November 2017 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (Group 1)

Seward, Nebraska

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi: Conference Code:  TEC21Workshop
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
  • To each other – Grab a breakfast item! Thanks to Rachel for providing treats!  Add a prayer request to our Padlet board.
  • Lunch – Put in your order for lunch from the Dog House Grill menu! Place lunch order on this form.
  • Write a Happy Story using only 4 Words!  A way to share something happy that happened in your life since we met in October. This idea trended on Twitter! If you want to add a sound byte check out
  • Read & React: Chromebooks or Smartphones? 1-1 or BYOD? Why Not Both?  Post one reaction to the article on this List by going to the bottom of the list and Adding Text, Video, Link, etc.
  • Group Sharing of Technology Integration: What is one technology project you tried tried in the classroom? How did it go? Do you have a student sample to show?
  • Take Aways from last month: the value behind a student telling their story, and digital storytelling can be used for more than LA.


The Nicene Creed read by Trinity Lutheran School Alumni, Klein, Texas, Music by student Sarah Miller, 2012 Celebrating the school’s 100th anniversary

Alumni and Gospel award winning songwriter and performer Lyle Lovett is the middle voice of the 3 generations reading



 Pure GeniusTV show Thursdays, CBS, at 9PM

A brilliant technology innovator designs a medical facility with the latest technological capabilities to save lives. View this trailer to see how technology is being used to better people’s lives and the kinds of careers your students may have.



Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

The next workshop date is scheduled for Tuesday, January 16

Christmas at Concordia, Scholarship Parade of Homes, Lighting of the Christmas Tree: December 1,2,3

Join us for Hour of Code at Nebraska Innovation Campus from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 9. BYOD. Free but need to register. For students, parents, teachers, principals, anyone interested in learning more about coding. To register and learn more click here.

Hour of Code: December 4-10. Register & learn more here. For ages 4-104.

Join the Year of Code Challenge with Kodable

#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.


How to Run an 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. 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. Also, Minecraft Designer at

Why Teaching Coding is Important

Coding, Failure, and the Future by William Vann LEA Winter 2017  Reflections of a new computer science teacher on how coding and making together stimulated the most critical thinking by students on important topics.ISTE Says Watch out for Coding & Immersive Tech in School This Year THE Journal 8.30.2017  ISTE calls coding “the international language of problem-solving” and says every student will need to know the basics of computer science. “Teachers are helping students attain problem-solving skills by infusing coding and computational thinking into courses across the curriculum and encouraging students to become digital content creators.”

Elementary Computer Science Standards

ISTE Secondary Computer Science Education Initial Endorsement Program

On the Lesson Plan: Make Stuff. Fail. Learn While You’re At It. nprEd Nov. 14, 2016    Best explanation of maker theory I’ve ever read! It’s not about what kids learn but how they learn!

Code Literacy: A 21st Century Requirement. Edutopia. Nov. 13, 2012

TEC21 Teacher Heather Haug’s TEC21 Celebration Day Presentation on Coding
Google Slides coding presentation demonstrating need for computer science grads in Nebraska, along with programs she researched for their school. Heather shows how she set up computer science clubs to begin coding school wide. Shared with permission by Heather Haug.

Class Code:


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.

Tynker is a complete learning system that teaches kids to code. Kids begin with visual blocks, then progress to text-based coding as they design games, build apps, and make incredible projects.

Our mission is to empower kids to become makers and create with code. Learn How

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I am a text block. Click edit button to build out any additional topics.


Formative Assessment


Practice Socrative on Apps and Websites

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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. My favorite!


QuizizzPractice Quizizz on Innovative Learning Spaces

Ask multiple choice and true-false questions, including pictures. Student answer buttons have the responses printed on them rather than having to look up at the screen. Search public quizzes already made too.

Go to: and enter the code 530673


Six Tools for Creating Classroom Quiz Games – A Comparison of Attributes

Challenge to move your skills on the continuum:

Heard of it—Used it—Created it—Used it with Students—Had Students Create it


Best online portfolio students can add their work to on their own and provide audio datailing what they did and how they did. Take a picture of any work to archive so originals can go home. Parents can view their child’s work. Can blog posts and work to share.

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. To set up your own classroom:

(1) Google Classroom: The Absolute Basics

(2) Google Classroom Setup tutorial

5 good ways for students to create digital showcases of their work

Adobe Spark Page

Example of multimedia report on South Korea  by Sister Cecelia

Having students create projects using technology to demonstrate learning is authentic assessment. Documenting a process using online tools empowers students to tell what they did and what they learned. Allowing them to choose the tool adds to the authenticity. Taking pictures or video of an actual process they do and reporting that as learning is authentic.


Using a screencasting tool to explain what they did well and what they would do differently (i.e. Educreations, Screencastify, online video)

How to Build Self-Assessment Into Jampacked High School Classes

Digital Citizenship Integration

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

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security  Scams & Schemes: Identify Theft (gr. 6-9)
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources


Kahoot is an every student assessment tool with millions of pre-made quizzes on every topic. Check the public Kahoots first as you can make a copy and modify it as needed. You can turn off the music if it makes students nervous. Create your own quizzes as well using multiple choice and true-false formats. To play Kahoot click here.  To create a Kahoot click here. Also check out Kahoot Studio Math Games. If you have created Kahoots before challenge yourself to use one of the newer formats: Blink Kahooting Connected Kahooting, Ghost Kahoots, and more found at The Kahoot Guide to Creating and Playing Learning Games.

Writing with Technology sample Kahoot- To play Kahoot click here.


Plickers is an iPhone app that can be used with a teacher iPad too. Students don’t need devices to get every student responses to multiple choice questions. Students have a piece of paper that they turn to indicate A, B, C, or D. Then teacher scans the responses and Plickers tallies responses. Great for the single device classroom.


Turn Google Spreadsheets into games, flashcards, and more with this Google Sheets Add-On. Sample demonstrating a variety of options in Flippity.


Thinglink is a digital poster that lets students link multimedia to a picture. Great for reports. Link pictures, videos, technology projects, Google Docs, etc. ThingLink on Nebraska’s 150th anniversary including some great chatterpix videos, green screen videos (from Mrs. Evon’s Blog, an excellent classroom website to follow)

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Screencastify Chrome Extension Directions Record everything on your desktop as you teach. Can also embed a video of you talking in lower right corner. Saves directly into Google Drive or YouTube. Quick way to create a screencast lesson to post in Google Classroom. Sample Screencastify screencast Check out what the Bearded Math Man is doing to create videos to help students, teachers, and parents! Maybe you could do this for your students and parents!
Chatterpix Kids. Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice.  Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports. And best of all, it’s FREE! AGES: 6-12. Chatterpix Martin Luther example URL shortener takes a long web address and changes it to plus 6 characters. You can view analytics to see how many clicks on the link, from what device, and country.

Breakout EDU is a game based learning activity that requires critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. You may purchase a kit that contains locks, boxes, and items to play 100s of learning games in all subjects. Or create your own digital game using a variety of locks.

Inspired by the short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade,’ the Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation that celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. This September, kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. Then on Saturday, October 7th, 2017, a day that commemorates the flash mob that made Caine’s day in the short film, communities come together and play!

Create your own Escape Room, or play other escape games created with Escape Room Maker. Read the task, look for clues, open locks, find more clues, solve the puzzle, within the time limit. Students will love to do this!

We are working to build a collection of hundreds of 20- to 40-second videos to supplement the language learning efforts of people around the globe. These videos are grouped by topic, with each video covering a vocabulary term connected to that topic. Each video also has a subtitled partner to first practice listening while you read the subtitles, before moving to the versions without subtitles to develop an ear for the terms and sentences. Some sets are more appropriate for younger learners, and others are more appropriate for adults. You may make videos to add or just use those provided.

Organize your websites for your students using Sqworl. Simply create a new group for each subject or topic. Visual display of websites easy to access. Share by link.

I am text block. Use this block to build out a collection of web-based resources specific to your teachers’ interests and needs.

Kids’ Zone graphing tool allows students to select a type of graph, input data, add labels, preview, and print or save the graph. Free.

Want students to create a graph of data? Have them record their data in a Google Sheet with title on first line of each column. Then highlight data, go to Insert a Chart, and it creates your graph. Insert a title, then copy into your Google Document for a report.

Check out this site by grade level from PreK through High School and all subject areas. Great calculators, timelines, games, quizzes, and activities.

If you teach Math you have to check these out…10 of the best tools on the market for engaging students with Math including DragonBox, Geometry Pad, and MathsPlayground.

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!

6. Consider bringing a snack to a meeting by signing up here if you are interested.


Dismiss at 2:00pm

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