March 2021 Agenda—La Mesa, California
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1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 15.
2. Facilitators, please add any other local, regional or national events (i.e. local pd opportunities such as EdCamps, district fall conferences, LEA Convocation, etc. – all of which provide great opportunities for TEC21 teachers to connect outside of the workshops).
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 (email@example.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?
- 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 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 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 the value of Project Based Learning in today’s world.
2. Explore new apps and sites to use with your students.
3. Identify a tool or resource to share with another teacher at your school.
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.
4. ReadWriteThink.org poetry ideas to prepare for April – National Poetry Month
Project-based Learning Resources
Augmented and Virtual Reality
Augmented Reality combines Real World images with augmented experiences by computer-generated perceptual information. It can make flat images come alive! 6 Uses for Virtual & Agmented Reality in Education: Promising Practices & the Need for Small Experiments via @bernardbull
CoSpaces Edu is an intuitive educational technology enabling students and teachers to easily build their own 3D creations, animate them with code and explore them in Virtual or Augmented Reality.
- Google Slides presentation by Sarah Grack about Cospaces https://drive.google.com/open?id=1N6fFMbqHCrHwzHXUhvteYtUEi28AR79UDgUEKctOKOw
Other VR experiences…
Digital Tools & Resources (FORMAT OPTION #1)
Do you have so many websites you want to remember but don’t know how to organize them? Check out Sqworl! Simply set up your account, create a new group, and begin cutting and pasting URLs of the websites you want to group. Sample Sqworl on animal websites for student research. You can simply share the link and students access the websites you want them to use without typing in URLs.
Qrafter is the most powerful QR Code reading app for iOS. Download on your iPhone or iPad to scan a QR code and go directly to the information you want students to see. Any URL can be turned into a QR code: student video, Google Doc paper, Google Slide presentation, etc.
Teacher Kit makes classroom management easy to manage, from taking pictures of students to make seating charts and learn names, to recording grades, taking online anecdotal notes about behavior, and contacting parents all from the app.
Turtle Diary In addition to having an awesome name :), this resource offers activities designed for preschool through fifth-grade students. There are a number of free printables, games, lesson ideas, videos, and more available. The site also offers a paid version with more resources and eliminates the ads in the margins.
Cookie.com This website provides games and tools aimed at enriching the early childhood process of learning. With ages 3-8 in mind, the site is organized by both subject area and age group.
Google Lit Trips 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.
Renderforest Free Tools for creating professional intros, animations, slideshows, and music visualizations in minutes.
Grammarly is a Chrome extension that makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.
Emaze: Emaze presentations is a website with a variety of amazing templates! My favorite is Gallery Landscape Art which allows you to insert pictures, videos, and text to showcase artwork or research in an art gallery format. Love the 3D format that allows you to “walk” through the gallery! Sample
EPIC is the leading digital library for kids 12 and under. Over 25,000 biographies, audio, award winners, nonfiction, Spanish, STEM, graphic novels and more. Meets the needs of struggling readers at their level and interest. Free for teachers, and free 30 day trial for parents, then $4.99/month and well worth it! New books for Women’s History Month!
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.
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.
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