November 2017 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 – Enjoy a slice or two of breakfast pizza and help yourself to some juice! In a few minutes, we’ll get started with our sharing time – Turkey Thankfulness!


From the teacher’s perspective…
  • Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34 – Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

    • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 18.
    • Missouri Lutheran Church Workers Conference, November 15 -17
    • Midwest Educational Technology Conference (METC)February 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.


What is coding?
Why code?



Hour of Code

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.

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.

Beyond the Hour of Code

Looking for simple set-up, up-to-date progress, and easy access? Look no further…

  • Kodable – Online coding activities, free and paid versions, quick setup!
  • Made with Code – a site that empowers girls to explore coding (Boys might think it’s fun, too!)

How about an intro to HTML code? Try these sites with basic HTML tasks and free trials.

Coding Resources


Formative Assessment

Formative assessment allows teachers to take a traditional idea of assessment and make it digital to add interest. Added benefit – less paperwork and real-time feedback for teachers!

  • Socrative – Join the Example Room. Use ILSCARSTENS as the room name!
  • Google Forms – Continue with our “all things Google” practice and create a formative assessment that easily compiles into a spreadsheet of responses.
    • Here’s another tutorial on how to create a quiz using Google Forms.
  • Plickers – A resource that allows teachers to go digital without their students having technology in their hands. Using the iOS or Android app on a teacher’s device, the teacher can scan cards that each student holds to see the correct response vs. student responses.

The appeal of game-style assessment is obvious for our kiddos! Why not put it to good use? Friendly competition among classmates has the added benefit of pushing our students even further to reach goals and learn the material. Care for a challenge?

  • Kahoot! – Try your hand at a Thanksgiving trivia quiz! Click this link, and wait for the code to take the challenge!
  • Quizizz – One from our previous workshop, but fully interfaced with Google Classroom and is a ringer when it comes to student engagement!

Looking to develop long-term assessment or an option to compile more than just a snapshot in a learning timeline? Try the online portfolio! Check out the resources below…

  • Student Portfolio Apps and Websites – Compiled by Common Sense Media, this useful article provides you with a chart of options for online portfolios for students complete with grade levels, platforms, and pricing!
  • Google Folders / Google Classroom – Set up a Google account for each student so they log in once and save to the cloud. Allows Collaborative projects in Docs & Slides. Easy to share whole folder once with parents, then everything in the folder will be visible to them. To see how to use Google Classroom view Mobile Learning in the Classroom.
  • Sesame – An online tool that helps compile student work. This site is available as an iOS or Android app, as well as online. Noteworthy feature: Students can work offline and the program will sync when WiFi is connected again!

Thinking outside the traditional formative box… These resources allow for students to demonstrate understanding without the repetitive format!

  • QR Codes – QR codes are a great tool for authentic assessment. See this blog for information and examples on how to use one and how to create one! Also, check out this one on elements of the Periodic Table–so fun!
  • Voki – Have your students create a character that recaps a concept or teaches an idea. Put famous speeches into historical figures’ mouths or have an oddball character recite a silly poem! This site is fun to use and easy to share.
  • Google Drawings – Drawings is a great place for students with Google accounts to create an infographic. See this example from one of my science classes.

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

Tynker offers hands-on, problem-solving tasks that teach students coding. With relevant and age-appropriate puzzles, students learn the basics of coding and are able to use it to complete challenges and make their own creations. Plans are available for schools and educators. (Grade 2+)

iOS, Android, online

Kodable is a one-stop coding resource for teachers and students alike. With award-winning curriculum available for Kindergarten through 5th grade, Kodable offers student challenges, teacher resources, and lesson ideas all in one place. Free accounts available, but paid school plans are also available. (Grade K-5)

iOS and online

LightBot is a simple resource for coding that doesn’t require signing up and committing to a pricing plan. Looking for a way to simply participate in Hour of Code, this game can be accessed on its website linked above or on Paid apps are available with other challenges. Younger students? Try LightBot Jr. here. (Grade K+)

iOS and Android – $2.99, online – free

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 

Available on all platforms, this digital portfolio builder is a great tool to set up an online record of student work samples.

iOS, Android, Amazon, Chrome Web Store, online

Daisy the Dinosaur
Daisy the Dinosaur is free, simple and easy-to-use beginner app that teaches basics of coding. Geared toward early childhood and early elementary.


This blog post outlines, by grade level, website and resource recommendations for implementing the Hour of Code.
A completely free resource, offers courses that teach students, ranging from Kindergarten to high school, the basics of coding and beyond with high-interest games and challenges. (Kindergarten+)


An online tool to help with assessment. Assign tasks and get real-time feedback with the option to send instant feedback to the student as well. A variety of question formats are available – from multiple choice to drawing a picture! Accounts are free for students and teachers. (Grade 1+)
A compiled list of resources for assessment from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.
Developed and organized by Scholastic, this website can be tailored to all grade levels. It includes lesson plans and activities as well as pictures and videos! (Grades K-8)
This website offers the opportunity to create essentially a virtual “binder” of information. Use it for policies, weekly newsletters, student portfolios, and more… Check out this Thanksgiving example.
Made for beginning readers, this resource is available online or in app form. It uses fun games to teach letters, letter sounds, and even simple sentences. Free version online. (Early Childhood)
This article has a variety of strategies and online resources for teaching fine motor skills to tiny hands! (Early Childhood, Early Elementary)
While a bit “blocky” and a little out-dated-looking, this site has a number of useful Jeopardy games for students to play! It also has an option to create a Jeopardy game for your students! Try this one about Thanksgiving! (All Grades)
Looking for ways to spruce up the math curriculum? Check out these posts and articles compiled by one of our TEC21 facilitators. Thanks, Mark!

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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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