April 2021 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually

To the WiFi:   Go to “Peace” network      Username:   Tech21       Password:    welcome

To the Agenda:   Go to    tec21connect.com   and select “Workshops” and then “Agendas”

To Each Other:    Check out the snack table and say hello to your teammates.  How has everyone been doing since we saw each other last month?

To Other TEC21 Teachers:    Check out Facebook – TEC21 Educators and see what’s new.  Respond to a post or post something yourself.

Devotion

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.   (Acts 20:24)

Only Jesus  by Casting Crowns

Announcements

  1.   Professional Development Opportunities

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 

Create your own classroom or personal website using Google Sites!  Easy to use, edit, and maintain.  Check out this tutorial video here.  An additional tutorial for creating a class website can be found here.

Create a resource page using Google Sheets and save yourself time and memory.  See my example here.

Top 15 Gmail Tips and Tricks     Learn how to organize your inbox, prioritize emails, save space, add custom signatures, set up an auto-reply for vacations, and more!

GitMind is a free online mind map maker for brainstorming, project planning, development, action and other creative tasks. With its diversified themes and layout, users can quickly draw out mind maps, org charts, logic structure diagrams, tree diagrams, fishbone diagrams, and more. Also, this tool lets you share your mind maps with as many friends or colleagues as you want and collaborate with them. The mind maps you have created are stored and saved in the cloud automatically.

Welcome to Breakout EDU’s Game of the Week!

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…it’s Breakout the Superheroes! This Game of the Week challenges student’s 4C skills as they work together to save the day!

Storyline: Our Superheroes, Kharma and The Defender need your help. They have just returned from saving cities all over the world and realized too late that the combination to their Super Secret Hero Room has been changed. They were able to enter the hideout, but not remembering the new code, they cannot leave. We need your help to look through the clues they left themselves and help them Breakout of the Super Secret Hero Room so they may get back to work, saving the world.

Content Area: Team Building     Recommended For: Upper Elementary, Middle Grades, High School

How to play: You can choose whether to play this game as a digital or kit-based game.

NEW: Use our new extension and reflection activities to spark creativity and help facilitate post-game discussions with your students.

Thinglink is a web tool that allows students to make visual images more interactive.  Easily create visual learning materials and virtual tours, empower students to work on projects and assignments using text, voice, photos, and video.

Wakelet is like “Pinterest for Teachers and Students”!  It’s a way to combine all of your best work and ideas in one place! A great tool for older students to organize their work! Think of it as a digital portfolio.  Here is a tutorial video and also a good example of how to use it in the classroom with students.

Here is an example that a friend of mine made.  She is a high school Spanish teacher.  https://wke.lt/w/s/ZIwpOK

Join my Wakelet and contribute one of your favorite things from this past year of TEC21.  Go to  wakelet.com  and enter join code:  5e70e6a

Nearpod helps educators make any lesson interactive whether in the classroom or virtual. The concept is simple. A teacher can create interactive presentations that can contain Quiz’s, Polls, Videos, Collaborate Boards, and more. You can access thousands of pre-built K-12 standards-aligned lessons or upload your existing lessons and make them interactive.

Badge Maker. Badges are all the rage. Let this website help you and your students make a special badge to recognize the achievements of each child!

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.

JeopardyLabs allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint. The games you make can be played online from anywhere in the world. Building your own jeopardy template easy

Demonstrate your mastery of Google tools in your classroom with the Educator Level 1 Certification. Completing the certification earns you a badge that helps you stand out on your resume, portfolio, website, and more.

Validate your expertise and advanced technology integration skills with the Educator Level 2 Certification. Completing the certification earns you a badge that helps you stand out on your resume, portfolio, website, and more.

Free website filled with lots of creative, techie ways to end a school year! This is for you, teacher!

John Sowash is the Google guru from Michigan!  Here he put together a video of his livestream show on 10 templates for teachers to use with their classes.  Check out his website, Chromebook Classroom for more great ideas.  You can access his ideas along with the templates here.  Especially great for the end of the year is the slide template for students to each create a slide that highlights their favorite things from the year (watch the video starting at 32:10).

A wonderful devotion for kids for each day of the month! Fantastic!

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+)

Designed with little ones in mind, Shutterbugs was created by Smithsonian Science Education Center to help young students recognize animal movement and specific adaptations! (Pre-K – Grade 1)

Direct students and parents to this free open educational curriculum for Math, Science, English, and more. 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!

PreK-8 Reading & Topics of Interest Summer Reads-getting ready for grades 3,4,5, free books with comprehension Beginning Reads-PreK-2- stories and comprehension Talking Points for Kids-science & other topics. Grades 4-6 FYI for Kids-2 page magazine articles, over 75 by complexity level, content area, and theme.

Teach Like a Pirate digital resources. Great book for you to read over the summer, and great activities to share with students or plan for next year’s curriculum!

Free ebooks for beginning readers. Great practice for over the summer. Books available in 35 languages.

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.

In addition to having an awesome name :), this resource offers activities designed for preschool through fifth-grade students. There are a number of free printables, games, lesson ideas, videos, and more available. The site also offers a paid version with more resources and eliminates the ads in the margins.

If you have students who need help with sounds and letters this website has some great games they can play to practice. Especially with wearing masks making it difficult to see your mouth formation in creating the sounds,  seeing the videos can be helpful.

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

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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

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time during the year with questions, problems, or suggestions.

Email:    lmeyers@vlhs.com

Phone:  989-790-1676  ext. 12   (school)

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989-324-0666       (cell)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.

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