November 2020 Agenda—Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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 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.
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 21.
2. Hour of Code – Dec. 7-13
3. 2021/2022 cohorts are forming now!
(Letter from Brent Dieckhoff, founder and executive director of TEC21)
Dear TEC21 Participants,
Oh give thanks unto the Lord!
It’s always at about this time of the year that I find myself extra thankful for the TEC21 ministry. Perhaps it’s because the workshop program is well on it’s way during another school term or maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Either way, I am so thankful for the MANY ways God has blessed our work over the past 12 years.
First, I want to thank you for joining us this year and for all that you do for Lutheran school ministries and the proclamation of the gospel. Thank you for modeling to your students your desire to continue to learn for their sake. It is my prayer that the relationships you are forming and the learning that is taking place as you gather together each month through our workshop program has been and will continue to be a blessing to both you personally and to your teaching ministry not only for this year, but for many years to come. Personally, I find that being able to connect with other teachers is vital to my teaching ministry. It is a boost to my mental and spiritual health. I love learning with and from others. The relationships I have made through TEC21 help to keep me feeling fresh and excited to teach each year. I hope this is the case for you, too! If it is, I’d like to ask you for your help.
The facilitators and I have begun forming our next cohorts that will begin in September of 2021. Personal testimony goes a long way, so I would be most grateful if you would help us by thinking of a fellow teacher or teachers that you could encourage to register for Season 13? They could be teachers from your school or any other school for that matter. With your help we will be able to impact more teachers (and their students) for the sake of the gospel. I thank you in advance for any support of our efforts that you can give to us.
God’s peace and protection be with you all.
#TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd
“I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel…” Philippians 1:4-5
Principals can register with their name to save spots for one or more of your teachers. To register, have them click here or scan this QR code:
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.
Digital: Engage your students in a digital storytelling activity or project. Did you try making any digital stories?
Social: Post a question, an answer, a resource, a picture of your students working on digital storytelling, or an example of a student project to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook.
Spiritual: Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.
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 gamification activities in today’s classroom.
Digital Assessment Strategies
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. Article about Plickers
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.
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.
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. To see how to use Google Classroom view Mobile Learning in the Classroom.
Take Three! 55 Digital Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success – If you want to find more, here’s a whole bunch!
This is a classroom game of an “escape room”. There are physical kits and digital kits available.
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.
What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.
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.
We’ll be exploring Code.org to learn about Hour of Code.
You can create a class and assign coding activities and curriculum to a class of students once you sign in.
Coding Devices and Ideas…
Ozobot-a tiny robot that is controlled through colored commands and coding using an app. Price is around $60.
Dash and Dot-robots with personality that you can control with coding using the app. They can come with accessories such as a ball launcher and a xylophone.
Sphero-a ball that you can control through coding using a free app.
Osmo Coding-Interactive coding which allows students to play blocks in front of the Ipad that has the Osmo mirror and control the monster on the Ipad. Love this hands-on device. Osmo costs $100 to get started, but has many other accessories that can be added. All the apps are free.
LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set (younger students) and Lego Mindstorm is a hands-on STEM solution that combines the LEGO brick, classroom-friendly software, engaging standards-based projects and a discovery based approach. Designed with collaboration in mind, each Core Set supports two students, introducing them to computational thinking and engineering principles in a fun and engaging way.
Digital Tools & Resources
Powerful standards-based assessment tool tracks student progress. An efficient platform for helping teachers assess and track student progress on meeting standards and building understanding along the way.
Play Posit is an interactive video creator that has great question variety. This tool strikes a nice balance, offering teachers an easy intro to interactive video mixed with a large set of features that can lead to increasingly sophisticated lesson design.
Crop, customize, and remix online video content with interactive tool. As a flipped classroom or student creation tool, there are lots of opportunities for use, but teachers will need to be creative if they want students to engage.
Pose questions, spark thoughtful video responses with stellar tool. A simple way for students and teachers to create online discussion, as long as your classroom culture is mature enough to use it wisely.
Easy-to-use, real-time monitoring, feedback, and assessment for 1-to-1. It’s a great option for teachers who want to go paperless, provide specific feedback, and encourage collaboration among students in 1-to-1 classrooms. iOS app
Plickers This assessment tool allows teachers to collect on-the-spot formative assessment data without the need to have students use devices or paper and pencil. Teachers create and print specially coded cards that students hold up in class as their response. The teacher uses the Plickers app to scan the cards and collect the data. (Free)
15 Low Tech assessment tools Creative, LOW TECH, and engaging formative assessment tools – how can you integrate tech into these examples?
MakeyMakey 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 in between.
Poll Everywhere Live interactive audience participation-Engage your audience or class in real time.
Fomative Teachers can create digital assignments for free at GoFormative.com. You can add any combination of multiple choice, short answer, true/false, and show your work questions. There’s an option to upload an existing PDF and transform it into an electronic answer sheet. After the assignment is made, students can join by entering a Quick Code or by following a unique URL for the assignment. Assignments can even be posted to Google Classroom. As students answer questions, their teacher can see the responses in real time, grade them, and provide feedback. GoFormative.com has great tutorials and videos to help you get started.
Jeopardy Labs Who doesn’t love Jeopardy-style games for review?! Jeopardy Labs has thousands of pre-made games ready for you to use! Set up your class in teams or individually!
Code For Life 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.
Thanksgiving Activities for Students While we are coming up on the Thanksgiving holiday, it might be hard to do some of these before the break. See how you could format some of these to work for Christmas though!
Google Santa Tracker There are some cool things you can do with this site, make sure to check it out! Some games don’t open until December.
Hopscotch is a free iOS app that teaches kids how to program and create animations by dragging-n-dropping blocks together.
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
Inspire! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂
Digital: 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.
Social: 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.
Spiritual: Be a resource–an inspiration–to one of your colleagues.
2021/2022 cohorts are forming now! Personal testimony goes a long way, so we would be most grateful if you would help us by thinking of a fellow teacher or teachers that you could encourage to register for Season 13? They could be teachers from your school or any other school for that matter. With your help we will be able to impact more teachers (and their students) for the sake of the gospel. We thank you in advance for any support of our efforts that you can give to us. #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd
Dismiss at 2:00pm