January 2019 Agenda—Columbus, Indiana

Columbus, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

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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 21st.

2. Think all the way back to November’s TEC21 Challenges. Did anyone participate in the Hour of Code in December? What happened? What obstacles (if any) did you and your students have to resolve? How did your students respond to the coding activities? What successes did you and your students experience?

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 website 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 comes 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! With Google’s announcement that they’ll be shutting down these communities in 2019, we are continuing to explore how we can best continue to equip, encourage, and support one another for years to come. We’ll keep you posted!

Facebook: Please “Like” the TEC21 Facebook Page! This will help us to grow and expand our reach to new schools and teachers and in turn impact more students! #LutheranSchoolsThrive

Pinterest

Pinterest: Following TEC21’s collaborative board is another way for us to experience the benefits of being connected educators! If you want to join us by being a collaborator on this board, just click this link and start to pin–https://pin.it/ufa45k5b6lzmzp.

Instagram

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

Breakfast Bytes

1. Teaching Methods for Inspiring the Students of the Future -Joe Ruhl TEDx Choice, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Caring

2. Collaborate with top teachers. Top IT Blogs for teachers! The 2018 Top 50 Must Read K12 IT Blog list is here via @EdTech_K12  

3. Collaborating Across a District – or a Country: Digital Tools Enable Teachers to Share Resources and even Co-Teach with peers anywhere

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 innovation center!

Columbus Mystery Hangout

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.

Collaborative Slides Project
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!   You can use the link below, TEC21 Columbus to access the shared Slides presentation, and you can edit your assigned slide to tell us a little bit about your favorite Bible story. The specific content is up to you, but please include an image, a brief summary (videos work too), and a link to Scripture.  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

Digital Citizenship Digital Breakout

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

epals
ePals offers pairing services for schools from around the world that are eager to learn from one another. Classrooms can access over 200 countries via live video chat, creating a unique learning community where young people experience a little bit of life in a foreign country while forming dialogues and lasting friendships. ePals represents the world’s largest network of K-12 classrooms, and best of all, it’s free.
mymaps

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

popplet
Popplet is a tool for the iPad or web to visually organize your ideas using boxes, images, color to organize and share information. Click on Share, Add Collaborator to create one with a peer!
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.
thinglink
Thinglink lets you add links to a picture to create an online interactive poster. Then link websites, personal videos, pictures, notes, Google Docs to display learning. It has an app or website version. By setting image visibility as “unlisted” and “allow anyone to edit”, you may create a poster and share the link to allow the whole class to add pins collaboratively. Video explanation

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 hopefully the world, will be collecting, sharing and analyzing data.  Currently, the link shows the previous year’s information, but that will change once registration opens up on March 1st.

Connect with students and professionals from other countries using this real-time translator.

It’s been a while since our first session, “All Things Google,” but Google Apps are still the go-to for collaboration.

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

Canvas is a new drawing tool from Google. Canvas is a great alternative to Google Drawings for iPad and Android tablet users. See an explanation here.

A projector screen background filled with lots of useful classroom widgets.

Nearpod. Create slides interspersing polls, video clips, open answer questions, quiz, audio, draw picture or circle answer to get every student responses. Use in guided reading placing picture of story page on a slide, then ask a comprehension question on a slide, then have students circle the character or vocabulary word requested. Can be completed collaboratively by partners or small groups. Enter code I give you to experience one preplanned lesson. You may edit or use already made lessons, create your own, or upload a Powerpoint and change it into a Nearpod lesson interspersing student activities.
Sample

A list of some useful tools to try out with your students.

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 or side ads 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. YouTube is a video sharing service where users can watch, like, share, comment, and upload their own videos. The video service can be accessed on PCs, laptops, tablets and via mobile phones.

What you’ll find on this list are tools that get students to develop a true love of writing, engage in authentic scientific practices, collaborate across the globe, and make incredibly artistic and technical creations. You’ll even find a couple of tools just for the teacher.

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 a collaborate learning activity which would engage your students with another teacher’s students through digital means. Share your experience!

2. Post to TEC21’s online Google+ community. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, or a picture of you and your students engaging in a learning collaborative learning activity.

3. Be of support–a resource–to one of your colleagues.

4. Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2019/2020 school year opened on January 2, 2019. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other Lutheran school teachers and the impact it’s had on you and your students. Thank you in advance for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

Reflection

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Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.