November 2021 Agenda—Orange, California

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


Wifi:  Visitor Network   Password:  Tec21!

Click on this link:  Google Turkey to decorate a turkey.  Follow the directions on the first slide.  I will assign slide numbers (so we are all not choosing the same slide).  We will share our turkeys when everyone is done.  Remember to think of something you are thankful for!!!

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Thankfulness… let’s see what God’s Word says about this topic.  Click Devotion to open up our Bible Study for today.


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.


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

2. LEC Conference, Palm Desert, Nov. 21-23rd.

3.  CUE conference, Palm Springs, March 17th-19th.

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.  Complete a coding activity.

2. Create a digital assessment activity and/or coding experience 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 Assessments & Coding Activities

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 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.

#2 Digital Portfolios with Seesaw

Digital portfolios allow students to track and demonstrate their growth over longer periods of time. While paper portfolios get stored or discarded at the end of a term or school year, digital portfolios can remain available and easily accessible to students, parents, and educators.

#3 Gamification-Choose 1-2 websites and plan a game to play with your class.

Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment.

Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything. Start learning today with flashcards, games and learning tools — all for free.

Quizizz allows you to create multiple choice and true-false questions, including pictures. Student answer buttons have the responses printed on them rather than having to look up at the screen. Search public quizzes already made too.

Or choose Gimkit or Blooket from down below!!

Coding Activities

#1 & #2 Complete two different coding activities site includes short tutorials to pique students’ interest in programming as part of the Hour of Code initiative. Students watch video instructions delivered by famous programmers, then use blocks of code to program mini-games. To get started participating in an hour of code, select your grade level, topic, self-led tutorial, one hour, blocks. Or try an “unplugged” activity with no devices.  You can create a class and assign coding activities and curriculum to a class of students once you sign in.

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

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