January 2022 Agenda—Glen Burnie, Maryland
Begin at 9:00am
My grandmother loved lighthouses, and transmitted that love to me. With a love of the coast, she and I therefore came to also love these structures, as well as the symbolism of faith they hold. Today’s devotional time focuses on not only the lighthouse, and God as that lighthouse in our times of great storms, but also on the lighthouse keeper, imagining times that we are up against seemingly insurmountable odds, as this keeper seems to be in the photograph shown below.
Prayer is a conversation with God. That conversation requires both “speaking” and “listening.” The Prayerful Coloring activity gives you quiet time in which to have that mental conversation. The coloring gives you something to minimize the other distractions of the world in order to allow the Holy Spirit to work in your thoughts and feelings. You are to be deliberate about thinking (“speaking” to God) and about “listening” to the urgings of the Holy Spirit entering your own mind and heart.
Like the lighthouse keeper, there are times we are in desperation for rescue. There are, even more frequently, every day – every hour – times we need God to reassure, to guide, to step in… and blessedly – thankfully – He promises us to be with us in those very present minutes and hours.
Take a few minutes now of quiet … to pray and to color. To speak and to listen. To capture peace.
Prayer Padlet: Add to the Prayer Padlet any thoughts you’d like to share.
Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. Share a success, a challenge you experienced or a lesson learned.
1. Looking all the way back to November’s TEC21 Workshop on Digital Assessments and Gamification, as well as our Challenges, how did things go? What did you try? What successes did you and your students experience? What challenges did you face that you have learned from?
2. While we have not yet discussed Coding in our TEC21 workshops, 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 April. Share with the group or the person next to you. Maybe you can become an accountability partner with someone to help each other meet your goal. Here are some working definition for short-term and long-term goals. What are your aims in both categories?
- 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 website 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!”
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, February 24, 2022.
2. 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, 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 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).
3. Looking ahead to the remaining sessions.. As a reminder, our final workshop day has been dubbed “Celebration Day” because there is much to celebrate. Throughout the course of the school year we have made new friendships, prayed for one another, acquired new resources, developed or refined our teaching practices, and have grown our network of support. The last session’s format is unique among the others in that each of you will share some of the ways in which you implemented your ideas or projects to enhance your teaching and student learning. Think of this as a mini-conference where each of you will have 10-15 minutes to share with the group how your TEC21 experience has impacted your classroom. It’ll be among friends so there’s no need to get worked up about it. Here’s an outline to guide you in your planning – “Celebration Day”. Again, remember this is a low-key, no pressure, fun day to share with each other our successes (and yes failures) as well as aspirations you for things you might want to do the next school year!
4. Throughout this program, we have been emphasizing the value of being connected educators in Lutheran education today. In September, we shared specific platforms in which TEC21 facilitators and teachers are able to connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning networks. As we find ourselves about half way through 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 also hope the relationships that are being built this year will continue to be a blessing to your teaching ministry for many years to come! Know that as a team of facilitators, we will always be here to support you! #LutheranSchoolsThrive
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!
Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our workshop centers from year to year.
We look forward in Workshop #4 to further discover ways to inspire student learning through networking and collaborating with one another.
1. Explore and discover a variety of digital tools and learning activities to use with collaborative learning activities.
2. Plan and implement a collaborative learning activity for your students to do among themselves or one that involves collaborating with another educator and their students.
3. Be a resource to another colleague by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.
Collaborative Learning Activities
Teachers have been collaborating in a variety of ways for years. For example, have you ever had your students write letters to pen pals or missionaries… or perhaps participate in a Flat Stanley project? Many teachers still engage their students in these types of fun and meaningful lessons! Can you imagine, however, the opportunities you have to enhance these kinds of rich, experiential learning activities by using some of the remarkable digital tools and resources available to us in the classroom today?
There are a number of ways to virtually connect your students with other students or experts outside your classroom walls. Likewise, there are a variety of digital tools that are designed with features that afford students the capability to collaborate in some amazing ways. What kinds of learning activities are possible today when we use things like Skype (or other video chat tool), Flipgrid, Google Slides, Padlet, etc.? How have you used any of these with your students?
Today, let’s do something incredibly fascinating. Let’s have all 178 TEC21 teachers (+ the 30 TEC21 Facilitators) in our 30 cohorts this year engage in three collaborative learning activities! Our hope is that through these experiences, each of us will leave here today encouraged and inspired to try something new or different with our students!
Collaborative Activity #1:
Participate in a Mystery Skype Call with another TEC21 cohort
Have you ever Skyped with another classroom before?
Tips for a successful Mystery Skype experience:
- Find a teacher who wants to do a Mystery Skype.
- Skype with each other first (without students) to practice using the platform and to plan for the activity.
- Prepare your students with how the activity works, make assignments for the various roles, and GO FOR IT!
Many supplemental resources (age appropriate) can be found on the web to help plan for a successful lesson. For an example, here is one to get you started: Check out Skype–etiquette.
10:00: Plan our TWO ROUNDS of Mystery Skype.
GOAL of ROUND ONE: Determine the U.S. city chosen by the TEC21 Workshop Cohort in Michigan during our Google Meet session before they determine our chosen city.
GOAL of ROUND TWO: Determine the Number between 1-100 they have chosen (in either French, Spanish, or German) before they determine ours.
- All Questions posed must yield “YES” or “NO” answers only.
- “YES” answers allow the same team to ask another question.
- “NO” answers switches the questioning to the other team.
- Internet resources may be used to help with geographic research.
- Researchers are aiming to narrow down the possible answer, while Question/Answer people are deciding the next questions to be asked, and are fielding questions from the opposing team.
- As a group, choose one U.S. city.
- Brainstorm opening questions for Round 1 to narrow down U.S. city chosen by the other cohort.
- As a group, choose one number between 1 and 100 for Round 2. Also select from French, Spanish, or German and learn to say that number in that language.
- Brainstorm opening questions for Round 2 to narrow down number chosen.
- Split up into two groups: (1) Question/Answer & (2) Research… Plus one HOST. (In Round 2, the teams will flip. The HOST may rotate from the Q/A team, or may be static throughout the Round.) The HOST will be the person close-at-camera to ask/answer questions.
- Anticipate and discuss a plan of action that will work best, imagining how this will play out. (And imagining how you would lead the experience in your own classroom to help our experience and to learn from our experience.)
- At 10:45, our Google Meet begins: https://meet.google.com/erw-pawt-yjy?hs=224
Collaborative Activity #2 – Collaborate with teachers from all 30 cohorts to create one Google Slide Presentation
Let’s all collaborate to make ONE Google Slide presentation.
It might get a little messy, but let’s give it a try and have some fun with it!
Click HERE for the directions and to edit the presentation.
Collaborative Activity #3 – In the spirit of collaboration, we’ve created a “Tech Potluck” Padlet for everyone to be able to contribute a favorite educational tech “dish”–website, app, hardcopy/audio book, podcast or YouTube Channel
Need for Collaboration by Teachers AND Students
“Today over 85% of Americans have access to the internet, many of whom could no longer imagine a life without it.” August 31, 2020, Statistica
ISTE Standards for Teachers. Based on the International Society for Technology in Education’s National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (ISTE NETS*T), teachers should be able to apply technology to grow in these areas as an educator:
- Learner: learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning
- Leader: leadership to support student empowerment and success and to improve teaching and learning
- Citizen: inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world
- Collaborator: collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems
- Designer: design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability
- Facilitator: facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement of the ISTE Standards for Students
- Analyst: understand and use data to drive their instruction and support students in achieving their learning goals
21st Century skills are 12 abilities that today’s students need to succeed in their careers during the Information Age.
21st Century skills are:
- Critical thinking
- Information literacy
- Media literacy
- Technology literacy
- Social skills
The incredible collaboration behind the International Space Station – Tien Nguyen A TED-Ed lesson worth sharing. Great intro to a Project-Based Learning project where students collaborate to solve a problem or meet a goal!
More Collaboration Conversation
2. Don’t forget about Collaboration Opportunities from our past Workshops!
- Breakout EDU
- Escape Classroom
- Lock Paper Scissors
- Escape Room in the Classroom
- Tom’s Digital Breakouts
- More Digital Breakouts
- Still More Digital Breakouts
- Collaboration ideas with Flipgrid are shared in this article: 9 New Ways to Use Flipgrid in the Classroom
- Flipgrid: Collaborate with Group Co-Pilots
- Collaborating: Flipgrid and Padlet in the Classroom
- How to Teach Remotely with Flipgrid
Top Digital Tools & Resources on Collaborative Learning
Center- and Educator-specific Digital Tools & Resources
Video tutorials for these resources:
- ThingLink is a free and user friendly digital tool that turns any image into an interactive graphic. Create “hot spots” on parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher. Quick Video Intro & Tutorial.
- PenPal Schools connects over a quarter million students from 150 countries to collaborate through online projects. Teachers enroll in a project and Pen Pal Schools connects them with a group of collaborators to tackle global projects together. The free program offers many teacher intervention and feedback opportunities to enforce global compassion, citizenship, and collaboration. Video Overview
- Classroom Screen is a web tool teachers and students will LOVE. Classroomscreen.com is a FREE web tool created by Laurens Koppers, a teacher from the Netherlands. Laurens created this tool to utilize the digiboard in their classroom to help students focus on their work. More info and video overview (of earlier version)
- GooseChase: Boost learning by making the curriculum fun & interactive. Engage students of any age with easy to run, reusable games that take education beyond the classroom. 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 Edu app. Great for field trips, school scavenger hunts, orientations, or even creativity within the classroom. Tutorial. Creative Commons Review and Tips
- Matific: Online math games and worksheets for K-6 that students love. Used by millions of math students at home or in school worldwide. Matific is a free elementary math product that consists of engaging activities and games that are linked to content from the most popular math textbooks. It is available through a browser, native iPhone and iPad apps, as well as native Android smartphone and tablet apps. Video Introduction
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
1. Digital: Engage your students in a collaborative learning activity to enrich a lesson or unit. You might even consider teaming with another teacher on your faculty or one from anywhere around the world.
2. Social: Post to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, or a picture of you and your students engaging in a collaborative learning activity.
3. Spiritual: Be a resource for one of your colleagues at your school by sharing a digital tool, a teaching strategy or learning activity.
4. Season 14 cohorts are forming now! 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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