November 2018 Agenda—Columbus, Indiana

Columbus, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


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1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 17th.
  • What did you think of INPEC?
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.

2. Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. What were some successes? Tell us about any challenges you faced?

Breakfast Bytes


1. Discover the educational value of engaging students in coding activities in today’s classroom.

2. Explore a variety of digital assessment tools and learning activities that could be used to assess student progress and achievement.

3. Identify web- and/or mobile-based coding applications to engage your students with during the upcoming international Hour of Code (December 3-7).

4. Create a digital assessment activity which could be incorporated into an upcoming lesson or unit.

“Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ W. B. Yeats


How to Run an Hour of Code

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2018 Computer Science Education Week will be December 3-9, 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.

Kodable Practice Classroom


Class Code:


Sphero Golf
Let’s Play:  Sphero Meets Coding!


Formative Assessment

Practice Socrative on Apps and Websites- enter classroom TEC21COLUMBUS.

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.  Find some quizzes in this Quiz Bank.

Gimkit is a game show for the classroom that requires knowledge, collaboration, and strategy to win.  You get three kits for free and have to pay for additional kits.  You can import directly from Quizlet.

Let’s Play.


An online portfolio students can add their work to on their own and provide audio detailing 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. Teachers can create blog posts and work to share.

  • Create a website or blog with Weebly implementing learned standards in a real-world setting.  E.G.  Blogging about social issues or reviewing literature.
  • Create and maintain a how-to Youtube channel demonstrate class lessons.
  • Connect with policymakers via email and social media when working on persuasive essays.

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

Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create “grids” of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. Each grid is effectively a message board where teachers can pose a question and their students can post 90-second video responses that appear in a tiled “grid” display.  Here is an example from my students.

Use Wakelet to save links to great content that you find online – articles, videos, blogs, tweets, sound files and much more. Adding items is easy.

Here is a post on how you can bring curation to your classroom.

Ideaboardz is a web-based, digital sticky note tool.  This can be used for KWL, exit tickets, Pro/Con lists, and a host of other real time activities.
pear deck

Pear Deck Slides gives teachers the ability to engage and assess every student in every row, no matter what grade or subject. Using Pear Deck will help you create an interactive and community-focused classroom that builds confidence and comprehension.

Quizlet is an easy-to-use and efficient tool for learning. It has become the largest flashcards and study games website, with more than 5 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject, three learning modes, testing, and some games to reinforce learning.
Formative is platform for real-time formative assessments in the form of a free, next-generation student response system. Transform your content in seconds and go paperless.  See the intro video here.

CodeCombat allows students to experience python coding through game-based learning.

Music coding. 4-8 Grade. You can code in java or python.

Tynker- Everything your child needs to become a Minecraft modder, digital storyteller, or game designer. A great site for students 4th-8th grade learning how to program.

Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. PK-1

MIT App Inventor is an intuitive, visual programming environment that allows everyone – even children – to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets. Those new to MIT App Inventor can have a simple first app up and running in less than 30 minutes.

This is a portion of that allows users to begin learning about app development.

Codesters combines a fun online coding platform for students, a powerful learning management system for teachers, and built-out coding lessons so you can start teaching kids to code in your school today.

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Good Tools for Creating Digital Portfolios – A PDF Handout

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. Develop and incorporate a digital assessment activity to use with your students in a lesson or unit you’ll be teaching before we meet again in January.

2. During the week of December 3–7, have your students join millions of students around the world in participating in an “Hour of Code” (An awesome activity to engage your students in during the craziness of December.)

3. Post to TEC21’s online Google+ community. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, a picture of you teaching and/or your students learning, or a sample of a digital assessment you used with your students.

4. Be a resource–an inspiration–to one of your colleagues.

5.  Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2019/2020 school year opens on January 2, 2019. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other Lutheran school teachers and the impact it’s had on you and your students. Thank you in advance for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21! #TEC21lcms #LuthEd #LutheranSchoolsThrive


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