March 2020 Agenda—Phoenix, Arizona
The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 9th at Christ Phoenix. More than likely, it will be another Blackboard Collaborate link.
TEC21 “Office Hours” – Weekly, time & date TBD
How did last month’s digital storytelling and movie making go? Do we need to cover screencasting again?
1. Explore a variety of digital tools and learning activities to use in order to assess student progress and understanding.
2. Create a digital assessment activity which could be incorporated into an upcoming lesson or unit.
3. Discover the educational value of engaging students in coding activities in today’s classroom.
4. Identify web- and/or mobile-based coding applications to engage your students with during the upcoming international Hour of Code (December 9-15, 2019).
Socrative – Ask a variety of questions throughout your lessons: multiple choice, true-false, and short answer. Write questions out in advance or ask orally on the go. All responses record and can be displayed on the screen during the lesson to get every student response. Then download all data in a spreadsheet to see which students need additional instruction and practice. Website, teacher app, student app. My favorite!
Google Forms – Build a quiz or survey in Google Drive. Allows a variety of questions including short answer. Collates data and provides spreadsheet.
Plickers – A powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.
EdPuzzle – A site that allows users to select a video and customize it by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding questions to make an engaging presentation or lesson.
Seesaw – A student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. FEATURES: Easily Capture Student Learning in Any Form ∙ Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links to show what they know.
Set up a Google account for each student so they log in once and save to the cloud. Allows Collaborative projects in Docs & Slides. Easy to share whole folder once with parents, then everything in the folder will be visible to them. To see how to use Google Classroom view Mobile Learning in the Classroom.
Student Portfolio Apps & Websites – Compiled by Common Sense Media, this useful article provides you with a chart of options for online portfolios for students complete with grade levels, platforms, and pricing!
How to Run an Hour of Code
The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2020 Computer Science Education Week will be in December, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
Sample Coding Lessons:
Learn from others…
Fun Resources Available
If you are looking at using Screencastify for screencasting, they have shared a code to allow unlimited time of screencasting. Without the code, you are limited to five minute videos. This video demonstrates how to enter the code for unlimited access. The code is also listed there.
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when conducting formative assessments with your students?
Genius Hour Unit 4: Learn and Explore
Follow your plan for your project. Answer any questions you may have through personal research or by asking a colleague. Investigate and explore your options. Begin with those first few steps as a guide for development. Be sure to record your roadblocks and resolutions as well as your golden moments in the process.
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.
- “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)
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
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.
Online devotional for kids
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.
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1. Develop and incorporate a digital assessment activity to use with your students in a lesson or unit you’ll be teaching before we meet again in April.
2. During the week of December 9–15, have your students join millions of students around the world by participating in an “Hour of Code” (An awesome activity to engage your students in during the craziness of December.) Maybe this could be incorporated into our online learning?
3. Post to TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, a picture of you teaching and/or your students learning, or a sample of a digital assessment you used with your students.
4. Be a resource–an inspiration–to one of your colleagues.
5. Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2020/2021 school year opens on January 2, 2020. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other Lutheran school teachers and the impact it’s had on you and your students. Thank you in advance for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21 whenever you can! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd
Dismiss at 2:00pm