April 2021 Agenda—Portage, Michigan
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 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.
Digital Tools & Resources (FORMAT OPTION #2)
This video is for Kelly! It shows how to create a dashboard to organize websites, documents, and other things you need to get to quickly, all on Google Sheets!
Using paper roller coaster templates with a class can be a fun way to teach the physics of energy and motion, as well as the importance of the engineering design process.
CREATE WITH AUGMENTED REALITY IN SECONDS
1. Snap a photo of any flat object
2. Pick a photo, YouTube video, or 3D model to overlay on top of it
NASA has a large group of free apps that are available for download for both IOS and Google. Apps included are the NASA , NASA selfies, NASA spacecraft AR and more! My favorite is the NASA Science app called Humans in Space which allows you to be an astronaut on the International Space Station.
Check out this link for a variety of PBS Apps available for IOS, Google and for download! These are all education apps that connect to science, math, language arts and more!!
http://www.startwithabook.org/ From Reading Rockets, this site is parent-friendly and has suggestions for books and learning activities for the summer
http://www.readingrockets.org/article/reading-adventure-packs-families Reading and math packs (in English and Spanish) that families can print and use with K-3 students
http://www.starfall.com/ Reading and phonics games
https://www.getepic.com/ Students can listen to or read high-quality digital books at home!
https://www.parents.com/fun/activities/indoor/?page=1 Crafts and other activities that families can do on rainy days
https://www.timeforkids.com/ – Informational articles that kids can read independently or that families can read together
https://www.familyeducation.com/school-learning/summer-learning – A great, parent-friendly collection of ideas and tips for learning during the summe
https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/ Free ebooks for beginning readers. Great practice for over the summer. Books available in 35 languages.
https://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ FieldTripZoom Zone offers educators unlimited access to virtual field trips that we broadcast every week with a Zone Subscription. The calendar of trips, which is released at the start of the academic year, is organized around educational subject areas in order to facilitate inclusion into lesson plans. These trips are streamed every week and you simply tune-in with your class and interact live with our subject matter expert. Subject areas cover science, technology, engineering and math, arts and humanities, STEAM, health and wellness, history, government, and literacy with a mix of holiday and international events.
https://www.julieslibraryshow.org/episodes If you’re a fan of British accents, you might enjoy hearing Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, read children’s books. While a limited library now, it might be a fun addition to your classroom if you are reading that text anyway.
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
<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
My Contact Info
Add a picture that shows you in your element and provide your contact information so your teachers can get ahold of you for support and encouragement (e.g. email address, cell phone number, and username/handle communication tools such as Twitter, Glide, Skype, etc.)