November 2019 Agenda—La Mesa, California
Begin at 9:00am
Network: CLS Staff
How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
Sharing for the day – Share one way you have used technology in your classroom this past month.
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.
- 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
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 16.
2. LEC – November 24-26
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).
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- Quizlet – Create electronic flash cards for review.
Why We Should Code?
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).
Khan Academy – 3 options for hour long coding experience (drawing, webpages, data bases)
How to Run an Hour of Code
- Watch How to Run an Hour of Code (Video embedded above)
- Download or Print the Participation Guide (PDF)
- Review Best Practices From Successful Educators (Slideshow)
- Explore the Hour of Code Tutorials
- Follow #HourofCode on Twitter
- Computer Education Week (December of each year)
- 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
- Code Combat (Middle School +) Chrome
- 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!!!
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when conducting formative assessments with your students?
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
Flippity is a series of web apps that can easily turn a google spreadsheet into a set of online Flashcards or Quiz Show. There are cards for helping a teacher create random groups, or mix and match activities
ClassDojo is a communication app for the classroom. It connects teachers, parents, and students who use it to share photos, videos, and messages through the school day. They use ClassDojo to work together as a team, share in the classroom experience, and bring big ideas to life in their classrooms and homes.
Classkick is a free app that students work on and get help instantly from their teacher and peers. Students work on assignments with their Chromebooks, laptops, or iPads, while getting help from teachers and peers instantly. … Best of all, students can help each other anonymously.
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.
Create your own Escape Room, or play other escape games created with Escape Room Maker. Students will love to do this!
Gerald Aungst has a great list of apps and sites for the modern classroom.
A blog post about ways to make it more efficient.
This is a mind map tool that can be used as a formative assessment.
Some digital assessment tools have pre-made quizzes, questions, and slideshows you can use immediately. Others assume you will enter your own questions. A number of them we have discussed.
Haiku Deck Presentation and slide show app/website. Amazing search feature for free images. Also create easy clear charts and graphs to demonstrate learning.
Turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos—in minutes.
Prezi is a web-based program that takes any PowerPoint presentation to the next level. It is a great reasource for both teachers and students.
Math Facts Pro is a web-based math facts program that allows students to practice individual and allows the teacher to monitor student progress. (Cost: about $1 a student per year)
Spelling City allows students to practice both vocabulary and spelling independently as well as giving teachers the tools to track a students progress. (Pay per class)
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
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