February 2021 Agenda—Clinton Township, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


  • To WiFi: Look for “TLCVolunteer”; use password on the board.
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there!
  • You can access the agenda by visiting tec21connect.com and selecting the Clinton Township.

SOCIALLY:  How was Lutheran Schools’ Week? What was one thing that went really well? Share your school’s best idea so that we can borrow it next year!

ICE BREAKER (Because this is fun)…click this and then click City Guesser. GREAT site for early finishers!

Icebreak App: Grow Games App. Check it out!

SPIRITUALLY: Prayer requests? Add them below. Prayers answered? Place a praise post as well!

Made with Padlet


We focus especially on Jesus during this season of Lent. Try your hand at creating a diamante poem about the Lenten season, or Jesus, or faith, or hope. Use this link.


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, March 25.

2. Local Events:

MSTA Conference Feb. 27, March 6 2021 Info here

Michigan Reading Association Virtual Conf March 12-14, 2021 Info here

MACUL Conference March 17-19, 2021 Info here

Tyler Tarver Summer Google online PD = info here

3. This summer, we will be preparing our TEC21 website for “Season 13” so we encourage you to bookmark the “Season 12” workshop agendas now so you have access to them in the future. Here’s the link – https://tec21connect.com/2020-2021-workshop-agendas/ Note: When we perform quarterly updates on our website’s theme, webpages and various plug-ins, we do not include all of the previous years’ agendas (webpages) in the process. This means that over time past agendas may start to look a little wonky, but the links and resources will still be accessible for you 🙂

4. Three graduate-level credits available through Concordia University, Nebraska:

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!


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. Discover  the power of digital field trips.

2. Explore formative assessment tools and video creation tools.

3. Design a student-centered project or assessment using video.

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.

Discover interactive and digital field trips.

Revisiting Formative Assessment

Here’s a GIANT list of Formative Assessment Tools

GoSoapBox   web-based clicker tool used by educators around the world to keep students engaged and gain real-time insight into student comprehension.

Edpuzzle Choose a video, give it your magic touch and track your students’ comprehension.

GoFormative  Simply upload any pdf/document/google doc, click to add places for your students to respond, edit any question details and you’re done.

Creative, Low-tech, engaging formative assessment ideas: Blogpost


Wondering how to use Screencasting in the classroom? Check HERE for some great ideas.

Screencastify Link: HERE

Helpful Digital Whiteboards to use while recording:

canvas.apps.chrome great for screenrecording

jamboard.google.com  sticky notes, doodle, text

microsoft whiteboard: search in window box next to search bar

whiteboard.chat   100 people on one, or students have ind. boards. FREE!

Canva Example: 

One-Take Paper Slide Video – assessment idea

Blog with ideas- Link here

Interactive Notebooks

Interactive example:

Force a copy by clicking HERE

Slidesmania: SO MANY TEMPLATES for collaborative google slide decks.

Infographics: Article with links to using infographics in class, including google drawing, powerpoint. Be sure to scroll down for templates that you can use to help your students show their learning through infographics.

Gamification Ideas

Let’s play a BLOOKET game

Ipads in the classroom

Ipads in the classroom (check availability)

Common Sense – Recommended Ipad Apps

Getting Smart curated list for Ipads

Scholastic Curated list of Apps (some paid/some free)

Popplet  Used as a mind-map, Popplet helps students think and learn visually. Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them.

Chrome Extensions and Google Slide Add-ons for the classroom


Stellar List of 50 Chrome Extensions for teachers

Great Link of 20 Must Have Extensions

KAMI: Kami is an app and extension for Google Chrome that allows you to edit PDFs.  It integrates with Google Classroom.  It will recognize that you have a PDF open and the shortcut button is built right into your window.


Recommended Slide Add-ons- extensive list via link

Slide Randomizer – example Vocab X Games

PearDeck – Imagine if you could engage every student in your class, every day. What if you could instantly see who’s confused and who’s ready for more? That’s the power of Pear Deck. And now, with the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on, you can add the magic of formative assessments and interactive questions to your presentations right from Google Slides.

FLATICON:  Visuals are must-have teaching tool. They support written language for our early readers and emerging bilinguals, and visual cues are a great support for students who struggle with executive functioning. Offers thousands of free icons to use in your Google Slides™.

SLIP AND SLIDE: Effortlessly insert slides into multiple student presentations at one time using Slip-in-Slide. You can choose to send one or many slides from your presentation to an assignment folder in Classroom.
Push any number of slides to an entire folder of student presentations making distribution of new materials quick and easy. Integrates with the folder structure of Google Classroom to send your slides directly into students existing presentations. Perfect for a Google Slides based interactive notebook.

Celebration Day Idea

Helpful tips:

  • Think of the day as a mini-conference and each of you will be the presenters.
  • 10-15 minutes show some things you’ve accomplished this year – what you did, how you did it and why you did it. You might include a Genius Hour project or perhaps share the variety of ways you integrated technology in your teaching strategies or student learning activities.
  • Here’s an example of a variety of different ways past TEC21 Teachers presented their learning with one another – SAMPLE.
  • Use the outline below with its questions and strategies to prepare for Celebration Day. To download and print a copy, click HERE.

Digital Tools & Resources

Blooket.com A new take on trivia and review games! The way it works is that a teacher/host picks a question set and a unique game mode. Then, we generate a code that players can use to join the game on their own devices. After the game starts, players will answer questions to help them win. That’s where the fun starts, because we offer a variety of games to keep students engaged and excited!

JAMBOARD is an online interactive whiteboard tool designed for cross-platform collaboration developed by Google as part of the G Suite family.  Check this LINK for additional templates and ideas

Upload and make any of your favorite PowerPoints, Google Slides, and now, any video interactive. You can even upload videos directly from YouTube.

Or, search our standards-aligned library of 8,500+ interactive lessons and videos across all grades and subjects.

The AnswerPad is both a student response system with a focus on drawing and “show what you know,” and a grading solution for teacher-created quizzes. Browser-based for teachers, it works on any device (BYOD), browser or on free apps for iOS or Android for students. Demo Video: HERE 

Make anything talk — pets, friends, doodles, and more. Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, fancy book reports, or retellings of learning about anything. And best of all, it’s FREE! (Ipad App)

find classroom resources, lesson plans, correlations to education standards, and real-world applications in the Wonder Ground, a network we created especially to support educators

Wordwall can be used to create both interactive and printable activities. … Interactives are played on any web-enabled device, like a computer, tablet, phone or interactive whiteboard. They can be played individually by students, or be teacher-led with students taking turns at the front of the class. Tutorial is linked HERE.

Wide selection of math games for grades 1-12. Sorted by grade level and concept. Easily share link to google classroom.

both an app and a Google Play app on Chromebooks. It lets you create animated stories by selecting setting and characters, then using your voice to tell the story as you move the characters. Select Historical Films, Mysteries, Social Studies, School Reports, Documentaries, and more! Look fabulous.

The interactive whiteboard platform where people collaborate, share, and learn without boundaries. Turn ideas into understanding with Explain Everything.

A student response system (similar to Kahoot, Quizizz, Class Responder, etc.) that really engages students.

Who doesn’t love Jeopardy-style games for review?!  Jeopardy Labs has thousands of pre-made games ready for you to use!  Set up your class in teams or individually!

Create presentations, classroom decorations, infographics, worksheets, lesson plans and much more.

Gimkit is a classroom game-show platform where students compete by answering questions on their electronic devices. Instead of earning points, students earn virtual currency, which they can “invest” during the game to boost their score.

Backchannel Chat is a class discussion tool that was designed from the ground up to support teachers. Backchannels are great for increasing participation in classroom discussions and for informally assessing your students’ knowledge.

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

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

  1. Digital: Apply what you learned today by designing a lesson, a student project or an assessment strategy involving the use of video.
  1. Social: Post to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, a picture of you and your students or a link to a completed project your students created.
  2. Spiritual: Be a resource to another teacher on your faculty by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.
  3. Missional: Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2021/2022 school is in full swing. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other teachers outside of your school building who are serving together in Lutheran education 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


Dismiss at 2:00pm

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Karla Hardies (586)610-4511



Karla Hardies

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