January 2021 Agenda—Mayer, Minnesota
Begin at 9:00am
- To WiFi: MLHS Guest
- To today’s agenda: TEC21Connect.com, workshops, agendas, Mayer MN, January (January agenda)
- Here is a link in Google Meet for you to join on workshop days (https://meet.google.com/zsa-syih-wgf).
- Here is a link to Blackboard for you to join so we can record the session: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/92748be050b8446694133510b193964c
- Virtual Agenda Format for remote learning.
- Put in your Lunch Order!
- Celebrating Us!
Lasting ministries must be culturally relevant and intentionally timeless. Relevant leaders use what is cultural to say what is timeless. -Dr. Tim Elmore
Be an EPIC Teacher!
E Experience then discuss
P Participatory student thinking and ideas
I Image Rich pictures everywhere to anchor the message
C Connected through social media and technology
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, February 25.
2. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month (February): Mill Neck Lutheran School for the Deaf video
3. National Lutheran Schools Week: January 24-30
3. CSP’s Center for Biblical Studies has some amazing offerings you may want to plan to attend:
- Bible Seminar: Book of Jeremiah, March 20, 9AM-3PM
- Stewardship Seminar: Using Wealth Wisely-Insights from Proverbs, August 17, 2-5PM
- Journey to the Holy Land with Rev. Dr. Lessing and Rev. Nabil Nour. Click here to view the itinerary. December 27/28, 2021 – January 5/6, 2022
4. Concordia University, St. Paul announced a new church work tuition guarantee that ensures eligible students enrolled in church work programs will pay no more than $6,000 in tuition each academic year. Share this amazing opportunity with the students you work with!
- 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.
9-10AM Show video about Mystery Skype, select a location in the United States for Activity 1, write a list of possible questions to ask and record on this collaborative Google Doc, assign roles, set a chair by the table where laptop video conference will be, select a Word Wall word for Activity 2, discuss other subjects the Mystery Skype activity could be used for: a. Arctic animal – characteristics, fur, number of legs, color, etc. b. Bible character: OT, NT, male, female, good, bad, etc. c. Bible verse
10AM Rockford, IL group joins Mayer, MN using Blackboard link above. Participants introduce themselves noting: Name, School, Grade, Favorite Pastime
Mystery Skype I: US location USA Map
Mystery Skype 2: Word Wall Word
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
Need for Collaboration by Teachers AND Students
“Today over 85% of Americans have access to the internet, many of whom could no longer imagine a life without it.” August 31, 2020, Statistica
ISTE Standards for Teachers. Based on the International Society for Technology in Education’s National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (ISTE NETS*T), teachers should be able to apply technology to grow in these areas as an educator:
- Learner: learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning
- Leader: leadership to support student empowerment and success and to improve teaching and learning
- Citizen: inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world
- Collaborator: collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems
- Designer: design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability
- Facilitator: facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement of the ISTE Standards for Students
- Analyst: understand and use data to drive their instruction and support students in achieving their learning goals
21st Century skills are 12 abilities that today’s students need to succeed in their careers during the Information Age.
21st Century skills are:
- Critical thinking
- Information literacy
- Media literacy
- Technology literacy
- Social skills
The incredible collaboration behind the International Space Station – Tien Nguyen A TED-Ed lesson worth sharing. Great intro to a Project-Based Learning project where students collaborate to solve a problem or meet a goal!
Digital Tools & Resources
Nearpod. Create slides interspersing polls, video clips, open answer questions, quiz, audio, draw picture or circle answer to get every student responses. Use in guided reading placing picture of story page on a slide, then ask a comprehension question on a slide, then have students circle the character or vocabulary word requested. Can be completed collaboratively by partners or small groups. Enter code I give you to experience one preplanned lesson. You may edit or use already made lessons, create your own, or upload a Powerpoint and change it into a Nearpod lesson interspersing student activities.
join.nearpod.com then type in join code: FELVU
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.
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.
Music Teachers National Association organizes music website links for performance, symphony, music games, theory, history, listening, and teacher resources in one nice location. Check out www.datadragon.com
to learn about and listen to different instruments, reading music, musical genres and find links to additional sites. Some sites are paid and some are free.
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.
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.
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!
Christmas Around the World. Google Map ready to go with pins on multiple countries and customs linked in when you click on the country. How could your students create a Google Map to show locations you are studying? Paul’s Journeys, Minnesota History, animal migration patterns, locations in a piece of literature?
Chrome Music Lab – Song Maker. Students can make their own songs at Chrome Music Lab using a microphone, marimba, tempo control, and more!
10 Great Android Apps for Young Music Makers. This collection is featured in Google Play App Store and embeds some highly rated apps in this category. Using the apps below, kids will get to explore the world of music and sound and learn the basics of how to play different musical instruments such as piano, guitar and flute.
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