September 2020 Agenda—Columbus, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Connect

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually
  • To WiFi:
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
  • To each other – Meet your fellow TEC21 participants!
  • Shortly we will do an ice breaker activity to begin to get to know one another!

Devotion

Matthew 16:24-26 English Standard Version (ESV)

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

Announcements

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)
          • Devotion
          • Announcements
          • 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
          • Topic/Lesson
        • 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM
          • Explore the list of Digital Tools and Resources
        • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
          • LUNCH (group decision)
        • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
          • Further 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 and the world (Google Hangouts/Meet, Skype, Zoom, etc.)
          • Complete the REFLECTION at 1:50 PM

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”. You can share your learning with the group in any way you choose, but we’ll have you start a Google Slide today just as an option. Then if you end up presenting in this way you can add to your slides throughout the school year and avoid the pressure of having to develop a presentation toward the end of the program! Again, remember this is a low-key, no pressure, fun day to share with each other our successes (and yes failures) as well as aspirations you might have for things you want to do the next school year!

5. Are you needing college credit to renew your teaching license? 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, 2021 and closes May 15, 2021
      • 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

6. Upcoming events:

      • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, October 22nd.

Goals

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:

Twitter: Follow @TEC21_LuthEd the facilitators and many other educators who have embraced this powerful communication tool. Follow and use these hashtags #TEC21lcms & #LuthEd when tweeting!

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

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

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

Check your email to request to join the TEC21 Educators Group!

We’ve created this 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 Facebook group 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 as well as 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

Google Apps

Google Slides lets you collaborate with others creating slides in real time. You can insert text boxes, images, videos, shapes, arrows, equations, and callouts. … You can rearrange slides, change presentation styles, and add speaker notes. Have you ever created one? Start one today and add to it each month as you go through the monthly workshops. Then you’ll be all set to present to the group on Celebration Day at the end of the school year!

Google Classroom, allows teachers to create an online classroom, invite students to the class, and then create and distribute assignments.  Google Classroom is a great space if you work with GAFE.  It also allows you to invite guardians.

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Google Drive allows users to store files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and share files.

Google Docs is a free Web-based application in which documents can be created, edited and stored online. Files can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection and a full-featured Web browser. … Google Docs is compatible with most presentation software and word processor applications.

Google Sheets is a Web-based application that allows users to create, update and modify spreadsheets and share the data live online. The Ajax-based program is compatible with Microsoft Excel and CSV (comma-separated values) files. Sheets can also be saved as HTML.

Google Forms is a tool that allows collecting information from users via a personalized survey or quiz. The information is then collected and automatically connected to a spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is populated with the survey and quiz responses.

Google Drawings is a free, web-based diagramming software developed by Google. It allows users to collaborate and work together in real-time to create flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, mind maps, concept maps, and other types of diagrams.

Google Sites allows you to create a website without having to know how to code it yourself by using a drag-and-drop interface.  It also allows for collaboration, which means several people can work on the same site.

Add-ons for Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, Forms, and Gmail
Chrome Extensions

Made with Padlet

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed before each online lesson?

CommonSenseMedia

      • Internet Safety
      • Privacy & Security
      • Relationships & Communication
      • Cyberbullying
      • Digital Footprint & Reputation
      • Self-image & Identity
      • Information Literacy
      • Creative Credit & Copyright

Digital Tools & Resources

How do you save and organize all of your favorite websites? How do you plan on saving all the websites and resources you’ll learn about this year during your TEC21 workshops? Will you use your browser’s tool bar, a spreadsheet, a document, create website to serve as your digital toolbox using Google Sites, or some other handy means? Have you ever heard of Diigo? It’s a bookmarking website that enables you to build your library of resources. You can add the diigolet to your toolbar or you can add the Diigo Chrome extension to your Chrome browser. There is also has a social-bookmarking aspect to it where you can join a group like Lutheran Teachers so when you save a website you have the option to add it to the group for everyone else to have access to. If you’re still trying to find a way to organize your sites that suits you best, you might consider creating a Diigo account by giving it a try!

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families in 180+ countries. Create a Grid community for your classroom, school, PLC, #GridPals, families, and more!

ClassTools.net is awesome and easy to use! This free online tools includes a variety of tools for classroom management and lessons. Options include the random name generator, timer, breaking news generator, SMS generator and Fakebook template.

SeeSaw allows for student-driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication.

Padlet is a digital wall that can be used to post comments, videos, pictures, etc.  You can share your wall with others and allow them to post as well.

Matt Miller’s blog is full of actionable ideas that get kids to create and innovate. From specific apps to project ideas, you’re sure to find something engaging.


Use the PhET Interactive Simulations from the University of Colorado Boulder creates for free interactive math and science simulations.


Richard Byrne’s blog contains a wealth of resources accessed by nearly 60,000 people per day.  Follow him on Twitter too.


Online History resources including lessons, artifacts, and primary sources for students in grades K-12. Select by topic, grade, or era. Also provides cross-curricular connections for teaching.


Quizlet is an easy-to-use and efficient tool for learning. It has become the largest flashcards and study games website, with more than 5 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject, three learning modes, testing, and some games to reinforce learning. You can also make your own flash cards, or better yet have your students make them and share their decks! Sample Solar System deck.Now search for Luther’s Small Catechism, and your subject to see sample decks!


 

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. This is a good link to put in your syllabus to assist students with special needs.


A digital library with thousands of FREE children’s books when you register as a teacher. Epic! makes it easy to search book types: picture, chapter, fact, comic, early, and read to me. (PreK – 6th)


PBS Learning Media is your destination for direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and include videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans.


SafeShare.tv

SafeShare.tv plays YouTube and Vimeo videos without the annoying or inappropriate ads. You also can crop and download videos, share on social media and make qr codes.


C Span Classroom

C-SPAN Classroom is a free membership service for social studies teachers. Our mission is to enhance the teaching of social studies through C-SPAN’s primary source programming and websites.

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

Time and Support for Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Explore further a tool or idea from today’s session. 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. Social: Consider following TEC21 on the social media platforms of your choice. Also, be sure to request to join the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. As a result, we will connect, share, inspire, grow, and support one another making our Lutheran schools thrive!

3. Spiritual: Again, with the words connect, share, inspire, grow, and support in mind, encourage a colleague and be a resource to them between now and October’s session.

Reflection

To open the reflection in its own tab, select HERE.

Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Luke Finchum

Twitter:  @LFinch11

Email: Lfinchum@zionnewpal.org

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.

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