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I have missed you all and pray that you had a wonderful break and a great start to 2nd semester.
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Open up January’s Agenda
Announcements & Review
1. Upcoming events:
- The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday Feb. 21
- iFLY STEM workshop Jan. 21
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.
We have done many collaborative slides, but often with the collaborators in the same room as us. This collaboration will take place over hundreds of miles.
The collaborative map uses google maps as an opportunity to explore, share, and collaborate using the globe!
Let’s explore two common methods used when creating a Google map collaboratively.
Method #1–Manually click and type to add data to a map
1. To edit the map below by this method, begin by clicking HERE to open it in a new window. If you’re not already signed in to Google, you’ll need to do that first. Then follow the directions below:
- To place a marker, type the name of the location in the SEARCH BAR. Google maps will take you directly to the location. Then, select “+add to map” and begin to edit.
- A second way to add your information to the marker’s description box is to select the MARKER symbol right below the search bar. Your cursor will take on the look of a PLUS sign. Navigate manually to your destination point by using the grab and zoom features. Once you’ve narrowed your search, single-click on the map and fill in the information.
2. Great work! Now search the web and add a picture that captures the essence of why this place is so special to you.
Method #2–Upload data from a spreadsheet
1. First, you’ll need to complete a Google form (like the one below) to collect the data to be uploaded.
2. Once the data has been gathered, upload the responses (csv.file) into the map (in this case, to display everyone’s favorite destination place). You can view this video tutorial as a reference to learn and/or review the process – http://goo.gl/8oNF5r.
3. Let’s try it! Submit the following form and your facilitator can demonstrate how it’s done.
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
Glide is described as a video walkie talkie
The easiest way to organize and run a scavenger hunt.
Flat is a “Google for Education Partner”. Our education version brings the following features among many others:
Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families in 180+ countries. Create a Grid community for your classroom, school, PLC, #GridPals, families, and more!
Brainstorm online with Bubbl.us. Easily create colorful mind maps to print or share with others. Almost no learning curve.
Google Classroom can already make us more efficient, but these tips can save you even more time and effort.
Collaborative teacher resources, lesson plans, activities, and worksheets
10 project ideas for students to collaborate that they will LOVE!
Google My Maps is your way to keep track of the places that matter to you. Easily make custom maps to remember your favorite places, explore new cities.
Are you just using Google Docs as a substitute for a worksheet? Why not use the full capabilities of Google Docs by creating a HyperDoc?
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
If the embedded form isn’t cooperating with your device, you can also complete the form HERE.
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