November 2017 Agenda—La Mesa, California

La Mesa, California

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Network: CLS Staff
Password: !CLS!-1Timothy1:11-$cls$
How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
Sharing for the day – Share one way you have used technology in your classroom this past month.


Christ The King Sunday (November 26, 2017)
 Revelation Song
The festival of Christ the King (or Reign of Christ) ends our marking of Ordinary Time after the Day of Pentecost, and moves us to the threshold of Advent, the season of hope for Christ’s coming again at the end of time.
The day centers on the crucified and risen Christ, whom God exalted to rule over the whole universe. The celebration of the lordship of Christ thus looks back to Ascension, Easter, and Transfiguration, and points ahead to the appearing in glory of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Christ reigns supreme. Christ’s truth judges falsehood. As the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, Christ is the center of the universe, the ruler of all history, the judge of all people. In Christ all things began, and in Christ all things will be fulfilled. In the end, Christ will triumph over the forces of evil.
Such concepts as these cluster around the affirmation that Christ is King or Christ reigns! As sovereign ruler, Christ calls us to a loyalty that transcends every earthly claim on the human heart. To Christ alone belongs the supreme allegiance in our lives. Christ calls us to stand with those who in every age confessed, “Jesus Christ is Lord!” In every generation, demagogues emerge to claim an allegiance that belongs only to God. But Christ alone has the right to claim our highest loyalty. The blood of martyrs, past and present, witnesses to this truth.
Behold the glory of the eternal Christ! From the beginning of time to its ending, Christ rules above all earthly powers!
1. What song that describes Jesus or His role in your life is a favorite of yours?
2. Which scene in the video captures your “minds eye” of Jesus?

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:
  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 18, 2018.
  • Pacific Southwest/California Nevada LEC in Palm Springs, November 19-21, 2017.
  • #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.



Hour of Code using
The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2017 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).
To get started participating in an hour of code start here and select your grade level, topic, self-led tutorial, one hour, blocks. Or try an “unplugged” activity with no devices.

Google CS First

CS First

CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs. All clubs are run by teachers and/or community volunteers.
  • – are completely free and available online
  • – are targeted at students in grades 4th-8th (ages 9-14)
  • – can be tailored to fit your schedule and needs
  • – involve block-based coding using Scratch and are themed to attract students with varied interests

  • Try Intro to Codesters
    Try out the first lesson in “student mode” to see exactly how your student will learn to code with Codesters.
  • Watch Lesson 1 Video
    Learn how our coding lessons are structured to guide students through building projects, debugging their programs, and then building their own projects from scratch.


Kodable is a programming Curriculum for K-5 Elementary, used by 1 in 3 elementary schools in the U.S. You can set up a class for free and use occasionally, or purchase a school license.


Formative Assessment
Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.


Practice Socrative on Apps and Websites- enter classroom 29561
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.
Quizzizz is a site similar to Kahoot. It is a high energy tool that can be used to review or quiz students.
Who wants to be a Millionaire
Seesaw – Student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication. For iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Chromebooks and Computers with Chrome or Firefox.
Seesaw Blogs: How to Create and Post to a Seesaw Blog – YouTube
Quizlet – Create electronic flash cards for review.

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

BUGbrainED Phonics Awareness
Reading Level 1 practice with words: segment, blend, vowels. The program talks to students as it leads through these phonics skills. For ideas on how to use.
IOS and Android
Phonics Genius
Phonics Genius is the best phonics app I know. It lists over 6,000 words by phonic sounds. Highlights phonic sounds in red at beginning or end of words. Record your voice or your students voice and listen to compare articulation to the pre-recorded word. Quiz modes. Adjustable timing, fonts, color, and play modes.


Voki for Education
Voki lets you select an avatar that you make talk and it records as a video. Characters include Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and lots more. Give it a try!
Web ( , IOS, and Android
With Tynker students learn fundamental programming concepts with a Lego-like visual language, then progress to JavaScript and Python.
Tickle app
Tickle connects all your devices together so that they can interact with each other! Program LEGOStar Wars BB-8Arduino, and robots all wirelessly.
 IOS app
Swift Playground is an iPad app to learn Apple’s Swift coding language.
edpuzzle 1
Edpuzzle is an easy way to focus students when assigning videos. It is a great tool to use when flipping learning.
Web based
Daisy the Dinosaur – A fun iPad app that teaches kids how to program and animate by dragging blocks together and watching Daisy preform the action.
This app allows younger students to play games that simulate basic coding concepts at a level they understand. See this article for more information and access to versions of Scratch for older students. (Kindergarten+)

iOS, Android, Amazon, Chrome Web 

This blog from Simcoe County District School Board has a list of code sites (many already mentioned) and activities for all ages of students.
Toonytool is a free online cartoon maker and comic creator tool: Create and share your own cartoons, comics and memes online for free.
Find Thanksgiving ideas from the educator blogs.
Larry Ferlazzo
Shelly Terrell
This is a design tool for creating images you could use on blogs or publications.
This website is similar to Edpuzzle. Use the tool to edit and use questions to focus students while using videos in the classroom.
Free books on-line. Check them out.
Easily turn a Google Spreadsheet into a set of online flashcards and other cool stuff
This is a mind map tool that can be used as a formative assessment.
Shoutkey ( Need a temporary short url and QR Code? This one uses real words people can remember. Set it to expire in 5 minutes or last up to 24 hours.
Some digital assessment tools have pre-made quizzes, questions, and slideshows you can use immediately. Others assume you will enter your own questions. A number of them we have discussed.
This is a website designed to encourage and empower girls to code. It is not exclusive to girls, boys may enjoy it as well.
This blog post outlines, by grade level, website and resource recommendations for implementing the Hour of Code.

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

Project Development

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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!


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