March 2020 Agenda—Las Vegas, Nevada
Begin at 9:00am
God actually commands us not to fear, or worry. The phrase “fear not” is used at least 80 times in the Bible because God knows the enemy uses fear to decrease our hope and limit our victories.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” ~ Psalm 56:3
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” ~ 1 John 4:18
“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” ~ Psalm 27:1
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” ~ Romans 8:38-39
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2020
3. “Celebration Day” is next month and it is a time to celebrate each other’s successes! What does the format of the day look like and what can you do to prepare? This will be an opportunity for you to share what you have learned and how you have grown as an educator through the processes of inquiry, investigation, and implementation. How can you prepare?
- Think of the day as a mini-conference and each of you will be the presenters.
- 10-15 minutes show some things you’ve accomplished this year – what you did, how you did it and why you did it. You might include a Genius Hour project or perhaps share the variety of ways you integrated technology in your teaching strategies or student learning activities.
- Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS to add your first & last name, description & links to your respective center’s Google Doc in preparation for “Celebration Day”. Do you have samples of student projects hosted on the web? Share those links, too! Here’s an example of a variety of different ways past TEC21 Teachers presented their learning with one another – SAMPLE.
- Use the outline below with its questions and strategies to prepare for Celebration Day. To download and print a copy, click HERE.
How to Obtain 3 Graduate-level Credits Through Your TEC21 Experience
Will you be needing to renew your teaching license soon? Are you wanting to advance a step on your school’s salary schedule? Are you thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider applying to Concordia University, Nebraska, to receive three graduate-level credits for your TEC21 experience. There is no additional work that is required of you and the process is simple. The online application is open now and runs through May 1, 2020. Follow these four short steps to apply:
- First, select the “Apply Here” link below to create an account.
- Next, complete the fields. Where it asks for Academic Level, select “Non-Degree Coursework”. Where it asks for Entry Term, select “Summer Semester 2020”. After completing the remaining fields, select “Create Account”.
- Now, check your email for confirmation that your application came through successfully.
- Lastly, select the link provided in the confirmation email to make your online payment in the amount of $240 ($80/credit hour) using a debit or credit card.
- That’s it! You’re done!
On June 1, transcripts will be available upon request. If you ever have questions regarding how these three graduate-level credits could be applied to a master’s degree program in the coming years, contact Anna Boriack, Director of Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Innovation Specialist. She will be happy to help you. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Concordia University, Nebraska is a ministry partner of TEC21, so they may email you from time to time to share opportunities of how these credits could be applied toward graduate-level programs they offer.
Please note: The opportunity detailed above is optional. Additionally, all TEC21 participants will receive a certificate on the final workshop day stating 35 professional development hours have been completed through the TEC21 Workshop Program. How state board of education departments and the 35 LCMS districts recognize these 35 hours of professional development vary from state to state and district to district. (For example, see how the Kansas District’s (of the LCMS) Licensure Renewal has a distinct process in place for the teachers serving in this district.) So, be sure to contact your respective state’s board of education department or your LCMS district office if you have any questions on how to renew your certificate or license using your TEC21 experience!
Open discussion for comments, questions, and concerns about our current educational situation. Let’s stay positive, support one another, and inspire each other as we work to inspire our students through a digital medium now.
1. Discover …
2. Explore …
3. Design …
4. Be a resource to another teacher by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.
Digital learning is a wonderful 21st century idea that we are being baptized into by fire. But what about that human connection?! We love seeing our student’s shining (sometimes sleep, sometimes dirty) faces.
Learning Management Systems
What is your school currently using?
What’s good about it? What could be better?
Alternatives: (easy enough to use, not switch over a whole school, but just a classroom, and user friendly)
Student-centered Self-learning Tools
I’m sure we all have apps and websites that we know and love already that we have our students use to truly advance their educational success, teach real content, measure true progress.
What are you favorites? What subject do they teach? What age level are they for?
Classroom Management for Virtual Classroom Meetings
Classroom management can be a struggle when we see kids face to face, but what about virtually? What is working best for you in the virtual setting?
Digital Citizenship Integration
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when conducting virtual school regarding Self-image and Identity?
- Internet Safety
- Privacy & Security
- Relationships & Communication
- Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Self-image & Identity
- Information Literacy
- Creative Credit & Copyright
TEC21 provides the opportunity for educators to explore technology tools and implement those into a meaningful project that enhances their current pedagogy and content. This gives educators the opportunity to make choices based on their interests and adapt those to benefit students. This concept is a natural pairing with Genius Hour.
Genius Hour Unit 5: Create and Step Out of the Box
This is the time to put all of your planning and research into motion. Give the project structure and practical applications for your classroom. Most of all, make sure that it is meaningful to you. This would also be the time within the next month to introduce a piece of this with your students as a field trial. Step out of the box to see what works well and what needs modification. Continue to add to the project and make adjustments. Record or share your struggles and triumphs.
Genius Hour Unit 6: The Final Stretch
Next month will feature our Celebration Day and project presentations. As we approach that, consider the following questions:
- What have I accomplished so far?
- What pieces still need to be added to the puzzle?
- How will I use this project moving forward?
- What revisions have I made?
- What have I learned?
- How did this benefit students in my classroom?
- What were some of my struggles?
- How did I overcome these and move forward?
- What was the most exciting part?
- What would I like to do next?
Continue developing your project and adding the final touches. If you have not completed a field test, this would be a good opportunity to do that. Take some pictures or add some personal notes for the presentation.
- “What is Genius Hour?” (Genius Hour)
- How to Build Community Leaders of Today – And Tomorrow – Through Genius Hour (EdSurge, 2017)
- Genius Hour in Elementary School (Edutopia, 2017)
- Tips and Tricks to Keep Kids on Track During Genius Hour (MindShift, 2017)
- Inspire Drive, Creativity in the Classroom with 20-Time (20-Time in Education)
- 20-Time Projects in Education: 41 Projects in 4 Minutes (YouTube, 2014)
Digital Tools & Resources
The Concordia EdTech Podcast is a collaboration of Concordia’s Tech Coaches. Each week they discuss the latest headlines in Ed Tech, interview an innovative individual or company and toss in a few free tech tips. This podcast is brought to you by Concordia International School Shanghai, one of our sister LCMS international schools.
Connect with your students using the video-conferencing platform called Hangouts Meet. Here’s a video (14:19) by Wes Fryer giving some excellent tips on what to do and what not to do – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3tDfXhgWs0&feature=youtu.be
Corey Nelson, TEC21 Facilitator, recently shared a link to his personal website where he is equipping not only his own school faculty, but so many other teachers too because of his collaborative spirit. He writes, “This is the page on my personal site that I’m placing resources for our teachers as we prepare to go online, if needed. More will be added as I discover other items!” Thank you, Corey!
Mark Hess, Facilitator in Munster, Indiana has has developed a website full of helpful digital resources! Thank you, Mark, for sharing this with so many teachers! Here’s the link – http://bit.ly/linksMark
Free resources available. You can share the online link with your students to go through the videos and activities at home!
15 Strategies for Online Learning When School is Closed
For those of you trying to figure out how to run a choral program online, there may be some helpful ideas here.
Great resource for devotions for your students, day by day
At home brain breaks + example schedule for an eLearning day
150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. (20 days free)
Many education companies are offering free subscriptions due to school closings.
Read Works offers FREE content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning from Kindergarten to 12th Grade.
75+ free online resources for online teaching and everything is free!
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
1. Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.
2. Prepare for Celebration Day! Have fun with this! Use the outline below with its questions and strategies to prepare for the day. To download and print a copy, click HERE.
3. Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2020/2021 school year opened on January 2, 2020. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other teachers serving in Lutheran schools and the impact it’s having on you and your students. Thank you in advance for being an ambassador for TEC21 and supporting our vision and mission for the sake of the Gospel! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd
Dismiss at 2:00pm
My Contact Info
Add a picture that shows you in your element and provide your contact information so your teachers can get ahold of you for support and encouragement (e.g. email address, cell phone number, and username/handle communication tools such as Twitter, Glide, Skype, etc.)