November 2017 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

To the WiFi:   Go to “Peace” network      Username:   Tech21       Password:    welcome

Try “Peace Guest” if that first one gives you trouble.

To the Agenda:   go to   and select “Workshops” and then “Agendas”

To Other TEC21 Teachers:   check out Google+ and see what has been posted!

To Each Other:    Check out the snack table and say hello to your teammates.  How has everyone been doing since last month?

Ice Breaker:  “Would you rather……?”


Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 18.
  • Lutheran Educator Conference – Monday, January 15.
  • #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 Information
Khan Academy
Khan Academy – 3 options for hour long coding experience (drawing, webpages, data bases) – a website that has Hour of Code activities along with other self-paced coding courses for all grade levels.
Tynker – a guided learning system that teaches kids to code by building mobile games.  Has different levels for any grade.
Made with Code (by Google)
Made with Code – a site where students can learn and practice the logic behind programming while completing a number of different projects.  Great for collaboration and great for appealing to girls.


Formative Assessment
Formative – create quizzes, exit tickets, quick questions, interactive worksheets that allow students to enter as a guest with a quick code or as part of a class.  Teacher can give live feedback while students are answering.  You can insert pictures, videos, PDFs, etc.  Includes a drawing function where students can draw pictures or handwrite answers.  Students join at  Here is a video that shows some of what you can do on Formative.

Socrative – create quizzes, exit tickets, or quick questions that students answer on their device.  A game function called “Space Race” allows for students to compete individually or in teams on quiz questions.

Kahoot – create and play fun learning games for free.  This one is great for teams or in-class play.  Fun music!   Students join the game on a handheld device using just a PIN (no login required) on website:

Quizizz – create quizzes that can be played either live or assigned as homework.  This one is better for a calmer experience or for posting on your classroom website.  Students join the game on a handheld device using just a PIN (no login required) on the website:

Seesaw – Student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication. For iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Chromebooks and Computers with Chrome or Firefox.

Performance Tasks – A performance task is any learning activity or assessment that asks students to perform to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and proficiency. Performance tasks yield a tangible product and/or performance that serve as evidence of learning.  Performance tasks put students into roles that allow them to complete a real-life task.  Examples in:




Social Studies

Formative Assessment Tips

Three Tips for Great Formative Assessment – video

Digital Citizenship Integration

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

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security – K – 2,    3 – 4,    5 – 6,   7 – 9        Video
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Teaching Digital Citizenship Using Pokemon GO! – article by Catherine at

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

Flippity –  quickly and easily turn a Google spreadsheet into memory flash cards, a quiz show, mad libs, word search, crossword puzzle, badge tracker, and more!  Can be accessed as an “add on” to Google sheets.
Bible Trivia Questions and Answers – lots of questions and answers for young and old and from the Old and New Testaments.
Countdown Timer – allows you to select and save from multiple timers.  Use them to manage individual or group work time.
Fakebook – a classroom tool that allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes.
Dan Meyer’s 3 Act Math – Problem solving for K-12 mathematics.  Problems come with a video that describes the problem and then adds additional parameters.  Last is a description of the solution or of one possible solution.  Check out his great TED talk to see some of the background information and how to use his 3 Act Math exercises.  And if you really like his stuff, you can follow him on his blog!
Ten Marks is a free math site created by Amazon, which allows students to practice math skills with scaffolded lessons, videos, and embedded hints. The free version only allows you to utilize content from one grade level and doesn’t have the same reporting capabilities as the premium accounts but it’s a good option for extra practice.
GrammarFlip in the spirit of the “Flipped Classroom” is a series of videos and practice activities that students can access at home or school for reinforcement.
The History Project allows you to organize memories in an interactive timeline.  Users have the ability to link images, audio, video, and text documents on their timeline.I wish I had this as a high school history teacher, it would make a great end of the year review.
TweenTribune – published by the Smithsonian.  Features topics about animals, fashion, entertainment, school, science, technology, national and world news written by kids and professional journalists.  Articles are available in 3 different Lexile levels and can be search by topic or grade level.
Thinglink takes a static picture and makes it come to life using radio buttons, which can include text, links, and videos. Share your Thinglink with your class across any device.
EdPuzzle – easy way to engage students with videos.  Crop and edit videos, add your comments (written or audio), insert quiz questions, etc.  Get reports back on student progress, time spent, and understanding.
Scholastic –  excellent resources for teachers.  Strategies, ideas, student activities, ebooks, etc.  Sign up today for free teaching ideas, lesson plans, online activities, tips for your classroom, and much more.
Coggle is a collaborative mind-mapping tool.  Free account allows you to make unlimited mind maps.  Can be used for presenting information, notetaking, planning a story, outlining, etc.
Photos for Class is a storage of photos that are safe and appropriate for school use and are licensed for public use through Creative Commons.  The downloaded photos automatically cite the author and the license information.
Reformation 2017 – a website with a bunch of great resources for Reformation:  articles, videos, Bible studies, blogs, events, and other resources.

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

Contact me any time with ideas or questions!  My phone numbers are:  989-790-1676  ext. 12  (school) or 989-790-2871  (home).  Email address is: or

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