April 2020 Agenda—Fort Wayne, Indiana
Begin at 2:30pm
If you are anything like me, you may have found yourself in the shoes of Peter. A mind going a million miles an hour and not stopping to really listen to Jesus. I think there are some great insights here as well into our current COVID-19 climate.
We are now almost a month into this Coronavirus Pandemic. Our minds are still going a million miles an hour trying to figure out ways to keep kids engaged and connect with students in an unprecedented time. Yet, Jesus calls us to stop and listen. This isn’t normal e-learning. This isn’t even really remote schooling. This is so much more.
At times like this, the calling of “teacher” is so much more than an academic title. If we were being honest, our greatest impact right now is providing some semblance of order to an uncertain and anxious time.
Below is a button to an article titled “This is not home schooling, distance learning or online schooling.”. I think it is well worth the read and, while not a devotion, speaks to the greater calling and vocation which we serve.
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, May 7th, 2020.
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)
- Note: Annual fall conference held near Indy.
- Michigan Association of Computer User Learning (MACUL)
- Note: Upcoming Regional Conference in March!
- International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE)
- Note: Annual International Conference Held Each Summer
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?
- 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:
- First, select the “Apply Here” link below to create an account.
- 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”.
- Now, check your email for confirmation that your application came through successfully.
- 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.
- 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 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. (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!
Looking all the way back to our Previous (MARCH) Challenges,:
- has anyone had the opportunity to work on the use of video during this time of Remote Learning?
- What successes did you and your students experience? What obstacles (if any) did you and/or your students have to work through?
- How have students/parents/colleagues responded to new tools or activities they have tried?
1. Discover how can we support each other?
2. Explore tools needed for you to succeed in remote learning.
3. Design a digital activity that allows students to connect with each other either through collaboration or through feedback.
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.
Virtual Classroom Spaces
What are you using to deliver content out to your students?
Activity Share Out
As each of us get further into COVID-19 remote learning, what kinds of activities are you having students do? So far I have used Padlet, Gimkit and Google Sites/Forms for collaborative activities. Here are some examples of what grade level teachers are doing at our school:
You could also have your students create a digital escape room themed to a topic? See this link.
Please share activities you have created or are using by clicking the button below (shared google doc).
Example Video Projects
Digital Citizenship Integration
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when conducting virtual school regarding Self-image and Identity?
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.
- “What is Genius Hour?” (Genius Hour)
- How to Build Community Leaders of Today – And Tomorrow – Through Genius Hour (EdSurge, 2017)
- Genius Hour in Elementary School (Edutopia, 2017)
- Tips and Tricks to Keep Kids on Track During Genius Hour (MindShift, 2017)
- Inspire Drive, Creativity in the Classroom with 20-Time (20-Time in Education)
- 20-Time Projects in Education: 41 Projects in 4 Minutes (YouTube, 2014)
Digital Tools & Resources
EPIC! Is a great (and free right now) online resource for teachers to provide quality reading opportunities for students. With libraries closed during this COVID-19 scare, EPIC! is a great resource for families in our area!
The Allen County Public Library has many amazing resources that allow people to stay connected with online digital resources like books, music and movies. Use your Allen County Public Library card today for services like Hoopla, Flipster, Libby/Overdrive and Tumblebooks.
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.
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.
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
Stuck at Home? Here are 30+ great Virtual Field Trips for early learners to explore from your home on your couch. From zoos and landmarks to famous museums, you can explore the world with your child with over a month of virtual field trips!
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.
At home brain breaks + example schedule for an eLearning day
150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. (20 days free)
Many education companies are offering free subscriptions due to school closings.
Through the Bible Devotional for Kids
Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home.
- Spiritual – Be a resource to at least one new person anywhere within your personal learning network before we meet again.
- Digital – 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.
- Social – 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
Dismiss at 2:00pm