September 2017 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually
  • To Wifi:     Select the “Peace” network
    • ID is:        Tech21
    • Password is:         welcome
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.  Otherwise, go to     tec21connect.com    and look at the drop-down menu for “Workshops” for the 2017/18 Agendas
  • To each other – Grab a breakfast item! Meet your fellow TEC21 participants!
  • Shortly we will do our Three Truths and a Lie game you all filled out!

 Devotion

I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.  My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.  Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.  I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.    Psalm 34:1-4

Announcements & Goals

Announcements

1. Restrooms? Water fountain?

2. What does the timeline of a typical workshop day look like?

    • Workshop Day Timeline
      • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Connecting with Teachers
        • Connecting with Wi-Fi & each other
        • Ice Breaker with group
        • Devotion
        • Announcements
        • Review–What have you done this past month?
        • What new/reoccurring problems/needs are you seeing for yourself this year?
      • 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
        • Topic(s)
        • Little or No Prep Tools/Resources
        • Digital Citizenship Integration
      • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
        • LUNCH (group decision)
      • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
        • Look at resources
        • Go deeper into understanding (peer-to-peer coaching)
        • One-on-one with teachers
        • Involve and help time (Guide by the Side)
        • Get networked, get social, be active
        • Complete the REFLECTION at 1:50 PM

3. This series of workshops will provide you the opportunity to grow in a fun, safe and supportive environment. How and what you decide to implement into your classroom is up to you–personalized learning at its best!

  • Program-specific– it’s what we as Facilitators deem as core components across the board.
  • Center-specific– it’s what the Facilitator deems as practical and relevant to their teachers based on their needs and wants.
  • In the TEC21 Workshop Program, how are short- and long-term goals defined?
    • 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 wiki, a web site 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. What is “Celebration Day”?

Concordia University Nebraska

5. Concordia University, Nebraska offers college credit opportunities (optional). The TEC21 Workshop Program fulfills the requirements for any of the following three options:

TEC21 is considered a second semester class–EDUC 513. To receive college credit, register online between December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018.  

Your workshop facilitator will use the following rubric to assign a letter at the end of the program: TEC21 Grading Rubric.

6. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, October 19 – same time, same place!
  • Great Lakes Bay Region Educator Conference – January 15 at Valley Lutheran High School.
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.
Workshop #1 Goals
We look forward in this workshop to begin getting to know each other and taking a high-level look at the ministry of TEC21.

1. Discover TEC21’s vision and mission – what we do, how we do it and most importantly why we do it.

2. Connect to TEC21’s online Google+ community and begin to grow your professional learning network (PLN).

3. Gain an understanding of the TEC21 road map for the school year culminating in May with “Celebration Day”.

The TEC21 Vision & Mission

What are some ways TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning network?

Twitter: Follow @TEC21_LuthEd the facilitators and many other awesome educators who have embraced this powerful communication tool. Follow hashtags as well like #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 (We’ll be taking a much closer look at his one today as this is how we provide support to you in-between the workshops!)

Facebook: Please “Like” the TEC21 Facebook Page to help us reach our goal of 1,000 likes!

Pinterest

Pinterest: Follow TEC21’s collaborative board and we’ll invite you to pin! If you don’t receive an invitation, be sure to let one of the facilitators know.

Instagram

Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our workshop centers from year to year.

Google in Education

Google+ TEC21 Educators

1. Intro to the basics:

  • Create your own profile – be sure to upload a picture so people can put a face with your name. Also, set your notifications so you see when people share resources or ask questions looking to receive help with something :)
  • Create a circle & add a friend.

Helpful tips:

2. Introduction to existing Google+ communities:

  • A peek into the TEC21 Facilitators Community – a closed working space for our team of workshop facilitators–a powerful behind-the-scenes tool!

Helpful resources:

3. Get onboard the TEC21 Educators Google+ Community:

4. Add a button to your menu bar so you have QUICK & EASY access the TEC21 Educators community and our monthly agendas.

5. Classroom applications:

Google Forms

Make it, take it – Let’s create a Google Form!

  • Give it a title.
  • Build your form by adding different question types.
  • You might search a YouTube video, grab the url and insert video into the the form.
  • Spruce up the form by changing the default theme using one of Google’s featured theme’s or select customize to change font and color scheme and to insert an image for the background and/or header.

Additional resources:

Google Suite Apps & Chrome Extensions 

Google Chrome Web Store – (chrome.google.com/webstore)  is a location to find extensions, themes, apps, games.  Most are free and easy to use.  Extensions are small programs that are attached to your Chrome browser and can customize how you use it.

Formative Assessment Tool of the Month
Kahoot!  – is an online quiz program that makes creating quizzes easy and taking quizzes fun!  Students do not need an account and can work individually or as teams.  The accompanying music is catchy.

Teachers set up an account and create quizzes at:   getkahoot.com  and students go to:    kahoot.it    and enter a game code to join.

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of Digital Citizenship need to be addressed using Google+ and Google Forms?

CommonSenseMedia

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Article – “How to Tackle Digital Citizenship During the First 5 Days of School”  by Holly Clark

21 Things for Teachers

21 Things for Students

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

Hangouts
Google Hangouts affords you the opportunity to connect with others online. Arrange for a time to meet online with other teachers, other classrooms, facilitators or other professionals.
apps-gone-free

Apps Gone Free (iOS and Android) is a free app which offers anywhere from 4 – 7 free apps each day.  They range from the educational (usually lower grades or young children) to the personal (like organization), from games to picture editing.  Normally costing $0.99 – $4.99, this is a great way to find apps that you and your students might use.

rubistar

Rubistar is an easy to use website where you can either create your own rubrics using templates or select one of many pre-made rubrics to borrow.  You can use rubistar without setting up an account to create a quick rubric and print.  If you want to save the rubric, go ahead and create an account.

class-dojo-logo

ClassDojo is an online classroom-management platform that helps teachers record and track their students’ behaviors in real time while also giving students instant feedback. Much of this happens publicly through the use of a visual tracker, often displayed to the class on a screen or interactive whiteboard. Teachers can keep some information private depending on how they choose to set things up. The platform is designed to help individual students, as well as entire classes, identify areas for improved behavior and set related goals.  (Free, K – 6)

newsela-logo-for-faq

Newsela is a website dedicated to news and informational text for a wide range of grade levels.  Teachers can select one of several reading levels for each article and can also use pre-made quizzes on the material.  Articles are continually updated to reflect current news.

Teacher Tube – Many educational resources for the classroom.  Includes videos, audio, pictures, documents and much more!  Safer version of You Tube.
Wordle is a website for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to your own desktop to use as you wish.
Write About – A community where students engage in high-interest writing for an authentic audience and teachers help students grow through the entire writing process.
Random Name Picker – Simply click Edit, type in the names of your students, save, then share using the URL created. To create another spinner for small groups simply click New, then follow same steps.  No need to create an account for the free version.
EPIC! – Unlimited Books for Kids. The leading eBook library for kids 12 and under offering unlimited access to over 10,000 high-quality children’s books.Search by age, genre, read-to-me, topics, and more to select just the right book for each student in your class. Sign up for a free educator’s account today!
Permission Click – Online permission slips — send to principal for approval, parents can sign and pay online.
Flippity is a website that gives you a demo/instructions/template for turning a Google spreadsheet into a number of classroom tools such as memory game, flash cards, mad libs, bingo, badge tracker and more!  After you have explored the options, open a Google sheet, then get the “add-on” for Flippity.  That way you can access the templates any time you open up a Google sheet.
Go Noodle is a free web tool for teachers to use to bring some activity and movement into the classroom.  Students follow along videos to stretch, relax, improve coordination, or learn guided dance.  There are videos to improve self-confidence or collaboration, that include curricular content, highlight school procedures, or improve balance.  Use this one for a brain break when you need to get the kids up and moving!
Google Forms is an app in Google Suite that allows you to make surveys, quizzes, sign-up sheets, and more!  See your results in pie graph form or on a spreadsheet.  You can even get Google to grade your quiz for you!
Padlet is a digital wall that can be used to post comments, videos, pictures, etc.  You can share your wall with others and allow them to post as well.

Made with Padlet
SImpleK12 – A website of professional development where you can access free webinars and training videos.  See in particular the section on Google.

Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Identify one take-a-way from today’s workshop you want to apply in your classroom before we meet next time in October. It could be a tool, resource, teaching strategy or learning activity. 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.

Reflection

Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time during the year with questions, problems, or suggestions.

Email:    lmeyers@vlhs.com

Phone:  989-790-1676  ext. 12   (school)

989-324-0666       (cell)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.