September 2017 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (Group 1)

Seward, Nebraska

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi: Register your computer at the Tech Hub to get on the Employee/Student Wireless Registration Website: 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! Meet your fellow TEC21 participants! Add a prayer request to our Padlet board.
  • Put in your order for lunch from the Dog House Grill menu! Place lunch order on this form.
  • Shortly we will do our Three Truths and a Lie game you all filled out!  IF you need to add info please click here.

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Follow Jesus on Twitter—or what it would have been like (YouTube credit)

How can your students tell the old, old story in a new way?

What can we learn from a literary example: Hamilton the Musical

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 (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”.

Ideas to Focus Learning:

TPACK Framework combines teacher knowledge of Content, Pedagogy, and Technology to design innovative learning for students.

Always apply learning to your grade and subject.

Grow on the continuum:

heard of it – saw it – used it – created it – used with students – students create with it

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 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:

Google Suite Apps & Chrome Extensions 
Google Drive
Google Drive Create or access your Google DocumentsSheetsSlidesForms, and Folders from anywhere. Especially check out the Tool Explore  in Google Documents to search and cite directly in the document and Voice Writing. Add ons: Bible Verse, Mindmeister, ProWriting Aid.
Guests Today:
9:45-10:00 Bob Nelson
Student Services Enrollment Specialist
Concordia University Nebraska
10:00-10:15 Bob Ziegler
Nebraska District – LCMS
Executive for Education and Youth Ministries
Office Phone: 888-643-2961 Ext 1008
10:00-10:15 Nate Meier
Nebraska District – LCMS
Lutheran Church Extension Fund

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.

Google Classroom now allows you to create your own classes online. Post links to teaching materials, allow students to post links to created materials, go paperless. Also ideas for using Google Classroom outside the Classroom.

Google Images

Google Images. Enable Safe Search in top right corner before typing in word to search for images. Then click on Search Tools, Usage Rights, Labeled for Reuse. This allows students to search for safe and free images.

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Wolfram Alpha is a powerful search engine where students can find step by step math calculations, music, physics, words & linguistics, people & history and much more. Check it out!

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Pythagorea: Geometry on Square is an app that presents challenging math puzzles to improve your skills. 8 different levels to choose from from Very Easy to Impossible. No ads, no instructions, no hints. Teacher needs to ask metacognitive questions to guide students: how did you know that? Set a goal: you should get to problem 10, you can do more, it’s not timed.


Flipgrid allows teachers to set up a site (“grid”) and pose a question via video for students or others to answer, also via video. Users respond to the initial question, with their responses becoming part of a threaded video conversation. You can create one free, then need to delete it before creating a new one. Try this sample Flipgrid out! 

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offers a free website of lessons and interactive activities for students in grades PreK-12. Explore this site to find lessons, mobile games, brain teasers, and more.

Explore all things science at this website! Lessons, tools, collections, afterschool ideas, and news for grades K-12. Seach by area of science, grade level, type of activity, videos, and materials for students or teachers.

ILA and NCTE website of all things literacy for students in grades K-12. Lesson plans and student interactives excellent for all writing and reading topics. Many activities can be done online, others download an app. Spend some time here and be amazed!

Online History resources including lessons, artifacts, and primary sources for students in grades K-12. Select by topic, grade, or era. Also provides cross-curricular connections for teaching.

Online geography lessons and resources including mapping, geostories, encyclopedia, current events, map library, and more.

Free online tutorials for grades K-12 in a variety of subjects including Math, Science, Computing, History, Art, Grammar, Economics, and more. Ready made videos students can watch and rewatch to learn.

Ideas for teaching the arts. Lesson plans, how-tos, standards for teachers, student activities, plus collections of art and media.

Free K-12 news source for schools. Lexile leveled articles can be read at a variety of reading levels with the touch of a button so all students can read the same information at a level they can understand. Daily AP news articles, critical thinking questions, Spanish articles, Tech articles.

BibleGateway allows biblical searching by passage, keyword, or topic in 53 English versions and over 60 other languages and audio versions. Select a Bible version based upon readability level.

ESV Readability (Grade Levels)

Bible Translation Reading Levels

Assess Reading Level in Word enabling readability statistics, running grammar check, see Flesch-Kincaid readability level by grade. PDF

Set a yearly goal for teaching code to K-12 students. Curriculum with lesson plans and course overview to teaching coding by grade level. Includes Teaching with Kodable and resources. Consider setting a goal and collaborating along with other schools.

Exploravision Science project competition. Since its inception in 1992, more than 375,000 students from across the United States and Canada have participated in Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision. It’s a fun and engaging program that can inspire a lifelong love of science, technology and innovation for students and teachers alike. Help meet new Science Standards. Grades K-12.

Read others and write your own versions of a variety of genres and receive feedback globally: anime, books, tv, cartoons, comics, games, plays, movies, and more. Explore what students are writing when they are empowered to share their work.

Practice skills in Math, LA, Science and Social Studies here for grades  Pre-K through 12. Option to have questions read to support learning. Try it out!

WriteAbout is a classroom writing community and publishing platform built by teachers. Explore the many prompts with text, image, and audio options. You can set up a classroom for grades K-12 and list the prompt idea or allow students to search for an idea. You can monitor student responses or allow students to post. Great writing site for all types of writing!

Choosito is a NSF funded search engine and digital library that provides high-quality, personalized resources. Filters the large number of options by reading level and subject. Also helps students refine their search terms with a related search button, and cites the website.

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.


4. Visit the Global Collaboration Day site and consider participating in a collaborative event on September 21! Check out the Collaborative Events for the Day and find one your students could do!

5. Consider how you could begin a Genius Hour time in your class. Look at how Jen Schneider, middle school LA teacher in Omaha, incorporated one hour per week, sample projects, and amazing results.

6. Snack Sign-Up Sheet. If you are interested in bringing a snack to one of our workshops please sign up on the linked sheet.


Dismiss at 2:00pm

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