November 2019 Agenda—Boone, Iowa
Begin at 9:00am
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
Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. Share a success, a challenge you experienced or a lesson learned.
1. Explore a variety of digital tools and learning activities to use in order to assess student progress and understanding.
2. Create a digital assessment activity which could be incorporated into an upcoming lesson or unit.
3. Discover the educational value of engaging students in coding activities in today’s classroom.
4. Identify web- and/or mobile-based coding applications to engage your students with during the upcoming international Hour of Code (December 9-15, 2019).
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.
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.
Class Dojo is a classroom communication app used to share reports between parents and teachers. Teachers track student behavior and upload photos or videos. The gamification style system teaches developmental skills through real-time feedback.
How to Run an Hour of Code
Sites & Apps for Coding
- Lightbot (ages 5-13) also an app
- Daisy the Dinosaur (ages 4+) app (video example)
- 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
- Code Combat (Middle School +)
- Hopscotch (ages 9+) app only
- A.L.E.X. (all ages) app only
- Swift Playgrounds (ages 9+) iPad app only
- The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2019 Computer Science Education Week will be December 9-15, 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).To get started participating in an hour of code start here and select your grade level, topic, self-led tutorial, one hour, blocks. Or try an “unplugged” activity with no devices.
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
Genius Hour Unit 3: The Pitch
You want to “sell” your idea in a creative and interesting way. Think about this as a commercial for your idea that unveils your genius plan! You will have 1-2 minutes.
Include the following:
- Your name
- Reasons you chose the project (story, history, definition, interest, etc.)
- Materials/resources/technology tools needed
- First three steps to get started
- Obstacles you may face in the process
- Explain how the project enhances learning.
Your presentation may be formatted in one of the following ways:
- A Prezi, Google Slide presentation, Adobe Spark Video, iMovie or i Movie trailer, or another digital format that is at least 60 seconds, but no longer than 2 minutes
- Minimum of 6 slides but maximum of 10 slides. Use the bullets for items to include as a guide.
- “What is Genius Hour?” (Genius Hour)
- How to Build Community Leaders of Today – And Tomorrow – Through Genius Hour (EdSurge, 2017)
- Genius Hour in Elementary School (Edutopia, 2017)
- Tips and Tricks to Keep Kids on Track During Genius Hour (MindShift, 2017)
- Inspire Drive, Creativity in the Classroom with 20-Time (20-Time in Education)
- 20-Time Projects in Education: 41 Projects in 4 Minutes (YouTube, 2014)
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
Digital Tools & Resources
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.
Take Three! 55 Digital Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success –An extensive list of digital tools, apps, and platforms that can help you and your students use formative assessment to elicit evidence of student learning.
Creative, LOW TECH, and engaging formative assessment tools – how can you integrate tech into these examples?
With a Makey Makey you can turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween.
Mind Mapping is used in education as it allows students the freedom to interpret topics in their own way, making their own connections between ideas. Also, the use of images, colors and keywords ensure that your students commit the information they Mind Map to memory, ideal for assessment.
Live interactive audience participation-Engage your audience or class in real time.
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 wide variety of digital formative assessment tools that can be used for free. These 15 tools work with any web browser, so they are great for laptops, computer labs, iPads, Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones.
The activities introduce students to computer science and the programming language Scratch. Different themes attract and engage students of varying backgrounds and interests. All materials are free and easy to use. Teacher resources are also included.
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 9–15, have your students join millions of students around the world by participating in an “Hour of Code” (An awesome activity to engage your students in during the craziness of December.)
3. Post to TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. 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 2020/2021 school year opens on January 2, 2020. 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 whenever you can! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd
Dismiss at 2:00pm
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