January 2021 Agenda—Las Vegas, Nevada
Begin at 9:00am
- To WiFi: Faith Guest WiFi: Truth-Hail-quest1
- How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
- To each other – Grab a breakfast item! Talk with your your fellow TEC21 participants and catch up, it’s been a while:)
Have you stepped outside your comfort zone with technology this year?
Has it made you a better Teacher? Colleague?
Have your stepped outside of your comfort zone in your Faith this year? How?
Has it helped you to grow as a Christian?
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for (Thursday, February 25th, 2021)
Before we start to share something we have done over the past month, take some time to add to your slides presentation for Celebration day. (Click here to find your presentation)
- 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
- Zoom or FaceTime in the Classroom can vary to be mystery number, letter, subject, topic
- Connecting online using video conferencing in Google Hangouts
- Google Classroom or Google Drive- collaborative literature circles, writing, publishing
- Global Read Aloud Project
- Projects by Jen
- iEarn Collaborative project
- Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration –
Digital Tools & Resources
Google Hangouts is a unified communications service that allows members to initiate and participate in text, voice or video chats, either one-on-one or in a group.Hangouts are built into Google+ and Gmail, and mobile Hangouts apps are available for iOS and Android devices.
WeVideo (www.wevideo.com) is a unique cloud-based collaborative video editing service that helps people from all over the world simply create and share great-looking videos. The WeVideo editor is easy enough for first-time editors, and sophisticated enough to help anyone create a professional-looking video.
Classroomscreen.com: A Web Tool Teachers and Students will LOVE. Classroomscreen.com is a FREE web tool created by Laurens Koppers, a teacher from the Netherlands. Laurens created this tool to utilize the digiboard in their classroom to help students focus on their work.
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.
iEARN projects connect youth to change the world! See how iEARN projects align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to improve the quality of life on the planet. Help your students learn with the world, not just about it. 140 countries, 30 languages, 50,000 educators, 2 million youth. Check out the projects and see how your students might collaborate globally! Join interactive curriculum-based groups where students are creating, researching, sharing opinions and becoming global citizens.
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! 7 Free Wordle Makers and How to Make a Wordle!
Free Rice 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.
ArcGIS Story Maps “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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Poll Everywhere. Poll Everywhere is the lets you create polls like we used today. It can be used in class on the fly or with previously created questions.
PBS Learning Media Videos, professional development, standard-based lessons and more brought to you by PBS.
Pen Pal Schools Teachers enroll in a project and Pen Pal Schools connects them with a group of pen pals from all over the world.
Corbett Maths This resource from England provides math videos, math practice questions, and worksheets with answers.
Empatico Empatico empowers teachers and students to explore the world through experiences that spark curiosity, kindness, and empathy. We combine live video with activities designed to foster meaningful connections among students ages 6-11.
Greg Tang Math GregTangMath strives to provide unparalleled math lessons for students as well as professional development for in-service teachers. Games, puzzles, and other resources, like free downloads, worksheets/word problems, math centers.
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