January 2021 Agenda—Columbus, Indiana
Begin at 9:00am
Let’s start with some humor today. Do you ever feel like technology is moving so fast that you can’t keep up?
“Gratitude for Ungrateful Days” from Max Lucado’s Every Day Deserves a Chance
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursdaty, Februar 25th.
- 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
Thinglink lets you add links to a picture to create an online interactive poster. Then link websites, personal videos, pictures, notes, Google Docs to display learning. It has an app or website version. By setting image visibility as “unlisted” and “allow anyone to edit”, you may create a poster and share the link to allow the whole class to add pins collaboratively. Video explanation
Google My Maps allows students to collaborate and create custom maps. Check out this example project where 8th-grade students researched and customized a map about their favorite Bible stories. You can even use Google Forms to make this process a bit easier as seen in this video.
Global March Book Madness 2021! A tradition since 2014 that began in Grand Island Nebraska by Nate Balcom. Students from around the world nominate books which are pitted against each other in duels until a champion is crowned! Our goal is to share and foster a life-long passion for reading! Have your students nominate books, register, then read books to vote for winners in each bracket!
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.
Kahoot! is an online quizzing website that can instantly be transformed into a collaborative trivia experience! Break students into team while they work through different rounds of trivia. Keep score between rounds and crown a winner!
Skype in the Classroom is a free global community that enables thousands of teachers to inspire the next generation of global citizens by participating in one of our live learning experiences.
Quizizz An alternative to Kahoot, with a few different features, such as a class average.
Mystery Animal: See if you can guess the animal in 20 yes‑or‑no questions on your Google Home.
Tricider can be used creatively and wisely to set the stage for some great classroom conversations.
9 Great Virtual Field Trips 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, 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!
Links for Teaching: Bible. Check out this collection of tech resources for teaching religion collected by TEC21 facilitator Mark Hess. See how to Teach about the Trinity with Water, use resources to help students see gratitude, YouTube videos, Google Earth for Biblical Geography, and even a 3D model of Solomon’s Temple!
Techy Tip Padlet This padlet has quick tech tips for Zoom, Seesaw, Google Classroom, MacBook, Ipads, Google slides and more.
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.
Mystery Doug Mystery Doug is a weekly video series for elementary teachers based entirely on questions that real students ask.
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
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