To the WiFi: Go to “Peace” network Username: Tech21 Password: welcome
Try “Peace Guest” if that first one gives you trouble.
To the Agenda: go to tec21connect.com and select “Workshops” and then “Agendas”
To Other TEC21 Teachers: check out Google+ and see what has been posted!
To Each Other: Check out the snack table and say hello to your teammates. How has everyone been doing since last month?
Ice Breaker: Highlights and Lowlights Go to: todaysmeet.com/TEC21January
“What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end……I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.” Ecclesiastes 3:9-11,14)
Horatio G. Spafford was a successful lawyer and businessman in Chicago with a lovely family — a wife, Anna, and five children. However, they were not strangers to tears and tragedy. Their young son died with pneumonia in 1871, and in that same year, much of their business was lost in the great Chicago fire. Yet, God in His mercy and kindness allowed the business to flourish once more.
On Nov. 21, 1873, the French ocean liner, Ville du Havre was crossing the Atlantic from the U.S. to Europe with 313 passengers on board. Among the passengers were Mrs. Spafford and their four daughters. Although Mr. Spafford had planned to go with his family, he found it necessary to stay in Chicago to help solve an unexpected business problem. He told his wife he would join her and their children in Europe a few days later. His plan was to take another ship.
About four days into the crossing of the Atlantic, the Ville du Harve collided with a powerful, iron-hulled Scottish ship, the Loch Earn. Suddenly, all of those on board were in grave danger. Anna hurriedly brought her four children to the deck. She knelt there with Annie, Margaret Lee, Bessie and Tanetta and prayed that God would spare them if that could be His will, or to make them willing to endure whatever awaited them. Within approximately 12 minutes, the Ville du Harve slipped beneath the dark waters of the Atlantic, carrying with it 226 of the passengers including the four Spafford children.
A sailor, rowing a small boat over the spot where the ship went down, spotted a woman floating on a piece of the wreckage. It was Anna, still alive. He pulled her into the boat and they were picked up by another large vessel which, nine days later, landed them in Cardiff, Wales. From there she wired her husband a message which began, “Saved alone, what shall I do?” Mr. Spafford later framed the telegram and placed it in his office.
Another of the ship’s survivors, Pastor Weiss, later recalled Anna saying, “God gave me four daughters. Now they have been taken from me. Someday I will understand why.”
Mr. Spafford booked passage on the next available ship and left to join his grieving wife. With the ship about four days out, the captain called Spafford to his cabin and told him they were over the place where his children went down.
According to Bertha Spafford Vester, a daughter born after the tragedy, Spafford wrote “It Is Well With My Soul” while on this journey.
When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul
Anna gave birth to three more children, one of which died at age four with dreaded pneumonia. In August 1881, the Spaffords moved to Jerusalem. Mr. Spafford died and is buried in that city.
And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts, your minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7.
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:
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What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when students are collaborating on projects with others?
It makes it easier than ever to find what you’re looking for. There is a unique landing page for each grade, Pre-K through 8, so kids can find the content that’s right for them. Each game, book, and video is tagged with key subject areas and skills, such as Addition, Fractions, Vowel Sounds, and Shapes.
Educators and parents can feel confident that children will enjoy a fun and safe experience both at school and at home.
Join us January 22nd – 25th as we travel to CAMBODIA! Register your class or school and receive daily videos that connect your students to the mission trip and the missionaries. Teachers receive curriculum materials that support the work of LHM. Students can support the mission trip through prayer and offerings.
An online writing community for students where they can collaborate with other students around the world – sharing ideas for writing or getting feedback on their writing. Students create a post from an original idea or from a suggestion. Teachers can put annotated feedback directly on their drafts. Students can then publish their posts either publicly, privately, or within specific groups and get comments from other students and teachers. Watch a short video on what you can do as a teacher and what students are able to do. Check out a sample student post on the word “Mercy” here. Log on and join our class “Write About” page here. My class code is: LM5796
An online discussion forum that gets students in and participating quickly. They simply access a website and enter their name and they can begin posting. Teachers can monitor the discussion, project the discussion on a screen for everyone to view, and mute students who are being disruptive. The discussion can be saved for up to one year without cost. See an example here. Go to the website: todaysmeet.com/TEC21January and post your answer to the question.
Create interactive maps through Google My Maps. Students can plot locations accompanied by information, pictures, websites, and videos. They can map walking or driving routes and calculate distances. Maps can be shared with others so collaboration on creating maps is possible. Check out this tutorial for using My Maps.
Based on the physical Breakout EDU games, these require no setup or materials. All games are web based and provide collaborative problem-solving experiences for young children through adults. They do not provide solutions, however, so you must solve them yourself!
Tons of resources for teachers. They include printable worksheets, lesson plans, seasonal items, bulletin boards, teacher resources, and thematic units.
Check out especially the link to “Collaboration Projects” which allow students to collaborate online with students around the world for little to no cost. Next one coming up is the Skittles Project which highlights math. Sign up for the project is March 1.
Huge resource of lesson plans that use TED Talk and You Tube Videos geared toward K – 12 students.
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.
Contact me any time with ideas or questions! My phone numbers are: 989-790-1676 ext. 12 (school) or 989-790-2871 (home). Email address is: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.