January 2019 Agenda—Phoenix, Arizona
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What was something fun that happened over Christmas break (or within the last two months since we’ve met)?
When you were 15, what did you expect to be doing when you were 25?
Announcements & Review
1. Upcoming events:
- The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, March 7.
- Tucson EdCamp – February 9, 2019
2. Think all the way back to November’s TEC21 Challenges. Did anyone participate in the Hour of Code in December? What happened? What obstacles (if any) did you and your students have to resolve? How did your students respond to the coding activities? What successes did you and your students experience?
3. Have you made any New Year’s Professional Growth Resolutions? They might come in handy for “Celebration Day” in May. Share with the person next to you. Maybe you can become an accountability partner with someone to help each other succeed. Do you remember the working definitions for short- and long-term goals we shared with you back in September?
- SHORT-TERM – Some sort of technology integrating lesson or activity you want to do with your students THIS MONTH.
- LONG-TERM – A major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a website used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project based learning using a specific tool or tools. There are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”
4. In September, we shared with you ways TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning networks. With the start of the second semester, this would be a great time to reflect on the benefits you’ve been experiencing this year by being connected with this learning community and to begin to consider how you will remain connected once this series of face to face workshops comes to an end. We hope you have found it to be a blessing to your teaching ministry and will continue to engage with us for as long as you’re in the teaching ministry!
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Twitter: Follow the facilitators and many other educators who use this powerful communication tool to ask questions, share ideas and support and encourage one another. You can also follow hashtags such as #TEC21lcms & #LuthEd!
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Google+: Engage with TEC21 Educators going all the way back to “Season 1” to ask questions and share ideas to support one another! With Google’s announcement that they’ll be shutting down these communities in 2019, we are continuing to explore how we can best continue to equip, encourage, and support one another for years to come. We’ll keep you posted!
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Facebook: Please “Like” the TEC21 Facebook Page! This will help us to grow and expand our reach to new schools and teachers and in turn impact more students! #LutheranSchoolsThrive
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Pinterest: Following TEC21’s collaborative board is another way for us to experience the benefits of being connected educators! If you want to join us by being a collaborator on this board, just click this link and start to pin–https://pin.it/ufa45k5b6lzmzp.
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Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our innovation centers.
1. Teaching Methods for Inspiring the Students of the Future -Joe Ruhl TEDx Choice, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Caring
2. Collaborate with top teachers. Top IT Blogs for teachers! The 2018 Top 50 Must Read K12 IT Blog list is here via @EdTech_K12
3. Collaborating Across a District – or a Country: Digital Tools Enable Teachers to Share Resources and even Co-Teach with peers anywhere
1. Discover the value of collaboration.
2. Explore collaborative tools and resources to use with your students.
3. Identify a tool or resource to share with another teacher at your school.
Mystery Skype Call
Have you ever Skyped or Face Timed with family or friends? Ever joined in on a Google Hangout?
There are a variety of ways to virtually connect your students with other people outside your classroom walls in real time. What kinds of learning possibilities does this technology afford us to do in the classroom? Let’s discuss. Let’s explore. Let’s collaborate with another innovation center!
Tips for a successful Mystery Skype experience:
- Find a teacher who wants to do a Mystery Skype also.
- 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 can be found on the web to help plan for a successful lesson. Here are a couple to get you started:
Who’s ready to give it a try?
We’ve been experiencing some loading issues from time to time with the spreadsheet below. Can you see it now? If your answer is “yes”, that’s good! If your answer is “no”, then try selecting the refresh button in the web browser and that should correct the problem. If you still don’t see it, select this link to access the document directly in Google Drive – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rdKigLeGg0oEqcQ9ff_hxxmDywk3q0sqktJHmGNilIM/edit?usp=sharing.
Collaborative Slides Project
With Google apps, the opportunity for collaboration is exponential. At any given time, students can simultaneously add to documents, slides presentations, spreadsheets, maps, etc. We’re going to explore a collaborative Slides presentation. Here are a few quick facts about Slides:
- Slides is like PowerPoint–a customizable presentation app for topics, ideas, and information.
- Presentations can be shared to allow viewing, commenting, and/or editing.
- Students can edit and see others and their edits in real time.
- Slides has a built-in image search that pulls from free use images.
Now that you have a little bit of background, let’s try it for ourselves! You can use the link below, TEC21 Phoenix to access the shared Slides presentation, and you can edit your assigned slide to tell us a little bit about your school. Here are a few tips to make things go smoothly…
- Try to stay on your slide! It can get tricky when more than one person is editing!
- If changing the background, don’t apply it to the theme. This will change everyone’s background!
- Try the internal image search to find pictures! If you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to open a new tab in your browser and give it the ol’ search in Google. Then, copy and paste when you’ve found the right pic.
- Remember, you can change the layout of your page to whatever you’d like. Feel free to add a text box here or perhaps a picture there! The slide is your canvas!
- If you do something you don’t like… remember, “UNDO” is your friend. Look for that backward-spinning arrow in the toolbar and everything will be alright!
- Have fun!
More ways to collaborate in the classroom…
- Nearpod create interactive lessons in this presentation tool. Look at Explore Lessons: Free lessons for VR tours of volcanoes and more. Sign In: Nearpod.com
- Skype in the Classroom- can vary Mystery Skype to be mystery number, letter, subject, topic
- Connecting online using video conferencing in Google Hangouts
- Google Classroom or Google Drive- collaborative literature circles, writing, publishing
- Christmas Around the World
- Global Read Aloud Project: September 30, 2019 learn about it and sign up now!
- Projects by Jen PK-6
- iEarn Collaborative project
- Calendar of Projects by Jen Collaborative Projects
- FreeTech4Teachers Holiday Traditions Christmas project
Digital Citizenship Integration
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when students are collaborating on projects with others?
- Internet Safety
- Privacy & Security
- Relationships & Communication
- Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Self-image & Identity
- Information Literacy
- Creative Credit & Copyright
Little or No Prep Tools & Resources
Google Duo is a video chat mobile app developed by Google, available on the Android and iOS operating systems. The app automatically switches between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. A “Knock Knock” feature lets users see a live preview of the caller before answering.
With Math is Fun kids in grades K-12 can practice math with easy-to-learn games and activities. Check out all the options at this website, iPad app, or Google Play app. Even a dictionary of visuals to explain math terms.
More than just a standalone app, the GooseChase platform lets you create and facilitate a customized scavenger hunt in minutes. … Gather the participants together and have at least one person per team download the GooseChase app.
Click on Watchkin.com. Copy and paste the URL of the video you want to view into the Watchkin search box and you’ll be taken to a clean page to watch your video. No distracting or potentially offensive videos or side ads will appear. To search for more videos, type your search terms in the search box above, or on any Watchkin page. You can drag and drop the Watchkinize button up to your toolbar to use whenever you show videos to your class. YouTube is a video sharing service where users can watch, like, share, comment, and upload their own videos. The video service can be accessed on PCs, laptops, tablets and via mobile phones.
Google My Maps is a service launched by Google that enables users to create custom maps for personal use or sharing. Users can add points, lines, and shapes on top of Google Maps.
Children’s opportunities for hands-on service in the field tend to be limited – but through Lutheran Hour Ministries’ International Online Mission Trips (OMT), students can experience much of the learning and thrill of a mission trip – and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the work of Lutheran Hour Ministries around the world.
Hacks for using Google Classroom to the fullest (This is a blog post)
Collaborative teacher Resources, Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Activities
Although Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame is designed for parents to use at home, teachers can use it in class as well. Teachers or counselors could work with kids individually or in small groups, using the scenarios to model calming and decision-making strategies. Teachers could also use it as a whole-class, culture-creating activity. They could start the school year with a mini-lesson a day on how to handle a frustrating situation, working on breathing, thinking, and doing. The class could adopt the phrase “breathe, think, do” as a reminder to themselves when they’re getting frustrated. After working through the five scenarios, kids could work in small groups to create skits about frustrating situations not included in the app, showing how they could work through them using the “breathe, think, do” technique.
Peekapak ties in most easily to existing ELA curricula. Though many lessons could potentially stand alone, they really work best as a full package. That means teachers should plan for two 20- to 25-minute lessons per week for four weeks for each of the 10 units. If there’s not enough time to do the full curriculum, teachers should be thoughtful in their choices of which lessons to skip so they don’t lose the advantages of exploring topics from multiple angles. Or, perhaps better yet, they could do full units but only some rather than all 10.
Take advantage of the printable resources and really make the characters come alive for kids to get them fully engaged with the storylines and learning concepts. Though it would be great to have full parent participation, it may take some work to get families to put in the time required to complete all the home activities. Teachers may want to pick a few to send home so as not to overwhelm parents.
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Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
Collaboration! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂
1. Plan a collaborate learning activity which would engage your students with another teacher’s students through digital means. Share your experience!
2. Post to TEC21’s online Google+ community. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, or a picture of you and your students engaging in a learning collaborative learning activity.
3. Be of support–a resource–to one of your colleagues.
4. Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2019/2020 school year opened on January 2, 2019. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other Lutheran school teachers and the impact it’s had on you and your students. Thank you in advance for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd
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