Take a minute and text me your number. If there is a snow day here (there typically are not many) we will not meet. I will keep you updated through text!
Change it up! This or That?
1. Upcoming events:
2. Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. What were some successes? Tell us about any challenges you faced? Who has an example?
4. Hour of Code – First week of December
1. Discover the educational value of engaging students in coding activities in today’s classroom.
2. Explore a variety of digital assessment tools and learning activities that could be used to assess student progress and achievement.
3. Identify web- and/or mobile-based coding applications to engage your students with during the upcoming international Hour of Code (December 3-7).
4. Create a digital assessment activity which could be incorporated into an upcoming lesson or unit.
The Hour of Code is a part of Computer Science Education Week. This year it is December 3-9. It is actually a celebration in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.
Who is ready to write some code?!?
It is important to know that Code is not the quick fix to all of our problems. The students won’t magically become millionaires writing code! Engineering software is a lucrative field, but the transformation from “coder” to “engineer” is challenging. Giving the students this hour may give them a chance to “catch the bug.” They may already have it. Not all of them will. Just like not all of our students LOVE math (unfortunately).
Head on over to Scratch. Let’s write some code and make a cat dance!
Here is another thing Scratch can do: Animate a Name
Animate your name!
You all know how I feel about making teachers start from scratch (no not that annoying cat). I know that it is easier to commit to doing something that is already planned. The thought is that then the next year you can modify what you do based on student interest as well as your comfort level with code.
We have already beaten Google Forms into the ground so let’s talk about the other things available!
When I was in school my favorite day of the quarter was when our teacher would bring out her handmade Jeopardy board to review for our test! Other examples of using games as review are Monopoly and (the one I use for math) My Bad!
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when conducting formative assessments with your students?
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
1. Develop and incorporate a digital assessment activity to use with your students in a lesson or unit you’ll be teaching before we meet again in January.
2. During the week of December 3–7, have your students join millions of students around the world in participating in an “Hour of Code” (An awesome activity to engage your students in during the craziness of December.)
3. Post to TEC21’s online Google+ community. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, a picture of you teaching and/or your students learning, or a sample of a digital assessment you used with your students.
4. Be a resource–an inspiration–to one of your colleagues.
5. Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2019/2020 school year opens 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 #LuthEd #LutheranSchoolsThrive
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