May 2020 Agenda—Fort Wayne, Indiana
Begin at 8:00pm
Storms. Powerful forces of nature. One definition goes as such “a disturbed or agitated state”.
I think we can all say that COVID-19 seems like its own kind of storm. Daily, weekly and now monthly we find our lives disturbed and our tempers agitated. Not all is bad of course. More time with (immediate) family, time to get projects done around the house…etc are all great benefits and a silver lining. Yet, there is still a lingering unknown that goes with the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If we read the scriptures there is something about storms that we know to be true, they are a certainty. Once upon a time, humans from times past knew this fundamental truth also. Storms were unavoidable, so they designed and built thousands of lighthouses worldwide to protect those that found themselves stuck out in the storm.
Interesting fact about my family, we love lighthouses! My wife and I, along with our family travel to see and find lighthouses every summer. While lighthouses come in all shapes and sizes, there is one thing that holds very true. They were designed to be a beacon of hope in an otherwise hopeless situation. They were the light, that cut through the darkness. They were the unwavering tower of hope in a shifting and uncertain sea.
COVID-19 has impacted our student’s, their families and the lives of those closest to us. We may not have lost loved ones (and then again maybe you have) but the fact is that many people we know are going through some storm right now.
In the Psalms it is written:
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver me.” –Psalm 91:1-3
Storms are a certainty. Whether it be COVID-19, or some other uncertain worldly situation, we are guaranteed storms. Yet, there is great hope because Christ, our solid rock, is that beacon and light that cuts through the darkness. He is our refuge and fortress. Not only that, He shares with us through the words of James in the New Testament this great truth:
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” –James 1:2-4
A couple of weeks ago, while worshiping via live stream on Sunday morning, I started to cry and I couldn’t stop. I balled like a child that had just dropped something heavy on their little toe. I realized just how much I missed time with my faith family. I had such a great yearning to be in church, singing in the presence of all our fellow saints. As I had time to dwell on that experience, I realized that it was a beautiful moment. It was a blessing during this trying time. This pandemic has helped me to see what I have taken for granted, and not only that, but helped me to feel that longing to be in the heavenly realm in the presence of God’s glory worshiping with the saints in eternity.
No matter what storm we face, there will come a time when we will stand with all believers from all of time and worship, like we have never worshiped before and in that moment we will be in the presence of our great and glorious lighthouse, of Christ, our Lord and savior who cuts through the storm and holds us safe in the palm of his hand. Today he holds us, tomorrow he holds us, and forever he will hold us.
If you have never gone to a technology conference or connected with an educator technology group/organization I would encourage a few of the following options
- Indiana Connected Educators (ICE)
- Note: Annual fall conference held near Indy.
- Michigan Association of Computer User Learning (MACUL)
- Note: Upcoming Regional Conference in March!
- International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE)
- Note: Annual International Conference Held Each Summer
Concordia University has extended the application deadline to May 15. Pass/Fail grades will be submitted to Concordia following the application deadline for those who have applied to receive graduate-level credit. Emails will then be sent to all applicants from the TEC21 Office providing them with their pass/fail grade and information on how to request a transcript from Concordia University, Nebraska if needed.
How to Obtain 3 Graduate-level Credits Through Your TEC21 Experience
Will you be needing to renew your teaching license soon? Are you wanting to advance a step on your school’s salary schedule? Are you thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, 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 open now and runs through May 15, 2020. Follow these four short steps to apply:
- First, select the “Apply Here” link below to create an account.
- Next, complete the fields. Where it asks for Academic Level, select “Non-Degree Coursework”. Where it asks for Entry Term, select “Summer Semester 2020”. 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!
If you ever have questions regarding how these three graduate-level credits could be applied to a master’s degree program, 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’s (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. Continue to be both a consumer and a contributor in your professional learning network.
2. Plan how you will continue to be a connected, resourceful life-long learner.
3. Celebrate each other’s TEC21 achievements through today’s mini-conference format.
Throughout this program, we have emphasized the value of being connected educators in Lutheran education today. We have shared specific platforms in which TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning networks. As we wrap up this series of workshops, what a great time to reflect on the benefits of being able to gather together for these monthly sessions to be equipped, trained, encouraged, and supported. We hope the relationships that have been built this year will continue to be a blessing to your teaching ministry for many years to come! And know that as a team of facilitators, we will always be here for you! #LutheranSchoolsThrive
Facebook Group: Engage with TEC21 Educators going all the way back to “Season 1” to ask questions and share ideas to support one another!
Facebook: Please help us get the word out to as many teachers as possible about the TEC21 Workshop Program by “Liking” us on the TEC21 Facebook Page!
Pinterest: Follow TEC21’s collaborative board and we’ll invite you to pin along with hundreds of other teaches on the shared board! If you don’t receive an invitation, be sure to let one of the facilitators know because any one of us can add you as a collaborator.
Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our workshop centers from year to year.
Collaboration! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂
Mini-conference Style Presentations
This school year is coming to a close in a way like we’ve never experienced before. We (the facilitators) commend all of you for rising to the challenge to continue delivering lessons and sharing the Gospel message with your students and their families. You are excellent and dedicated servant-leaders, the backbone of Lutheran school ministries. Enjoy this time today to celebrate with one another your successes, and yes even your failures, from both of which you’ve grown from this year!
Digital Tools & Resources
Animaker Class is a Secure EdTech Platform. Students can use Animaker Class to show what they know about a topic by creating videos, infographics, and more. An excellent product for teachers and students who want to create animated videos.
Plum’s Creaturizer from PBS Kids is a free iOS and Android app that lets students create fun cartoon creatures then place them into outdoor settings through the use of augmented reality. The purpose of the app is to have students learn and show how the characteristics of an animal help it thrive in its environment.
Learnia’s world consists of a number of islands, each with a distinct feel. Each island contains one grade year of spelling or math. A path meanders from island to island giving kids a sense of progress as they learn. This path is blocked by skill stones. When kids master a skill stone it steps aside and the next segment of the path opens up.
YOUR game. YOUR world. YOUR rules. AgentCubes lets you build your own 3D games. We live in a 3D world, and increasingly consume more 3D content such as movies, and video games. But what about creating 3D? Most 3D authoring tools have incredibly steep learning curves. Gentle Slope 3D changes everything. Start with familiar 2D tools and gradually advance towards interactive 3D. Make your first 3D shape in seconds, not hours. No previous programming experience required.
PBS produced 60-second videos on each president. It’s a fun way to summarize each presidency. Could your students then make their own 60-second video on a topic you are studying and share!
Google Tour Builder allows you and your students to input locations and create a tour. At each location you can upload up to 25 pictures or videos! What a vacation idea! Or book idea!
Free website filled with lots of creative, techie ways to end a school year! This is for you, teacher!
K-12 Literacy: Classroom resources, student interactivities by grade level. Classroom resources, student interactivities by grade level. Parent & after school resources. We looked at several poetry options. Try Comic Creator for fun!
Designed with little ones in mind, Shutterbugs was created by Smithsonian Science Education Center to help young students recognize animal movement and specific adaptations! (Pre-K – Grade 1)
Direct students and parents to this free open educational curriculum for Math, Science, English, and more. e-flex books for each subject and lots of materials. Also switch to Teacher view to see all the teacher materials. Check it out this summer!
PreK-8 Reading & Topics of Interest Summer Reads-getting ready for grades 3,4,5, free books with comprehension Beginning Reads-PreK-2- stories and comprehension Talking Points for Kids-science & other topics. Grades 4-6 FYI for Kids-2 page magazine articles, over 75 by complexity level, content area, and theme.
Teach Like a Pirate digital resources. Great book for you to read over the summer, and great activities to share with students or plan for next year’s curriculum!
Free ebooks for beginning readers. Great practice for over the summer. Books available in 35 languages.
What can students do when they’re “bored” this summer? Learn the basics of a new language! This app features short lessons in a number of different languages. Create a free account to track progress. It even offers free virtual classrooms and lessons for educators! (Grade 3+)
The title says it all. Funny stuff.
Complete curriculum for ages 8-14 all the way to beginning college to prepare students for computer-based careers. Students create computer science projects around different themes such as Sports, Art, and Fashion. Each theme contains 8 lessons of 60-90 minutes that can be tailored to fit your schedule. Free digitally online or order free paper pack.
Free All-In-One Web-Based Mathematics Software!
Check out this list of more than 60 Awesome Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom!
3D Bear will enable students to…
- become content creators in 3D themselves, 3D modeller being one of the top 20 Jobs in the future and as important as coding.
- learn spatial cognition.
- change their mindset to creative problem solving and storytelling.
- learn 21st century job skills in a way where technology is redefining learning.
Here is a new way to interact…much like a Padlet!
Meet the free online 3D builder with all your favorite shapes and pieces! Now you can design, build, and share anything you want – anywhere!
Make and Publish your own games & apps to any app store with no coding experience!
Power Thesaurus is a free, fast, comprehensive and easy-to-follow online thesaurus dictionary for writers.
The bestowing of award, praise and adulation.
We officially dub you TEC21 Teachers–connected, resourceful life-long learners!
1. “Pomp & Circumstance”
2. Presentation of “diplomas”
3. Presentation of TEC21 Digital Badges
Dear TEC21 Teachers,
As educators, we all know how hard it is to keep up with the needs of students. TEC21 recognizes the extra effort it takes to learn, stretch and grow to provide Technology Enriched Classrooms. We applaud every school who has given the green light to allow teachers to participate in our workshops, and every teacher who has stepped outside his or her comfort zone to be vigorously challenged. Our goal with you is a contagious classroom full of motivated students.
You have earned this badge. We have provided it in two sizes each for school administrators and teachers. We hope you’ll proudly display it on your school website, personal classroom website, and your email signature.
Thank you for making a TEC21 classroom a badge of honor.
Serving Him with you,
The TEC21 Facilitators
For School Administrators
Small School Badge
<div align="center"><a href="https://tec21connect.com/" title="Tec21"><img src="https://tec21connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TEC21-School-Badge-256x75.png" alt="Tec21" style="border:none;width:100%;max-width:256px;height:auto;" /></a></div>
Large School Badge
<div align="center"><a href="https://tec21connect.com/" title="Tec21"><img src="https://tec21connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TEC21-School-Badge-256x256.png" alt="Tec21" style="border:none;width:100%;max-width:256px;height:auto;" /></a></div>
Small Teacher Badge
<div align="center"><a href="https://tec21connect.com/" title="Tec21"><img src="https://tec21connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TEC21-Educator-Badge-256x75.png" alt="Tec21" style="border:none;width:100%;max-width:256px;height:auto;" /></a></div>
Large Teacher Badge
<div align="center"><a href="https://tec21connect.com/" title="Tec21"><img src="https://tec21connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TEC21-Educator-Badge-256x256.png" alt="Tec21" style="border:none;width:100%;max-width:256px;height:auto;" /></a></div>
Final TEC21 Challenges
1. Continue to be a connected educator!
2. Continue to be a life-long learner!
3. Continue to be a resource to others!
Dismiss at 10:00pm