November 2019 Agenda—Livermore, California
Begin at 9:00am
As we are headed into the holiday season, how can we make sure we are letting our light shine?
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 16, 2020.
2. Looking forward LEC November 24th in Palm Springs.
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. (Look to your participants’ September Reflection Responses to help guide you.)
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.
- Peardeck – Imagine if you could engage every student in your class, every day. What if you could instantly see who’s confused and who’s ready for more? That’s the power of Pear Deck. And now, with the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on, you can add the magic of formative assessments and interactive questions to your presentations right from Google Slides.
- 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.
- Backchannel Chat– 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!
Educational Use Resources
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
- 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!!!
Code.org is a non- profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra.
Codeapillar- Code-a-pillar inspires little learners to be big thinkers by encouraging preschoolers to arrange (and rearrange) the easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations, sending Code-a-pillar on his path.
Ozobot- Discover the creative side of coding with an app-connected robot! Evo can take your coding skills from beginning to master.
Makey Makey- Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. 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 in between.
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
Intro to Java – a ‘lite’ version of java called coffee script. True text-basedcoding
Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. PK-1
Tynker- Everything your child needs to become a Minecraft modder, digital storyteller, or game designer. A great site for students 4th-8th grade learning how to program.
A FREE! iOS app that teaches kids how to program and create animations by dragging-n-dropping blocks together.
MIT App Inventor is an intuitive, visual programming environment that allows everyone – even children – to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets. Those new to MIT App Inventor can have a simple first app up and running in less than 30 minutes.
Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun. It requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out. Solve puzzles to master the basics using Swift — a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by the pros to build today’s most popular apps.
Learn to program micro:bit, LEGO, Star Wars BB-8, Arduino, robots, connected toys, and smart home devices, all wirelessly. Tickle is the only platform that connects all your devices together so that they can interact with each other!
A fun iPad app that teaches kids how to program and animate by dragging blocks together and watching Daisy preform the action. FREE!
A fun iPad app designed for younger kids that has them controlling fuzzballs to complete each level. Each level deals w/ a simple concept of programming and gets more advanced as they get higher. FREE
Music coding. 4-8 Grade. You can code in java or python.
Made with code are actibvities in coding made especially for girls.
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!
NoRedInk builds stronger writers through interest-based curriculum, adaptive exercises, and actionable data. (*Note: Read their fine print. Theyre’ pretty clear about not following Coppa laws so need to be careful about student info that is shared on their site)
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. Teachers create assignments, see all their students’ work in real-time, and give LOTS of student feedback. Best of all, students can help each other anonymously.
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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