November 2021 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


To the WiFi:   Go to “Peace” network      Username:   tec21       Password:    welcome

To the Agenda:   go to   and select “Workshops” and then “Agendas”

To Each Other:    Check out the snack table and say hello to your teammates.  How has everyone been doing since last month?

To Other TEC21 Teachers:    Check out Facebook – TEC21 Educators and see what’s new.  Respond to a post or post something yourself.

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  • Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34 – Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.


? What did you try?  How did it work for you?  What questions do you have? ?

Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. Share a success, a challenge you experienced or a lesson learned.

Open up your slide presentation that you started in September and add some text, pictures, video, etc. to the October slide that represent what you used in your classroom last month.  Here is the original again if you need to make a copy to start your own slide presentation:  Master Celebration Slide Presentation


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 20.

2. Here are some other opportunities for professional learning:

3. 2022/2023 cohorts are now forming!

(Letter from Brent Dieckhoff, founder and executive director of TEC21)

Dear TEC21 Participants, 

“Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 118:29

It’s always at this time of the year that I find myself extra thankful for the TEC21 ministry. Perhaps it’s because the workshop program is well on its way during another school term or maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Either way, I am so thankful for the MANY ways God has blessed our work over the past 13 years and am now waiting in expectation for the plans he has in store for us in Season 14. 

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for joining us this year and for all that you do for Lutheran school ministries for the sake of the gospel. Thank you for modeling to your students your desire to continue to learn for their good. It is my prayer that the relationships you are forming and the learning that is taking place as you gather together each month through our workshop program has been and will continue to be a blessing to both you personally and to your teaching ministry not only for this year, but for many years to come. Personally, I find that being able to connect with other teachers is vital to my teaching ministry. It is a boost to my spiritual, intellectual, and emotional well-being. I love learning with and from others and the relationships that have formed through my TEC21 connections help to keep me feeling fresh and excited to serve in Lutheran education. It is my hope and prayer that this is the case for you, too. 

The facilitators and I are now forming our next cohorts that will begin in September of 2022. We’d like to ask you for your help by being an ambassador for our program. Personal testimonies go a very long way, so I would be most grateful if you would help us by thinking of a fellow teacher or teachers that you could encourage to register for Season 14. They could be teachers from your school or any other school. With your help we will be able to impact more teachers and their students. I thank you in advance for the support of our efforts and your partnership in ministry!

God’s peace be with you. 

In Christ, 

Brent Dieckhoff

#TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

“I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel…” Philippians 1:4-5

Principals can register with their name to save spots for one or more of your teachers. To register, have them click here.


We look forward in Workshop #3 to SHARE resources and best teaching and learning practices with one another. 

1. Explore and discover a variety of digital tools and learning activities to use in order to assess student progress and understanding and create an activity that could be incorporated into an upcoming lesson or unit.

2. Explore some resources for coding activities and plan one activity for your students.

3. Be a resource to another colleague by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.

Digital Assessments & Coding Activities

Formative Assessment – Use digital tools to assess student learning, teach new material or review content.

Create an interactive game (survey, review, quiz, etc.) for your students to play.  Or explore the library to see what games are already available for you to use.

Let’s try one together!   As a player, you would go to the website  ( and enter the game code that I’ll display.

Create a survey or a quiz using Google Forms.

Gamefication – Many educational games are available online to help students improve their problem-solving skills.

Breakout EDU Digital is an immersive learning games platform that brings the escape room to your classroom.  Click on the Sample Game in the middle of the home page to try one.  Sign up at ( for access to free user-generated games (including digital).  Two sample games for younger students are:  Winter is Snow Fun and Finding Frosty.

Coding Activities – Coding is a great way to improve students’ problem-solving and linear thinking skills.

Puppy Adventure – An interactive game by Tynker that works great for younger kids K – 4 as a coding activity for “Hour of Code.”

Use a CodeByte from to create a “Dance Party” that your kids are sure to enjoy!

Dance Party

Collaboration Activity – Can be used with instruction or as an assessment.

Jamboard is a collaborative digital whiteboard.  Members of a team can add text, drawings, images, etc. to the shared space.  Use Jamboard to present material or as a digital bulletin board.  Have students use Jamboard as a graphic organizer or to present information on a topic.

Let’s try one!  Click here to join our TEC21 – Saginaw Jamboard.

Top Digital Tools & Resources on Digital Assessments & Coding

Center- and Educator-specific Digital Tools & Resources

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

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

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

2. Social: Post to TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook or another social media platform. 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.

3. Spiritual: Be a resource–an inspiration–to one of your colleagues.

4. 2022/2023 cohorts are now forming! Personal testimonies go a long way, so we would be most grateful if you would encourage a teacher to register for Season 14.  We thank you in advance for the support of our efforts as we strive to encourage and support the many wonderful teachers serving in Lutheran education. #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd


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Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time during the year with questions, problems, or suggestions.


Phone:  989-790-1676  ext. 12   (school)

989-324-0666       (cell)


Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.