September 2020 Agenda—Glen Burnie, Maryland
Begin at 9:00am
- To WiFi: MS Connect PW: Galatianstwo20
- 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 make our guesses in our Three Truths and a Lie Padlet activity.
Activity #1: Social (Pre-Workshop)
- Click the above Hello! link to record a short Introduction video using Flipgrid. To access, use the Guest Password: CheckItOut!
- Then meet the other teachers in our very first Southeastern District TEC21 cohort!
Activity #2: Social
- Choose the fabrications! These are fun! … AND I think we can find some kinship in our GIF feelings as we start this school year!!
Activity #3: Spiritual
- Add to the Prayer Padlet any thoughts you’d like to share as we begin our school year and this TEC21 adventure.
Activity #4: Spiritual
When considering the question, “Who Am I?,” we can be tempted to answer in many earthly ways, with achievements or titles. Of course, the most beautiful, sincere, and uplifting answer comes through the eyes of our heavenly Creator and Redeemer. The truest answer lies in Christ Jesus.
- Together, we are going to explore some of the facets of this answer by building a collaborative Google Slides presentation.
- Please click the above Who Am I? link to access our activity.
1. Details of our Location
- Food & Drink/ Restrooms
- Wifi/ Guest Badges in the Main Office (during Session #1)
- Exit by 2:00 for Parent arrival/Student pick-up where we are parked.
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
- 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
- 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”. 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, 22, 2020.
- Southeastern District Fall Conference dates: October 14-16. Perhaps we will see each other there!
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
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 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 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.
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 Create a survey, quiz, response tool with options including Multiple Choice, TF, Short Answer, Paragraph Responses, Drop Down List, Check Boxes, Linear Scale, and more. Responses automatically download in a spreadsheet.
Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a free web service developed by Google for schools that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.
… plus a resource to get you started… Google Classroom Setup and Add Students tutorial
… plus a resource for tips and tricks… 60 Smarter Ways to Use Google Classroom
Google Sites Build a website for information.
…resource on updated features New Google Sites Features – Templates & Banners – YouTube
Activities #5 and #6: Digital
Google Slides Create a new Google Slides presentation to store ideas you have during TEC21 workshops. Then as you try those ideas in your classroom, update the Google Slides presentation so you’ll be all set to present to the group on Celebration Day at the end of the school year!
Complete this short Google Form: Meeting You
More Google: Add-ons and Extensions
- Mindmeister (makes a mind map from a bulleted list),
- LucidChart (creates diagrams),
- Translate (translates text into a variety of languages),
- Kaizena (voice comments),
- EasyBib Bibliography Creator (creates references).
Add-Ons for Slides:
- PearDeck (makes presentations interactive by inserting slides to collect every student’s responses) PearDeck.com/join Then export student results to a spreadsheet by clicking on your session. (Let’s watch a quick PearDeck video!)
Google Chrome Extensions, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Keep, etc.
Digital Citizenship Integration
Consider Digital Citizenship in your classroom, as you use and demonstrate digital usage, and as you guide your students in their usage. See the link for a leading organization in the field of digital citizenship, as well as the game below for a nice resource to use with students who can read on their own … or perhaps with a class who can be read to!
- Internet Safety
- Privacy & Security
- Relationships & Communication
- Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Self-image & Identity
- Information Literacy
- Creative Credit & Copyright
Digital Tools & Resources
Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform used by millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, families, and organizations in more than 150 countries! Create a Grid (that’s your classroom or group), add Topics to spark the discussion, and your community builds a dialogue as they share short video responses. Helps build community in online spaces. This is a good way to have students respond visually in class. You can create one Flipgrid for the year, then add new topics you want them to discuss.
… plus a resource to get you started: Flipgrid for All! 50+ Ways to Use Flipgrid in Your Class
… and a blog entry for teachers of Littles: Flipgrid in the Kindergarten Classroom
Littles CAN access Google Apps on their own! Practice and patience go a long way; have faith in your students and celebrate their accomplishments. This resource gives some beginning steps to getting young students set up with Google Apps for Education, along with some classroom projects to use with young students in Google Apps!
Padlet.com is an interactive bulletin board. You can create a board and post the URL so students simply click on it, click the +, add an idea. Organize for random notes, single line, columns, or back channel for questions and comments as you teach. Downloads as a spreadsheet too.
Seesaw. Learning Management System that allows students to post their work into a digital portfolio for teacher and parents to provide feedback. Students use built-in annotation tools to capture what they know, including recording their voice reading, telling about a drawing, or sharing their writing. Teacher can share information with all parents or just one child’s. Student icon can be whimsical animal for young children, initials or pictures for older students.
…plus a resource for Kindergarten use of Seesaw Sharing Kindergarten: Simple Ideas for Seesaw Success
1. Integrating G Suite into the Elementary Classroom After some introductory slides giving basics of Google Apps for Ed language and usage, this resource offers some project suggestions for young student classrooms to implement Google Apps into various areas of the curriculum.
2. Add Pear Deck Questions to an Existing Presentation Busy teachers may not have time to create all new Pear Deck presentations with interactive slides. This tutorial video shows how to easily add in Pear Deck questions to already existing presentations, made in Google Slides (or made in PowerPoint, with simple instructions to convert them into Google Slides)… as well as instructions to access the Pear Deck add-on to make this who interactive experience easily work for the busy teacher!
3. 21 Things for Students. FREE activities to integrate technology into the middle school classroom curriculum (grades 5-9). Build knowledge and learn new tech skills for the 21st century. Be safe and secure online!
4. Interland: Be Internet Awesome Practice Internet safety and other aspects of Digital Citizenship with Google’s Interland. Be Internet Awesome! This is a fun, diverse, and educational game that is fast-paced enough to keep students engaged, while teaching them valuable Digital Citizenship lessons!
5. ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids. The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities.
6. 75 Scientific Research Projects You Can Contribute to Online. Monitor local animal populations, identify plants, transcribe women astronomers’ notes, bird-watch and more. Though it’s true that many field research projects are paused, hundreds of scientists need your help sifting through wildlife camera footage and images of galaxies far, far away, or reading through diaries and field notes from the past. Plenty of these tools are free and easy enough for children to use. You can look around for projects yourself on Smithsonian Institution’s citizen science volunteer page, National Geographic’s list of projects and CitizenScience.gov’s catalog of options. Zooniverse is a platform for online-exclusive projects, and Scistarter allows you to restrict your search with parameters, including projects you can do “on a walk,” “at night” or “on a lunch break.” To save you some time, Smithsonian magazine has compiled a collection of dozens of projects you can take part in from home.
7. Tinycards. Tinycards is a new app made by the team that created Duolingo, the most downloaded education app in the world. Students can make their own decks using text and images, or use 10,000 existing decks of flash cards on languages, science, art, and more. Type in Concordia Publishing House in the search to access the Six Chief Parts free. Check out the Ten Commandments-Luther’s Small Catechism.
8. 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 your subject to see sample decks!
9. AWWapp. A Whiteboard App. Use this virtual whiteboard as you would one in your classroom. Works well with Zoom. Can create before class, then share the link so all students can add to the board in real time
10. Diigo 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!
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
Time and Support for Project Development
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.
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Dismiss at 2:00pm
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