5 Creative Ways to Commemorate the Year Beginning the new year is a good time to look back at highlights of 2018: in the news, in your classroom, in your life. Select one of the five ideas in this blog and some pictures to commemorate your 2018!
Lasting ministries must be culturally relevant and intentionally timeless. Relevant leaders use what is cultural to say what is timeless. -Dr. Tim Elmore
Be an EPIC Teacher!
E Experience then discuss
P Participatory student thinking and ideas
I Image Rich pictures everywhere to anchor the message
C Connected through social media and technology
Worry Stoppers to Bring Peace What is worrying you right now? Which of these Max Lucado ideas can help.
1. Upcoming events:
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?
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+: 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: 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: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our innovation centers.
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
4. The Amazing Ways Facial Recognition AIs Are Used in China Police officers in several local public security bureaus in China including Beijing and Tianjin use augmented reality glasses created by the Xloong company able to cross-reference faces against the national database to spot criminals.
5. CES Gadget Show in Las Vegas (Jan. 8-11) newest tech gadgets: P&G showing heated razors, toothbrush with artificial intelligence, wand to scan skin & cover up age spots & discoloration…
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 innovation 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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With Math is Fun kids in grades K-12 can practice math with easy-to-learn games and activities. Check out all the options at this website, iPad app, or Google Play app. Even a dictionary of visuals to explain math terms.
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.
Children’s opportunities for hands-on service in the field tend to be limited – but through Lutheran Hour Ministries’ International Online Mission Trips (OMT), students can experience much of the learning and thrill of a mission trip – and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the work of Lutheran Hour Ministries around the world. A free curriculum to lead your students to Peru is ready to leave now! (Web-free)
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.
Teachers enroll in a project and Pen Pal Schools connects them with a group of pen pals. Join the world’s largest collaborative learning community and make project-based learning easy!
The premier one-stop website for live, interactive learning experiences. Find and post collaborative projects for your learners to connect with peers around the world. Search for Free Collaborations and consider joining one! You can also pay a yearly membership of $75 for your school and take 10 virtual field trips all over the world! Pretty good deal too!
Padlet is an online virtual “bulletin” board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location. Padlet allows users to create a hidden wall with a custom URL.You can also run a back channel here for student ideas during class. Try sharing your link with another class as well as your own to get twice as many great ideas!
More than just a standalone app, the GooseChase platform lets you create and facilitate a customized scavenger hunt in minutes. … Gather the participants together and have at least one person per team download the GooseChase app.
The online and collaborative sheet music editor that lets you create music scores and guitar tabs with your friends. Create and edit your music score documents with your Chrome browser in realtime with your friends or colleagues. … You can open your music documents in a Google Hangout. Free Chrome Add On.
Here are some simple tech tools students can use to create awesome projects. Students can work together in cooperative learning groups or independently depending on your access to technology in your school district. Each idea for demonstrating learning comes with an excellent collaborative learning idea! Bonus: They’re all free!
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
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
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