April 2021 Agenda—Las Vegas, Nevada
Begin at 9:00am
- To WiFi: Faith Guest WiFi: therisenLord
- How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
- To each other – Grab a breakfast item! Talk with your your fellow TEC21 participants and catch up.
- Fill in the prayer Padlet
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 🙂
- Before we start to share something we have done over the past month, take some time to complete your slides presentation for today. (Click here to find your presentation)
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
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. You will add the link to your presentations in the Shared Documents Folder, I’ll show you what to do!
Digital Tools & Resources
Whether you want to assign kids a basic review lesson for homework or plan a fully integrated lesson, Flocabulary is flexible enough to use a little or a lot without feeling routine. Delivered through media that kids actually enjoy, the lessons within the songs should sink in quite nicely. Start a unit with a video that introduces the vocabulary kids need for a lesson in geometry, simple machines, student loans, or a Shakespearean sonnet. Play a video for the whole class, then have the kids group up and replay it in discussion mode, giving them the opportunity to explore ideas in more depth and learn from one another. Songs for older kids are more dense, with nearly every rhyme containing some hard facts that they can review afterward through a variety of activities, including writing their own lyrics.
While some teachers may balk at this nontraditional approach to learning, Flocabulary has a ton of legit research behind it, and its in-depth, sound approach to morphing hip-hop beats with lasting learning is sure to have teachers raising the roof.
Do you have so many websites you want to remember but don’t know how to organize them? Check out Sqworl! Simply set up your account, create a new group, and begin cutting and pasting URLs of the websites you want to group. Sample Sqworl on animal websites for student research. You can simply share the link and students access the websites you want them to use without typing in URLs.
Google Expedition Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys. Google Expeditions offers over 400 virtual field trips using your phone and viewer.
Android and IOS
Turn your videos into movie magic. With iMovie for iOS and macOS, you can enjoy your videos like never before. It’s easy to browse your clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and stunning 4K-resolution movies. You can even start editing on iPhone or iPad, then finish on your Mac. Download iMovie for iOS.
1. Poll Everywhere Poll Everywhere transforms one-sided presentations into two-way conversations with the audience. This web-based audience response system lets you embed interactive activities directly into your presentation. The audience responds on the web or via SMS texting on their phones.
3. Plickers This is a simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. Plicker cards do need to be printed. A fee may apply. Teachers scan the student cards with an app on a phone or iPad. Video
4. Super Teacher Tools This website is filled with fun review games that can be loaded with material on any concepts! With games such as “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “Speed Match,” students will be well-prepared for any content!
5. 10 Ways to Use Google Earth in Your Classroom It’s Not Just For Social Studies! Practical Ed Tech‘s article about Google Earth’s developments. With the new launch of a new version of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? on Google Earth seems to have sparked a renewed interest in Google Earth. Check out this list of top 10 new uses: pre-made tours, literature tours, global scavenger hunts, timelapse of coastline changes, explore the Moon or Mars, and use Google Earth as an alternative to PowerPoint!
6. FreeRice.com Free Rice is an online internet game that donates 20 grains of rice to the World Food Programme (WFP) for every word that is correctly defined. WFP, the United Nations frontline organization fighting hunger, distributes the rice to the hungry.
8. 10 Virtual Tools for the Math Class If you teach Math you have to check these out…10 of the best tools on the market for engaging students with Math including DragonBox, Geometry Pad, and MathsPlayground.
9. NASA Photos – ABCs Amazing NASA photos of natural elements in the shape of the ABC’s! Reading the ABCs from Space. How can your students use pictures to tell about their learning?
PBS produced 60-second videos on each president. It’s a fun way to summarize each presidency. Could your students then make their own 60-second video on a topic you are studying and share!
Lunch Hour at 12:45
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
<div align="center"><a href="https://tec21connect.com/" title="Tec21"><img src="https://tec21connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TEC21-School-Badge-256x75.png" alt="Tec21" style="border:none;width:100%;max-width:256px;height:auto;" /></a></div>
Large School Badge
<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>
Small Teacher Badge
<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
<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!
Dismiss at 2:00pm