November 2017 Agenda—Decatur, Illinois

Decatur, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

1. When you were 15, what did you expect to be doing when you were 25?
2. When it comes to making decision, where are you on the scale:
         Wait until I get all the facts            Close enough! Let’s go for it!
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The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 18th.
  • 2017 IETC Conference November 15-17, 2017
    The 24th Annual Illinois Education & Technology Conference is a three-day professional development conference focused on technology integration strategies.
  • #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.


What is coding?
  • the creation of code for computer programming
  • Codeconquest
What are the benefits of coding?


Formative Assessment

Utilizing technology to assess the retention of student knowledge. Edutopia


Students readily respond to the application of games within the learning environment. Edutopia


Students have the opportunity to personalize their own education by creating their own portfolios. Gettingsmart


Paper and pencil/pen is one of the most basic form of assessment. Implementing technology into the world of assessment, combined with authentic assessment, can provide the students and teachers with quality, real-time feedback. TeachHub

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


A coding app that uses pre-made lessons and guided tutorials to help students to code. There is a classroom function that is easy to use.


A very basic block coding app that simplifies coding for younger students.


A more advanced coding app that teaches JavaScript. There are multiple modes to fit the needs of the instructor.

Google Forms

Collect and organize information big & small with Google Forms. For free.


A quizzing app that allows the instructor to create quizzes and provide real-time feedback.

Create stories, games, and animations
Share with others around the world

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event.

A great website to find age appropriate coding resources.

A great site to learn a very basic form of JavaScript.

Snap! (formerly BYOB) is a visual, drag-and-drop programming language.

Enjoy a fast paced and exciting way to quiz your students.

Socrative is your classroom app for fun, effective classroom engagement. No matter where or how you teach, Socrative allows you to instantly connect with students as learning happens.

Send quizzes to student devices. No sign-in or app installs needed. Get an instant score and itemization report on your device

Create Rubrics for your Project-Based Learning Activities.

ExamTime is an online learning platform that gives you the tools you need to prepare, study and succeed.

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

Project Development

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

Made with Padlet

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

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