pixels appearing! If nothing happens, then students know to self-correct their answer. Students do NOT need to be familiar with Google Sheets to do this activity.
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
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.
Emily.email@example.com or EmilyHollendoner@TEC21Connect.com