September 2020 Agenda—Portage, Michigan
Begin at 9:00am
- To WiFi:
TEC21 or SMLC
- How to get to today’s agenda:
Go to https://bit.ly/TEC21portage (case sensitive). Or go to tec21connect.com and go to “Workshops” then “2020/2021 Agendas.” Scroll down to Portage, MI. If you can read this on your screen, 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!
Who are you?
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 Tuesday, October 13th.
- MANS Connect: Virtual Teaching & Learning Series October 12-15
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 Apps for Education
Co-edit documents. Google Drive (New>Google Docs)
The biggest benefit of Google Docs is that your database can be accessed at any time from any computer or phone.
Co-edit documents. Google Drive (New>Google Slides)
Google Slides can be used as a very versatile tool. You can create a presentation to help flow through lessons, a drag and drop activity, or your own Bitmoji classroom!
One resource that I have used is @pocketfulofprimary (TPT store https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Pocketful-Of-Primary). She has wonderful prebuilt options to help make virtual and in-person learning more engaging!
Co-edit documents. Google Drive (New>Google Forms)
Google Forms is a very helpful tool that all teachers can use. Here is a video tutorial on how to create a self-grading quiz that reports to your Google Classroom.
Google Jamboard is an online interactive whiteboard. I created a Jamboard for us to use this year to keep our TEC21 ideas and experiences all in one place. Feel free to add to the board. There will be a slide per month. Add screenshots or pictures of what you have done in your classroom. This will be a way for us to share with each other.
Add-ons and Extensions
What is an add-on?
Add-ons run inside Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, Forms, and Gmail.
What is available?
A LOT! Open a Google Doc and click on the Add-ons button and search for all the available Add-ons Here are some that I use:
- Kaizana – Voice comments for student feedback
- EasyBib – Creates a bibliography in your document.
- Geogebra – Interactive math lessons for Google
- Lucid Charts – Graphic organizers
- Goobric and Doctopus Add-On for Google Sheets – Rubrics that can be used in Google Drive
What is an Extension?
Extensions are small software programs that customize the browsing experience. They enable users to tailor Chrome functionality and behavior to individual needs or preferences.
What is available?
Again there are many available. Here are some I use:
- Extensity – This add-on helps all of the add-ons play nice! Extensity gives an easy option to enable and disable add-ons and extensions.
- Read&Write for Google Chrome – offers Text-to-speech, Text and picture dictionaries, speech-to-text, Word prediction, Collect highlights from text in documents or the web for summarizing and research, Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs, Simplify and summarize text on web pages to remove ads and other copy that can be distracting
- Grammarly – Spell checker and grammar checker.
- Chirp -Chirp URL Share allows you to share a link with anyone nearby at the click of a button. This extension uses Chirp technology to share data using sound, alongside the Akari link shortening service to generate short links.
- Screencastify– Capture, edit, and share videos in seconds.
Here’s a list of the add-ons covered in this tutorial:
1. Unsplash: https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace…
2. Extensis Fonts: https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace…
3. Flaticon: https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace…
4. Slides Translator: https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace…
5. Easy Accents: https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace…
6. Hypatia: https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace…
7. Pear Deck: https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace…
8. Slido: https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace…
9. Nearpod: https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace…
Digital Citizenship Integration
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed before each online lesson?
- Internet Safety
- Privacy & Security
- Relationships & Communication
- 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!
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.
Haiku Deck Presentation and slide show app/website. Amazing search feature for free images. Also create easy clear charts and graphs to demonstrate learning.
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.
Remind is a free text messaging app that helps teachers, students, and parents communicate quickly and efficiently
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.
Google for Education: Teacher Center free, online training for the classroom that helps educators do what they do best, even better.
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.
Seesaw is an amazing digital portfolio that allows students on all devices demonstrate their learning through pictures, videos and drawings. Seesaw works on all devices and even connects with Google Drive. For grades K-12
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.
Interactive Sites for Education – All of the best K-5 online, interactive, educational games and simulations in one place!
PenPals Schools – A thoughtful, ready-to-go platform that builds global awareness and collaboration skills by facilitating authentic, cross-cultural PBL experiences.
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.
To open the reflection in its own tab, select HERE.
Dismiss at 2:00pm