March 2022 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (CUNE faculty cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Digitally…  Open the agenda (emailed to you)

SociallyGrab a snack and connect with a colleague

SpirituallyDevotion: “When your role outpaces your soul”

  • Psalm 62:5- “Rest in God ALONE, my soul, for my hope comes from him.”
  • Matthew 11:29, “Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Review

Share a success, a challenge you experienced, or a lesson learned with the group. Click the slide below to add your reflections to the slide deck.

Announcements

1. Upcoming TEC21 Schedule for Spring Semester:

  • Wed, April 27          3:45-6:00  Now scheduled as a faculty meeting
  • Tues, May 10           9:00-12:00 Celebration/Wrap Up/Plan Ahead 

2.  Looking ahead to “Celebration Day” on May 10.

  • At this session, I would like to have each of you share some of the ways you implemented technology to enhance your teaching and student learning. Think of this as a “mini-conference” where each person will have 10-15 minutes to share with the group how your TEC21 experience has impacted your classroom. This is a low-key, no pressure, fun day to share with each other our successes (and yes failures) as well as aspirations for things you might want to do the next school year! Here’s an outline to guide you in your thinking – “Celebration Day”.

3. Encourage a colleague to sign up for Tec21 next year! Who do you think would benefit from or enjoy taking part in this training? Word of mouth, encouragement, and sharing your experience in TEC21 will help spread the word. Thanks!

Feedback on Plans for Next Year

Revised Schedule Plan

○ August 10 (9:00a-3:00p)  Introduction/Full Day Session

○ September 28 and October 26 (3:45p-6:00p)   Regular Sessions

○ November 30 (3:34p-6:00p)  Workshop Session – no new content – make/implement plans for spring 

○ January 25 (3:45p-6:00p) Regular Session

○ February 22 and March 29 (3:45p-6:00p)  Regular Sessions

No April Session

○ May 10 (9:00a-12:00p)  Celebration Day

Goals

We look forward in Workshop #6 to further discover ways to inspire student learning in technology enriched classrooms.

1. Explore several student-centered pedagogical approaches to teaching at the higher education level. Brainstorm how the technology tools we have already learned can enhance these approaches.

2. Choose one new pedagogical approach to learn and try it in a class before the end of the semester. Bonus points for connecting the strategy to a technology tools we have learned about.

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.

Topic – Student Centered Pedagogy

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Instructional Strategies Playlist

These are not necessarily technological strategies, but they ARE interactive strategies that focus on learning. You may find some here to help with station rotation ideas. Some might give you an idea for a technological application.

The lead4ward Instructional Strategies Playlists are designed to provide teachers with detailed descriptions of specific,  instructional strategies, many of which are modeled and experienced in lead4ward professional development sessions.  This resource is intended to support educators in using an intentional planning process that includes delivering  instruction that is aligned to promotes student engagement and teach for access, rigor, and transfer.  Teachers use instructional strategies to:  

  • engage learners 
  • provide practice without penalty 
  • encourage interaction among students
  • see and hear students’ thinking

Innovative Teaching Techniques for Higher Education

I stumbled upon this website and am so impressed with what I have explored so far. This website is created by professors in higher education FOR innovative higher education instruction. The website introduces active and engaging instructional strategies and student assessments with videos and fully prepared downloadable resources.

In my first browse through this website, I found strategies I already know to be successful and many more I want to try. Some of the strategies are already connected to technology. Others could easily be adapted with the use of one of the tools we have already explored.

Vocaroo: Super Simple Voice Recording

 Vocaroo.com, a voice-recording site that requires no account-creating, log-in, or password. The user can simply record their voice, re-record if necessary, and hit “save” when satisfied. (Note: Recording can only be done on a Chromebook or laptop, not a phone.) Once the user clicks “save,” a set of choices pop up; one of these is a QR code. The QR code can be saved and printed.

There are so many possible uses for this. Here are a couple:

  • Use the tool for station rotation directions.
  • Create a personal voice recorded message to embed on Blackboard or share on an informational poster. (I could have done this when I was promoting the Urban Plunge I just took education students on!)
  • Host an online or face-to-face “museum day” where students share their work and include a personal explanation or speech (in their own words) about what they learned.
  • What can you think of?

More Digital Tools & Resources 

TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Prepare for Celebration Day! You’ll be among friends, so have fun with this! Use the outline below with its questions and strategies to prepare for the day. To download and print a copy, click HERE.

2. Social: Post to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. It can be to ask a question, leave a comment, answer someone’s question, share something that is on your mind, or simply to encourage someone.

3. Spiritual: Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.

4. Season 14 cohorts are forming now! Please encourage a fellow professor 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 colleague that you could encourage to register for the 2022/2023 school year. Thank you for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

Reflection

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

My Contact Info

Please feel free to reach out if you ever need any help with technology integration or you have questions about something we did this session!  I am always happy to help.

— Email: shanna.opfer@cune.edu

— Phone: 402-643-7219 (office)

— 402-641-6725 (cell)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.

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