March 2021 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (EC-12 Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually

Devotion

As we follow Jesus from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, let’s each take one story and share it using google jamboard. You can find the verses at: biblegateway.com

  • Palm Sunday (Matthew 21:1-17)

  • Jesus anointed by Mary in Simon’s House at Bethany-Tuesday: (Matthew 26:6-13)

  • Preparation for the Passover-Tuesday night: (Luke 22:7-16, 24-30)

  • Jesus washes the Apostles’ feet to teach them humility-Thursday night: (John 13:1-20)

  • Jesus opens his heart to the disciples about his departure-Thursday night: (John 14-16)

  • Jesus’ intercessory prayer near Gethsemane-Thursday night: (John 17)

  • Betrayal, arrest and trial-Friday morning: (Matthew 26:47-27:30)

  • Jesus crucified on the cross-Friday: (Luke 23:33-46)

  • The Resurrection-Sunday: (Matthew 28:5-8)

Announcements

1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 29.

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 how virtual field trips can enhance student learning.

2. Explore simple and easy ways to get assignments done virtually.

3. Design a resource that can be used in your classroom with ease.

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.

Virtual Field Trips 

On Your Own Time

What is a virtual field trip?
A virtual field trip when your students use technology, either as an individual or with a group, to go visit a specific place.  Most virtual field trips are minimal prep and can be found on youtube or on the specific location’s website.

Popular Options:

 

By Appointment

Another option for virtual field trips is to Zoom or Skype in!  These are not always free, but can bring your students across the country without leaving the classroom!

 

 

Day-to-Day Technology 

Tips and Tricks for a regular Tuesday! 

Holy Week See-Saw Activity

Nearpod Easter Activity

Digital Tools & Resources 

Google Expeditions is an immersive learning and teaching tool that lets you go on VR trips or explore AR objects. Explore historical landmarks, go down to the atomic level, get up close with sharks, even visit outer space!

Field Trip Zoom gives you and your students the opportunity to go on a more traditional field trip, without leaving the classroom. There are three different options and a variety of providers; providing experiences for every grade!

Jamboard is an interactive whiteboard system developed by Google. With Jamboard you can have students collaborate with one another, it’s also an easy way to make worksheet interactive.

Seesaw is an amazing digital portfolio that allows students on all devices demonstrate their learning through pictures, videos and drawings. Seesaw works on all devices and even connects with Google Drive. For grades K-12

Nearpod helps educators make any lesson interactive whether in the classroom or virtual. The concept is simple. A teacher can create interactive presentations that can contain Quiz’s, Polls, Videos, Collaborate Boards, and more. You can access thousands of pre-built K-12 standards-aligned lessons or upload your existing lessons and make them interactive.

Discover Education Offers virtual field trips with a variety of locations and places.  Using their resources does require a Discover Education account in order to explore.


Ditch that Textbook once again brings the heat!  Check out this post and find a list of amazing resources, and ideas, that revolve around virtual field trips.


We Are Teachers From space to the ocean, and everything in between, We Are Teachers has put together a list of more than 25 virtual field trips that are worth your time!


Making things digital just got easier! This blog post comes with a video that explains how Jamboard works and how to make any PDF an interactive worksheet.


Jamboard 101 Discover what Jamboard has to offer and how it can be used as a collaboration tool.


Get started with See-Saw…Start here!  This youtube video will give you all the resources you need to get started using See-Saw with your students.  See-Saw is a great tool to use in both an in-person and digital classroom.


Incorporating NearPod? This video explains how one teacher has made all of her lessons digital and interactive by using Nearpod.  Nearpod is a great way to reach all your students even if they are digitally following along.


Haiku Deck Presentation and slide show app/website. Amazing search feature for free images. Also create easy clear charts and graphs to demonstrate learning.Lowest price is $9.99 per month.


Kindersite offers early childhood teachers a resource directory for games, stories, poems, and songs that little ones can play, listen to, and with which to interact. The website looks a bit outdated, but the links are valuable and the games and books are good quality for the youngsters! (Preschool – Grade 2)


Poof!  Paper handouts are not digital! This post shows how to make a paper handout into a digital one without typing!

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

Email: cbenter@stjohnbc.net

Cell: (248) 495-2159

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.

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