April 2020 Agenda—Columbus, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually

You can access our virtual session here.

Devotion

1 Peter 1: 18-19
18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Announcements

1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, May 14th.

3. “Celebration Day” is next month and it is a time to celebrate each other’s successes! What does the format of the day look like and what can you do to prepare?  This will be an opportunity for you to share what you have learned and how you have grown as an educator through the processes of inquiry, investigation, and implementation. How can you prepare?

Helpful tips:

  • Think of the day as a mini-conference and each of you will be the presenters.
  • 10-15 minutes show some things you’ve accomplished this year – what you did, how you did it and why you did it. You might include a Genius Hour project or perhaps share the variety of ways you integrated technology in your teaching strategies or student learning activities.
  • Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS to add your first & last name, description & links to your respective center’s Google Doc in preparation for “Celebration Day”. Do you have samples of student projects hosted on the web? Share those links, too! Here’s an example of a variety of different ways past TEC21 Teachers presented their learning with one another – SAMPLE.
  • Use the outline below with its questions and strategies to prepare for Celebration Day. To download and print a copy, click HERE.

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

Will you be needing to renew your teaching license soon? Are you wanting to advance a step on your school’s salary schedule? Are you thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, 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 online application is open now and runs through May 1, 2020. Follow these four short steps to apply:

      1. First, select the “Apply Here” link below to create an account.
      2. Next, complete the fields. Where it asks for Academic Level, select “Non-Degree Coursework”. Where it asks for Entry Term, select “Summer Semester 2020”. After completing the remaining fields, select “Create Account”.
      3. Now, check your email for confirmation that your application came through successfully.
      4. Lastly, 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.
      5. 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 in the coming 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’s (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!

Review

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.

Goals

1. Discover …COVID-19, Now What (What are we all doing right now?)

2. Explore … tools and strategies for remote learning.

3. Design … lessons that can be beneficial during this time period.

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.

Remote Learning

Google Slides for Interactive Worksheets

If your looking for a workbook or worksheet substitute, but you want to make it paperless and easy to turn in: try Google Slides.  Coupled with Google Classroom, you can give each student a copy that they can fill out and submit.

Check out this example I created.

Here is a video explanation of the process.

 

More Tools and Resources

Check out this Wakelet Collection some articles and resources aimed toward remote learning.  Some of the contents include:  #kinderchat tweets, Goolge resources, scholastic resources, etc.

We’ve talked about some of therse before, but they are good tools for remote learning:

Edpuzzle

Playpostit

Screencastify

Peardeck

Padlet

Flipgrid

Seesaw

View Pure

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when conducting virtual school regarding Self-image and Identity?

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Genius Hour

TEC21 provides the opportunity for educators to explore technology tools and implement those into a meaningful project that enhances their current pedagogy and content. This gives educators the opportunity to make choices based on their interests and adapt those to benefit students. This concept is a natural pairing with Genius Hour. 

Genius Hour Unit 5: Create and Step Out of the Box

This is the time to put all of your planning and research into motion. Give the project structure and practical applications for your classroom. Most of all, make sure that it is meaningful to you. This would also be the time within the next month to introduce a piece of this with your students as a field trial. Step out of the box to see what works well and what needs modification. Continue to add to the project and make adjustments. Record or share your struggles and triumphs.

Genius Hour Unit 6: The Final Stretch

Next month will feature our Celebration Day and project presentations. As we approach that, consider the following questions:

  • What have I accomplished so far?
  • What pieces still need to be added to the puzzle?
  • How will I use this project moving forward?
  • What revisions have I made?
  • What have I learned?
  • How did this benefit students in my classroom?
  • What were some of my struggles?
  • How did I overcome these and move forward?
  • What was the most exciting part?
  • What would I like to do next?

Continue developing your project and adding the final touches. If you have not completed a field test, this would be a good opportunity to do that. Take some pictures or add some personal notes for the presentation.

Digital Tools & Resources

Connect with your students using the video-conferencing platform. Zoom is offering it for free to schools who have been mandated by the state board of education to close school.

The Concordia EdTech Podcast is a collaboration of Concordia’s Tech Coaches. Each week they discuss the latest headlines in Ed Tech, interview an innovative individual or company and toss in a few free tech tips. This podcast is brought to you by Concordia International School Shanghai, one of our sister LCMS international schools. 

Connect with your students using the video-conferencing platform called Hangouts Meet. Here’s a video (14:19) by Wes Fryer giving some excellent tips on what to do and what not to do – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3tDfXhgWs0&feature=youtu.be

Corey Nelson

Corey Nelson, TEC21 Facilitator, recently shared a link to his personal website where he is equipping not only his own school faculty, but so many other teachers too because of his collaborative spirit. He writes, “This is the page on my personal site that I’m placing resources for our teachers as we prepare to go online, if needed. More will be added as I discover other items!” Thank you, Corey! 

Mark Hess

Mark Hess, Facilitator in Munster, Indiana has has developed a website full of helpful digital resources! Thank you, Mark, for sharing this with so many teachers! Here’s the link – http://bit.ly/linksMark

Free resources available. You can share the online link with your students to go through the videos and activities at home!

15 Strategies for Online Learning When School is Closed

For those of you trying to figure out how to run a choral program online, there may be some helpful ideas here.

Use this text block to provide a description of a web- or a mobile-based application specific to the subject matter, interests, and needs of your respective group of teachers. Use links or embed code to show examples of completed projects or video tutorials explaining the digital tool whenever possible.

At home brain breaks + example schedule for an eLearning day

150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely

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Many education companies are offering free subscriptions due to school closings.

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75+ free online resources for online teaching and everything is free!

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

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

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

2. Prepare for Celebration Day! 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.

3. Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2020/2021 school year opened on January 2, 2020. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other teachers serving in Lutheran schools and the impact it’s having on you and your students. Thank you in advance for being an ambassador for TEC21 and supporting our vision and mission for the sake of the Gospel! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

Reflection

Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Luke Finchum

Twitter:  @LFinch11

Email: Lfinchum@zionnewpal.org

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