April 2022 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually
  • To the WiFi:   Go to “Peace” network      Username:   tec21       Password:    welcome

    To the Agenda:   go to    tec21connect.com   and select “Workshops” and then “Agendas”

    To Each Other:    Check out the snack table and say hello to your teammates.  How has everyone been doing since last month?

    To Other TEC21 Teachers:    Check out Facebook – TEC21 Educators and see what’s new.  Respond to a post or post something yourself.

Welcome Back!  Please share on our collaborative Padlet below.

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Devotion

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.   (Acts 20:24)

Only Jesus by Casting Crowns

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Announcements

1. Here are some upcoming opportunities for professional learning:

  • Become a Google Certified Educator –  check out this intro by John Sowash
  • June 26-29 – ISTE Live 2022 Conference in New Orleans
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.

2. This summer, we will be preparing our TEC21 website for “Season 14” so we encourage you to bookmark the “Season 13” workshop agendas now so you have access to them in the future. Here’s the link – https://tec21connect.com/2021-2022-workshop-agendas/ Please note: When we perform quarterly updates on our website’s theme, webpages, and various plug-ins, we do not include all of the previous years’ agendas (archived webpages) in the process as it would be a very time intensive process. The good Lutheran question is “What does this mean?” It means that over time past agendas may start to look a little wonky, but the links and resources will still be accessible.

How to Obtain 3 Graduate-level Credits Through Your TEC21 Experience

The online application period ENDS May 15, 2022.

Will you be needing to renew your teaching license soon? Are you thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, we encourage you to consider applying to Concordia University, Nebraska, to receive three graduate-level credits for your TEC21 experience. There is no additional work that is required of you to obtain these credits. The online application opens February 15 and runs through May 15, 2022. Follow these four steps to apply (If you experience any issues, email Jeremy.Geidel@cune.edu for assistance.):

STEP ONE: Select the “Apply Here” link to create an account.

STEP TWO: Complete the fields in the form. Where it asks for Academic Level, select “Non-Degree Coursework”. Where it asks for Entry Term, select “Summer Semester 2022”. Where it asks for Academic Program, select “TEC21”. After completing the remaining fields, select “Create Account”. Note: If you are prompted to submit a transcript, disregard this request as this has been waived by Concordia.

STEP THREE: Check your email for confirmation that your application came through successfully.

STEP FOUR: Select the link provided in the confirmation email to make your online payment in the amount of $240 ($80/credit hour) using a debit or credit card.

On June 1, transcripts will be available upon request. If you ever have questions regarding how these three graduate-level credits could be applied to a master’s degree program now or in the coming years (they are good for 5 years), contact Anna Boriack, Director of Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Innovation Specialist. She will be happy to help you. Her email address is anna.boriack@cune.edu. Concordia University, Nebraska is a ministry partner of TEC21, so they may email you from time to time to share opportunities of how these credits could be applied toward graduate-level programs they offer.

Please note: The opportunity detailed above is optional. Additionally, all TEC21 participants will receive a certificate on the final workshop day stating 35 professional development hours have been completed through the TEC21 Workshop Program. How state board of education departments and the 35 LCMS districts recognize these 35 hours of professional development vary from state to state and district to district. (For example, see how the Kansas District of the LCMS Licensure Renewal has a distinct process in place for the teachers serving in this district.) So, be sure to contact your respective state’s board of education department or your LCMS district office if you have any questions on how to renew your certificate or license using your TEC21 experience!

Goals

We look forward in this final workshop to ensure bridges are in place to provide a lifetime of connected learning and support.

1. Continue to be both a consumer and a contributor in your professional learning network.

2. Plan how you will continue to be a connected, resourceful life-long learner.

3. Celebrate each other’s TEC21 achievements through today’s mini-conference format.

Collaboration! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂

Throughout this program, we have emphasized the value of being connected educators in Lutheran education today. We have shared specific platforms in which TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning networks. As we wrap up this series of workshops, what a great time to reflect on the benefits of being able to gather together for these monthly sessions to be equipped, trained, encouraged, and supported. We hope the relationships that have been built this year will continue to be a blessing to your teaching ministry for many years to come! And know that as a team of facilitators, we will always be here for you! #LutheranSchoolsThrive

Twitter: Follow @TEC21_LuthEd and the many other educators who utilize this powerful communication tool. Follow and use these hashtags #TEC21lcms & #LuthEd when tweeting!

Facebook Group: Engage with TEC21 Educators going all the way back to “Season 1” to ask questions and share ideas to support one another!

Facebook: Please help us get the word out to as many teachers as possible about the TEC21 Workshop Program by “Liking” us on the TEC21 Facebook Page!

Pinterest

Pinterest: Do you love Pinterest? Then you’ll love all the teaching ideas and resources that get pinned to TEC21’s collaborative board. Start pinning to the board with us by clicking HERE.

Instagram

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

Mini-conference Style Presentations

This is the opportunity for you to share what you have learned and how you have grown as an educator through the processes of inquiry, investigation, implementation, and reflection.

Time to gather your…

  • Notes
  • Links
  • Resources
  • Thoughts
  • Composure

Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS to access everyone’s presentation links from all the workshop centers.

The bestowing of award, praise and adulation.

We officially dub you TEC21 Teachers–connected, resourceful life-long learners!

1. “Pomp & Circumstance”

2. Presentation of “diplomas”

3. Presentation of TEC21 Digital Badges

Dear TEC21 Teachers,

As educators, we all know how hard it is to keep up with the needs of students. TEC21 recognizes the extra effort it takes to learn, stretch and grow to provide Technology Enriched Classrooms. We applaud every principal who has given the green light to allow teachers to participate in our workshops, and every teacher who has stepped outside his or her comfort zone to be vigorously challenged. Our goal with you is a contagious classroom full of motivated students.

You have earned this badge. We have provided it in two sizes each for school administrators and teachers. We hope you’ll proudly display it on your school website, personal classroom website, and your email signature.

Thank you for making a TEC21 classroom a badge of honor.

Serving Him with you,

The TEC21 Facilitators

Pictured above are the TEC21 Facilitators as we gathered together for our annual summer academy, in Seward, Nebraska, in June of 2022.

For School Administrators

Small School Badge

TEC21 School Badge Small

<div align="center"><a href="https://tec21connect.com/" title="Tec21"><img src="https://tec21connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TEC21-School-Badge-256x75.png" alt="Tec21" style="border:none;width:100%;max-width:256px;height:auto;" /></a></div>

 

Large School Badge

TEC21 School Badge Large

<div align="center"><a href="https://tec21connect.com/" title="Tec21"><img src="https://tec21connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TEC21-School-Badge-256x256.png" alt="Tec21" style="border:none;width:100%;max-width:256px;height:auto;" /></a></div>

For Teachers

Small Teacher Badge

TEC21 Teacher Badge Small

<div align="center"><a href="https://tec21connect.com/" title="Tec21"><img src="https://tec21connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TEC21-Educator-Badge-256x75.png" alt="Tec21" style="border:none;width:100%;max-width:256px;height:auto;" /></a></div>

 

Large Teacher Badge

TEC21 Teacher Badge Large

<div align="center"><a href="https://tec21connect.com/" title="Tec21"><img src="https://tec21connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TEC21-Educator-Badge-256x256.png" alt="Tec21" style="border:none;width:100%;max-width:256px;height:auto;" /></a></div>

Top Digital Tools & Resources on Summer Learning

Great Resources for April!

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

Topic – Let’s Revisit Google!

Use Google Sheets to Organize Your Resources

Create a resource page using Google Sheets and save yourself time and memory.  See my example here.

Create a Website Quick and Easy

Create your own classroom or personal website using Google Sites!  Easy to use, edit, and maintain.  Check out this tutorial video here.  An additional tutorial for creating a class website can be found here.

Time Saving Tips and Tricks for Gmail

Top 15 Gmail Tips and Tricks     Learn how to organize your inbox, prioritize emails, save space, add custom signatures, set up an auto-reply for vacations, and more

Final TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Continue to be a connected educator!

2. Social: Continue to be a life-long learner!

3. Spiritual: Continue to be a resource to others!

Reflection

To open the reflection in its own tab, select HERE.

Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

What an honor and privilege to work with you this year!

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

Email:    lmeyers@vlhs.com

Phone:  989-790-1676  ext. 402   (school)

989-324-0666       (cell)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.

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