February 2022 Agenda–Fort Wayne, Indiana (6-12 Cohort)
Begin at 9:00am
- To Wifi:
- Network: ACE or Student
- Password: there isn’t one.
- How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
- A Quick Note: Don’t forget to order your lunch!
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Friday, April 1st, 2022. (It is technically our “March” workshop)
2. If you have never gone to a technology conference or connected with an educator technology group/organization I would encourage a few of the following options
- Indiana Connected Educators (ICE)
- Michigan Association of Computer User Learning (MACUL)
- International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE)
3. Don’t forget to place your lunch order: https://delivery.panerabread.com/ Lunch will take place around 11:30 AM. Plan to pick up lunch at Panera between 11:35 AM and 11:50 AM.
4. 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/ 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 (webpages) in the process. This means that over time past agendas may start to look a little wonky, but the links and resources will still be accessible for you 🙂
5. Three graduate-level credits available through Concordia University, Nebraska:
How to Obtain 3 Graduate-level Credits Through Your TEC21 Experience
Will you be needing to renew your teaching license soon? Are you considering starting a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction within the next five years? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you might 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 and the process is simple. The application period will open during February’s workshop day and run through May 15, 2022. For your convenience, a link to the online application will be included on our final three agendas (February, March and April).
First, select the “Apply Here” link to create an account.
Next, 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”.
Next, check your email for confirmation that your application came through successfully.
Last, 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. That’s it! You’re done!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. In light of this, 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.
Review / Show & Tell
- Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s challenges and share experiences. Share a success, a challenge you experienced or a lesson learned.
- I had encouraged you in our pre-workshop email to bring a “Show & Tell”. I wanted each of us to bring one tool that we use (at least once) in our classroom that we really like!
1. Discover a tool or resource that you can use with your students in the classroom.
2. Explore a tool or resource that could help you as a teacher develop a lesson, streamline an assessment or infuse an activity.
3. Design at least one activity, tool or project to take back to your classroom.
4. Be a resource to another teacher by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.
Today we are going to dive into a broad variety of tools and resources! As the year progresses in TEC21 we have hit many large themes. Google Tools, Digital Story Telling, Student and Teacher Collaboration…etc. However, it can be hard to take a deep dive into individual tools and resources. Today we are going to do just that!
#1 Creating QR Codes
Click on the button to open the activity!
Challenge: Think of a site or resource that has lasting impact throughout the year or that is hard to navigate. These are perfect candidates for being turned into a QR code! Want to get your students to scan a code to check their grades quickly? Have a research or art website that has good resources that you want to use often? Do you have a quiz you want your students to take when they walk through the door? QR codes can be very quick and easy ways to get people where you want them with little to no hassle.
#2 Icons for Slides & Docs
Icons are powerful little artistic representations that can enhance an infographic, develop a diagram or add a clean element to a website or blog. Searching Google for icons can be tough because you may end up with different sized images, some with white backgrounds, transparent backgrounds or colored backgrounds. Finding common logos or icons can be a challenge, especially if you want to use more than one. Well look no further! There is an Add-On for Docs, Slides and Sheets that allows you to access an icon library from within the doc, slide or sheet itself. Click on the button to read more about it!
#3 Form Builder
At first glance, form builder can be a little intense, but if you make a lot of Google Forms and like to make changes from time to time, this is an excellent way to update, create or combine form content.
Click on the various buttons below (in order) to explore this tool!
#4 Note Taking Apps and Stylus Recommendations
What is BreakoutEDU?
Breakout EDU is an immersive learning games platform. Breakout EDU games consist of a combination of physical and digital puzzle elements that must be solved in a set amount of time. Players of all ages are challenged to open the locked Breakout EDU box using critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.
#5 Voice Dictation
Have you ever asked Google or Siri to dictate for you? Voice to text for a text message? We are living in a society that is becoming increasing more dependent on voice as a means through which we convey information. Voice in Voice typing is a dictation tool (extension) that you can add to Google Chrome. It can help your students leverage their voice on websites, documents and while typing email. While not perfect, it could be a way to help a painfully slow typing student, a student with a disability…etc. Check it out!
Technology Potpourri – Top Ten Additional Resources
Here are ten additional resources that fit our potpourri theme this month! Enjoy!
EXTRA – Virtual Field Trips
If you didn’t find anything useful above, check out these great virtual field trip ideas from one of our amazing TEC21 Facilitators!
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
- Digital: Apply what you learned today by designing a lesson, a student project or an assessment strategy involving a tool above.
- Social: Post to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, a picture of you and your students or a link to a completed project your students created.
- Spiritual: Be a resource to another teacher on your faculty by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.
- Missional: Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Personal testimonies go a long way, so we would be most grateful if you would help us by thinking of a fellow teacher or teachers that you could encourage to register for the 2022/2023 school year. They could be teachers from your school or any other school for that matter. With your help we will be able to impact more teachers and their students for the sake of the gospel. Share with them how valuable it’s been to you to be able to connect with other teachers serving in Lutheran schools outside of your school building and the positive impact it’s having on you and your students. We thank you in advance for any support of our efforts that you can give to us. Thank you for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd
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