February 2022 Agenda–Las Vegas, Nevada
Begin at 8:15am
- To WiFi: Faith Guest WiFi: Heart-4PD
- 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
Let’s take a moment to work work on our slide show.
Click here to work on your November Slide, link what you did to your November slide and if you have a student example that would be awesome as well.
A few people inquired about Flip Grid, so I thought we could do one with the devotion, practice and give it a try.
Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. Share a success, a challenge you experienced or a lesson learned.
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, March 24, 2022.
2. This summer, we will be preparing our TEC21 website for “Season 14”, so we encourage you to bookmark the “Season 13” workshop agendas now so you have access to them in the future. Here’s the link – https://tec21connect.com/2021-2022-workshop-agendas/ 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 (webpages) in the process. This means that over time past agendas may start to look a little wonky, but the links and resources will still be accessible for you 🙂
4. Three graduate-level credits available through Concordia University, Nebraska:
How to Obtain 3 Graduate-level Credits Through Your TEC21 Experience
Will you be needing to renew your teaching license soon? Are you considering starting a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction within the next five years? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you might 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. The application period will open during February’s workshop day and run through May 15, 2022. For your convenience, a link to the online application will be included on our final three agendas (February, March and April).
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 2022”. Where it asks for Academic Program, select “TEC21”. After completing the remaining fields, select “Create Account”.
Next, check your email for confirmation that your application came through successfully.
Last, 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!
On June 1, transcripts will be available upon request. 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 email@example.com. 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. In light of this, 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.
A unique classroom tool to help you post learning targets, instructions, or information at the start of each class.
Let’s try a game of scoot, while this is not technology based, you would need to use technology to create your cards, this gets the kids up and moving, while learning!!
1. Discover the educational value of student-created video activities.
2. Explore video creation tools and resources to use with your students.
3. Design a student-centered project or assessment involving the use of video.
4. Be a resource to another teacher by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.
Collaborative Learning Activities
Teachers have been collaborating in a variety of ways for years. For example, have you ever had your students write letters to pen pals, missionaries, or perhaps participate in a Flat Stanley project? Many teachers still engage their students in these types of fun and meaningful lessons! Can you imagine, however, the opportunities you have to enhance these kinds of rich, experiential learning activities by using some of the remarkable digital tools and resources available to us in the classroom today?
There are a number of ways to virtually connect your students with other students or experts outside your classroom walls. Likewise, there are a variety of digital tools that are designed with features that afford students the capability to collaborate in some amazing ways. What kinds of learning activities are possible today when we use things like Skype (or other video chat tool), Flipgrid, Google Slides, Padlet, etc.? How have you used any of these with your students?
Today, let’s do something incredibly fascinating. Let’s have all 178 TEC21 teachers (+ the 30 TEC21 Facilitators) in our 30 cohorts this year engage in three collaborative learning activities! Our hope is that through these experiences, each of us will leave here today encouraged and inspired to try something new or different with our students!
Collaborative Activity #1 – Participate in a Mystery Skype/Zoom Call/FaceTime with another TEC21 cohort
Have you ever skyped, zoomed, or had a Google meet with another class or with a professional during a class?
Tips for a successful Mystery Skype experience:
- Find a teacher who wants to do a Mystery Skype.
- Skype with each other first (without students) to practice using the platform and to plan for the activity.
- Prepare your students with how the activity works, make assignments for the various roles, and GO FOR IT!
Many supplemental resources (age appropriate) can be found on the web to help plan for a successful lesson. For an example, here is one to get you started: Check out Skype–etiquette.
Who’s ready to give it a try?
- Fill out this GOOGLE FORM. Then look on the SPREADSHEET to find a good match.
- Maybe you can even connect after lunch today to meet one another and begin to make a plan!
Collaborative Activity #2 – Create a Google Slide presentation with 30 other cohorts!
Having students collaborate in a Google Slides with students from other classes or even other schools can be a great way to build community, fellowship and help students see the benefits of working with others. With so much work now being done remotely or at a distance, helping students to complete tasks or activities with others without being able to talk to them in the same physical environment is a skill we can help foster in our classrooms. Go ahead and have some fun with this large collaborative Google Slides!
Collaborative Activity #3 – Contribute your favorites to a TEC21 group Padlet
Additional Collaboration Activities – Student Centered
How can you get students to respond to a prompt OR more importantly to each other? One quick and easy way to do this is AnswerGarden. Click here to try out an example.
Answer Garden can be a great way to “take the temperature of the room” after a test or big event. It can be a great pre-assessment to collect answers to simple questions or a way to have students build a word cloud for a project.
Top Digital Tools & Resources on Collaborative Learning
Use one of the following tools to create a screencast to explain what you learned in the devotion today. This should be an example of how students can create screencasts to demonstrate understanding and processes. If you finish early, make another! Post your examples on today’s Google Doc.
Educreations. Here is an Educreations screencast that teaches the process of making a screencast and the importance of keeping the length short. Educreations is both a tablet app and a website so works on all devices. Noted as being the easiest screencast tool so even early childhood students can use it. You can take a picture of their work and they can record their voice telling about it, or demonstrate how they do a math problem.
Flipgrid is a simple, free, and accessible video discussion experience for learners and families. Set up an educator’s account and create your first topic for your class! Getting Started Guide.
Set up a Seesaw educator’s account on your laptop or mobile device. Record a video of yourself reading. Think about how students can use this site to demonstrate learning. Try taking a picture of a piece of work, then using the video tool to describe what you did and how you did it! Best classroom platform for meaningful student engagement.
Working with a partner, use one of the following tools to create a green screen video to teach about a system of the body. This should be an example of how students can create screencasts to demonstrate learning. (15 minutes). If you finish early, make another! Post your examples on today’s Google Doc.
DoInk is the #1 Green Screen app for the iPad and iPhone in Education and is also a 2019 Winner of the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning by the AASL (American Association of School Librarians). Classroom-tested by kids and teachers, this app emphasizes ease-of-use and simplicity while still enabling fantastic results. With Green Screen by Do Ink, you can tell a story, explain an idea, and express yourself in truly creative and unique ways. Watch this video to see how kids can use this app to make videos using green screen.
Using iMovie, provide a description of a web- or a mobile-based application specific to this month’s theme or to the subject matter, interests, and needs of your respective group of teachers. Use links or embed code to show examples of completed projects or video tutorials explaining the digital tool whenever possible.
Making a Movie
Collaborating with other TEC21 teachers, create a movie to tell a story you are reading in class or a fairy tale. This should be an example of how students can create videos to demonstrate comprehension. (30 minutes). If you finish early, make another! Post your examples on today’s Google Doc. Then we will view each other’s videos and try to guess what story they are acting out!
Using WeVideo, make videos on any device, including Chromebook, Windows, Mac, and mobile. Edit on the go with mobile apps for Android and iOS devices. Cloud-based flexibility means you get unlimited storage for your media and there’s no download or software to install. Add features like green screen for a big-budget look without the cost or difficulty. How-to Video
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.
iMovie Trailers are short 1 minute movie trailers that have the professionalism of being in a movie theatre. Templates are provided complete with editable scripts and music. Create a new trailer project in iMovie on the app or Mac. How to video
Top Digital Tools & Resources on Video Creation
Virtual Field Trips
If you didn’t find anything useful above, check out these great virtual field trip ideas from one of our amazing TEC21 Facilitators!
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
- Digital: Apply what you learned today by designing a lesson, a student project or an assessment strategy involving the use of video.
- Social: Post to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, a picture of you and your students or a link to a completed project your students created.
- Spiritual: Be a resource to another teacher on your faculty by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.
- Missional: Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Personal testimonies go a long way, so we would be most grateful if you would help us by thinking of a fellow teacher or teachers that you could encourage to register for the 2022/2023 school year. They could be teachers from your school or any other school for that matter. With your help we will be able to impact more teachers and their students for the sake of the gospel. Share with them how valuable it’s been to you to be able to connect with other teachers serving in Lutheran schools outside of your school building and the positive impact it’s having on you and your students. We thank you in advance for any support of our efforts that you can give to us. Thank you for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd