Begin at 9:00am
To the WiFi: Go to “Peace” network Username: Tech21 Password: welcome
Try “Peace Guest” if that first one gives you trouble.
To the Agenda: go to tec21connect.com and select “Workshops” and then “Agendas”
To Other TEC21 Teachers: check out Google+ and see what has been posted!
To Each Other: Check out the snack table and say hello to your teammates. How has everyone been doing since last month?
Ice Breaker: “Would you rather……?”
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:1-4.
Announcements & Review
1. Upcoming events:
- The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, February 21st.
- GLBR Lutheran Educator Conference – Monday, January 21.
- MACUL (Detroit) – March 20 – 22.
- ISTE (Philadelphia) – June 23 – 26
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.
Do you get confused by all the different file extensions (pdf, doc, jpeg, png, wav, mp3, etc.)?
Article: “Know When to Use Which Format”
Digital Citizenship Integration
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when students are collaborating on projects with others?
Little or No Prep Tools & Resources
Google Classroom – a free service for schools, non-profits, and anyone with a personal Google account. Classroom makes it easy for learners and instructors to connect—inside and outside of schools. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized.
As with other Google apps, Google Drawings allows students to collaborate–this time in a paint-like program. Use it to create diagrams, illustrations, and infographics, etc. (Grade 2+) Check out this video for instructions on doing 10 different things in Google Drawings.
1. Create a drawing
2. Change drawing size
3. Add lines and shapes
4. Add text or word art
5. Upload images
6. Format shapes
7. Order items
8. Align or rotate items
9. Insert links
10. Convert to files (Good article on file types and when to use them)
Thinglink is a digital poster that lets students link multimedia to a picture. Great for reports. Link pictures, videos, technology projects, Google Docs, etc. ThingLink on Nebraska’s 150th anniversary including some great chatterpix videos, green screen videos (from Mrs. Evon’s Blog, an excellent classroom website to follow).
The Goosechase App allows you to create a scavenger hunt which your students can join. The app gives points for each of the items your students upload on their device. Available for both iOs and Android. Each GooseChase game has a list of missions for participants to complete. You can create your mission list using our bank of 100+ tested missions or by designing your own from scratch. There’s a free version and a paid version. This would be great for a scavenger hunt activity and can be related to many subjects.
Superbook is an amazing online Bible that reads the whole Bible to students, features quality videos of stories, games to learn and go beyond, and questions and answers to help students develop in the faith. Website, iPad & Android app, and Google Play app to use with Chromebooks, tablets or any device.
World Population Interactive Map Watch world population develop visually from the time of Jesus until 2050. Also layers for food, health, environment, and science & technology. Add overlays to show human land use, fossil fuel emissions, fertility rates, urbanization, and life expectancy.
Gospel Adventures is the new version of the Lutheran Hour Ministries Online Mission Trip. The trip for 2019 is to Peru. Free registration for any classes from a Christian school. There includes a ready-to-go curriculum, online experiences for middle school, and opportunities to get to know what it is like to be a child in Peru.
An online writing community for students where they can collaborate with other students around the world – sharing ideas for writing or getting feedback on their writing. Students create a post from an original idea or from a suggestion. Teachers can put annotated feedback directly on their drafts. Students can then publish their posts either publicly, privately, or within specific groups and get comments from other students and teachers. Watch a short video on what you can do as a teacher and what students are able to do. Check out a sample student post on the word “Mercy” here. Log on and join our class “Write About” page here. My class code is: LM5796
An online discussion forum that gets students in and participating quickly. They simply access a website and enter their name and they can begin posting. Teachers can monitor the discussion, project the discussion on a screen for everyone to view, and mute students who are being disruptive. The discussion can be saved for up to one year without cost. See an example here. Go to the website: todaysmeet.com/TEC21January and post your answer to the question.
Collaborative Spreadsheet Art –
Students can create their own snowman and then write a story to go along with it. A great way to teach the power of using CTRL + C and CTRL + V on the computers! Directions in Slideshow. Be sure to “Make a Copy” before you start editing the slideshow!
From TPT Seller’s Site – February Digital Magic Reveal Pixel Art – students solve addition or subtraction problems and AUTO-GENERATE one of 5 Valentine’s Day pixel art images in Google™ Sheets! This self-checking, EDITABLE, digital activity works with ANY device with Google™ Sheets (iPads, Chromebooks, and more) and includes 4 differentiated versions.
Easily integrate Google Classroom or Google Drive™ online storage service into your February or Valentine holiday plans with this low prep, paperless, addition review game! As students solve the addition or subtraction problems in Column A, by typing their answers in Column B, a mystery pixel art image is revealed, piece by piece. Students will know they have typed the correct answer if they see pixels appearing! If nothing happens, then students know to self-correct their answer. Students do NOT need to be familiar with Google Sheets to do this activity.
The Online Collaboration Projects offered by The Teacher’s Corner are learning activities that provide collaboration between two or more classrooms. The participating classrooms are in various locations around the world and use the Internet to interact with one another.
The students enrolled in a project are all working on a similar topic for a specific length of time. They use the Internet to share their activities, findings and reflections. In addition to student collaboration, teachers are also be provided with the necessary tools to collaborate with one another.
Upcoming projects are “What’s At the End of the Rainbow?” in math (registration opens March 1), and “Poetry Power” for writing (registration opens March 17).
Jennifer Wagner, creator of ProjectsByJen, has been successfully encouraging teachers since 1999 to use online projects in their PreK-6 classrooms. Using various ideas, Jennifer will help you understand how online projects will help you make the most of your time in a variety of ways. Winning numerous awards for her creative ways in encouraging teachers to collaborate, her teaching style is very user friendly, creative, and personable.
Fun, thought provoking, interactive math puzzles shown through current events and pop culture designed to relate to your life.
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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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My Contact Info
Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time during the year with questions, problems, or suggestions.
Phone: 989-790-1676 ext. 12 (school)