November 2020 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (EC-12 Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually

Devotion

What are you thankful for?

What are things that we easily take advantage of?

 

 

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Announcements

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

Hour of Code: December 7-13

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.

Last Month’s Goals

  1. Discover the value of engaging your students in a digital storytelling project.
  2. Explore digital storytelling tools and resources to use with your students.
  3. Identify a tool or resource to share with a colleague.

What did you try? What was successful? What would you try again?

 

Other Thoughts

  • Keeping this all organized- Grades in multiple places, information everywhere, exc.
  • Jamboard

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 gamification activities in today’s classroom.

Digital Assessment Strategies

Formative Assessment

How digital assessments have saved my time and sanity.

Benefits 

  • Graded by the computer
  • Almost Instant Feedback
  • Students have access even if they are at home
  • Preparing them for future endeavors

Where to Start?

  • Something you do weekly
  • Something that you don’t like grading

What about early childhood?

  • Building portfolios
  • Recording Data

My Journey with 8th Grade Grammar

  • Took away daily assignments- Added a daily checkpoint
    • Kids and Stress
    • Test scores are up
    • Grading takes about 5 minutes
    • More time is spent with their writing and the process

Practice-Plickers 

Coding 

Hour of Code: December 7-13

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.

Gamification

Review Games

Make it easy…

  • Kahoot!
  • Quizizz
  • Quizlet Live
Non-Digital Games

Make any worksheet a game!

  • Color Coding Games
    • Where colors on the board game tell the player what type of question they need to answer.
  • Reward Games
    • Where the correct answer allows you to move forward.
  • Action Games
    • Where some sort of action gives the player the questions they need to answer.

Digital Tools & Resources

Plickers is great if you are short on technology! Students hold up cards to answer multiple choice questions.  The teacher then scans each student’s answer and can instantly assess how the class is doing as a whole, along with each individual student.

Seesaw is s 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.

Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything. Start learning today with flashcards, games and learning tools — all for free.  Use the quizlet live and watch your students collaborate like never before.

Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

The Sphero Edu platform uses app-enabled robots to foster creativity through discovery and play, all while laying the foundation for computer science.

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.


Quizizz An alternative to Kahoot, with a few different features.


Gimkit is a game show for the classroom that requires knowledge, collaboration, and strategy to win.


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


Scratch Jr.  is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. PK-1


Code.org Want to participate in 1 hour of code? Code.org has the answer to all of your questions! 


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!


Edpuzzle. Allows teacher to use different videos and make them their own.  As students listen to a lesson they are paused and asked to answer the given questions.


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.


Jamboard This video link will some helpful ways Jamboard can be used to help with elearning.

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

Cell Phone: (248) 346-8731

email:cbenter@stjohnbc.net

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