March 2021 Agenda—Clinton Township, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally
  • To WiFi: Look for “TLCVolunteer”; use password on the board.
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there!
  • You can access the agenda by visiting tec21connect.com and selecting the Clinton Township link, dropping down to March.
Socially

With spring break literally around the corner, what would your dream vacation be? Where would you go and whom would you bring with you? How long would you be away? Share this beautiful reverie with us so we all can dream a little.

…Spiritually
  • Add praise reports to our padlet.

  • Add prayer requests to our padlet.

  • Consider creating a padlet for your classroom prayer requests as well.

Made with Padlet

Devotion

Announcements

1. The next (and last!) workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 22, 2021.

2. Upcoming PD Opportunities:

Concordia Ann Arbor will be offering summer workshops for teachers by teachers. Information will be coming in the next few weeks. Check the website for the workshop details.

Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics – July 2021

Earn SCECH credits: check out Michigan Virtual and Edupaths for free and inexpensive options to earn credits.

3. Our next cohorts for the 2021/2022 school year are filling up fast! We know that word of mouth and personal testimonies or words of encouragement can go a long way. So, if you can encourage a teacher to register, we would greatly appreciate it! As a thank you, for every teacher that registers on account of you, we will enter both your name and theirs into our drawing announcing two winners at the end of March for a chance to win your choice of a $50 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers or Amazon! Do you have other friends or family members teaching in Lutheran schools? If so, you can encourage them to join a cohort near them and we’ll again enter your name and theirs also. The more teachers you get to register, the more times your name will be entered into the drawing. All you need to do is encourage someone to register for TEC21 for the 2021/2022 school year and reach out to Helena (helenastephens@tec21connect.com). In order to be officially submitted in the drawing, she needs to have your name and the teacher you encouraged. #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

4. “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?

Helpful tips:

  • Think of the day as a mini-conference and each of you will be the presenters (Remember that you are sharing with friends, so keep this all in perspective and have fun with this.)
  • Spend approximately 10 minutes showing some things you’ve accomplished this year – what you did, how you did it, and why you did it.
  • 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 – SAMPLE.
  • You might also want to use the Celebration Day guide to help to organize your thoughts. To download a copy to print, 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 thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, we encourage you to 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 now open and runs through May 15, 2021. Follow these four easy steps to apply:

First, select the “Apply Here” link to create an account.

Next, complete the fields in the form. Where it asks for Academic Level, select “Non-Degree Coursework”. Where it asks for Entry Term, select “Summer Semester 2021”. Where it asks for Academic Program, select “TEC21”. 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 now or in the coming years (they are good for 5 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 anna.boriack@cune.edu. 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 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!

1. Discover ways to use AR/VR in your classroom.

2. Explore tools for organizing your digital bookmarks.

3. Design a content-area lesson using technology to enhance student comprehension.

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.

Focus Points for Today

ORGANIZING LINKS AND BOOKMARKS

The Ultimate Organized List – bookmark this!

EVERNOTE: Evernote is a cross-platform app that serves many purposes—it can be your digital file cabinet, note-taking tool, daily journal, task or project management system, recipe-keeper, and more.

SYMBALOO:  Symbaloo helps you organize your web resources and deliver the right content, in the right place, at the right time, to the right person. 

DIIGO:  Save and tag your online resources for easy access anytime, anywhere

WAKELET: Save your favorite content from across the web. Articles, videos, blogs, tweets, songs and more – bookmark anything you find online in two clicks.

Teacher Tech Tips – a random collection to check out

Teachers Help Teachers: “When I first started teaching I was endlessly grateful for the teachers that shared their lesson plans and activities for free. Like many teachers, I lived paycheck to paycheck and there was no way I could spend money on additional items for my class. They saved my sanity (well, at least some of it) and sharing my lesson plans is my way of saying thank you.”

Autodraw: student-engagement tool. Start doodling and autodraw will start guessing.

Math Learning Center: apps that you can use in math class (k-5)

National Institute of General Medical Science: educational resources

Scholastic partnership – science weekly PDF lessons/kahoot reviews

Really Great Reading – training/materials for k-3 reading teachers

Current event articles: allslides – left/right/center perspective. (grades 6-12)

Current event articles: dogonews: better for 3rd throught 6th grade

Research for K-5: Nat Geo Kids

Jeopardy Labs allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint. The games you make can be played online from anywhere in the world. Building your own jeopardy template easy. Just use our simple editor to get your game up and running. Not interested in building your own jeopardy templates? Well that’s cool too. You can browse other jeopardy templates created by other people.

Red Cat Reading Free resources for beginning readers; phonics skill resources; great to share with parents too

Common Core Sheets math resources plus so much more

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the Classroom: Resources

ISTE site

List of Apps that use AR

CoSpaces

Let your students become creators. Enable your students to build and code their own experiences, not just consume them. Use one tool for all. Use CoSpaces Edu across all age-levels, subject areas and multiple devices.

StorySpheres is a powerful web-based platform to create Virtual Reality environments.  Further, multiple 360 Storyspheres VR environments can be linked together, allowing the viewer to experience multiple VR environments with embedded audio.  The creation process with Storyspheres is exceptionally straight forward and the platform is easy to build with.

Helpful steps in the process – click here

Tutorial

 

And of course, we all love to see what Edutopia has to say about AR/VR.

PANOFORM: bring drawings to life

GOOGLE CARDBOARD: VR viewer

Sites to use with your AR/VR viewer

CleverBooks:Augmented Classroom is intuitive and easy to use. CleverBooks has created User Guides for your smooth and easy experience with Augmented Classroom. You can access user guides for both web-based and mobile versions after logging in. Start using Augmented Classroom by CleverBooks absolutely free. Free account is free forever.

Flipping A Classroom

Digital Tools & Resources 

With Symbaloo PRO, educators can share resources on their own public workspace (yourchoice.symbaloo.com) and even differentiate the content they provide based on different sets of users and groups. Additionally, Symbaloo Learning Paths gives you the power to create engaging, board-game style online lesson plans. This free tool allows you to create a pathway of resources that include things like: articles, educational videos, quizzes, and more! Symbaloo helps you organize your web resources and deliver the right content, in the right place, at the right time, to the right person. 

Tools to power any podcast. Simple, quick, and easy to use.

Fifth Grade Episode 1.

Buncee allows students and teachers to create engaging multimedia projects and presentations.

What is it? Video

Buncee Basics Tutorial

Freerice is the fun and educational trivia game that lets you make a difference and get smarter — just by playing.  It is an online internet game that donates  rice to the World Food Programme (WFP) for answering trivia questions correctly.

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.

Storytime with Ryan & Craig is a free, short-form reading show for children, parents & educators. Every week, Ryan and Craig read aloud a new children’s book. This show is different from other read aloud videos for several reasons: First, it’s hosted by not one, but two men, which is fairly uncommon in the literacy and early education world. This offers a new dynamic to inspire and excite both boys and girls about reading!

Mathigon contains courses, activities and resources for the entire mathematics curriculum, all of which are completely free to use. We’ve made our content as flexible and accessible as possible – no matter how you like to teach, or which technology you and your students have access to.  Polypad is a library of virtual manipulatives: from polygons and fraction bars, to algebra tiles and random dice.

Amazing Educational Resources’ primary goal is to offer free access to the best educational resources to all parents, teachers and students for the foreseeable future. Search by grade level and subject area. Comprehensive list of websites for school use.

Matific is a collection of online Mathematics activities that teach students problem solving and critical thinking through discovery. We have been academically proven to improve test scores and to reduce anxiety.

Sketchup is 3D modeling software that lets you create and edit 2D and 3D models. You can use it to sketch (or import) models to assist with all kinds of designs such as furniture building, 3D printing and interior design.

Getting Started

Video Tutorial

Welcome to UJU Videos! We are 4 professional teachers who create interactive and fun videos that promote physical and mental wellbeing. Subscribe to our channel for great games for all ages added weekly.

Storyboard That is a graphic organizer and storyboard creator that reinforces english and history concepts in elementary school and beyond. Versatile materials and drag-and-drop technology make this program applicable across grade levels.

We do 3D Augmented Reality. We are world leading Augmented Reality specialists, providing engaging, interactive experiences that excite, educate and inspire. We create immersive coloring activities that stimulate your creativity and imagination. Both iOS and Google Play store app availability.

Guest Speakers and Virtual Field Trips with Leading Experts from Around the World. Using Technology to Broadcast Live into Classrooms from the Most Remote Regions on the Planet

GregTangMath strives to provide unparalleled math lessons for students as well as professional development for in-service teachers. Games, puzzles, and other resources, like free downloads, worksheets/word problems, math centers.

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

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

 1. Digital: Prepare for Celebration Day! Have fun with this! Use the questions and strategies on the following document to prepare for the day: click HERE.

2. Social: Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2021/2022 school year opened on January 2, 2021. 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

3. Spiritual: Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.

Reflection

Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Karla Hardies – fifth grade teacher

email: khardies@splcs.net; karlahardies@gmail.com

text/phone: 586-610-4511

{{Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.}}

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.

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