Begin at 9:00am
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 unusual (or anything!) things that you are thankful for? Click on the turkey link below…..
Want your own copy of the Thankful Turkey? Click here and then click “Make a copy”
I encourage you to add to our prayer wall at any time. Is there anyone you know we could personally pray for?
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations to be made. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me!” 41“Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things.42But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.”…
Announcements & Review
1. Upcoming events:
The next workshop date is scheduled for January 17, 2018
ICE Conference, Schaumburg, February 25-28 http://conference.iceberg.org
#LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.
iEngage? http://www.iengage-midwest.com/ (April) – not sure if happening 2019, but good conference
SIT (Students In Technology) FEB.9TH http://www.sitconference.org/
2. Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences.
What were some successes?
Tell us about any challenges you faced….
Is it time?
Is it knowledge?
Is it confidence?
Did you try anything new?
Did you get to share with someone else?
4. Hour of Code – First week of December
1. Discover the educational value of engaging students in coding activities in today’s classroom.
2. Explore a variety of digital assessment tools and learning activities that could be used to assess student progress and achievement.
3. Identify web- and/or mobile-based coding applications to engage your students with during the upcoming international Hour of Code (December 3-7).
4. Create a digital assessment activity which could be incorporated into an upcoming lesson or unit.
“Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ W. B. Yeats
How to Run an Hour of Code
Introduce students to computer science with these easy-to-follow steps.
Additional Coding Resources
Examples via Symbaloo: here
Tons of great coding resources for all grade levels (Creds to Mark Hess!)
- Lightbot (ages 5-13) Chrome; iOS; Android
- Tynker (ages 5+) Chrome; iOS; Android
- Khan Academy Hour of Code (Middle School +) Chrome
- Scratch Chrome
- Scratch Jr. (ages 5-9) Chrome; iOS; Android
- Appinventor (Middle School+) Chrome; Android
- Code Combat (Middle School +) Chrome
- Hopscotch (ages 9+) iOS
- A.L.E.X. (all ages) iOS
- Swift Playgrounds (ages 9+) iOS
- App Lab (ages 13+) Chrome
- Sphero EDU (ages 4+) Chrome; iOS; Android
- Tickle (9+) Chrome; iOS; Android
- CoSpaces Chrome; iOS; Android
- SCRATCH resources!!!
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.
Classcraft “Motivate students by turning their progress in school into a game they play together throughout the year.”
Portfolio and LMS’s (Learning Management Systems)
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, he
Digital Citizenship Integration
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when conducting formative assessments with your students?
Privacy & Security
Relationships & Communication
Digital Footprint & Reputation
Self-image & Identity
Creative Credit & Copyright
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Little or No Prep Tools & Resources
No time to THINK?! Grab a flippity activity!
Thinglink is a digital poster that lets students link multimedia to a picture. Great for reports. Link pictures, videos, technology projects, Google Docs, etc. ThingLink on Nebraska’s 150th anniversary including some great chatterpix videos and green screen videos.
Class Dojo lets you instantly share photos, videos, and announcements on Class Story, or privately message with any parent 😍!
Parents easily join your class using any device
Instantly translate messages into 30+ languages
Let families know when you’re busy with Quiet Hours
Live Quiz Learning. Great alternative to Kahoot. “Gimkit is made and maintained by high school students from Seattle. We craft Gimkit to not only be a product that students want to use but teachers as well. We’re working on a bunch of exciting things right now to make Gimkit even better.”
Just for fun….! Kids of all ages love this!
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Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
Inspire! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂
1. Develop and incorporate a digital assessment activity to use with your students in a lesson or unit you’ll be teaching before we meet again in January.
2. During the week of December 3–7, have your students join millions of students around the world in participating in an “Hour of Code” (An awesome activity to engage your students in during the craziness of December.)
3. Post to TEC21’s online Google+ community. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, a picture of you teaching and/or your students learning, or a sample of a digital assessment you used with your students.
4. Be a resource–an inspiration–to one of your colleagues.
5. Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2019/2020 school year opens on January 2, 2019. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other Lutheran school teachers and the impact it’s had on you and your students. Thank you in advance for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21! #TEC21lcms #LuthEd #LutheranSchoolsThrive
Dismiss at 2:00pm
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Winter is coming……!
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