January 2021 Agenda—Arlington Heights, Illinois
Begin at 9:00am
Acceptance of Others….(in reflection of recent political events)
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God (Romans 15:7).
How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye (Luke 6:42)
Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him (1 John 3:15)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others (Philippians 2:3-4)
Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt (Exodus 23:9).
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20)
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, February 25th.
2. IDEAcon Mon, Feb 22, 2021 – Thu, Feb 25, 2021
A teaching and learning conference designed for all educators, including educational leaders, technology specialists, IT professionals, librarians, instructional coaches and pre-service teachers from pre-K through higher education. The conference engages these professionals in an exploration of pedagogical strategies and resources connected to instructional technology.
3. ISTE 2021
Online & in San Antonio
(January 14th/15th…kinda late, I know!)
5. STEAM newletter Resources
6. DITCHED Con 2021 Jan 30- Feb 28
7. FETC Conference – virtual & free this year- 1/26-1/29 – must register (Future of Education Technology Conference)
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 trained, 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.
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!
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 159 TEC21 teachers (+ the TEC21 Facilitators) in our 27 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 186 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
Digital Tools & Resources
If you haven’t made a Bitmoji of yourself yet, you NEED to do this – and encourage your staff to do the same! Examples of usage below. And a fun game: Guess the teacher using bitmoji’s. Each teacher in the building submits a bitmoji of themselves. Then, put them all in a background image. Then create an answer sheet. The staff then receives the image and has to guess who is who. (Prizes?)
Recreate artworks with your friends! You DON’T have to post this publically on this site – I recommend a Padlet! Fun activity for both in-person AND remote learners. (Doesn’t just have to be limited to art work either- can be famous events in history – man on the moon, raising of the victory flag, Washington in his boat!)
Brian Pop Educator….we all use it for the videos. It can do so much more! (Skip the first video if you don’t use Clever)
Google Sites is a structured wiki- and Web page-creation tool offered by Google. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create simple websites that support collaboration between different editors. MY Example
GeoGuessr is a web-based geographic discovery game. The game uses a semi-randomized Google Street View location and requires players to guess their location in the world using only the clues visible.
UTB | Jamboard Activities for Independent Learning All images are linked. Please make copies!
Miss Hecht Virtual Rooms. Topics: Moon & Stars, Valentine’s Day, MLK Day, Transportation, Poetry, Germs, Homes, and more….!
More virutal rooms Topics: 2-minute stoeies, 2-letter words, 2-D Shapes, Addition, Animals, and more…!
Pixel Art Examples Topics: math (for littles…but you could change the equations after making a copy!). If you don’t know pixel art – a mystery picture is revelaed when correct answers are given.
Techy Tips & Tricks. Padlet. Topics include: Zoom, Seesaw, Google Classroom, Macbook, iPad, Slides, and more…!
Virtual Check-in activities (for students)…scroll down the page a little to see check-in activities . Many activities in both Slides and Padlet form.
Gift of time (St Peter Staff). I am sharing these templates- made by 3 of our lovely staff members as their Christmas gift to us – although its all St. Peter staff Bitmoji’s. You can make a copy and recreate with your own staff! We all sent them our Bitmoji ahead of time.
Games for video meetings (for students) Games for Video Meetings(Zoom, WebEx, Teams, Google Meet). Simple & fun!
Best Practices for managing breakout rooms (Zoom or [paid] version of Meets)
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
Inspire! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂
- Digital: 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.
- Social: 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.
- Spiritual: Be a resource for one of your colleagues at your school by sharing a digital tool, a teaching strategy or learning activity.
- Season 13 cohorts are forming now! Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Personal testimonies go a long way, so we would be most grateful if you would help us by thinking of a fellow teacher or teachers that you could encourage to register for the 2021/2022 school year. They could be teachers from your school or any other school for that matter. With your help we will be able to impact more teachers and their students for the sake of the gospel. Share with them how valuable it’s been to you to be able to connect with other teachers serving in Lutheran schools outside of your school building and the positive impact it’s having on you and your students. We thank you in advance for any support of our efforts that you can give to us. Thank you for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd
Dismiss at 2:00pm