April 2021 Agenda—Munster, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



What struck you about these?

What do we have to  pray about today?


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday April 29.

2. Our next cohorts for the 2021/2022 school year are filling up fast! We know that word of mouth and personal testimonies or words of encouragement can go a long way. So, if you can encourage a teacher to register, we would greatly appreciate it! As a thank you, for every teacher that registers on account of you, we will enter both your name and theirs into our drawing announcing two winners at the end of March for a chance to win your choice of a $50 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers or Amazon! Do you have other friends or family members teaching in Lutheran schools? If so, you can encourage them to join a cohort near them and we’ll again enter your name and theirs also. The more teachers you get to register, the more times your name will be entered into the drawing. All you need to do is encourage someone to register for TEC21 for the 2021/2022 school year and reach out to Helena (helenastephens@tec21connect.com). In order to be officially submitted in the drawing, she needs to have your name and the teacher you encouraged. #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

3. “Celebration Day” is next session and it is a time to celebrate each other’s successes! What does the format of the day look like and what can you do to prepare?  This will be an opportunity for you to share what you have learned and how you have grown as an educator through the processes of inquiry, investigation, and implementation. How can you prepare?

Helpful tips:

  • Think of the day as a mini-conference and each of you will be the presenters (Remember that you are sharing with friends, so keep this all in perspective and have fun with this.)
  • Spend approximately 10 minutes showing some things you’ve accomplished this year – what you did, how you did it, and why you did it.
  • Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS to add your first & last name, description & links to your respective center’s Google Doc in preparation for “Celebration Day”. Do you have samples of student projects hosted on the web? Share those links, too! Here’s an example of a variety of different ways past TEC21 Teachers presented their learning – SAMPLE.
  • You might also want to use the Celebration Day guide to help to organize your thoughts. To download a copy to print, click HERE.

How to Obtain 3 Graduate-level Credits Through Your TEC21 Experience

Will you be needing to renew your teaching license soon? Are you thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, we encourage you to consider applying to Concordia University, Nebraska, to receive three graduate-level credits for your TEC21 experience. There is no additional work that is required of you and the process is simple. The online application is now open and runs through May 15, 2021. Follow these four easy steps to apply:

First, select the “Apply Here” link to create an account.

Next, complete the fields in the form. Where it asks for Academic Level, select “Non-Degree Coursework”. Where it asks for Entry Term, select “Summer Semester 2021”. Where it asks for Academic Program, select “TEC21”. After completing the remaining fields, select “Create Account”.

Now, check your email for confirmation that your application came through successfully.

Lastly, select the link provided in the confirmation email to make your online payment in the amount of $240 ($80/credit hour) using a debit or credit card. That’s it! You’re done!

On June 1, transcripts will be available upon request. If you ever have questions regarding how these three graduate-level credits could be applied to a master’s degree program now or in the coming years (they are good for 5 years), contact Anna Boriack, Director of Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Innovation Specialist. She will be happy to help you. Her email address is anna.boriack@cune.edu. Concordia University, Nebraska is a ministry partner of TEC21, so they may email you from time to time to share opportunities of how these credits could be applied toward graduate-level programs they offer.

Please note: The opportunity detailed above is optional. Additionally, all TEC21 participants will receive a certificate on the final workshop day stating 35 professional development hours have been completed through the TEC21 Workshop Program. How state board of education departments and the 35 LCMS districts recognize these 35 hours of professional development vary from state to state and district to district. (For example, see how the Kansas District of the LCMS Licensure Renewal has a distinct process in place for the teachers serving in this district.) So, be sure to contact your respective state’s board of education department or your LCMS district office if you have any questions on how to renew your certificate or license using your TEC21 experience!

1. Discover … A potpourri of resources

2. Explore … Digital citizenship questions

3. Design … learning with the range of resources we looked at this school year

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

Using the chromebook for screencast making,

Another Excellent Web Tool to Gamify Your Teaching Blooklet

5 Ideas for Using Threadit in School

Five Ideas for Using Google’s New Threadit App in School

Get More Reliable Google Search Results with This New Feature

Play the “Royal Game of Ur” with Google Slides and Drawings

How to Record a Video in Gmail

Read: 4 ways to fight educator burnout

10 ideas for creating an interACTIVE classroom: 

30 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement: 

How to Install and Manage Chrome Extensions

How to Make Sure Students Aren’t Unsupervised in Google Meet Video Calls

Add Voice Notes to Your Email With Mote

Read: A social media reply Google Slides template for digital citizenship

Check out — and download/copy — these templates!

Read: 10 TikTok tips for teachers

Read: 10 amazing assessment ideas

22 must-have templates for teachers:

30 free Google Slides and PowerPoint themes for teachers: 

Our templates library (50+ templates): 

Ebook: 50 FREE Templates for Teachers:

10 lessons Frozen can teach us about tech, teaching

Here Is How to Easily Random Group Generator Tool for Teachers

Add Audio Feedback to Google Drive

3 Powerful Video Editing Tools for Students Using Chromebooks 

An Easy Way to Generate Citations and Bibliographies in Google Docs

MathQuiz.io – A Simple Game to Practice Math Skills

Heard this morning that starting for the 21-22 school year Xtra math are moving to a subscription model .Pay to use. Help your teachers plan ahead. Find a new one that is still free. There are several to choose from. There is a list of them here


Google events and recordings

Innovative teaching and learning with Chromebook

The video version of the above

Slides> insert>image> camera

More fonts

organize your chrome waffle

Screenshot on Chromebook (microwave oven) then annotate

QR code from the address bar

A Reason to Have Students Conduct Traceroutes Even if You’re Not a Computer Science Teacher

How to Access the Command Prompt on a Chromebook

www.techjunkie.com › PC › Chromebook

A New Look for Presenting With Google Slides


  • 🕹️ Blooket – Free online review game site with a variety of fun games for students, and options to create your own questions or use existing banks.
  • Timeline Generator – Free tool to take a Wikipedia article and automatically create a timeline from the dates and details, with the option to edit and share the result.
  • ⌨️ Keymash – Free typing website with dozens of interactive keyboarding lessons, as well as competitive typing games.
  • 📖 Reading Vine – Free website with a large collection of reading passages and sets, across grade levels and subjects, for students to get personalized reading skills practice.
  • Microsoft Math Solver – Step-by-step directions for solving math problems from Pre-Algebra to Calculus, as well as supporting videos, quizzes, worksheets, and other resources.
  • 📹 Record to Slides – Chrome extension that makes it super easy to record video from your webcam or screen share, and then insert that into Google Slides.
  • Knowt – Automatically turn any text into flashcards or a quiz for review with this artificial intelligence tool.
  • 🔗 Link Lock – Free tool for adding a password to a link. Great for Google Forms quizzes and other sites you wish to control access to.




  • 🎵 Wordtune – AI-powered Chrome extension that suggests alternate ways to phrase your sentences.
  • 🎲 Story Dice / Cubes – 5 Dice Version, 9 Dice Version – Website to generate 5 or 9 random digital story dice.
  • 🧩 SolveMe Puzzles: Mobiles – Hundreds of interactive puzzles to build algebraic reasoning and strengthen the logic of solving equations for unknown values.
  • ⚛️ Collisions Games – Online games to help students visualize and interact with chemistry concepts including atoms, acids and bases, ions, and much more.
  • 🥕 Carrot2 – Search engine that organizes your results into topics to help students visualize and explore the results.
  • 🕹️ GameChangineer – A fun platform for creating video games in object-oriented English. Discover and practice logical reasoning, problem-solving, algorithmic design, critical and computational thinking.
  • 📄 Wizer – Create interactive digital worksheets from scratch or from existing worksheets.
  • 🔴 Circly – Free tool for creating interactive, collaborative graphic organizers using circles for grouping concepts.
  • 🎞️ Vmaker – Another screencasting extension for teachers with free option for unlimited recordings.
  • ✂️ GIFs from YouTube – How to create a GIF from a YouTube video.

Two New Google Workspace Features for Students – Including Saving Google Forms in Progress!

Five Jamboard Features You Should Know How to Use

Five Ways to Get Students to be More Active in Remote Learning

Read: 10 green screen project ideas for the classroom

Read: Slide into science: Demonstrating learning with Google Slides

Read: Google Slides interactive notebooks + 20 activities to fill them

Read: Deeper thinking with timeline projects

Read: Virtual walking tours with Google Maps Street View

Read: Learning in motion: EASY stop-motion animation with Google Slides

Read: Redefining annotation: Ditch That PDF and hyper-annotate

Read: Crash! Bang! Boom! How to add Google Drawings comic strips to your class

Read: Choice stories in Google Slides: How to + ideas for class

55 creative Chromebook projects to try at the end of the year

50+ awesome end-of-the-year ideas, activities and projects

10 ideas for digital end-of-semester final projects

20 ways Google tools can make the end of the year rock

20 video projects to engage students

30 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement

10 Googley Poetry Projects for National Poetry Month

Record and Send Voice Notes in Gmail

A New Citation Generator from ClassTools

Google Meet Transcripts Automatically Saved as New Google Docs

Enable Audio and Video Captions on Any Page in Chrome

How to Change Your Mouse Pointer Size and Color

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lohfhgFP_Xs– sound in google

It’s all about that audio

Activities for National Poetry Month

A Handful of Jamboard Tutorial Videos

Teaching the Word

As we follow Jesus from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, take one story or multiple events and share  multimodally. Working with a partner, you may also compare and contrast Palm Sunday with Good Friday to demonstrate how the sentiment of the people changed drastically in just four days. Try a tool you haven’t worked with yet that perhaps your students could use. You can find the verses at:http://www.biblegateway.com/ 

1. Palm Sunday (Matthew 21:1-17)

2. Jesus anointed by Mary in Simon’s House at Bethany-Tuesday: (Matthew 26:6-13)

3. Preparation for the Passover-Tuesday night: (Luke 22:7-16, 24-30)

4. Jesus washes the Apostles’ feet to teach them humility-Thursday night: (John 13:1-20)

5. Jesus opens his heart to the disciples about his departure-Thursday night: (John 14-16)

6. Jesus’ intercessory prayer near Gethsemane-Thursday night: (John 17)

7. Betrayal, arrest and trial-Friday morning: (Matthew 26:47-27:30)

8. Jesus crucified on the cross-Friday: (Luke 23:33-46)

9. The Resurrection-Sunday: (Matthew 28:5-8)

Some tools you may use, but are not limited to, to portray this episode of Jesus’ passion:

From ReadWriteThink.org website or apps (a-e):

(a) Timeline (http://www.readwritethink.org/, search for Timeline at website or app)

(b) Venn Diagram (http://www.readwritethink.org/, search for Venn Diagram app only)

(c) Haiku Poem (http://www.readwritethink.org/, search for Haiku app only)

(d) Acrostic Poem (ReadWriteThink interactive on web or app)

(e) Trading Cards (http://www.readwritethink.org, app only)

Some additional tools:

(f) Voki.com (create an avatar, Jesus is an option under “World,” and add voice by typing text to speech for provided voice or using microphone for your voice. The Jesus character is now only available with the paid package.  Sample Jesus Speaks to Us)

(g) Popplet.com (create a graphic organizer with pictures, video, & words to tell the story)

(h) Bible Buddies HD (puppet play app, need Director’s pass for Easter story $3.99)

(i) Educreations.com or Google slides (create a screencast telling the story)

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

Google Workspace for Education tiers

  • Overview – Google will now offer four different tiers of tools and services for schools – Resource link
  • Traditional free version of Google tools (formerly called G Suite for Education)
  • $3 / student / year
  • Advanced instruction tools (Meet: breakout rooms, Q&A, polls, attendance reports, noise cancellation, permanent recordings, 250 participants, 10K live streaming. Classroom: unlimited originality reports, add-ons) and additional Drive storage
  • $4 / license / month
  • Everything from Education Standard and Teaching and Learning Upgrade plus 100K live streaming, Classroom roster sync from any SIS, Cloud Search
  • $5 / student / year


  Google Drive storage updates

  • Overview – Google will no longer be offering unlimited Drive storage for schools, but instead will have a shared storage amount – Resource link, Help page
  • EF and ES – 100TB of pooled cloud storage shared across all of your users
  • T&L – 100 TB shared + 100 GB per license
  • E+ – 100 TB shared + 20 GB per license
  • New limits will go into effect across for existing customers in July 2022
  • Admin tools to identify and manage how storage is used and allocated


  Google Classroom updates
  • Add-ons to choose EdTech tools and content from a marketplace and assign it to students directly in Classroom (T&L and E+) – Video clip
  • Create classes and populate and sync rosters directly to Classroom from Student Information System (E+) – Video clip
  • Grade Export adding Aspen SIS (in addition to existing Skyward and Infinite Campus support) – Video clip
  • Export audit logs to BigQuery for deeper insights (ES and E+) – Video clip
  • Student engagement tracking to see relevant stats about how students interact with Classroom – Video clip
  • Offline functionality for Classroom Android app – Video clip
  • Classroom Android app to allow students to scan, edit, combine, and attach images of paper assignments – Video clip
  • Rich text formatting for assignments and posts including bold, italics, underline and bullet – Video clip
  • Improved grading in Classroom Android app including the ability to switch between student submissions, grade while viewing an assignment, and share feedback – Video clip
  • Originality reports to support more languages (15 total) – Video clip
  • CS First integration to import student rosters from Classroom into a new CS First class – Video clip


  Google Drive editors updates
  • Google Docs citation tool adding search feature to import citation details – Video clip


  Security features updates
  • Document approvals for users to approve, reject, or leave feedback on Drive files – Video clip
  • Investigation Tool getting logs from Chat, Meet, Classroom, OAuth, Groups, Voice, and Calendar – Video clip


  Google Meet updates
  • End meetings for everyone on the call, preventing students from staying on after the teacher has left, including in breakout rooms – Resource link
  • Control when students can unmute themselves
  • Mobile Meet app getting  moderation controls, such as who can join meeting or use the chat or share their screen
  • For meetings created from Classroom students won’t be able to join before the teacher, only students and teachers in the class will be able to join, and every teacher in the Classroom will be a meeting host by default (Fall 2021)
  • All meetings (even those not started from Classroom) will support multiple hosts
  • New settings in the Admin console for who can join their school’s video calls, and whether people from their school can join video calls from other schools
  • New details in Google Meet audit logs including external participant’s email addresses
  • Meet logs being added to the Investigation Tool (ES and E+)
  • Admin option to end any meeting from the Investigation Tool (ES and E+)
  • Emoji reactions in Meet, with teacher and admin control over when reactions can be used.
  • Improved Meet reliability with low bandwidth
  • Create breakout rooms ahead of time in Google Calendar (T&L and E+)
  • Meeting transcripts will be available for teachers to review or share (T&L and E+)


  Chromebook updates
  • Screen recording tool built into ChromeOS (in March) – Video clip
  • Audio, video and reliability improvements in Meet
  • Parents can add a Google Workspace for Education account to their child’s personal Google Account managed with Family Link – Help page, Overview video


  Accessibility updates


For more details, you can view a recording of the “Learning with Google” livestream at: 

And to keep the learning going, Google has organized free 30-minute training sessions on a wide variety of these updates and features, running from February 23rd through April 8th. See the full list of topics, dates, times, and registration link at:


Post by Eric Curts. Connect with me on Twitter at twitter.com/ericcurts

https://www.google.com/chromebook/whatsnew/march-2021/ Whats new with chromebook!


Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

 1. Digital: Prepare for Celebration Day! Have fun with this! Use the questions and strategies on the following document to prepare for the day: click HERE.

2. Social: Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2021/2022 school year opened on January 2, 2021. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other teachers serving in Lutheran schools and the impact it’s having on you and your students. Thank you in advance for being an ambassador for TEC21 and supporting our vision and mission for the sake of the Gospel! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

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


Dismiss at 2:00pm

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