September 2017 Agenda—Clinton Township, Michigan

Clinton Township, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally...To Wifi:  Look for “TLC-Guest”; use password ResponsibleGuest (all one word)

How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.  You can always find the agenda at under the workshops tab.

Socially...To each other – Grab a breakfast item! Meet your fellow TEC21 participants!

I will share to your Google account a template for our Three Truths and a Lie game!  Take a few minutes to pick a slide and fill it in.

Spiritually…✝ Devotion

Lutheran Hour Ministries – 3-4 minute devotions.  Good for personal use or use with students.

Announcements & Goals


1. Restrooms? Water fountain?

2. What does the timeline of a typical workshop day look like?

    • Workshop Day Timeline

      • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Connecting with Teachers

        • Connecting with Wi-Fi & each other

        • Ice Breaker with group (in September)

        • Devotion

        • Announcements

        • Review–What have you done this past month?

        • What new/reoccurring problems/needs are you seeing for yourself this year?

      • 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

        • Topic(s)

        • Little or No Prep Tools/Resources

        • Digital Citizenship Integratio

      • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

      • LUNCH (group decision)

      • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

        • Look at resources

        • Go deeper into understanding (peer-to-peer coaching)

        • One-on-one with teachers

        • Involve and help time (Guide by the Side)

        • Get networked, get social, be active

        • Complete the REFLECTION at 1:50 PM

3. This series of workshops will provide you the opportunity to grow in a fun, safe and supportive environment. How and what you decide to implement into your classroom is up to you–personalized learning at its best!

  • Program-specific– it’s what we as Facilitators deem as core components across the board.

  • Center-specific– it’s what the Facilitator deems as practical and relevant to their teachers based on their needs and wants.

  • In the TEC21 Workshop Program, how are short- and long-term goals defined?

    • SHORT-TERM – Some sort of technology integrating lesson or activity you want to do with your students THIS MONTH.

    • LONG-TERM – A major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a wiki, a web site used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project based learning using a specific tool or tools – there are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”

4. What is “Celebration Day”?

Concordia University Nebraska

5. Concordia University, Nebraska offers college credit opportunities (optional). The TEC21 Workshop Program fulfills the requirements for any of the following three options:

TEC21 is considered a second semester class–EDUC 513. To receive college credit, register online between December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018.  

Your workshop facilitator will use the following rubric to assign a letter at the end of the program: TEC21 Grading Rubric.

6. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for (day of the week), (date).
  • Facilitators, please add any other local, regional or national events (i.e. local pd opportunities such as EdCamps, district fall conferences, LEA Convocation, etc. – all of which provide great opportunities for TEC21 teachers to connect outside of the workshops).
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.
Workshop #1 Goals
We look forward in this workshop to begin getting to know each other and taking a high-level look at the ministry of TEC21.

1. Discover TEC21’s vision and mission – what we do, how we do it and most importantly why we do it.

2. Connect to TEC21’s online Google+ community and begin to grow your professional learning network (PLN).

3. Gain an understanding of the TEC21 road map for the school year culminating in May with “Celebration Day”.

The TEC21 Vision & Mission

What are some ways TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning network?

Twitter: Follow @TEC21_LuthEd the facilitators and many other awesome educators who have embraced this powerful communication tool. Follow hashtags as well like #TEC21lcms & #LuthEd!


Google+: Engage with TEC21 Educators going all the way back to “Season 1″ to ask questions and share ideas to support one another (We’ll be taking a much closer look at his one today as this is how we provide support to you in-between the workshops!)

Facebook: Please “Like” the TEC21 Facebook Page to help us reach our goal of 1,000 likes!


Pinterest: Follow TEC21’s collaborative board and we’ll invite you to pin! If you don’t receive an invitation, be sure to let one of the facilitators know.


Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our workshop centers from year to year.

Google in Education

Google+ TEC21 Educators

1. Intro to the basics:

  • Create your own profile – be sure to upload a picture so people can put a face with your name. Also, set your notifications so you see when people share resources or ask questions looking to receive help with something :)
  • Create a circle & add a friend.

Helpful tips:

2. Introduction to existing Google+ communities:

  • A peek into the TEC21 Facilitators Community – a closed working space for our team of workshop facilitators–a powerful behind-the-scenes tool!

Helpful resources:

3. Get onboard the TEC21 Educators Google+ Community:

4. Add a button to your menu bar so you have QUICK & EASY access the TEC21 Educators community and our monthly agendas.

5. Classroom applications:

Google Forms

Make it, take it – Let’s create a survey or assessment in Google Form!

  • Title your form Student Survey.
  • Build your form by adding different question types.
  • You might search a YouTube video, grab the url and insert video into the the form.
  • Spruce up the form by changing the default theme using one of Google’s featured theme’s or select customize to change font and color scheme and to insert an image for the background and/or header.

Additional resources:

Google Suite Apps & Chrome Extensions 

Google Sites!  Easy tool for students to use to build web sites!  

Go to the google cluster and find sites.
Click on it and create a site.
Create a page titled Student Survey and upload your Google Forms survey from earlier.
This is one of the polling tools I use in class.  Students log into chromebooks, complete a short forms assessment and I get instant individual results.

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of Digital Citizenship need to be addressed using Google+ and Google Forms?


  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

Google Hangouts affords you the opportunity to connect with others online. Arrange for a time to meet online with other teachers, other classrooms, facilitators or other professionals.

Using Google Forms to create an assignment or quiz?  Flubaroo is a Google Sheets add-on that grades the form for you! A few seconds and you’re done!

safeshare plays YouTube and Vimeo videos without the annoying or inappropriate ads.  You also can crop and download videos, share on social media and make qr codes.

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Google Hangouts affords you the opportunity to connect with others online. Arrange for a time to meet online with other teachers, other classrooms, facilitators or other professionals.  We will work more with this in a future workshop.  Connected Classrooms is a fantastic resource for finding others to hangout with.

Remember using the plastic circles and pens?  Now the old favorite is online!

Bouncy Balls is a great noise monitor.  Watch the balls bounce higher the louder the class gets!  Great to show differences in music too.

Great site that uses ELA lessons and units geared from K-8 aligned to the standards.  Plus, it’s free!

Tired of the boring popsicle sticks when picking students to read and answer questions? Random Name Picker uses a spinner to pick students.  Fun and engaging!  Just another great tool from

MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.

Want to send a text blast to students and parents about your upcoming classroom event?  Parents/students sign up for alerts or can communicate with you without giving out your personal number.

Any version of the Bible at your fingertips.  No longer can your students claim they left their Bible at school.

This is’s take on a publication for educators.  I have found some neat stuff – like these icebreakers – while browsing this site.

Heres another site chock full of good ideas.  I like several of these review style games listed here, but dig around!

youtube is one of my standby sites for science videos.  Great for any subject or topic.

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

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Identify one take-a-way from today’s workshop you want to apply in your classroom before we meet next time in October. It could be a tool, resource, teaching strategy or learning activity. Share your experience!

2. Post a comment, link, or student work to the TEC21’s online Google+ community.

3. Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Contact me if you need anything throughout the month!

Jason Murray

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Phone/Text to (586)-413-1276

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Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.