January 2018 Agenda—Orange, California

Orange, California

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


Find two events and/or two people who were born on your birthday using one of the websites listed on the This Day in History link.


“I Need Thee Every Hour” Lyrics

    1. I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
      No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

      • Refrain:
        I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
        Every hour I need Thee;
        Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
        I come to Thee.
    2. I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
      Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.
    3. I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
      Come quickly and abide, or life is vain.
    4. I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
      And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
    5. I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
      Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.

We NEED God!! Devotional Thought

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, February, 22nd.
  • Orange County-CUE Tech Fest is Saturday, February 3rd in Santa Ana OCCUE.
  • CUE conference March 14-17 in Palm Springs, CA. CUE
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.

2. A final reminder that the application deadline to receive graduate-level credits is on January 31, 2018.

How to apply:

  • Step 1 – Select the following link and search for the form with your facilitator’s name on it: EDUC 513 Form.
  • Step 2 – Download and print off a copy. You’ll need to mail this form to Concordia University along with a check.
  • Step 3 – Submit an online application on the CUNE website found here – https://ss2.cune.edu/OAP/apply/index.cfm.

As a reminder, Concordia University–Nebraska is one of our “Premiere Sponsors”. We have a special arrangement with them where you may receive three graduate-level credits for your participation in our program at a cost of $80/credit hour. This has helped some teachers meet recertification requirements in order to renew their teaching license while others have used the credits to advance to a new tier on their school’s adopted pay scale. Additionally, if a teacher is interested in pursuing a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction or M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with Instructional Technology Leadership, these same three graduate-level credits would take the place of EDUC 506 – Integrating Technology in the Classroom in both of those masters programs.

3. Have you made any New Year’s Professional Growth Resolutions? They might come in handy for “Celebration Day” in May. Share with the person next to you. Maybe you can become an accountability partner with someone to help each other succeed. Do you remember the working definitions for short- and long-term goals we shared with you back in September?

  • 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 wiki, 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. In September, we shared with you ways TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning networks. With the start of the second semester, this would be a great time to reflect on the benefits you’ve been experiencing this year by being connected with this learning community and to begin to consider how you will remain connected once this series of face to face workshops come to an end. We hope you have found it to be a blessing to your teaching ministry and will continue to engage with us for as long as you’re in the teaching ministry.

Twitter: Follow the facilitators and many other educators who use this powerful communication tool to ask questions, share ideas and support and encourage one another. You can also follow hashtags such as #TEC21lcms & #LuthEd!


Google+: Engage with TEC21 Educators going all the way back to “Season 1″ to ask questions and share ideas to support one another!

Facebook: Please “Like” the TEC21 Facebook Page as another way to continue to stay connected with this blessed learning community for many years to come!


Pinterest: Follow TEC21’s collaborative board and we’ll invite you to pin! The invite process is not the most user-friendly so if you don’t receive an invitation, just shoot Brent Dieckhoff (brent@tec21connect.com) and he’ll send you an invite. The other option is to have any member of the board invite you.


Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our workshop centers.

5. Think all the way back to November’s TEC21 Challenges. Did anyone participate in the Hour of Code in December? What happened? Were you successful? Did you come across any challenges?


1. Discover the value of collaboration.

2. Explore collaborative tools and resources to use with your students.

3. Identify a tool or resource to share with another teacher at your school.


Mystery Skype Call

Have you ever Skyped or Face Timed with family or friends? Ever joined in on a Google Hangout?

There are a variety of ways to virtually connect your students with other people outside your classroom walls in real time. What kinds of learning possibilities does this technology afford us to do in the classroom? Let’s discuss. Let’s explore. Let’s collaborate with another workshop center!

Tips for a successful Mystery Skype experience:

  1. Find a teacher who wants to do a Mystery Skype also.
  2. Skype with each other first (without students) to practice using the platform and to plan for the activity.
  3. Prepare your students with how the activity works, make assignments for the various roles and GO FOR IT!

Many supplemental resources can be found on the web to help plan for a successful lesson. Here are a couple to get you started:

  1. Check out Skype–etiquette
  2. Student jobs–https://goo.gl/HY6LT6 (Please feel free to “Make a copy…” in your Google Drive.)

Who’s ready to give it a try?

We’ve been experiencing some loading issues from time to time with the spreadsheet below. Can you see it now? If your answer is “yes”, that’s good! If your answer is “no”, then try selecting the refresh button in the web browser and that should correct the problem. If you still don’t see it, select this link to access the document directly in Google Drive – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rdKigLeGg0oEqcQ9ff_hxxmDywk3q0sqktJHmGNilIM/edit?usp=sharing.

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when students are collaborating on projects with others?

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

This month… Check out BrainPop Digital Citizenship curriculum.  It is full of games, videos, and activities that you can use with your students.

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

Popplet is a compact and simple organizational tool for minimalist presentation that allows you to organize your ideas in an interesting way.  This is both an app and a website.


Printshop is an easy app to use to make 3D models such as bracelets, vases, etc.  Also, you can take a picture of a drawing and turn it into a 3D model.


The Makerbot app pairs with the PrintShop app to allow you to share your 3D print models with others.


The Goosechase App allows you to create a scavenger hunt which your students can join.  The app gives points for each of the items your students upload on their device.


Awesome app and website that helps your students and yourself learn a new a language!!

Thingiverse is a website dedicated to the sharing of user-created digital design files. The educator section has many 3D printing ideas with lesson plans connected that are divided into grade levels.

A leading video discussion platform that engages students.  You start by asking a question or giving a topic which can start a book talk, a discussion on current events or projects, a way to dive deep into a STEAM topic or collaborate on anything!!

Allows you to check out the artifacts from the Smithsonian Museums in 3D.  You can see manipulate them on the website or download the artifact for 3D printing.  I made a bust of Lincoln’s face from this website.

Next Vista For Learning provides a library of free videos made by and for teachers and students everywhere.  You can even submit your own students’ videos to be added to the site.

You can use Google Draw to create a picture with links, which is similar to the program Thinglink.  Students choose a picture and then embed links that can take the viewers to different articles, websites, pictures or student created work.  Here is a video showing you how:  Google Draw How-To Video

Simple 3D creating and 3D printing app with step-by-step lessons to teach you how to use their program.

Videos, professional development, standard-based lessons and more brought to you by PBS.

An educational technologist’s website that is FILLED with ideas for all types of technological activities using multiple platforms.

Emaze is the next generation of online content creation. Choose from hundreds of templates to create customized presentations, websites, blogs and more.

The video game archive has many “old school” arcade games such as Pac-Man as well as educational games such as SimCity and the Oregon Trail.

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

Project Development

Collaboration! We are each other’s BEST resources :-)

Made with Padlet

TEC21 Challenges

1. Plan to virtually connect your students with another classroom. Share your experience!

2. Post a comment, link, or student work to the TEC21’s online Google+ community.

3.  Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.

4.  Encourage a fellow teacher to be a TEC21 participant next year! Express the value of being connected with other Lutheran school educators and the impact it’s had on you, your classroom and your students.


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Sarah Grack

Sarah Grack

Educational Technologist

St. John’s Lutheran School Orange


Facebook: Sarah Grack

Twitter: @sgracko

Cell:  657-464-0735

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.