November 2018 Agenda— Holt, Michigan

Holt, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


Take a minute and text me your number. If there is a snow day here (there typically are not many) we will not meet. I will keep you updated through text!


Change it up! This or That?


Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 17.
  • #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? Who has an example?

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 is a part of Computer Science Education Week. This year it is December 3-9. It is actually a celebration in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.

Who is ready to write some code?!?

It is important to know that Code is not the quick fix to all of our problems. The students won’t magically become millionaires writing code! Engineering software is a lucrative field, but the transformation from “coder” to “engineer” is challenging. Giving the students this hour may give them a chance to “catch the bug.” They may already have it. Not all of them will. Just like not all of our students LOVE math (unfortunately).

Head on over to Scratch. Let’s write some code and make a cat dance!

Here is another thing Scratch can do: Animate a Name

Animate your name!

C<3DE Resources

You all know how I feel about making teachers start from scratch (no not that annoying cat). I know that it is easier to commit to doing something that is already planned. The thought is that then the next year you can modify what you do based on student interest as well as your comfort level with code.

  • This resource has activities divided by grade
  • This resource has many hour of code activities set up for you.
  • Khan Academy I love Khan Academy! This set of lessons take about an hour to complete!
  • Hour of Code This website has many resources
  • Accenture More hour of code info


Formative Assessment

We have already beaten Google Forms into the ground so let’s talk about the other things available!

  • Socrative – Click Student Login. Enter room name SPEERS2894. This is a free app and web-based assessment tool.
  • Formative Another Free formative tool Go to
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  • Kahoot is typically what teachers have heard of

When I was in school my favorite day of the quarter was when our teacher would bring out her handmade Jeopardy board to review for our test! Other examples of using games as review are Monopoly and (the one I use for math) My Bad!


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 This is the link to the Hour of Code for Elementary Students
Tynker Teacher page for Hour of Code
Khan Academy
Khan Academy Link to Hour of Code curriculum
Socrative Your classroom app for fun, effective engagement and on-the-fly assessments.
Formative Enable your teachers to improve their classroom performance with actionable metrics.
Hour of Code is a great resource for the Hour of Code. You can also sign up to host an Hour of Code.
Computer Science Education Week Resource for Technology Education and Computer Science
Code Academy is code education for adults. This is a free curriculum. Their online coding tutorials with easy-to-follow instructions, immediate feedback, and a tested curriculum take anyone from non-technical to “I can code.”
Codesters 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 Rice Freerice is a 100% non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Freerice has two goals: 1.Provide education to everyone for free. 2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
Edpuzzle A site that allows users to select a video and customize it by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding questions to make an engaging presentation or lesson.
Flippity Easily turn a Google™ Spreadsheet into a Set of Online Flashcards
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!
Flipgrid Flipgrid is where social and emotional learning happens! The leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD
Quizizz An alternative to Kahoot, with a few different features.

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


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info


Feel free to call, text, email, Snapchat, tweet, or Facebook message me!

(517) 694-3182, (517) 388-3769,, chelsea.speers, @holtluth,

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.