April 2021 Agenda—Glen Burnie, Maryland
Begin at 9:00am
Devotion — Absorb
Weariness … What’s Got You Down?
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. ~ Psalm 73:26
Perspective: Our God is very personally interested in us and able to support us through every season of our lives. No matter what we lose, how we feel, or what is going in our lives, God is with us. He is the strength of our hearts.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. ~Hebrews 13:8
Perspective: No matter how crazy things get around us, we can rest in the fact that Jesus Christ is completely faithful and dependable.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” ~ Romans 8:38-39
Perspective: Nothing will be able to separate us from Him. We will always be in His presence. Forever, He is and will be ours!
Devotion — Respond
Please add a few items to our April Prayer Padlet:
(1) Search your Memory or Google for a Bible Verse of Encouragement to add
(2) Give a statement of Perspective (as modeled above)
(3) If you’d like, state a prayer request that we can lift up for you
(4) Enhance with an image that brings you peace, calm, support, encouragement, “uplift-ment” (What is a real word for that?) 😊
1. This summer, we will be preparing our TEC21 website for “Season 13” so we encourage you to bookmark the “Season 12” workshop agendas now so you have access to them in the future. Here’s the link – https://tec21connect.com/2020-2021-workshop-agendas/ Please note: When we perform quarterly updates on our website’s theme, webpages, and various plug-ins, we do not include all of the previous years’ agendas (archived webpages) in the process as it would be a very time intensive process. The good Lutheran question is “What does this mean?” It means that over time past agendas may start to look a little wonky, but the links and resources will still be accessible for you 🙂
How to Obtain 3 Graduate-level Credits Through Your TEC21 Experience
The online application period ENDS May 15, 2021.
Will you be needing to renew your teaching license soon? Are you thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction? 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. Follow these four easy steps to apply:
First, select the “Apply Here” link to create an account.
Next, complete the fields in the form. Where it asks for Academic Level, select “Non-Degree Coursework”. Where it asks for Entry Term, select “Summer Semester 2021”. Where it asks for Academic Program, select “TEC21”. 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!
What happens next?
In the latter half of May, letter grades will be submitted to Concordia. Once the grades have been entered into their system, you will receive an email from the TEC21 Office providing you with your letter grade and a link to request a transcript in the event you need one.
If you ever have questions regarding how these three graduate-level credits could be applied to a master’s degree program now or in the coming years (they are good for 5 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 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!
Let’s take some time to reflect on the past month and share experiences. Share a success story, a challenge you experienced, or a lesson learned.
1. Continue to be both a consumer and a contributor in your professional learning network.
2. Plan how you will continue to be a connected, resourceful life-long learner.
3. Celebrate each other’s TEC21 achievements through today’s mini-conference format.
Throughout this program, we have emphasized the value of being connected educators in Lutheran education today. We have shared specific platforms in which TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning networks. As we wrap up 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 hope the relationships that have been built this year will continue to be a blessing to your teaching ministry for many years to come! And know that as a team of facilitators, we will always be here for 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.
Collaboration! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂
Mini-conference Style Presentations
Your Turn!! 😊😉
This is the opportunity for you to share what you have learned and how you have grown as an educator through the processes of inquiry, investigation, implementation, and reflection.
Time to gather your…
Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS to access everyone’s presentation links from all the workshop centers.
Digital Tools & Resources
Learnia’s world consists of a number of islands, each with a distinct feel. Each island contains one grade year of spelling or math. A path meanders from island to island giving kids a sense of progress as they learn. This path is blocked by skill stones. When kids master a skill stone it steps aside and the next segment of the path opens up.
3D Bear will enable students to…
- become content creators in 3D themselves, 3D modeller being one of the top 20 Jobs in the future and as important as coding.
- learn spatial cognition.
- change their mindset to creative problem solving and storytelling.
- learn 21st century job skills in a way where technology is redefining learning.
C K-12 FREE! Open Education Curriculum This is a free open educational curriculum for Math, Science, English, and more. It contains e-flex books for each subject and lots of materials. Also switch to Teacher view to see all the teacher materials. Check it out this summer! This is absolutely worth looking through to consider use as enhancement materials, substitute plans, independent study work, enrichment activities, and so forth!
Animaker – Students can use Animaker to show what they know about a topic by creating videos, infographics, and more. An excellent product for teachers and students who want to create animated videos.
Check out this list of more than 70 Awesome Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom!
Free All-In-One Web-Based Mathematics Software!
Complete curriculum for ages 8-14 all the way to beginning college to prepare students for computer-based careers. Students create computer science projects around different themes such as Sports, Art, and Fashion. Each theme contains 8 lessons of 60-90 minutes that can be tailored to fit your schedule. Free digitally online or order free paper pack.
What can students do when they’re “bored” this summer? Learn the basics of a new language! This app features short lessons in a number of different languages. Create a free account to track progress. It even offers free virtual classrooms and lessons for educators! (Grade 3+)
Free e-books for beginning readers. Great practice for over the summer. Books available in 35 languages, making it a potential resource for older age groups as well. **A great resource for ALL YEAR long!
The title says it all. Funny stuff!
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
The bestowing of award, praise and adulation.
We officially dub you TEC21 Teachers–connected, resourceful life-long learners!
1. “Pomp & Circumstance”
2. Presentation of “diplomas”
3. Presentation of TEC21 Digital Badges
Dear TEC21 Teachers,
As educators, we all know how hard it is to keep up with the needs of students. TEC21 recognizes the extra effort it takes to learn, stretch and grow to provide Technology Enriched Classrooms. We applaud every principal who has given the green light to allow teachers to participate in our workshops, and every teacher who has stepped outside his or her comfort zone to be vigorously challenged. Our goal with you is a contagious classroom full of motivated students.
You have earned this badge. We have provided it in two sizes each for school administrators and teachers. We hope you’ll proudly display it on your school website, personal classroom website, and your email signature.
Thank you for making a TEC21 classroom a badge of honor.
Serving Him with you,
The TEC21 Facilitators
Pictured above are the TEC21 Facilitators as we gathered virtually for our annual summer academy in June of 2020.
For School Administrators
Small School Badge
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Large School Badge
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Small Teacher Badge
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Large Teacher Badge
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1) Put God first.
2) Fail big.
3) You’ll never see a U-haul behind a hearse.
YOU are making a difference in the lives of your students EVERY DAY.
Final TEC21 Challenges
1. Digital: Continue to be a connected educator!
2. Social: Continue to be a life-long learner!
3. Spiritual: Continue to be a resource to others!
Dismiss at 2:00pm
My Contact Info
(443) 325-3675 (cell)