September 2019 Agenda—Phoenix, Arizona
Begin at 9:00am
- To WiFi:
- How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
- To each other – Grab a breakfast item! Meet your fellow TEC21 participants!
- Shortly we will do an ice breaker activity to begin to get to know one another!
- When was the power of God, through Jesus, the most evident to you in your life?
- Can you recall a time when God was most evident in your classroom or with students?
- The power of God is the greatest force for change in the universe. The Christian life just drips with the changes that God is doing in your life and the lives of your students. What changes have challenged you in the past year? What was the result?
1. Water fountain? Restrooms?
2. What does the timeline of a typical workshop day look like?
- Workshop Day Timeline
- 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Connecting with Teachers
- Connecting with Wi-Fi & each other
- Ice Breaker with group (in September)
- Review–What have you done this past month?
- What new/reoccurring problems/needs are you seeing for yourself this year?
- 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
- Digital Citizenship Integration
- 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM
- Genius Hour
- 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
- LUNCH (group decision)
- 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
- Explore the list of “Digital Tools and Resources”
- Make it, take it, use it
- Go deeper into understanding (peer-to-peer coaching)
- One-on-one with teachers
- Involve and help time (guide by the side)
- Get networked, get social, be active with one another here and in other cohorts around the country (Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.)
- Complete the REFLECTION at 1:50 PM
- 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Connecting with Teachers
- Workshop Day Timeline
3. This series of workshops will provide you the opportunity to grow in a fun, safe and supportive environment. How and what you decide to implement into your classroom is up to you–personalized learning at its best!
- There are program-specific aspects–what we as Facilitators collectively deem as core components across the board.
- There are center-specific aspects–what individual Facilitators include which are practical and relevant to their teachers based on needs and interests.
- In the TEC21 Workshop Program, how are short- and long-term goals defined?
- SHORT-TERM – Some sort of technology integrating lesson or activity you want to do with your students THIS MONTH.
- LONG-TERM – A major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a web site used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project based learning using a specific tool or tools. There are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”
4. On our final workshop day, we will gather together for what we have dubbed “Celebration Day”. This particular session’s format is unique among the others in that each of you will share some of the ways in which you implemented your ideas or projects to enhance your teaching and student learning. Think of this as a mini-conference where each of you will have 10-15 minutes to share with the group how your TEC21 experience has impacted your classroom. It’ll be among friends so there’s no need to get worked up about it. Here’s an outline to guide you in your planning – “Celebration Day”.
5. Are you needing college credit to renew your teaching license or to increase your salary on your church’s pay scale? If you are, then you can receive three graduate-level credits at the end of our program through Concordia University, Nebraska. There is no additional work that is above and beyond what you’re doing anyway from month to month so it’s just an added bonus to get credit for your TEC21 experience. Here are the details:
- The cost is $80/credit hour
- The online application process opens up on March 1, 2020 and closes April 30, 2020
- Concordia University is a ministry partner of TEC21 so they will email you from time to time this year to provide you with more information
We look forward in Workshop #1 to begin getting to know each other and taking a high-level look at the TEC21 ministry.
1. Discover TEC21’s vision and mission – what we do, how we do it and most importantly why we do it.
2. Boost your professional learning network by connecting to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook.
3. Gain an understanding of the TEC21 road map for the school year culminating at the end of the school year with “Celebration Day”.
4. Explore and discover Google educational applications for the classroom. We’ll learn best practices from each other by sharing how we use some of these resourceful tools in our classrooms.
The TEC21 Ministry
Here are some ways TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning network:
Facebook Group: Engage with TEC21 Educators going all the way back to “Season 1” to ask questions and share ideas to support one another (We’ll be taking a much closer look at his one today as this is how we provide support to you outside of our face-to-face sessions!)
Facebook: Please help us get the word out to as many teachers as possible about the TEC21 Workshop Program by “Liking” us on the TEC21 Facebook Page!
Pinterest: Follow TEC21’s collaborative board and we’ll invite you to pin along with hundreds of other teaches on the shared board! If you don’t receive an invitation, be sure to let one of the facilitators know so we can add you as a collaborator.
Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our workshop centers from year to year.
Growing Your Professional Learning Network
1. The TEC21 Facilitators Group:
- The TEC21 Facilitators created this closed Facebook group for us to share ideas, plan, and support one another so we can effectively implement our program. This online platform is a powerful behind-the-scenes tool that enables us to collaborate and network with each other from all over the world. In fact, one of our team members even teaches in China!
2. The TEC21 Educators Group:
- We’ve also created this closed group for TEC21 Teachers and TEC21 Facilitators. Why should you join this group? Because building your professional learning network is vital in teaching today to connect, share, inspire, grow, and support one another. This platform affords us the ability to extend our learning and support beyond our face-to-face workshop sessions. It also enables us to connect all of our TEC21 educators in each of our innovation centers with one another and with past TEC21 Teachers. It’s an excellent way for us to remain connected and to support one another for many years to come. Check your email for a link to join. Brent and Helena are online ready to approve your request to get you in!
Theory and Standards that Ground Tech Integration
All Things Google
G Suite Training
Add-ons for Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, Forms, and Gmail
Worried about what kind of ad might pop up before showing your class a video? Adblock for Youtube is an extension that runs in the background of your computer to eliminate the ads before the videos.
Tab Scissors will cut your tabs apart to split your screen.
Tab Glue will paste them back together.
Grammarly will check your grammar and spelling on any document, social media post, and messages so you can communicate clearly.
Automatically cite sources within Google Docs with EasyBib for Chrome.
Digital Citizenship Integration
What aspects of Digital Citizenship need to be addressed using Google?
Genius Hour Unit 1: Generate the idea
This month, we want you to begin to consider a major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a website used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project based learning using a specific tool or tools – there are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”
- “What is Genius Hour?” (Genius Hour)
- How to Build Community Leaders of Today – And Tomorrow – Through Genius Hour (EdSurge, 2017)
- Genius Hour in Elementary School (Edutopia, 2017)
- Tips and Tricks to Keep Kids on Track During Genius Hour (MindShift, 2017)
- Inspire Drive, Creativity in the Classroom with 20-Time (20-Time in Education)
- 20-Time Projects in Education: 41 Projects in 4 Minutes (YouTube, 2014)
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
Digital Tools & Resources
Padlet is an application to create an online bulletin board that you can use to display information for any topic. Easily create an account and build a new board. You can add images, links, videos, and more.
Russel Tarr’s amazing site with tons of online tools from random student pickers and countdown timers, to pages that let students create mock Facebook profile pages for biography assignments. Lots of good free stuff here.
Ever dream of being a game show host? Kahoot let you create your own quiz show. You create the questions ahead of time, or use one of the many quizzes already created by the Kahoot community. Student login to Kahoot.it using the game code you generate and the game begins. Points are awarded for both speed and accuracy.
Templates to use instead of Google Presentation’s typical templates. Save it first to your Google Drive, make a copy of the presentation, and then you have an editable file.
Similar to SlidesCarnival, but more business oriented. One to use with caution as there is a slideshow that would be appropriate for a plastic surgeon. Perhaps this is for teacher’s eyes only.
Use this tool to visually evaluate a selection of text. Paste, or upload a passage of text and this site will turn it into a “Word Cloud”. Repeated words appear larger than other words.
Upload your photos and turn them into a motivational poster, magazine cover, jigsaw puzzle, trading card, calendar, and much more. Want a tutorial about how to make a trading card? Here’s one Dennis Grice made for you: https://youtu.be/y0YFEN47pzQ
Use this web site to turn any URL into a QR Code that any smartphone or tablet should be able to read.
It’s fall(ish)! Check this great blog for information on the sights, sounds, and science of autumn: videos on why leaves change color, how animals prepare for winter, autumn stars and planets, and chemical reactions that cause colors to change. Great for Arizona kids who may not be familiar with the concept of autumn. Consider subscribing this blog for great ideas and to stay current with technology in education.
Free K-12 news source for schools. Lexile leveled articles can be read at a variety of reading levels with the touch of a button so all students can read the same information at a level they can understand. Daily AP news articles, critical thinking questions, Spanish articles, Tech articles. Articles can be printed out if you don’t have 1-1 access.
Kids aged 4-14 years and up can learn about our government, how laws are made and elections work, Ben Franklin’s life, and the importance of historical documents; and play related games.
Simply Edit the existing spinner by entering your student names. Then Save list. It will delete the name once it’s called so all students are called on. Save the link to Share or get a QR code. All names appear each time you begin new.
Natural Readers is a free website that allows students to input text and have it read to them. It can also change text to have a dyslexic font. And with all digital text, it allows you to make text larger to help with vision issues.
Time and Support for Project Development
1. Implement something you’re taking away from today’s session (i.e. a student-created project, a resource, a tool, an instructional strategy, an organizational practice, etc.). It can be learner-centered, teacher-centered or a combination of both. Come ready to share your experience when we meet again in October!
2. Make your first post to the TEC21 Educators on Facebook. As a result, we will connect, share, inspire, grow, and support one another making our Lutheran schools thrive!
3. Again, with the words connect, share, inspire, grow, and support in mind, identify one person on your faculty and be a resource to them between now and October’s session. Be a spark!
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Dismiss at 2:00pm