January 2021 Agenda—Rockford, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually

Devotion

To Wifi: RLHS  Password: crusaders11
To each other – Grab a breakfast item and chat with your fellow teachers! Fill out the Padlet below!
The agenda – Check your email for the link 🙂

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Announcements

1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, February 25th.

2. IDEA has some interesting and relevant upcoming events, use the link to check them out!

Review

  1. 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:

Twitter: Follow @TEC21_LuthEd the facilitators and many other educators who have embraced this powerful communication tool. Follow and use these hashtags #TEC21lcms & #LuthEd when tweeting!

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!

Pinterest

Pinterest: Pin along with hundreds of other teaches on the shared board TEC21’s collaborative board!  Select this link to be added as a collaborator – https://pin.it/4b89BOM.

Instagram

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!”

Goals

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:

  1. Find a teacher who wants to do a Mystery Skype.
  2. Skype with each other first (without students) to practice using the platform and to plan for the activity.
  3. 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.

Who’s ready to give it a try?

Fill out this GOOGLE FORM. Then look on the SPREADSHEET to find a good match.

Maybe you can even connect after lunch today to meet one another and begin to make a plan!  

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

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Genius Hour

Genius Hour Unit 3: The Pitch
You want to “sell” your idea in a creative and interesting way. Think about this as a commercial for your idea that unveils your genius plan! You will have 1-2 minutes.
Include the following:
  • Your name
  • Reasons you chose the project (story, history, definition, interest, etc.)
  • Materials/resources/technology tools needed
  • First three steps to get started
  • Obstacles you may face in the process
  • Explain how the project enhances learning.
Your presentation may be formatted in one of the following ways:
  • A Google Slide presentation, Adobe Spark Video, iMovie or i Movie trailer, or another digital format that is at least 60 seconds, but no longer than 2 minutes
  • Approximately 6 slides to 10 slides. Use the bullets for items to include as a guide

Digital Tools & Resources

Google’s new app, Duo, is a simple video-calling service that’s available for Android and iOS today. … In a way, it’s Google’s answer to Apple’s FaceTime, and it makes one-to-one calling between Android phones, and from Android to iPhone, very simple.

AnswerGarden Word Cloud generator lets you ask a question and shase a link with students so they can add words to create a word cloud on your topic. Try it!

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.

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.

To put it simply, 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”.

9 Collaborative Technology Projects Your Students Will Love!  Here are some simple tech tools students can use to create awesome projects. Students can work together in cooperative learning groups or independently depending on your access to technology in your school district. Bonus: They’re all free!


The Global Read Aloud  The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you.


Backchannel Our modern web 2.0 styled chat rooms will engage and transform your classroom. Backchannel Chat is a class discussion tool that was designed from the ground up to support teachers. Backchannels are great for increasing participation in classroom discussions and for informally assessing your students’ knowledge.


BibleMemory BibleMemory.com has the only complete Bible memory system that makes it easy for you to MEMORIZE, ORGANIZE, and REVIEW verses.


ThingLink  ThingLink is a free and user friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. Create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher.

Test it out using this example


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.


The Teacher’s Corner  Collaborative teacher Resources, Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Activities


ePals 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.


Google My Maps Google My Maps is a service launched by Google that enables users to create custom maps for personal use or sharing. Users can add points, lines, and shapes on top of Google Maps.


goosechase  More than just a standalone app, the GooseChase platform lets you create and facilitate a customized scavenger hunt in minutes. … Gather the participants together and have at least one person per team download the GooseChase app.

Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm

Project Development

Inspire! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂

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TEC21 Challenges

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Spiritual: Be a resource for one of your colleagues at your school by sharing a digital tool, a teaching strategy or learning activity.
  4. 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

Reflection

Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Email: acrouch@rockfordlutheran.org

Cell: (815) 985-4351

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