January 2020 Agenda—Phoenix, Arizona

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually

Thanks for your understanding for November’s workshop!

Devotion

Announcements

1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, February 27 at Christ Phoenix.

2. Upcoming conference opportunities

Zaharis Literacy Conference

Spring CUE

Review

1. In September, we shared ways in which TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning networks. With the start of the second semester, what a great time to reflect on the benefits of being able to gather together for these monthly sessions to be equipped, encouraged, and supported. We hope the relationships that are being built will continue to be a blessing to your teaching ministry for many years to come! #LutheranSchoolsThrive

Here are some ways TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning network:

Twitter: Follow @TEC21_LuthEd the facilitators and many other educators who have embraced 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 (We’ll be taking a much closer look at his one today as this is how we provide support to you outside of our face-to-face sessions!)

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: Follow TEC21’s collaborative board and we’ll invite you to pin along with hundreds of other teaches on the shared board! If you don’t receive an invitation, be sure to let one of the facilitators know so we can add you as a collaborator.

Instagram

Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our workshop centers from year to year.

2. Looking 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? (ON HOLD UNTIL MARCH)

3. Have you made any New Year’s Professional Growth Resolutions? They might come in handy for “Celebration Day” in May. Share with the group or the person next to you. Maybe you can become an accountability partner with someone to help each other meet your goal. 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!”

Goals

1. Explore the educational value of teacher- and student-centered collaboration.

2. Create a learning activity using collaborative tools and resources to enrich an upcoming lesson or unit you will be teaching.

3. Identify a digital tool, a teaching strategy, or learning activity to share with another teacher when you return to your school.

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 169 TEC21 teachers (+ the TEC21 Facilitators) in our 26 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 Call with another TEC21 cohort

Have you ever Skyped with another classroom before?

Tips for a successful Mystery Skype experience:

  1. Find a teacher who wants to do a Mystery Skype.
  2. Skype with each other first (without students) to practice using the platform and to plan for the activity.
  3. 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 195 other teachers

Let’s all collaborate to make ONE Google Slide presentation.

It might get a little messy, but let’s give it a try and have some fun with it!

Click HERE for the directions and to edit the presentation.

Collaborative Activity #3 – Contribute your favorites to a TEC21 group Padlet

Made with Padlet

Resources for Collaboration

Digital Citizenship

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when students are collaborating on projects with one another?

Genius Hour

Genius Hour Unit 3: The Pitch

You want to “sell” your idea in a creative and interesting way. Think about this as a commercial for your idea that unveils your genius plan! You will have 1-2 minutes.

Include the following:

  • Your name
  • Reasons you chose the project (story, history, definition, interest, etc.)
  • Materials/resources/technology tools needed
  • First three steps to get started
  • Obstacles you may face in the process
  • Explain how the project enhances learning.

Your presentation may be formatted in one of the following ways:

  • A Google Slide presentation, Adobe Spark Video, iMovie or i Movie trailer, or another digital format that is at least 60 seconds, but no longer than 2 minutes
  • Approximately 6 slides to 10 slides. Use the bullets for items to include as a guide

Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm

Digital Tools & Resources

Hi everyone! This is Brent Dieckhoff, the director of TEC21. My students are pre-service teachers attending Concordia University, Nebraska, and I was recently teaching them the value of being a connected educator. I created a Flipgrid hoping to get teachers to respond to my students, but when I posted it in early December I believe my timing wasn’t good. If you feel led and would be so inclined, I would really appreciate it if you would leave a video response. It would mean the world to them if “real” teachers would share any tips, advice or words of affirmation as they prepare to step foot into their very first classrooms – https://flipgrid.com/4399f13d. Thank you for being a spark in their lives!

Bitmoji is a fun extension to use through Chrome.  You can insert the pictures in your Gmail or in other Google Docs to add a bit of fun to presentations or documents!

How to Use Bitmoji on PC and Mac

Simple, high quality video calls for smartphones, tablets, computers, and Smart Displays like the Google Nest Hub Max.

The Quiver App combines physical coloring from “back in the day” with state of the art augmented reality technology to bring you and your children an extraordinarily magical experience. You can find our free pages by downloading the app and on our website (http://www.QuiverVision.com)

Click here to make a copy of the template and the create some poetry using the “magnetic” tiles.

Teachers can use Tinybop Schools to introduce and explore a variety of scientific concepts with high-quality models and simulations. Educators might have students work individually or in pairs exploring a specific system of the human body, the water cycle, the solar system, and so much more. As students work through the experience, teachers can facilitate class discussions. For younger students, teachers could project the simulation or conduct a class activity, and then have students try it on their own. Tinybop will display some questions or hints on what to click, but the design of the app appropriately emphasizes exploration, not explanation. It’s up to the teacher to help students make meaning from their observations.

Tinybop provides great thinking questions and has created excellent handbooks and worksheets for students to complete. The simulations stand on their own, so these handouts aren’t necessary. These pages are a great option for teachers who want to provide a little more direction or obtain a more concrete form of assessment. Teachers who use them will no doubt appreciate the quality of these printables.

Ages: K-8

Lalilo will complement any literacy program, since it focuses on essential literacy skills like sight words, word families, and letter-sound recognition. The software is web-based and easy to set up, and can be accessed through most devices. It’s a good option for either reading centers or whole-class lessons. It’s versatile, so teachers can assign specific lessons or let students follow the built-in progression. Either way, teachers will want to monitor students’ growth and progress and intervene or supplement play as necessary. Teachers might also model some of the initial activities for students, to help them understand the basic interactions. Thankfully, once students get going, Lalilo offers consistent feedback and reinforcement to help them work away at their own pace.

Teachers can use the dashboard to view how students are doing on individual skills and literacy components, and then use that data to group students for additional instruction and lesson planning. Teachers can also share a code for additional at-home practice and/or share printable reports to keep parents in the loop.

Ages: PreK-2

Collaborative teacher resources, lesson plans, worksheets and activities

Teampedia is a collaborative encyclopedia of free team building activities, free icebreakers, teamwork resources, and tools for teams.

The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you.

Consider taking your students on a virtual field trip somewhere around the world to see experience any time period. Here you can visit Yellowstone National Parkthe Louvre Medieval Collection, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Great Wall of China, or even take a virtual walk on Mars! Try out one of these yourself! Then google a place you would like to take your students with Virtual Field trip and see if one exists!

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 to help students develop faith.  Website, iPad & Android app, and Google Play app to use with Chromebooks, tablets or any device.

A compilation of resources for brain breaks in your classroom besides GoNoodle

Classroomscreen.com is a Web Tool teachers and students will love.  Classroomscreen.com is a FREE web tool created by Laurens Koppers, a teacher from the Netherlands. Laurens created this tool to utilize the digiboard in their classroom to help students focus on their work.

Project Development

Inspire! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂

Made with Padlet

TEC21 Challenges

1. Engage your students in a collaborative learning activity to enrich a lesson or unit. You might even consider teaming with another teacher on your faculty or one from anywhere around the world.

2. Post to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, or a picture of you and your students engaging in a collaborative learning activity.

3. Be a resource for one of your colleagues at your school by sharing a digital tool, a teaching strategy, or learning activity.

4. Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2020/2021 school year opened on January 2, 2020. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other teachers serving in Lutheran schools and the impact it’s having on you and your students. Thank you for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

Reflection

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