September 2020 Agenda—Green Bay, Wisconsin
Begin at 9:00am
- To Wifi:
- Network: PLCS-INTERNET
- Password: pilgrim123
- How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
- To each other – Grab a chocolate! Meet your fellow TEC21 participants! Sign-up to provide the snack for future meetings here.
- Shortly we will do our Three Truths and a Lie game you all filled out!
Who Am I? – Google Slides Collaborative Activity
How often in our jobs and lives, is it all about what we do when, in fact, it needs to be about who we are in Christ. The world tells us the lies of needing to be more, achieve more, and wear more hats, where God tells us the truth that we are His child, wise, and restored (1 Corinthians 1:30 and 2 Corinthians 5:17)
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
- 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 (day of the week), (date)
- Facilitators, please promote any other local, regional or national events (e.g. local pd opportunities such as EdCamps, district fall conferences, LEA Convocation, etc. – all of which provide great opportunities for TEC21 teachers to connect outside of the workshops)
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
The G Suite–Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Drawing, My Maps, Sites, etc.
G Suite is a brand of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools (software and products developed by Google). Some of these tools include: GMail, Classroom, Calendar, Hangouts, Drive, Docs, Forms, Sheets, Slides, and Sites.
Hey Google, How’d You Do That? Presentation
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!
Make it, take it – Let’s create a Google Form!
- Give it a title.
- Build your form by adding different question types.
- You might search a YouTube video, grab the url and insert video into the the form.
- Spruce up the form by changing the default theme using one of Google’s featured theme’s or select customize to change font and color scheme and to insert an image for the background and/or header.
Add-ons for G Suite tools
Chrome apps are enhanced shortcuts that optimize the website or app within the browser. Some require additional installation and set-up. These only work with the Chrome browser and the Chrome operating system.
Chrome extensions are small “software programs” that customize the browsing experience (within the Chrome browser). They give added features and abilities to customize your browser. These can be installed on Chrome in any operating system. Running too many extensions will slow things down so install them sparingly.
ADVANCED USER TIP: Chrome allows for a number of “Add-Ons” and “Extensions” that add additional functionality and tools that may be helpful to you and your students. Be careful. Not all Add-ons or Extensions are beneficial. In fact, while some claim to help you search, they are really adware in disguise, tracking your browsing and pushing advertisements.
Both Chrome Apps and Chrome Extensions are found at the Chrome Web Store.
Digital Citizenship Integration
LIST OF “TECHNOLOGY PARENTING” CONCEPTS
- NO bedroom tech
- No choices here
- Tech Parking Spot
- Is there a spot where all tech gets parked each night?
- Tech Off Time
- What time does tech get turned off for the day?
- Unlimited Parent Access to Tech
- Anytime – no questions asked.
- Do tech together
- Grow together with tech and have fun while learning
- Social Media Connection
- Connect with your kids socially – both in person and online.
- Passwords are Shared
- Your kids should share ALL of their passwords with you
- Follow your own rules.
- Be an example and reconnect with your family.
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!
Google Meet is free video conferencing which is made available to anyone with a Gmail address. This video conferencing allow for up to 100 participates with more available through the Enterprise package. NEW Lutheran is using this for our dual learning this year.
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 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 Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by Google. It was announced in May 2015 and spun out from Google+, the company’s social network. Google Photos gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution.
Flipgrid allows teachers to set up a site (“grid”) and pose a question via video for students or others to answer, also via video. Users respond to the initial question, with their responses becoming part of a threaded video conversation. You can create one free, then need to delete it before creating a new one. Try this sample Flipgrid out!
Safeshare.tv is a great resource to remove unwanted ads from YouTube videos. It also allows you to create a clip from a video. The mission of SafeShare.tv is to help you watch and share YouTube or Vimeo videos without distraction and with more control to eliminate pornographic content.
Simply click Edit, type in your students’ names, save, then share using the URL created. To create another spinner for small groups simply click New, then follow the same steps.
Flippity is a website that gives you a demo/instructions/template for turning a Google spreadsheet into a number of classroom tools such as memory game, flash cards, mad libs, bingo, badge tracker and more! After you have explored the options, open a Google sheet, then get the “add-on” for Flippity. That way you can access the templates any time you open up a Google sheet.
A Kahoot is 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. Teacher: Kahoot! Student: Kahoot.it
Quizlet is a mobile and web-based study application that allows students to study information via learning tools and games. … Quizlet trains students via flashcards and various games and tests. Quizlet also provides a review game called Quizlet Live which provides students with a fun and interactive way to review vocabulary terms. Mike’s Quizlet Page
Google Meet Breakout Rooms – Make groups in Google Meet – There is a bit of a learning curve on this one, but worth it if you need something like this.
bit.ly – Bit.ly is a URL shortener. It allows you to take that big long URL and shrink it down to something you can write on the board for kids. I use it for giving Google Form Tests and linking to various websites or activities.
Grammarly – Grammarly’s writing app makes sure everything you type is not only correct, but also clear and easy to read. Grammarly’s algorithms flag potential issues in the text and make context-specific suggestions to help with grammar, spelling and usage, wordiness, style, punctuation, and even plagiarism.
Draftback – Draftback is a Google Add-on that allows you to play back the re vision history of any Google Doc you can edit. It’s like going back in tiime to look over your own shoulder as you write… or your student’s progress. Draftback was purposely designed so that you could play back your own docs without haaving to share them with a third party.
SeeSaw – Seesaw is a platform for student engagement. Teachers can empower students to create, reflect, share, and collaborate. Students “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. It’s simple to get student work in one place and share with families, and nothing is shared without teacher approval.
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