September 2017 Agenda—Munster, Indiana

Munster, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • Let’s First Connect to the School’s WiFi network ssid :    SPLC

    Password:   splcmunster@123!

  • Now to the day’s agenda  Bookmark it!

  • Rest rooms,  Food and Drink, (Donuts, Coffee and water) Lunch, Barb Mertens & other logistical matters
  • Let’s start connecting to each other!

    Three — Two — One

    3 things we should know about you; 2 places you love to visit; 1 job you wish you had!


In Deep Water– Joshua 3

5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” 6 Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they took it up and went ahead of them.7 And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. 8 Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’”

14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

When were you in too deep facing a flood? Is that today?

How can we just walk in?

What Can We Pray About?

My watch word for teachers:

How shall we teach in a world where students can look it up on their phone 

and kindergartners seem to know how to use a phone?

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 Integration
      • 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 Thursday October12.
  • Northern Illinois Conference October 6, Central Illinois Conference October 6, Indiana September 28-29– George Couros! A great post by George!
  • #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.

All Things Google


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:

More from Google!

85% of the schools in Illinois are now running Google Apps for Education

Search by voice!

You mean you haven’t tried voice typing yet?

Or just the Google Search Bar

Or your first day with Google Classroom

Google Forms
Make it, take it – Let’s create a Google Form!
Mark’s resources on Google Forms Let’s follow this link!
Google Forms

Make it, take it – Let’s create a Google Form!

  • Give it a title.
  • 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:

Digital Citizenship Integration

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

Addressing Cheating and Google Apps/Suite


  • 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.

Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance,Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process. Use it for note taking and organize paper and essay writing as well. use on Web, android, or IOS.


Adobe Spark- Create impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos with Spark’s free graphic design app

Talk Like a Pirate Day –September 19


Haiku Deck– best Quick presentation maker- app and web

ESV Bible – app and web for the Bible in our curriculum

Pixlr  – my go to photo editor and collage maker

Who Pooped     Yes it is!

PicLits     A picture and a very short story creator!

online stop watch     Everybody needs a stopwatch!

Toasted cheese     A remarkable calendar of writing prompts!

Hidden Worlds of our National Parks     A beautiful look at some of our national treasures!

Bouncy Balls     Bouncy Balls is a classroom noise meter.  A way to visualize music or monitor room noise.

Prodigy math game     If you have not heard of this yet now is the time!

Readworks     Do you really need a “Reading Book?”

Inspirograph     Just fun or what?

Smithsonian Tween Tribune  This is Weekly Reader on steroids– includes lexile levels, quizzes, your choice of stories for your class, delivered to a class you set up.  Current events done right for free from the nation’s foremost Museum!

Read Write Think — Trading Card Creator    Just for example on of the great interactive from read write think. there are 56 more of them! — Upload and share audio really fast. record your students reading in a moment! listen later. record a reading for them to listen to later. you can think of more I am sure…

Random Picker and Fruit machine to pick who is next to answer. or whose turn it is! are cool!

35 Permission slip templates. — Why reinvent the wheel someone else has written it for you!

Free Printables . More than any teacher needs or should use! Really!

Typing Club — still motivating to the same Children three years later! Points levels stars badges! What more could a kid want?

Sign up genius – sign up sheets for volunteers, field trips, church events, even Parent Teacher Conferences!

Smarthistory-– art history 1200 video and essays on historic art pieces and periods

How to Set up Your Digital Classroom— a you tube with three tips for getting the year stared well!

FlipGrid– add video response to question posed to the group

US Senate Constitution Day virtual field trip

Links for teaching by Mark— My Web Site—– Maybe you will find it helpful?

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

Mark Hess–

Website: Links For teaching by Mark

1780 Career Center Road, Bourbonnais, Illinois, 60914

Desk: 815-802-9471

Cell: 815-922-1492

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.