January 2021 Agenda—Shawnee, Kansas

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually

Devotion

Announcements

1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, February 25.  Place and time TBD due to my Federal Jury obligations.

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 or Google Meet with another TEC21 cohort

Have you ever Skyped with another classroom before?

Tips for a successful Mystery Skype / Google Meet experience:
  1. Find a teacher who wants to do a Mystery Skype / Google Meet.
  2. Skype or connect 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

Made with Padlet

It’s time to experiment with Google Meet!  See if you can guess where the fellow TEC21 cohort is taking place today!

Digital Tools & Resources

Goose Chase Edu – Create digital scavenger hunts for you and your students to explore or use existing scavenger hunts! Participants can be awarded points, and topics and ideas vary from field trips around popular locations to science lab safety. (Grades 3-12)

Breakout EDU Digital is an immersive learning games platform that brings the escape room to your classroom.  Click on the Sample Game in the middle of the home page to try one.  Sign up at (https://www.breakoutedu.com/freegames) for access to free user-generated games (including digital).  Two sample games for younger students are:  Winter is Snow Fun and Finding Frosty.

The Superbook Online Kids Bible is an animated Bible series that contains text, video, games and more.

Padlet is an online virtual “bulletin” board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location. Padlet allows users to create a hidden wall with a custom URL.You can also run a back channel here for student ideas during class. Try sharing your link with another class as well as your own to get twice as many great ideas!

 

Free templates and themes for PPT and Google Slides.  Check out these 20 templates created for teachers complete with lesson plan ideas as well.

10 Collaborative Technology Projects Your Students Will Love! Ten cooperative technology projects for students using simple free tools.


Story Starters Story Starters encourages students to write by serving up hundreds of writing prompts in creative combinations.


MetKids MetKids is a collection of resources and creative activities for students from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Gospel Adventures Children’s opportunities for hands-on service in the field tend to be limited – but through Lutheran Hour Ministries’ International Online Mission Trips (OMT), students can experience much of the learning and thrill of a mission trip – and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the work of Lutheran Hour Ministries around the world.


Mystery Animal See if you can guess the animal by speaking 20 yes‑or‑no questions.


The Teacher’s Corner Collaborative teacher Resources, Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Activities.  Web, free. The brain teasers are especially fun!


Mystery Doug Mystery Doug is a weekly video series for elementary teachers based entirely on questions that real students ask.


Valentines Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away, so what better time to have your students work on their creative writing skills than with a Valentine-themed writing activity.  Within the article, there is a similar link for a Wintertime magnetic poetry board too.  This can be adapted to be simplified for little ones too!


 Iditarod Teacher-on-the-trail Iditarod.com   Follow the teacher on the trail…Hundreds of resources and activities for students.


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.

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

Project Development

Inspire! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂

Made with Padlet

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

Lori Leonardi
Trinity Lutheran School
Atchison, KS
lleonardi@trinityatchison.org
913-426-2481

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.

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