January 2020 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (CUNE faculty cohort)
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Prayer Padlet: Add one prayer request.
Getting Connected: TEC21Connect.com, Workshops-Agendas-January CUNE University
Celebrating What We Have Done in TEC21 Fall Semester! Our TEC21 “scrum” based on Google’s company daily check-ins where employees talk about what they’re going to do during the day. “Empoyees will not succeed unless they are both highly collaborative and socially accountable to each other.” Aoun, J. E. (2017). Robot-Proof, p. 39.
Lasting ministries must be culturally relevant and intentionally timeless. Relevant leaders use what is cultural to say what is timeless. -Dr. Tim Elmore
Be an EPIC Teacher!
E Experience then discuss
P Participatory student thinking and ideas
I Image Rich pictures everywhere to anchor the message
C Connected through social media and technology
Worry Stoppers to Bring Peace What is worrying you right now? Which of these Max Lucado ideas can help.
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. 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!”
ISTE Standards for Teachers. Based on the International Society for Technology in Education’s National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (ISTE NETS*T), teachers should be able to apply technology to grow in these areas as an educator:
- Learner: learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning
- Leader: leadership to support student empowerment and success and to improve teaching and learning
- Citizen: inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world
- Collaborator: collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems
- Designer: design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability
- Facilitator: facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement of the ISTE Standards for Students
- Analyst: understand and use data to drive their instruction and support students in achieving their learning goals
21st Century skills are 12 abilities that today’s students need to succeed in their careers during the Information Age.
21st Century skills are:
- Critical thinking
- Information literacy
- Media literacy
- Technology literacy
- Social skills
Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Chapter 3: A Learning Model for the Future
AnswerGarden Word Cloud generator lets you ask a question and shase a link with students so they can add words to create a word cloud on your topic. Try it! “Do Schools Kill Creativity”, TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson
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 instructor.
Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate with the Ultra experience opens right in your browser, so you don’t have to install any software to join a session. Create a session, then use the “more options” 3 dots to get a sharable link to send to a guest to join. Record the session for anyone who may have missed class.
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
Additional Collaboration Projects
More projects for collaborating with other classrooms…
Video conference with Pete Jurchen, @pete_jurchen, Lutheran Pastor, Educator, and Author. Curriculum specialist and adult learning expert at Concordia Publishing House. Lutheran Adult Parish Education from an Andragogical Perspective
- Nearpod create interactive lessons in this presentation tool. Look at Explore Lessons: Free lessons for VR tours of volcanos and more. Sign In: Nearpod.com
- Peardeck create interactive lessons in Google Slides to run in your room or between rooms. Just share the link with collaborators. Or assign as student-paced activities to be completed anywhere at any time.
- Skype in the Classroom- can vary Mystery Skype to be mystery reading, subject, etc. 20 questions format to connect with another class.
- Connecting online using video conferencing in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Set up a session, click on the 3 dots to get a link to share with guests. Record your session. Consider connecting with authors, researchers, astronauts in space, etc.
- 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
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when students are collaborating on projects with one another?
- Internet Safety
- Privacy & Security
- Relationships & Communication
- Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Self-image & Identity
- Information Literacy
- Creative Credit & Copyright
Genius Hour Unit 4: Review The Pitch & Begin to Learn and Explore
Review your Pitch from November and revise if needed:
- 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.
- Follow your plan for your project. Answer any questions you may have through personal research or by asking a colleague. Investigate and explore your options. Begin with those first few steps as a guide for development. Be sure to record your roadblocks and resolutions as well as your golden moments in the process.
- “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)
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!
Nearpod. Create slides interspersing polls, video clips, open answer questions, quiz, audio, draw picture or circle answer to get every student responses. Use in guided reading placing picture of story page on a slide, then ask a comprehension question on a slide, then have students circle the character or vocabulary word requested. Can be completed collaboratively by partners or small groups. Enter code I give you to experience one preplanned lesson. You may edit or use already made lessons, create your own, or upload a Powerpoint and change it into a Nearpod lesson interspersing student activities.
Create interactive presentations in Google Slides by using the Add-On Peardeck and adding question slides to engage students. Use this live in class, share the code with another class anywhere to join, or use the “more options” three dots to allow students to self-pace anywhere at any time. (Our Collaborative Creation example)
Padlet is an online virtual “bulletin” board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location. Padlet allows users to create a hidden wall with a custom URL.You can also run a back channel here for student ideas during class. Try sharing your link with another class as well as your own to get twice as many great ideas!
SignUpGenius is an online tool that lets you schedule meetings easily! You set the dates with times you are available and have students/faculty sign up for the time that works for them! Slick! We use this at UNL for setting performance review meetings or scheduling student meetings. Free or paid versions.
ePals offers pairing services for schools from around the world that are eager to learn from one another. Classrooms can access over 200 countries via live video chat, creating a unique learning community where young people experience a little bit of life in a foreign country while forming dialogues and lasting friendships. ePals represents the world’s largest network of K-12+ classrooms, and best of all, it’s free.Connect with teachers and classes around the world. Search by age, subject, language…Post and find collaboration projects to join. This is a way to connect and learn with people around the world so time zone doesn’t matter.
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.
The premier one-stop website for live, interactive learning experiences. Find and post collaborative projects for your learners to connect with peers around the world. Search for Free Collaborations and consider joining one! You can also pay a yearly membership of $75 for your school and take 10 virtual field trips all over the world! Pretty good deal too! Here is an example of an indepth autopsy offered by The Ohio State University that you can join, and also Daily Life in Ancient Rome by Penn Museum, and a Free example Scientists in Action: Virtual Voyage Through the Universe 2020.
Digital tools enable teachers to share resources and even to co-teach with peers anywhere. Google Docs and Slides documents allow teachers to create a resource together or to share resources they already have.
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 Park, the 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!
Experiential Learning, “according to Kolb, concrete experience provides information that serves as a basis for reflection. From these reflections, we assimilate the information and form abstract concepts. People then use these concepts to develop new theories about the world, which they then actively test. Through the testing of our ideas, we once again gather information through experience, cycling back to the beginning of the process. Kendra Cherry
Every couple of years I teach a class called “How the Bible Became Holy” (and no, I do not assign my book). The past few times I have taught it I have concluded with a simulation exercise – a game, really – in which different Christian groups (and the rabbis!) meet to settle on a canon. Each time I run it I tweak it a bit so the rules are never quite the same as they were previously. This year the class will be divided into two groups and each will run the simulation simultaneously. My teaching assistant for the course.. will lead one section and I will lead the other.”
An example to use or follow when creating your own gamified simulation to conclude a unit.
“ArcGIS StoryMaps helps you tell remarkable stories with custom maps that inform and inspire. A story can effect change, influence opinion, and create awareness—and maps are an integral part of storytelling. ArcGIS StoryMaps can give your narrative a stronger sense of place, illustrate spatial relationships, and add visual appeal and credibility to your ideas. Use our simple map maker to create custom maps to enhance your digital storytelling. Or add text, photos, and videos to your existing ArcGIS web maps and web scenes to create an interactive narrative that’s easy to publish and share.” See how this digital storytelling tool can enable your students to demonstrate learning!
Have students create a Wordle word cloud using words about a certain topic. Then the rest of the class tries to guess their topic! Check out the Old and New Testament samples!
Have students make a difference by practicing their math, chemistry, anatomy, geography, foreign language, vocabulary, grammar, humanities and even for the SAT. “For each answer they get right, 10 grains of rice is donated through the World Food Programme to help end hunger.”
Cooperative learning idea: Students can go on Free Rice and calculate how much rice they donated as a group and create a graph to show their weekly results. This can be an ongoing project throughout the year. Groups can compare and contrast their results.
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
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