November 2020 Agenda—Shawnee, Kansas
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?
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2021.
2. Have you heard of Creative Mathematics with Kim Sutton? All of her workshops are now virtual! Check out the schedule here:
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 its 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.
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
Here are a few online tools you can use for assessment. These tools require students to have access to a smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer as well as an Internet Connection. Students can work individually, or work as teams on a shared device.
- 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.
- Socrative – Ask a variety of questions throughout your lessons: multiple choice, true-false, and short answer. Write questions out in advance or ask orally on the go. All responses record and can be displayed on the screen during the lesson to get every student response. Then download all data in a spreadsheet to see which students need additional instruction and practice. Website, teacher app, student app.
SeeSaw has created guides for teachers based on the grade level you teach. The guides contain links to tutorial videos and printables you can use in your classroom to help students learn to use SeeSaw effectively. Click the link below to access a PDF file of your SeeSaw Guide.
- Preschool Getting Started Guide
- Kindergarten Getting Started Guide
- 1st Grade Getting Started Guide
- 2nd Grade Getting Started Guide
- 3rd Grade Getting Started Guide
- 4th Grade Getting Started Guide
- 5th Grade Getting Started Guide
- 6th Grade Getting Started Guide
- 7th Grade Getting Started Guide
- 8th Grade Getting Started Guide
- High School Getting Started Guide
- All Grades School Getting Started Guide (Specialists, ESL)
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.
How to Run an Hour of Code
The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2020 Computer Science Education Week will be December 7-13, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
Sample Coding Lessons:
Coding Devices and Robots
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
ChatterPix Kids is a free app that students can use to create talking pictures. To use the app students simply open it on their iPads or Android devices and then take a picture. Once they’ve taken a picture students draw a mouth on their pictures. With the mouth in place students then record themselves talking for up to thirty seconds. The recording is then added to the picture and saved as a video on the students’ iPads or Android devices
Sticky Notes app allows you to place “sticky notes” on your desktop. No more stray sticky notes floating around your desk!
Coggle is a collaborative mind-mapping tool. Free account allows you to make unlimited mind maps. Can be used for presenting information, notetaking, planning a story, outlining, etc. I use it to review math concepts. How about using it to review your vocabulary words from your story for the week?
Free Rice Freerice is a 100% non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Freerice has two goals: 1.Provide education to everyone for free. 2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
Word Cloud Ideas
Some digital assessment tools have pre-made quizzes, questions, and slideshows you can use immediately. Others assume you will enter your own questions. A number of them we have discussed.
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