January 2020 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan
Begin at 9:00am
To the WiFi: Go to “Peace” network Username: Tech21 Password: welcome
To the Agenda: Go to tec21connect.com and select “Workshops” and then “Agendas”
To Each Other: Check out the snack table and say hello to your teammates. How has everyone been doing since we saw each other in November?
To Other TEC21 Teachers: Check out Facebook – TEC21 Educators and see what’s new. Respond to a post or post something yourself.
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.
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, February 20.
2. Other professional development opportunities:
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:
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: 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: 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?
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!”
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:
- 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.
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
Do you get confused by all the different file extensions (pdf, doc, jpeg, png, wav, mp3, etc.)?
Article: “Know When to Use Which Format”
Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when students are collaborating on projects with one another?
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
- “What is Genius Hour?” (Genius Hour)
- How to Build Community Leaders of Today – And Tomorrow – Through Genius Hour (EdSurge, 2017)
- Genius Hour in Elementary School (Edutopia, 2017)
- Tips and Tricks to Keep Kids on Track During Genius Hour (MindShift, 2017)
- Inspire Drive, Creativity in the Classroom with 20-Time (20-Time in Education)
- 20-Time Projects in Education: 41 Projects in 4 Minutes (YouTube, 2014)
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!
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
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. Try out a game I created by putting the GooseChase app on your phone and using the game code: R71MQ1 We will go in two teams (red and blue).
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.
Breakout EDU Digital is an immersive learning games platform that brings the escape room to your classroom. Click on the Sample Game in the middle of the home page to try one. Sign up at (https://www.breakoutedu.com/freegames) for access to free user-generated games (including digital). Two sample games for younger students are: Winter is Snow Fun and Finding Frosty.
Gospel Adventures is the new version of the Lutheran Hour Ministries Online Mission Trip. The trip for 2020 is to Mongolia. 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 Mongolia.
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
4 people worked together simultaneously on a single Google Docs spreadsheet. Each cell in the 100 row x 186 col spreadsheet was filled using 18 different colors. The entire process was captured in time-lapse. You can get the original spreadsheet used in this video and learn how it was created at: http://docs.google.com/holiday Create your own spreadsheet art and post a video response! We’d love to see what you create.
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.
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
Create your own Escape Room, or play other escape games created with Escape Room Maker. This is great for problem solving or students creating a Genius Hour project!
Fun, thought provoking, interactive math puzzles shown through current events and pop culture designed to relate to your life.
Inspire! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂
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
Dismiss at 2:00pm
My Contact Info
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Phone: 989-790-1676 ext. 12 (school)