January 2021 Agenda—Fort Dodge, Iowa
- 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
How do you encourage collaboration in the classroom?
Tech Resources for Collaboration
- Skype in the Classroom- can vary Mystery Skype to be mystery number, letter, subject, topic
- Connecting online using video conferencing in Google Hangouts
- Facebook Messenger allows you to connect with others who have Facebook
- Google Classroom or Google Drive- collaborative literature circles, writing, publishing
- Global Read Aloud Project
- Projects by Jen
- iEarn Collaborative project
- Calendar of Projects by Jen Collaborative Projects
- Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration –
- 10 Collaborative Technology Projects your Students Will Love
Digital Tools & Resources
Weebly is a website for building websites. The online platform strips away the need for manual coding and replaces the process with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. The portal is known as a WYSIWYG editor, for “what you see is what you get”.
Twiddla – Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start drawing on a blank canvas. Browse the web with your students or make that remote tutoring session more productive than ever. No plug-ins, downloads, or firewall voodoo – it’s all here, ready to go when you are. Browser-agnostic, user-friendly.
Coggle Collaborative mind mapping: Real-time brainstorming, add images, Drive support, save mind maps as PDF, Image, .mm, text.
Teampedia is a collaborative encyclopedia of free team building activities, free icebreakers, teamwork resources, and tools for teams. This site is designed for group leaders, trainers, teachers, managers, directors, counselors, youth groups, camps, task forces … anyone wanting to enhance collaboration and creativity.
The Teacher’s Corner features collaborative teacher Resources, Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Activities for various subjects and seasons such as 100th day of school activities.
Mystery Animal Mystery Animal is a new spin on the classic 20-questions game. The computer pretends to be an animal, and you have to guess what it is using your voice. Ask any yes-or-no question you want, like “Do you have feathers?” or “Do you sleep at night?” Play it on a Google Home by saying “Hey Google, talk to Mystery Animal,” or try it here on the site.
Google Classroom Timesavers Hacks for using Google Classroom to the fullest. (This is a blog post)
Guess the Wordle 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!
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, 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!
Teacher Tech Integrating technology: ideas, ideas, ideas: Alice Keeler all things technology
10 Collaborative Technology Projects Your Students Will Love Simple and free tech tools students can use to create awesome projects. Students can work together in cooperative learning groups or independently.
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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
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