November 2020 Agenda—Orange, California

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually

Click on this link:  Google Turkey to decorate a turkey.  Follow the directions on the first slide.  I will assign slide numbers (so we are all not choosing the same slide).  We will share our turkeys when everyone is done.  Remember to think of something you are thankful for!!!

Devotion

Thankfulness… let’s see what God’s Word says about this topic.  Click Devotion to open up our Bible Study for today.

Announcements

1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 21st, 2021.

2.  All Workers Conference 2020 Monday, November 23rd.

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. 

In Christ, 

Brent Dieckhoff

#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:

Review

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.)

Goals

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 and gamification activities in today’s classroom.

4.  Plan a coding activity for students to participate in during the month of December’s “Hour of Code.”

Digital Assessment Strategies

Portfolio
Seesaw-teacher controlled digital portfolio where students are able to share their knowledge and record their learning through photos, video, voice, drawing, Google docs and so much more.  Teachers control the content that is uploaded, comments and activities.  Also, these digital portfolios can be directly linked to parents’ phones.

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.

Reasons to Use Digital Portfolios Article

Authentic

It is important to assess what students know but also what they can do. Authentic assessments ask students to apply knowledge to a real-world task.

Build Your Own Breakout

Canva helps to create flyers, infographics, social media posts, and more.

Adobe Spark helps students to create videos, newsletters, and animations to demonstrate learning.

Eduprotocols are instructional lesson frames that are designed to engage students in learning through critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity and can be used with any subject, any grade level.  Ditch That Textbook Eduprotocols

Gamification
  • Quizizz – Ask multiple choice and true-false questions, including pictures. Student answer buttons have the responses printed on them rather than having to look up at the screen. Search public quizzes already made too.
  • 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.

Coding

How to Run an Hour of Code

In December, children from all over the world will be participating in the Hour of Code to promote coding and computer science in the classroom.  In order to participate, your students will need to practice coding for one hour using whatever coding activity you plan for.

Why Coding is Important
Code.org

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.  Prices range from $50-$250 for the big kit.

Sphero-a ball that you can control through coding using a free app.  Range in price from $50-$150.

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

Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. IOS and Google app, Free.

Tynker’s mobile app lets you learn basic programming concepts on iPads and Android-enabled tablets.

  • Learn to code by solving puzzles
  • Build games, stories and interactive animations
  • Fly drones, control robots, and program connected toys
  • Work offline without Internet access

Lightbot makes you solve puzzles using programming.  Great for all ages and increases in difficulty as you solve the different problems.  On both the Apple Apps and Google Play Stores.  The cost for the Lightbot app is $2.99 or you can play the Lightbot: Code Hour for free.

Kodable translates computer science into easy-to-lessons and games.  Teachers are able to create a class and assign students.  Also, there is an IOS app that makes it easily accessible for younger children.  Great starting app for coding!! Also, can be played on the the internet too.

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. Free November Games to try!

Blooket is an exciting new take on the modern classroom review game. It aims to match action with education to create the ultimate learning experience!  Information Video on Blooket


Classroom ScreenThis 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.


Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.  The programming can be easy or more complicated depending on the level of your students.


Flippity turns Google Spreadsheets into game shows, crossword puzzles, bingo sheets, flashcards and more!!


Plickers lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. Just give each student a card (a “paper clicker”), and use your Android smartphone or tablet to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at plickers.com.


Wakelet is a curation tool that allows you to save, organize, tell stories, and share content from around the web through the collections that you build according to your own categories.  Wakelet E-book


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.


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. Video


Google Slides Watch the video about Google Slides as Stop Motion to learn about how to create animation using Google Slides.  Also, here is an example of a Google Slide Animation.


Room Escape Maker Create your own Escape Room, or play other escape games created with Escape Room Maker. This is great for problem solving or students creating a Genius Hour project!

Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm

Project Development

Inspire! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂

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TEC21 Challenges

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Spiritual: Be a resource–an inspiration–to one of your colleagues.
  4. 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

Reflection

Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Sarah Grack

Educational Technologist

St. John’s Lutheran School

  • sgrack@stjohnsorange.org
  • 657-464-0735-cell
  • 714-839-8810-home
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