January 2021 Agenda—La Mesa, California
- 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
Superbook is an amazing online bible that reads the whole Bible to students, features quality videos of stories, games to learn and go beyond, and questions to help students develop faith. Website, iPad & Android app, and Google Play app to use with Chromebooks, tablets or any device.
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 it at NEWLHS for scheduling volunteers for sporting events and Parent/Teacher Conferences. I’ve used this for several personal events as well. Free or paid versions.
Teachers can use Geoguessr as an extension activity in geography or world cultures classrooms or as a media literacy and critical thinking exercise in any content area. It can serve as a prompt for teaching and learning both online and print-based research skills and techniques, or as inspiration for student-designed games using free online resources like photo collections. With dedicated play and more in-depth small-group or whole-class discussion, teachers can use Geoguessr to build students’ background knowledge about geography and places that are new to the students (or even to the teacher). Teachers can also connect with classrooms in their schools or from around the world to share challenges and build relationships among students.
Both physical and digital (cost) versions available.
The 50 States Digital Breakout (geared toward 4th grade)
Overdrive OverDrive is a free service offered by your library or school that lets you borrow digital content (like eBooks and audiobooks) anytime.
Epic! for Educators Epic! is the world’s leading online children’s subscription book service offering immediate, on-demand access to over 25,000 high-quality illustrated books and chapter books for children ages 12 and under
Teampedia 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.
Quiver The Quiver App combines physical coloring from “back in the day” with state of the art augmented reality technology to bring you and your children an extraordinarily magical experience. You can find our free pages by downloading the app and on our website (http://www.QuiverVision.com)
WatchKin 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.
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!
NowComment is a free online discussion and annotation platform that teachers can use to enrich in-class dialogues and encourage introverted students to speak up. … Skim the comments to quickly assess how students read the text, how well they understood it, what parts they focused on, and any points they missed.
Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration (CILC) 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.
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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