November 2021 Agenda—Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Begin at 9:00am
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
My prayer for us:
Let your promises and your mercy be our refrain of thanksgiving no matter what we are facing in life. Let us be confident because of Jesus Christ and what HE has done for us, that His mercy, His joy, His very life and salvation will always be God’s final word for our life. When our job or home life is a struggle, let us say ‘O give thanks to the Lord for his mercy endures forever!’ “
In his name we pray….Amen.
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. The next workshop date is scheduled for January 20, 2022.
3. 2022/2023 cohorts are now forming!
(Letter from Brent Dieckhoff, founder and executive director of TEC21)
Dear TEC21 Participants,
“Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 118:29
It’s always at this time of the year that I find myself extra thankful for the TEC21 ministry. Perhaps it’s because the workshop program is well on its way during another school term or maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Either way, I am so thankful for the MANY ways God has blessed our work over the past 13 years and am now waiting in expectation for the plans he has in store for us in Season 14.
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for joining us this year and for all that you do for Lutheran school ministries for the sake of the gospel. Thank you for modeling to your students your desire to continue to learn for their good. It is my prayer that the relationships you are forming and the learning that is taking place as you gather together each month through our workshop program has been and will continue to be a blessing to both you personally and to your teaching ministry not only for this year, but for many years to come. Personally, I find that being able to connect with other teachers is vital to my teaching ministry. It is a boost to my spiritual, intellectual, and emotional well-being. I love learning with and from others and the relationships that have formed through my TEC21 connections help to keep me feeling fresh and excited to serve in Lutheran education. It is my hope and prayer that this is the case for you, too.
The facilitators and I are now forming our next cohorts that will begin in September of 2022. We’d like to ask you for your help by being an ambassador for our program. Personal testimonies go a very long way, so I would be most grateful if you would help us by thinking of a fellow teacher or teachers that you could encourage to register for Season 14. They could be teachers from your school or any other school. With your help we will be able to impact more teachers and their students. I thank you in advance for the support of our efforts and your partnership in ministry!
God’s peace be with you.
#TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd
“I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel…” Philippians 1:4-5
Principals can register with their name to save spots for one or more of your teachers. To register, have them click here.
We look forward in Workshop #3 to SHARE resources and best teaching and learning practices with one another.
1. Explore and discover a variety of digital tools and learning activities to use in order to assess student progress and understanding.
2. Create a digital assessment activity which could be incorporated into an upcoming lesson or unit.
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.
Digital Assessments & Coding Activities
The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2020 Computer Science Education Week will be December 7-13, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
Sample Coding Lessons:
- Watch How to Run an Hour of Code (Video embedded above)
- Download or Print the Participation Guide (PDF)
- Review Best Practices From Successful Educators (Slideshow)
- Explore the Hour of Code Tutorials
- Follow #HourofCode on Twitter
- Computer Education Week (December of each year)
- Lightbot (ages 5-13) Chrome; iOS; Android
- Tynker (ages 5+) Chrome; iOS; Android
- Khan Academy Hour of Code (Middle School +) Chrome
- Scratch Chrome
- Scratch Jr. (ages 5-9) Chrome; iOS; Android
- Appinventor (Middle School+) Chrome; Android
- Code Combat (Middle School +) Chrome
- Hopscotch (ages 9+) iOS
- A.L.E.X. (all ages) iOS
- Swift Playgrounds (ages 9+) iOS
- App Lab (ages 13+) Chrome
- Sphero EDU (ages 4+) Chrome; iOS; Android
- Tickle (9+) Chrome; iOS; Android
- CoSpaces Chrome; iOS; Android
- SCRATCH resources!!!
Coding Learning Activities
Complete an activity on the Code.org Hour of Code! Try out a few sites your students would like to use. Get ready for December 6-12! A new offering is Poem Art using block coding.
Complete an activity on ThinkFun.org OR Kodable.org with a partner. These “unplugged” activities teach the basics of coding without using a computer.
Google Feud – for your slightly out-there side (Not for students)
Classcraft is a game-based approach to teaching and learning. It was created to encourage your child’s participation in class and with their lessons, promote good behavior, and develop 21st-century skills like collaboration and communication. Everything they learn stays the same, but they get to have a little fun each day!
In class, your child creates a character and works together with their team of classmates. They’re able to earn and use special “powers” to support their own academic learning, as well as help their teammates when they need it. They get some other cool perks, too, for their hard work like new equipment and pets to customize their character!
GooseChase EDU is a web-based platform that creates scavenger hunts for an app of the same name on mobile (iOS and Android) devices. First, teachers go to the website to create a new game with a basic description. … Each mission is a scavenger hunt clue, which comes in three types: photo/video, text, or location.
Google Folders / Google Classroom–Set up a Google account for each student so they log in once and save to the cloud. Allows Collaborative projects in Docs & Slides. Easy to share whole folder once with parents, then everything in the folder will be visible to them.
Class Dojo is a classroom communication app used to share reports between parents and teachers. Teachers track student behavior and upload photos or videos. The gamification style system teaches developmental skills through real-time feedback.
Student Portfolio Apps & Websites – Compiled by Common Sense Media, this useful article provides you with a chart of options for online portfolios for students complete with grade levels, platforms, and pricing!
Ignite Presentation! Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes. Ignite events are held in cities around the world. I have students create a Google Slides presentation for the last day of class which they present in “5 minutes of greatness!” File-Publish to Web-Auto Advance slide time-Start slideshow as soon as player loads. Go! My Example: iGen Learning Strategies Ignite Presentation
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Top Digital Tools & Resources on Digital Assessments & Coding
Center- and Educator-specific Digital Tools & Resources
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
1. Digital: Develop and incorporate a digital assessment and/or coding activity to use with your students in a lesson or unit you’ll be teaching before we meet again in January.
2. Social: Post to TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook or another social media platform. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, a picture of you teaching and/or your students learning, or a sample of a digital assessment you used with your students.
3. Spiritual: Be a resource–an inspiration–to one of your colleagues.
4. 2022/2023 cohorts are now forming! Personal testimonies go a long way, so we would be most grateful if you would encourage a teacher to register for Season 14. We thank you in advance for the support of our efforts as we strive to encourage and support the many wonderful teachers serving in Lutheran education. #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd
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Dismiss at 2:00pm