January 2018 Agenda—Perryville, Missouri

Perryville, Missouri

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi: 
    • ILS Guest – Password: h2ow47n8
    • ILS Secure – Password: ILS*warrior
  • To each other – Hoeckele’s donuts… Yum! Pick out your favorite and have a glass of milk or a cup of coffee. We’ll reconnect with one another using the Padlet below in just a bit!

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  • C.A.S.T”  all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
    • Confession – He knows our sin, but we acknowledge it.
    • Adoration – We give praise and honor because He deserves it.
    • Supplication – He knows our needs and others, but we ask Him as we would ask our dear Father.
    • Thanksgiving – We have much to be grateful for… it’s necessary for us to show Him our thanks.

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

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.

Google Maps Collaborative Project

With Google apps, the opportunity for collaboration is exponential. At any given time, students can simultaneously add to documents, slides presentations, spreadsheets, maps, etc. We’re going to explore a collaborative Maps project. Let’s go!

  • Below, you will find a link to a Google Form… yes, a Google FORM! That’s where we start. Follow the directions on the Form and answer them according to your research. Then, let the fun begin!
Famous Volcanoes
  • After submitting answers, I’ll walk you through how to turn this into a collaborative map for your students to see!
Collaborative Slides Project

With Google apps, the opportunity for collaboration is exponential. At any given time, students can simultaneously add to documents, slides presentations, spreadsheets, maps, etc. We’re going to explore a collaborative Slides presentation. Here are a few quick facts about Slides:

  • Slides is like PowerPoint–a customizable presentation app for topics, ideas, and information.
  • Presentations can be shared to allow viewing, commenting, and/or editing.
  • Students can edit and see others and their edits in real time.
  • Slides has a built-in image search that pulls from free use images.

Now that you have a little bit of background, let’s try it for ourselves! Below, you will find a presentation that has been shared with you. The facilitator (that’s me!) will assign you a slide number.  You can use the link below, Roll Call! A TEC21 Collaborative Activity, to access the shared Slides presentation, and you can edit your assigned slide to tell us a little bit about your school. Here are a few tips to make things go smoothly…

  1. Try to stay on your slide! It can get tricky when more than one person is editing!
  2. If changing the background, don’t apply it to the theme. This will change everyone’s background!
  3. Try the internal image search to find pictures! If you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to open a new tab in your browser and give it the ol’ search in Google. Then, copy and paste when you’ve found the right pic.
  4. Remember, you can change the layout of your page to whatever you’d like. Feel free to add a text box here or perhaps a picture there! The slide is your canvas!
  5. If you do something you don’t like… remember, “UNDO” is your friend. Look for that backward-spinning arrow in the toolbar and everything will be alright!
  6. Have fun! :)

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

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

Skype in the Classroom
Skype offers students the opportunity to connect locally and globally. Using this program, teachers are able to have students step outside their world and right into someone else’s. See this link for some great ideas on how to use this tool in the classroom! (Modified – K+)

iOS, Android, online

Moose Math
Moose Math is a story-based app that teaches basic math concepts from counting and shapes to simple mathematic operations and sorting. Users earn points to build their own towns and can even decorate the buildings! (Grade K-2)

iOS, Android

Create digital scavenger hunts for you and your students to explore or use existing scavenger hunts! Participants can be awarded points, and topics and ideas vary from field trips around popular locations to science lab safety. (Grade 3-12)

iOS, Android

Google Drive
Google Drive
Google Drive is an all-around, versatile tool that is perfect for collaboration! By creating and sharing folders, your students have instant access to potential online portfolios and collaborative projects with classmates. Teachers can also make use of this for professional sharing and collaboration without the hassle of paper! (All)

iOS, Android, online

Popplet allows students and/or teachers to create up to 10 word or idea webs per free account. The interface is easy and efficient. Students can upload pictures, type descriptions and customize the look of the concept map. There is a paid version that is reasonably priced! (Grade K+, with supervision)

iOS only

Montessori – Rhyme Time Learning Games for Kids
With clean, simple graphics and easy-to-understand instructions, this app reinforces rhyming words that can sometimes be difficult for younger kiddos! (Grade Pre-K+)

iOS only

A useful resource online for students to “chat” and collaborate. Simply create a room, give the students the website and code, and they can join the fun. You can open a room for an hour or a month! Here’s a link to a sample chat room I created: TEC21Pville. (Grade 3+)
As with other Google apps, Google Drawings allows students to collaborate–this time in a paint-like program. Use it to create diagrams, illustrations, and infographics, etc. (Grade 2+)
Another fantastic app by Google… Use the links below to see how you can start collaborating using Google Maps!
Edshelf is a must-bookmark site! Create a free account and browse apps, project ideas, and all-things-teacher tools by a number of different identifiers: price, grade level, platform, etc. Also, sign up for the weekly newsletter that brings you the best of the best each week!
Using this website, teachers can sign up and create a class in order to connect with other classrooms globally. Participate in collaborative projects and experience a whole new side of learning!
Wanting to explore the world vicariously through someone else? Try a Flat Stanley-like project. Check out this cute blog about a collaborative project involving the Flat Stanley books. Also, make it your own – perhaps a Where’s Martin Luther? project with other Lutheran churches! Fun for all ages…
National Lutheran Schools’ Week is right around the corner! What better way to collaborate than with other Lutherans as they travel to faraway places spreading the Gospel and God’s love for us. Sign up to be a part of the mission trip or view videos from previous trips around the world!
EDpuzzle offers teachers the ability to search videos on topics, crop them and insert questions for students to answer. The videos can also be assigned on a Google Classroom page.

1 Slide - edpuzzle

Another great list of resources from Common Sense Media! This link provides video listings related to cyberbullying and tips for combating it.

I am text block. Use this block to build out a collection of web-based resources specific to your teachers’ interests and needs.

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

Project Development

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

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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.


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