November 2021 Agenda—Fort Wayne, Indiana (6-12 Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To WiFi: There is a free “Emmanuel Church Wireless” Wifi which everyone can join. Password: goeagles
  • Order Lunch: Don’t forget that you can order your lunch for pickup at 11:30 AM. We will be going to Panera at Jefferson Point Mall. Click here to get started.
  • How to get to today’s agenda:
    • If you can read this, you’re already there.
    • A copy can be found on Click on “Workshops” and find “Fort Wayne”.
  • Feel free to:
    • Grab a snack item and/or a beverage!
    • Feel free to get power cords plugged in and ready to go for the day! If you need assistance with anything don’t hesitate to ask!
  • Getting Started:
    • Please look ahead in the agenda to the review section and start filling in the padlet for this month!

November Check-In

In the padlet this month share a success, a challenge you experienced or a lesson learned.

Made with Padlet


Home for the Holidays

How does your family celebrate the holidays?

What are some of the ways that you keep Jesus at the center of it all?

What are you looking forward to most this holiday season!?


Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences.

October’s Challenges

1. Digital: Engage your students in a digital storytelling activity or project. Share your experience by posting for others to see!

2. Social: Post a question, an answer, a resource, a picture of your students working on digital storytelling, or an example of a student project to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook.

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

Here are some responses to last month’s workshop!


1.The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday January 20th, 2022Click here to add a reminder to  your calendar that TEC21 will be that week in January.

2. If you have never gone to a technology conference or connected with an educator technology group/organization I would encourage a few of the following options

3. If you are in Fort Wayne, don’t forget to place your lunch order: Lunch will take place between 11:30-12:30PM.

4. 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.

2. Create a digital assessment activity which could be incorporated into an upcoming lesson or unit.

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 Assessment

Assessment is probably one of the broadest terms used in education. It represents the means through which we evaluate teaching and how effective it has been in regards to student learning. This probably goes without saying, but I thought it wise to start with just a simple definition of both formative and summative assessment.

Formative – To monitor and provide ongoing feedback

Summative – To assess and compare against an expected standard or benchmark

Most of what you will see and explore today is geared around formative assessment. Ongoing checks, tools that help students demonstrate learning. Tools that have built in communication mechanisms and tools that help us to gauge progress in a variety of ways.

Digital Assessment can look drastically different depending on the tool and pedagogical approach. Here are some common digital assessments:

  • Online Forms
  • Online Interactive Tests
  • Digital Portfolios
  • Audio Narration
  • Video Feedback
  • Visual Mind Mapping or Brainstorming
  • Interactive Video Quizzes
  • And more…

#1 How to Google Forms

Google Forms is a multi-use tool that can be tailored to meet a wide variety of assessment needs. You can do quick lesson checks, collect thoughtful short answer responses, have students watch and respond to video or turn in an accompanying document (like a sheet of paper that students completed work on).

#2 How to Edulastic

Edulastic is a powerful tool for creating online digital assessment. You can add digital interaction to old PDF tests or make fully interactive tests. Edulastic has great options for anti-cheat and they can modify the look and feel of their tests to match your state standardized testing interface.

#3 How to Edpuzzle

Edpuzzle is a great tool for taking your own or other educational video content and turning it into interactive content. The beauty of EdPuzzle is both its simplicity and that it provides an easy interface, easy tool set, and easy grading.

Edpuzzle has also created an extension so it is faster and easier than ever to get a video edited and out to students!

Check out the chrome extension for Edpuzzle by clicking here.

#4 EXTRAS: Miro, Dotstorming, PearDeck, Google Classroom Rubric Grading

  • Miro – Visual Learning Spaces
    • Visual Chart Focus
    • Huge Selection of Templates and Formats
  • Try to Get to my KWL Miro Chart by Clicking Here.
  • DotStorming – Feedback and Commenting Spaces/Boards
    • Social Focus
    • A Tool for Facilitating Feedback and Comments
    • A Interactive Forum
  • Play around with DotStorming by clicking here.
  • Google Classroom Rubrics
    • Can Import from Slides
    • Makes Grading in Google Classroom that Much Faster!

Top Digital Tools & Resources on Digital Assessments

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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My Contact Info

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