November 2017 Agenda—Rockford, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



Grab a tasty breakfast item and get settled and we’ll start working on our Thankfulness Turkeys!


Thankfulness Inventory – Skit Guys

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 18th.
  • Please fill out this form with your cell number just in case I have to make a weather related decision in January.
  • #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: December 4-10
To get started participating in an hour of code start here and select your grade level, topic, self-led tutorial, one hour, blocks.


Links for teaching coding.




Formative Assessment
Tools to create digital quizzes,


Plickers – a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices
LiveBinder – This website offers the opportunity to create essentially a virtual “binder” of information. Use it for policies, weekly newsletters, student portfolios, and more.

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

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 info graphic.

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

Seesaw is available on all platforms, this digital portfolio builder is a great tool to set up an online record of student work samples.
Kahoot! brings fun into learning, for any subject, for all ages. Create, play and share learning games for free!
Daisy the Dinosaur is free, simple and easy-to-use beginner app that teaches basics of coding. Geared toward early childhood and early elementary.
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+)
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
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+)
CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game environment where students learn to code in a real programming language, no previous experience needed.
Made with Code is a site the empowers girls to code. (Boys might find it exciting too.)
How about an intro to HTML code? Try this site with basic HTML tasks and free trials.
How about an intro to HTML code? Try this site with basic HTML tasks and free trials.
Kodable translates computer science into easy-to-teach lessons and games that kids love.
There are some cool things you can do with this site, make sure to check it out! The games don’t open until December.
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)

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

Project Development

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

Denise asked if you would all be willing to fill out a survey for her so here is the link!

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!


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