November 2020 Agenda—Columbus, Indiana
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 21st.
2. Hour of Code December 7th-13th.
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. (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 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.
- Quizizz – create quizzes that can be played either live or assigned as homework. This one is better for a calmer experience or for posting on your classroom website. Students join the game on a handheld device using just a PIN (no login required) on the website: join.quizizz.com
- Kahoot – create and play fun learning games for free. This one is great for teams or in-class play. Fun music! Students join the game on a handheld device using just a PIN (no login required) on website: kahoot.it
- Plickers – A powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. Check out this video example.
- 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.
- Take Three! 55 Digital Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success – If you want to find more, here’s a whole bunch!
- 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 Sites – allows you to create a digital portfolio while also creating your own website. You can embed any digital project or google app with a link or an embed code.
- Student Intro Presentation
- SeeSaw Presentation
- 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.
Breakout EDU is an immersive learning games platform. Breakout EDU games consist of a combination of physical and digital puzzle elements that must be solved in a set amount of time. Players of all ages are challenged to open the locked Breakout EDU box using critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.
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!!!
Digital Tools & Resources
ClassDojo 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
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!
The Goosechase App allows you to create a scavenger hunt which your students can join. The app gives points for each of the items your students upload on their device. Available for both iOs and Android. Each GooseChase game has a list of missions for participants to complete. You can create your mission list using our bank of 100+ tested missions or by designing your own from scratch. There’s a free version and a paid version. This would be great for a scavenger hunt activity and can be related to many subjects.
Kami is an app and extension for Google Chrome that allows you to edit PDFs. It integrates with Google Classroom. It will recognize that you have a PDF open and the shortcut button is built right into your window.
No Red Ink. Students complete practice and review questions on language, grammar, and writing topics. Students choose topics of interest to them which are incorporated into the questions. Free
Goformative.com Web app that allows teachers to give live assignments
Nearpod Hundreds of premade lessons that provide formative assessment for teachers
Bitmoji Classroom Make your students who are at home feel like you are in your classroom using your bitmoji. Add hyperlinks, voiceovers and much more!
Jamboard boosts student collaboration and engagement with the Jamboard app — powered by Google Cloud. Student tablet users can access a suite of rich editing tools to collaborate with students or educators. You can even access it from a web browser too.
Prodigy Make math a game. Students can work at their own pace, or specific skills can be assigned, as student play games and earn rewards.
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!
FreeRice.com Free Rice is an online internet game that donates 20 grains of rice to the World Food Programme (WFP) for every word that is correctly defined. WFP, the United Nations frontline organization fighting hunger, distributes the rice to the hungry.
Classroom Screen This is an awesome website that easily allows you to make a background, add timers, add a QR code, add text, add a noise level sign etc. that you can place on any screen to display to students.
Kindergarten Seesaw Ideas. Here are a few ways to use Seesaw in Kindergarten. Use these activities to get started using Seesaw with your students. Do the activities in order, and your students will be Seesaw pros!
11 ways to use Symbaloo in You Classroom. How do you Symbaloo in your classroom? The possibilities are endless, we continue to discover new ways teachers are using Symbaloo in the classroom. Here’s a list of how teachers are currently using Symbaloo.
Slides Mania is a collection of slides and ppt templates. These are good for teacher and student creation. Many templates are especially good for e learning.
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
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