November 2017 Agenda—Clinton Township, Michigan

Clinton Township, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


To Wifi:  Look for “TLC-Guest”; use password ResponsibleGuest (all one word)


Playdough Personalities

Select a can of playdough.  Use the playdough to create a model that represents some aspect of your personality.  When you’re done place your model in the center area of your table.
Playdough activities are quick and instantly inspire creativity.  Why did you make the model you chose?  Share colors with your neighbors.  Make a model that represents your favorite vacation destination.  Place your completed model in the center and be prepared to share.




Dear heavenly Father,  We ask that you bless this time we share together today.  We ask for wisdom as we share in learning together and pool our talents to benefit those children you have placed in our care.  We ask that you guide us in finding new methods for connecting with the generation of students you have placed before each of us.  We thank you for this opportunity to dress casually, eat good food, work quietly, and grow in our service to you.  In Jesus’ name,

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for January 18, 2018.
  • MSTA March 2-3, 2018
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.

2. For anyone interested in receiving college credit? The application period is OPEN! Remember that TEC21 is considered a second semester class–EDUC 513. To receive college credit, apply online between today – January 31, 2018.

Apply Here

Degree completion options: 

CUNE Degree




Non-degree completion option:

CUNE Non-degreeOption 4 – Non-degree completion option for those teachers seeking to use college credits to meet state re-certification requirements.

  • $80/credit hour
  • 3 graduate level credits
  • Application fee waived for non-degree option

3. Let’s take this time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. What happened? Were you successful? Did you come across any challenges?


1. Explore the value of coding and assessment tools.

2. Discover coding and assessment tools and resources to use with your students.

3. Implement coding and assessment tools, resources and/or teaching strategies in your classroom.


Sub-topic #1

Hour of code is a great resource for getting you and your students coding easily

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2018 Computer Science Education Week will be December 4-10, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

Sub-topic #2


Voted Best Robot of 2015

I have three of these available for you to code with!  I pitched these to the principal and he had the tech fund cover the cost since they can be used to code by nearly any grade.  I also got one through a MEEMIC grant.

Feeling good with the Ozobot?  Advanced programmers can go to Ozoblockly and program ozobot with drag and drop command blocks.  Once the code is written, hold the bot up to the computer screen and it will program it!
Sub-topic #3

Lets go coding!!

Navigate to this agenda on your device, then follow one of the links here to learn and code for awhile.  If you and your neighbor go to the same site, you can navigate together!

Star Wars


Puppy Adventure

Angry Birds

Don’t feel rushed, we can spend as much or as little time as you want here.  If you want to check out a second site go ahead!


Formative Assessment


  • My students prefer this over the workbook that comes with the English textbook.
  • It is very easy to navigate from both the teacher and the student side.
  • It is customizeable – it collects information about your interests and forms problems based on your input!
  • The better you perform, the more challenging the questions become.  If you are struggling, it offers help, additional lessons, and basic problems.
  • The topics align ALMOST perfectly with the curriculum I teach.
Ask a variety of questions throughout your lessons: multiple choice, true-false, and short answer. Write questions out in advance or ask orally on the go. All responses record and can be displayed on the screen during the lesson to get every student response. Then download all data in a spreadsheet to see which students need additional instruction and practice. Website, teacher app, student app.

Kahoot makes quizzes into games!

Kahoot is an every student assessment tool with millions of pre-made quizzes on every topic. Check the public Kahoots first as you can make a copy and modify it as needed. You can turn off the music if it makes students nervous. Create your own quizzes as well using multiple choice and true-false formats. To create a Kahoot click here.

Google Drive

This is what I am using in my class.  It is a fast and convenient way to access a students docs, slides, sites, photos, or uploaded videos!  Set up a Google account for each student so they log in once and save to the cloud. Easy to share whole folder once with parents, then everything in the folder will be visible to them.


This tool looks easy to use, but I have not tried it personally.  It was recommended by other Tec21 facilitators.  Check it out and let me know if you like it!
7 Authentic Assessment Tools
Paper Slides!!  You already have a great authentic assessment tool in your bag of tricks!
Adobe Spark Page

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when conducting formative assessments with your students?

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

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

Lightbot is a programming puzzle game: a puzzle game that uses game mechanics that are firmly rooted in programming concepts. Lightbot lets players gain a practical understanding of basic control-flow concepts like instruction sequencing, procedures and loops, just by guiding a robot with commands to light up tiles and solve levels.
CodeCombat allows students to experience python coding through game based learning.
Elements 4D
Elements4D is an augmented reality app that takes a real world paper cube and overlays it with a digital image when viewed through your smartphone or tablet.  It is super cool, especially gold!  My students enjoy using the app (and building the cubes) when we learn about elements and bonding.  If you put two elements together and it will show you the formula to bond them and change the substance on the screen.  Download and print the paper blocks here.

9 activities for students to create based on the work of real artists makes brilliant use of the iPad. Create mobiles, sound compositions, chance collage, draw with scissors, experiment with paint and more. This can be an art class in itself.

Checks grammar and offers tips.  Also can catch plagiarizers!

A fun iPad app that teaches kids how to program and animate by dragging blocks together and watching Daisy preform the action.  FREE!

A FREE! iOS app that teaches kids how to program and create animations by dragging-n-dropping blocks together.

LOTS of resources.  Many of them are free.  I’ve used some of them in class.  The random name picker is fun to watch while you make groups or select students for a task.

Instant coding!  Simple, but fun and easy.  FREE!

A great site for students 4th-8th grade learning how to program.

Probably the most popular site on the list as 1000’s of students have created online games through their very easy to use web interface.

This code based game is not free, but it turns coding into gaming.

A fun iPad app designed for younger kids that has them controlling fuzzballs to complete each level.  Each level deals w/ a simple concept of programming and gets more advanced as they get higher. FREE

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

Project Development

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

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TEC21 Challenges

1. Design a formative or summative assessment strategy or activity to use with your students and have it include a technology component to it (web- or tablet-based app).

2. During the week of December 4–10, plan to have your students join millions of students around the world in participating in an “Hour of Code” (A great activity to engage your students in during the craziness of December.)

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

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

5.  TEC21 Registration for the 2017/2018 school year opens on January 2, 2018. Encourage a fellow teacher to be a TEC21 participant next year! Share with them the value of being connected with other Lutheran school educators and the impact it’s had on you, your classroom and your students. Thank you for being an ambassador for TEC21!


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

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