Bee-Bots are softball-sized directional robots that look like mice. They teach students sequencing, an essential coding skill. Use them with accessories like mats or obstacles (you can make your own or purchase a premade one). The robots have directional arrows on the top that you can use to program a sequence. For example, forward four left one, and backward two. After pressing the buttons, you press the go button, and the robot will complete the sequence.
March 2021 Agenda—Columbus, Indiana
Begin at 9:00am
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 29th.
2. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). In order to be officially submitted in the drawing, she needs to have your name and the teacher you encouraged. #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd
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 (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 email@example.com. 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 augmented and virtual reality.
2. Explore some fun gadgets.
3. Design a fun virtual activity for your students.
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.
What is Real?
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
Google Expeditions is the big AR/VR champion for classrooms. Expeditions introduces your students to a new way of learning. With AR & VR, teachers are no longer limited by the space of the classroom.
To run VR Expeditions best, you will need:
- the Expeditions app
- a mobile device or Chrome OS
- optionally: Cardboard or Daydream viewer.
To run AR Expeditions best, you will need:
- the Expeditions app
- a mobile device that supports ARCore (Android) or ARKit (iOS)
- optionally: a selfie stick
Google Cardboard – A simple way to get VR in the classroom
Let’s Play: Sphero Golf
- Geometry: Sphero Bridge
- Art: Sphero Painting
- History: Sphero Chariot
- Science: Planetary Motion
- Math: Sphero Bowling
Other Classroom Gadgets
These small robots are roughly golf ball size. They read lines and colors as code. Ozobots read lines drawn on paper and will follow a black line. When the line becomes solid red, green, or blue, the Ozobot will light up that color. The power of the Ozobot is the color combination codes that it uses. Students are taught the importance of patterns and symbols in coding. A blue-green-blue code on the paper, for example, will cause the Ozobot to go into turbo mode. They can also be used in the classroom to explore shapes, practice reading, and write code (through color blocks). Ozobot comes with a handy PDF guide that you can print and use with students.
A STEM toy that inspires young students to develop critical thinking skills through a hands-on robotic caterpillar. This motivating game encourages 21st century skills such as problem-solving, planning and sequencing, reasoning and an introduction to coding concepts.
A black and silver physical cube that has inlaid designs that interact with various Merge Cube apps to transform the cube into a digital canvas, whether that entails the solar system, the body, or a pocket aquarium.
Digital Tools & Resources
WriteReader is a favorite writing tool for elementary school students. WriteReader is a free service that students can use to create multimedia eBooks. Students can select pictures from a large gallery of drawings, including Sesame Street drawings, and place them on pages in their books. Directly below each image, there is space for students to write and for teachers to add corrections. Here’s a tutorial on how to use WriteReader.
Discover more than a million resources in the Smithsonian, create personal collections and educational experiences, and share your work. The ability to search, annotate, curate, share, and remix resources opens the door for creative use in almost every classroom. The annotation tools are easy to use and collections are completely customizable. Grades 4-12
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
Freeology is a plethora of free resources including ready-to-go worksheets for various grade levels and content areas, templates, calendar makers, graphic organizers, and more.
Google Lit Trips are downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. Along the way, placemarks with pop-up windows contain “just in time” resources including relevant media, thought-provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references in that portion of the story. The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students. Here is an example video.
Here are instructions for Getting Started with Google Lit Trips.
Here are instructions on Viewing Google Lit Trips with Google Earth for Web.
Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants is a service that connects to guest speakers and virtual field trips with leading experts from around the world.
Field Trip Zoom provides K-12 educators access to unique, live educational content created and delivered by a rapidly expanding community of leading museums, science centers, historical sites, zoos, aquariums, literary groups, wellness centers, arts and performing arts organizations. While there is a cost, teachers can purchase a “season pass” to any of the yearly live events for $49.95. See Calendar of Events to explore the potential topics available. explaining the digital tool whenever possible.
3 Act Math Tasks is a fun and creative way to get kids thinking about math in the real world.
Newspaper Generator lets students write a story and give it a catchy title and it will create a “real” newspaper clipping.
18 Easter Sites For Students: This is a link to a blog from a tech educator that includes sites to use for Easter in the classroom.
Hyperdocs.co – HyperDocs are digital lesson plans that are designed by teachers and given to students. They provide access for students to all the content and learning in one organized digital space.
Crash Course Videos on a variety of topics. Hank Green is very entertaining and does a good job explaining a variety of things.
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
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.
Dismiss at 2:00pm
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