March 2021 Agenda—Portage, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually

Devotion

Emoji are a whole language! Let’s collaborate and create the story of Holy Week in Emoji.

Click here to access the Google Slides Presentation

https://unicode.org/emoji/charts/full-emoji-list.html

https://emojipedia.org/

Announcements

1. The next workshop date is scheduled for April 22, 2021.

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 (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

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?

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 the value of augmented and virtual reality and open educational resources.

2. Explore how to use AR, VR, and OER with your students.

3. Design a lesson plan using AR, VR, or OER.

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.

Reality but Better! 

What is virtual and augmented reality?
Cool, but in the classroom?

Although still an emerging technology in terms of recognizing its full potential, virtual reality offers the opportunity to step into places, roles, and experiences that were previously impossible, or at the very least, inaccessible to most.

As Terry Heick said in Why Virtual Reality is So Important, “Through the use of digital technology, virtual realities can be designed precisely for human interaction for very specific reasons to create experiences not otherwise possible. By suspending disbelief the same way we do when we read a novel or watch a movie, an artificial reality can be designed to enable experiential learning, scenario-based learning, social learning, workplace training, and more. Virtual reality can be used for pure entertainment–digital toys, video games, or to swim with whales.”

What the Research Says About VR in Classrooms

Google

Google Cardboard: I highly suggest getting the book The Google Cardboard Book. Here is a look inside! It has so much information in it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C2PA0KK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

With the Expeditions app, classrooms have no boundaries. With VR and AR, teachers are no longer limited by the space of the classroom. VR lets you explore the world virtually while AR brings abstract concepts to life—allowing teachers to guide students through collections of 360° scenes and 3D objects, pointing out interesting sites and artifacts along the way.

MergeCube

Merge Cubes were supposed to be the IT toy of Christmas 2017, they weren’t. Walmart purchased WAY too many! From Christmas 2017 until last summer they had millions of Merge Cubes in the clearance section and they were being sold for $1! Some of us were lucky any purchased them! They are not that expensive at the full cost they are about $15. They are really fun.

https://www.amazon.com/MERGE-Cube-Educational-Augmented-Reality/dp/B0741FNH18/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=merge+cube&qid=1616603052&sr=8-2

OER

Open Educational Resources by Chelsea Speers

Foldscopes

Digital Tools & Resources 

Welcome to #GoOpen Michigan. Explore our library of open education resources and join a network of Michigan educators who are dedicated to using high quality, openly-licensed educational resources.

OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.

The CK-12 site has a wealth of great content that teachers can use in the classroom.

With the Expeditions app, classrooms have no boundaries. With VR and AR, teachers are no longer limited by the space of the classroom. VR lets you explore the world virtually while AR brings abstract concepts to life—allowing teachers to guide students through collections of 360° scenes and 3D objects, pointing out interesting sites and artifacts along the way.

Merge Miniverse provides many apps (free and paid) that work with the Merge Cube

With Google Arts & Culture you can visit top exhibits, zoom in on artworks in mind-blowing detail and browse thousands of stories, photos, videos, and manuscripts.


Discover the best VR content from the world’s finest VR creators—all in a single app. From gripping tales set in worlds of pure imagination to documentaries taking you further inside the news than ever before, WITHIN brings together premium, story-based immersive content in a variety of genres. Download WITHIN and experience the future of storytelling today.


The Discovery VR app has always been about driving curiosity – exploring new places, characters and ideas. With VR videos, Discovery embraces a new opportunity to tell these amazing stories immersing you in experiences like never before. We’re excited about what virtual reality will show us, and we’ll be adding new content regularly.


Sites in VR Virtual tours of landmarks from Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Morocco, Kuwait, Yemen, Macedonia, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Greece and Space


CoSpaces With CoSpaces Edu, students can create virtually anything in the classroom!


YouTube VR This is YouTube’s official VR channel. It features the newest and best VR-ready videos on the platform. Now get ready to do what you’d never dare, catch a concert a continent away, or take a trip out of this world.


3DBear Design thinking, often limited to the art classroom in a teacher’s mind, comes to life in 3DBear AR. Students can “illustrate” stories in 3D, create augmented-reality models of buildings, reimagine communities, or portray elements of ecosystems.


AmazonInspire Teachers can search for digital resources on Amazon Inspire to integrate into their lessons or expand their professional learning. You can curate content by marking favorites or creating collections. Documents and images can be downloaded, but remember to check each resource’s license to see if the author allows derivatives and sharing. Be aware that videos can’t be downloaded, so you’ll need to be logged in to Amazon Inspire to stream a video during a lesson.


Woot Math Use Woot Math as a stand-alone fraction-based curriculum in upper elementary or middle school math class. Introduce kids to the site in mere minutes, but be sure to build in time for changing initial passwords.


OER Google Sheet This sheet contains hundreds of OER resources. Be sure to check the tabs on the bottom to change the category.

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

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