Begin at 9:00am
- To Wifi:
- Network: PLCS-INTERNET
- Password: pilgrim123
- How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
- To each other – Meet your fellow TEC21 participants!
- Check the Sign up for Snacks – The List for snacks.
1. Discover the value of digital storytelling.
2. Explore digital storytelling tools and resources to use with your students.
3. Identify a tool or resource to share with another teacher at your school.
I am thankful for dirty dishes in my sink, because this means I have food to eat, something on which to eat it, and running water/dishwasher to clean them.
This is a weird thing for which to be thankful. But, it does help put things into perspective, make us appreciate things, and put a positive spin on an unpleasant situation.
What are some weird things that you are thankful for?
Put them on this “thankful turkey“.
Here is a “clean” copy of thankful turkey to use in your classrooms. Make a copy of it so you can edit it.
Here is a “clean” copy of thankful turkey to use in your classrooms. Make a copy of it so you can edit it.
From the teacher’s perspective…
- Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
- 1 Chronicles 16:34 – Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
Announcements & Review
1. Upcoming events:
2. For anyone interested in receiving college credit? The application period is OPEN! Remember that TEC21 is considered a second semester class–EDUC 513. To receive college credit, apply online between today – January 31, 2018.
Degree completion options:
- Option 1 – M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
- Option 2 – M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with Instructional Technology Leadership
- Option 3 – Instructional Technology Leadership Endorsement (You can check with your respective state’s Board of Education to see whether they will acknowledge this endorsement.)
Non-degree completion option:
- $80/credit hour
- 3 graduate level credits
- Application fee waived for non-degree option
3. Let’s take this time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. What happened? Were you successful? Did you come across any challenges?
1. Explore the value of coding and assessment tools.
2. Discover coding and assessment tools and resources to use with your students.
3. Implement coding and assessment tools, resources and/or teaching strategies in your classroom.
What is Coding?
Coding is growing in popularity. Children from elementary to high schools cross the country are learning how to code. This is an education that can strengthen their digital literacy skills and prepare them for a future with more career options. –Kajeet Education
How to Run an Hour of Code
The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2017 Computer Science Education Week will be December 4-10, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
We’ll be exploring Code.org to learn about Hour of Code
Resources to Help You Run an Hour of Code
Sites & Apps for Coding
- Lightbot (ages 5-13) also an app
- Tynker (ages 5+) also an app
- Khan Academy Hour of Code (Middle School +)
- Scratch (ages 8+, including high school)
- Scratch Jr. (ages 5-9) app only
- Appinventor (Middle School+)
- Code Combat (Middle School +)
- Hopscotch (ages 9+) app only
- A.L.E.X. (all ages) app only
- Swift Playgrounds (ages 9+) iPad app only
- App Lab (ages 13+) Design apps in either block or text coding
- Sphero EDU (ages 4+) link with Sphero for some fun!
- Tickle (9+) works with Dash and a few others
Coding with Gadgets & Gizmos
The Hour of Code is a great way to introduce students to coding. Utilizing other hands-on gadgets & gizmos can help to bring coding to a whole new level. I’ve brought along a few of my toys to show you what I mean. Meet Sphero, Ollie, Dash, Sphero Mini, and my Parrot Drones. I also brought along my 3D printer and will talk about how Coding affects what the printer does.
Sources for 3D Printable Objects
Thingiverse – Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. … In the spirit of maintaining an open platform, all designs are encouraged to be licensed under a Creative Commons license, meaning that anyone can use or alter any design.
Pinshape – On Pinshape, you can not only find high quality designs, but you can also sell your designs or share them with others. You can sort the items by newest, most popular, or lowest price.
Yeggi – Yeggi is a search engine for 3D models that you can print out and enjoy. Whether you want to find characters from Frozen or print an iphone case, this site has tons of creative ideas.
Places to Make Your Own Designs
Tinkercad – Tinkercad is a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app for everyone. Tinkercad is used by designers, hobbyists, teachers, and kids, to make toys, prototypes, home decor, Minecraft models, jewelry – the list is truly endless!
Alternatives – I haven’t used these yet, but there are many others out there. I think Tinkercad is the best for educational purposes due to it’s ease of use.
Socrative – Allows teachers to create simple quizzes that students can take quickly on laptops, classroom tablet computers or their own smartphones.
Plickers – A powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.
Google Slides – Presenter View allows you to drop questions into your presentation during presenting.
Today’s Meet – A backchannel for feedback and questions from your students.
EdPuzzle – A site that allows users to select a video and customize it by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding questions to make an engaging presentation or lesson.
Kahoot – A collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment.
Quizlet Live – Teams of students work together, racing to learn the material in a Quizlet study set.
Quizizz – An alternative to Kahoot, with a few different features.
Quizalize – A student response system (similar to Kahoot, Quizizz, Class Responder, etc.) that really engages students.
Seesaw – A student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. FEATURES: Easily Capture Student Learning in Any Form ∙ Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links to show what they know.
Student Portfolio Apps & Websites – Compiled by Common Sense Media, this useful article provides you with a chart of options for online portfolios for students complete with grade levels, platforms, and pricing!
Google Folders/Google Classroom – Set up a Google account for each student so they log in once and save to the cloud. Allows Collaborative projects in Docs & Slides. Easy to share whole folder once with parents, then everything in the folder will be visible to them. To see how to use Google Classroom view Mobile Learning in the Classroom.
Sesame – An online tool that helps compile student work. This site is available as an iOS or Android app, as well as online. Noteworthy feature: Students can work offline and the program will sync when WiFi is connected again!
Take Three! 55 Digital Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success – If you want to find more, here’s a whole bunch!
Digital Citizenship Integration
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when conducting formative assessments with your students?
- Internet Safety
- Privacy & Security
- Relationships & Communication
- Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Self-image & Identity
- Information Literacy
- Creative Credit & Copyright
Little or No Prep Tools & Resources
Phonics Genius is the best phonics app I know. It lists over 6,000 words by phonic sounds. Highlights phonic sounds in red at beginning or end of words. Record your voice or your students voice and listen to compare articulation to the pre-recorded word. Quiz modes. Adjustable timing, fonts, color, and play modes.
A place to build community between teacher, student, and parent. Class dojo is a classroom management tool, communication tool, portfolio, and so much more. It allows teachers to track progress, students to have a voice, and parents to stay in the loop.
Quizlet is an easy-to-use and efficient tool for learning. It has become the largest flashcards and study games website, with more than 5 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject, three learning modes, testing, and some games to reinforce learning.
Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform used by millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, families, and organizations in more than 150 countries! Create a Grid (that’s your classroom or group), add Topics to spark the discussion, and your community builds a dialogue as they share short video responses.
Goo.gl URL shortener takes a long web address and changes it to Goo.gl plus 6 characters. You can view analytics to see how many clicks on the link, from what device, and country.
Breakout EDU is a game based learning activity that requires critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. You may purchase a kit that contains locks, boxes, and items to play 100s of learning games in all subjects. Or create your own digital game using a variety of locks.
If you teach Math you have to check these out…10 of the best tools on the market for engaging students with Math including DragonBox, Geometry Pad, and MathsPlayground.
A list of tips to save you time while using Google Classroom
Do you have lists of YouTube videos you use regularly with your students? Use these simple steps to create a playlist for each subject.
Can you believe that Freerice celebrated it’s 10 Year annivesary last October? Freerice is a 100% non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programm. Freerice has two goals: Provide education to everyone for free. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
I am text block. Use this block to build out a collection of web-based resources specific to your teachers’ interests and needs.
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
Inspire! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂
1. Design a formative or summative assessment strategy or activity to use with your students and have it include a technology component to it (web- or tablet-based app).
2. During the week of December 4–10, plan to have your students join millions of students around the world in participating in an “Hour of Code” (A great activity to engage your students in during the craziness of December.)
3. Post a comment, link, or student work to the TEC21’s online Google+ community.
4. Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.
5. TEC21 Registration for the 2017/2018 school year opens on January 2, 2018. Encourage a fellow teacher to be a TEC21 participant next year! Share with them the value of being connected with other Lutheran school educators and the impact it’s had on you, your classroom and your students. Thank you for being an ambassador for TEC21!
Dismiss at 2:00pm