April 2021 Agenda—Green Bay, Wisconsin

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually
  • To Wifi: 
    • Network: PLCS-INTERNET
    • Password: pilgrim123
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
  • To each other – Greet your fellow TEC21 participants!
  • Sign up for Snacks – Thanks for bringing snacks all year!
  • Go to bit.ly/GBAprSn12

Devotion

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

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Announcements

1. Facilitators, please add any other local, regional or national events (i.e. a summer meet-up, local pd opportunities such as EdCamps, district fall conferences, LEA Convocation, etc. – all of which provide great opportunities for TEC21 teachers to connect outside of the workshops).

2. 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 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 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 the past month and share experiences. Share a success story, a challenge you experienced, or a lesson learned.

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Goals

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

Twitter: Follow @TEC21_LuthEd and the many other educators who have utilize this powerful communication tool. Follow and use these hashtags #TEC21lcms & #LuthEd when tweeting!

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!

Pinterest

Pinterest: Do you love Pinterest? Then you’ll love all the teaching ideas and resources that get pinned to TEC21’s collaborative board. Start pinning to the board with us by clicking HERE.

Instagram

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

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…

  • Notes
  • Links
  • Resources
  • Thoughts
  • Composure

Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS to access everyone’s presentation links from all the workshop centers.

Digital Tools & Resources (FORMAT OPTION #1 as in previous years)

AR Flashcards – Animal Alphabet is an app that brings augmented reality to paper flashcards to make them 3D and jump off the page! Go to the website to print the flashcards of alphabet, math facts, dinosaurs, etc., cut them out so white shows all the way around, download the app on your iPad or iPhone, then view the flashcard to see the animal in 3D.

It can be a challenge to find a clip that is appropriate for your students. Then there are still the issues of “related” videos that aren’t really related to your search and comments that don’t add any value to the video. Here are five good alternatives to searching on YouTube for educational video clips.   Here are alternatives to youtube:
Safetube
Next Vista
Next Vista’s purpose is to provide a place for teachers and students to share videos with other teachers and students in a safe environment.
Class Hook
Easily find educational videos from TV shows and movies to use in your lessons

JeopardyLabs is the simplest way to build Jeopardy-like games online. Powerpoint is not needed.

Earthcam is a global network of streaming video cams opening up unique views around the world.

Digital Bell Ringers Is a collection of activities that you can use to begin class or anytime in your classroom. (Be sure to also download the free eBook for even more ideas).

Ology is a science website for kids form the American Museum of Natural History.

HOMER Reading – Learn to Read is an app that has been shown to help improve students’ reading scores through regular use. A great app suggestion for your students’ summer practice! Also, try the company’s HOMER Stories: Kids Library. (Early childhood – Grade 2)
iOS, Google Play, and online
Heads Up! Kids is a charades app offering hilarious fun and way to get your kiddos communicating with one another. The kids’ version offers pictures as the clues and more kid-friendly topics. However, for upper grades, try the original Heads Up!. Both are available for a minimal $0.99. (Grade 1+)
iOS only
Talk and Comment is a free Chrome Extension that allows you and your students to record voice notes anywhere on the web. Go to the Chrome Web Store to download Talk and Comment. The icon will appear to the right of your search bar in Chrome. A small circle for recording will appear to the right of all online documents. Simply highlight text in a Google Doc, Slide, website, anywhere online and click the record circle. You will instantly have an audio comment! Check out this video to get started.
Classroom Use

BioMan Biology is the fun place to learn Biology! Here you will find learning games, review games, virtual labs and quizzes that will help you to learn about cells, ecology, genetics, physiology, and much more!

George Couros:  “The Principal of Change”
Stories of learning and leading”

The Digital Pirate is a document based on the idea of a “hook” as presented by Dave Burgess (Teach Like a Pirate).  The “hooks” is this document all involve digital tools.

Printable Paper is collection of over 1800 different types of paper (graph, line, music and much more) that you can download and print for free.

Learn more about the amazing world of science by enjoying our fun science experiments, cool facts, online games, free activities, ideas, lesson plans, photos, quizzes, videos & science fair projects. There are also links to a similar math and English page.

These videos provide creative and educational tours of the states and world.

60 Second Presidents is a PBS website containing a 60-second video summary of the life of each president and additional information and activities on the President.

Play The Oregon Trail Game (circa 1990).

Funbrain contains games, books and videos in a variety of grade levels and subject areas.

This website contains suggestions for engaging tech activities that you can use with your students at the end of the year.

Insert Learning – Chrome Webstore

Insert instructional content on any web page.  InsertLearning saves teachers and students time while keeping students engaged.  Teachers can insert questions, discussions, and insight directly into any website.  When students go to that website, they can respond to those questions and discussions, see that insight, and take their own notes.  Use InsertLearning to turn any website into an interactive learning experience!

Toby for Chrome – Chrome Webstore

Better than bookmarks.  Organize your browser tabs and access them quickly anywhere.  Bookmarks are for books, not browsers.  Organize your browser tabs into Toby so you can access key resources in one-click instead of seven.  Toby is better than bookmarks, it levels up your Chrome browser.  Toby is a visual workspace that lives on every new tab.  Add new tabs by dragging and dropping your browser tabs into collections or save a whole session in just one-click.  Access all of your collections on any desktop with automatic sync.  Use tags to organize your collections or create notes for your to-dos.  Toby is changing the way you save and access tabs by making it easy and fun to use.

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

TEC21 School Badge Small

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Large School Badge

TEC21 School Badge Large

<div align="center"><a href="https://tec21connect.com/" title="Tec21"><img src="https://tec21connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TEC21-School-Badge-256x256.png" alt="Tec21" style="border:none;width:100%;max-width:256px;height:auto;" /></a></div>

For Teachers

Small Teacher Badge

TEC21 Teacher Badge Small

<div align="center"><a href="https://tec21connect.com/" title="Tec21"><img src="https://tec21connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TEC21-Educator-Badge-256x75.png" alt="Tec21" style="border:none;width:100%;max-width:256px;height:auto;" /></a></div>

 

Large Teacher Badge

TEC21 Teacher Badge Large

<div align="center"><a href="https://tec21connect.com/" title="Tec21"><img src="https://tec21connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TEC21-Educator-Badge-256x256.png" alt="Tec21" style="border:none;width:100%;max-width:256px;height:auto;" /></a></div>

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!

Reflection

Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Mike Schmidt

SchmidtM@newlhs.com – @tchrmschmidt – on Facebook – Instagram –Pinterest – LinkedIn – 715.509.0002

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.

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