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

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi: 
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  • A Quick Note: Don’t forget to order your lunch &
  • Grab snacks and/or a drink!
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Here are some discussion questions that go along well with our devotional video:

  • How does the story of Peter relate to you?
  • How can we get the story of Peter to relate to our students?
  • Peter turned out to be one of the greatest witnesses of Jesus. How could we help our students use technology to witness?

As we look at collaborative activities today, especially those designed to bring students together and to help them share their thoughts and ideas, I want you to be thinking about how they also could use these tools to share their faith with their peers.


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, February 18, 2021.

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

  • Indiana Connected Educators (ICE)
    • Note: Annual fall conference held near Indy.
    • Note: This year, because of COVID-19 it was held virtually in July. Click on the link above to learn more about ICE and maybe set a goal to go to their annual conference within the next few years!
  • Michigan Association of Computer User Learning (MACUL)
    • Note: Upcoming Regional Conference in March! This year it is scheduled to take place March 17th-19th, 2021 in Detroit, MI. To learn more or to register click here. UPDATE: this conference will now be virtual. In my opinion, it has consistently been my favorite conference to attend. The workshops and keynotes are exceptional. 
  • International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE)
    • Note: Annual International Conference Held Each Summer. 

3. Don’t forget to place your lunch order: https://delivery.panerabread.com/ Lunch will take place around 11:45 AM. Plan to pick up lunch at Panera between 11:45 PM and Noon.


1. Social: In September, we shared ways in which TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning networks. With the start of the second semester, what a great time to reflect on the benefits of being able to gather together for these monthly sessions to be trained, equipped, encouraged and supported. We hope the relationships that are being built will continue to be a blessing to your teaching ministry for many years to come! #LutheranSchoolsThrive

Here are some ways TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning network:

Twitter: Follow @TEC21_LuthEd the facilitators and many other educators who have embraced this powerful communication tool. Follow and use these hashtags #TEC21lcms & #LuthEd when tweeting!

Facebook Group: Engage with TEC21 Educators going all the way back to “Season 1” to ask questions and share ideas to support one another.

Facebook: Please help us get the word out to as many teachers as possible about the TEC21 Workshop Program by “Liking” us on the TEC21 Facebook Page!


Pinterest: Pin along with hundreds of other teaches on the shared board TEC21’s collaborative board!  Select this link to be added as a collaborator – https://pin.it/4b89BOM.


Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our workshop centers from year to year.

2. Looking all the way back to November’s TEC21 Challenges…

  • Digital: Were you able to take one of our teaching topics (Padlet, Pear Deck, Poll Everywhere, Google Sites, Create Your Own Adventure Story) and work an idea or component into a lesson or assignment?
  • Spiritual: Did you have an opportunity to help or encourage a colleague or teaching friend?

3. Have you made any New Year’s Professional Growth Resolutions? Share with the group or the person next to you. Maybe you can become an accountability partner with someone to help each other meet your goal. Do you remember the working definitions for short- and long-term goals we shared with you back in September?

  • SHORT-TERM – Some sort of technology integrating lesson or activity you want to do with your students THIS MONTH.
  • LONG-TERM – A major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a website used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project based learning using a specific tool or tools. There are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”

4. Lastly, as you think about your goals, we want you to look at what you hope to take away from Tec21 this winter and spring. Your goals and/or professional growth resolutions can help you to prepare for our last workshop in April when we have “Celebration Day“. Sometimes, unless you have a good example, it can be hard to visualize the outcome of a project. Celebration Day is a wonderful opportunity to reflect and look back at your take aways from Tec21 and at the ways that you challenged yourself over these many months. Here are some example projects from last year’s cohort. 

January Padlet Entry

It has been two months since we last gathered to discuss tech and teaching life! Share ONE picture, meme or bible verse that best represents your last two months in the classroom.

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1. Explore the educational value of teacher- and student-centered collaboration.

2. Create a learning activity using collaborative tools and resources to enrich an upcoming lesson or unit you will be teaching.

3. Identify a digital tool, a teaching strategy or learning activity to share with another teacher when you return to your school.

Collaborative Learning Activities

Teachers have been collaborating in a variety of ways for years. For example, have you ever had your students write letters to pen pals, missionaries, or perhaps participate in a Flat Stanley project? Many teachers still engage their students in these types of fun and meaningful lessons! Can you imagine, however, the opportunities you have to enhance these kinds of rich, experiential learning activities by using some of the remarkable digital tools and resources available to us in the classroom today?

There are a number of ways to virtually connect your students with other students or experts outside your classroom walls. Likewise, there are a variety of digital tools that are designed with features that afford students the capability to collaborate in some amazing ways. What kinds of learning activities are possible today when we use things like Skype (or other video chat tool), Flipgrid, Google Slides, Padlet, etc.? How have you used any of these with your students?

Today, let’s do something incredibly fascinating. Let’s have all 159 TEC21 teachers (+ the TEC21 Facilitators) in our 27 cohorts this year engage in three collaborative learning activities! Our hope is that through these experiences, each of us will leave here today encouraged and inspired to try something new or different with our students!

Collaborative Activity #1 – Participate in a Mystery Skype/Zoom Call with another TEC21 cohort

Have you ever skyped, zoomed, or had a Google meet with another class or with a professional during a class?

Tips for a successful Mystery Skype experience:

  1. Find a teacher who wants to do a Mystery Skype.
  2. Skype with each other first (without students) to practice using the platform and to plan for the activity.
  3. Prepare your students with how the activity works, make assignments for the various roles, and GO FOR IT!

Many supplemental resources (age appropriate) can be found on the web to help plan for a successful lesson. For an example, here is one to get you started: Check out Skype–etiquette.

Who’s ready to give it a try?

  • Fill out this GOOGLE FORM. Then look on the SPREADSHEET to find a good match.
  • Maybe you can even connect after lunch today to meet one another and begin to make a plan!  

Collaborative Activity #2 – Create a Google Slide Presentation with 186 other teachers

Let’s all collaborate to make ONE Google Slide presentation. It might get a little messy, but let’s give it a try and have some fun with it!  Click HERE for the directions and to edit the presentation.

Collaborative Activity #3 – Contribute your favorites to a TEC21 group Padlet

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Additional Collaboration Activities – Student Centered

Collaborative Activity #4 – Get students talking…with AnswerGarden

How can you get students to respond to a prompt OR more importantly to each other? One quick and easy way to do this is AnswerGarden. Click here to try out a Tec21 example.

Collaborative Activity #5 – Collaborative Line Game using Jamboard

Want students to discuss possible answers to questions or statements? Want students to write their own assessment questions? A fun way to get students collaborating in a virtual Google space, is to use Jamboard. Click here to look at and make a copy of a Collaborative Jamboard Line Game Template/Demo.

Note: Jamboard is a feature that needs to be enabled or “turned on” by your Google Admin if you are using an education, enterprise or business Google account. It is possible that it is on, but if not, please ask your Google Administrator to turn it on in the Google Admin Console .

Collaborative Activity #6 – Collaborative Adobe Spark Video Creation

Have you ever had a student make a short but outstanding video? Video creation can be a great way for students to share ideas and show that they have really grasped the concepts or meaning of your lessons and teaching. Adobe Spark is a great collaborative tool for doing video creation today!  Here is a short video that we created this week for the funeral of a former beloved teacher. 

Challenge #1: Create a short Adobe Spark video that has just pictures and a song. Make a video you can show students of you with your family, or maybe a video of you doing things that you love (hobbies), or maybe you can make a video sharing a little bit of your history…I challenge you to make a short video that you can then show your students!

Challenge #2: Create a short Adobe Spark video that shares a simple message BUT do so collaboratively with another person. Adobe Spark lets two people work on the same project. See if you and a colleague can create a simple and fun video together!

Digital Tools & Resources

GeoGuessr is a web-based geographic discovery game. The game uses a semi-randomized Google Street View location and requires players to guess their location in the world using only the clues visible.


Twiddla – Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start drawing on a blank canvas. Browse the web with your students or make that remote tutoring session more productive than ever. No plug-ins, downloads, or firewall voodoo – it’s all here, ready to go when you are. Browser-agnostic, user-friendly.

AnswerGarden Word Cloud generator lets you ask a question and share a link with students so they can add words to create a word cloud on your topic. Try it!

Empatico empowers teachers and students to explore the world through experiences that spark curiosity, kindness, and empathy. We combine live video with activities designed to foster meaningful connections among students ages 6-11.

Biola University has a great resource each year through their Advent and Lenten devotional series. These multi-media devotional series have participants look at art, music and text in combination with the scriptures. Check out the 2021 Lenten series and sign up today to be notified when the devotions start!

Mystery Animal Mystery Animal is a new spin on the classic 20-questions game. The computer pretends to be an animal, and you have to guess what it is using your voice. Ask any yes-or-no question you want, like “Do you have feathers?” or “Do you sleep at night?” Play it on a Google Home by saying “Hey Google, talk to Mystery Animal,” or try it here on the site.

Quick, Draw This is a game built with machine learning. You draw, and a neural network tries to guess what you’re drawing. Of course, it doesn’t always work. But the more you play with it, the more it will learn. So far we have trained it on a few hundred concepts, and we hope to add more over time. We made this as an example of how you can use machine learning in fun ways.

Mystery Skype (Ettiquitee and Rules) Mystery Skype is an education game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. It has totally transformed the way students learn about the world in my school.

Thingiverse MakerBot’s Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. … In the spirit of maintaining an open platform, all designs are encouraged to be licensed under a Creative Commons license, meaning that anyone can use or alter any design.

Google Drawing Google Drawings is a free, web-based diagramming software developed by Google. It allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, mind maps, concept maps, and other types of diagrams.

Overdrive (Libby) OverDrive is a free service offered by your library or school that lets you borrow digital content (like eBooks and audiobooks) anytime. It works with the Libby app.

Google Classroom Timesavers Hacks for using Google Classroom to the fullest. (This is a blog post)

Guess the Wordle Have students create a Wordle word cloud using words about a certain topic. Then the rest of the class tries to guess their topic! Check out the Old and New Testament samples!

bubbl.us bubbl.us is a web-based mind mapping tool, useful for organizing ideas, brainstorming, analyzing relationships, and visualizing data. Simple interface, with basic and easily understood functionality. Free to try without creating an account.

Bible Memory The Bible Memory App is the only complete Bible memory system that makes it easy for you to Memorize, Organize, and Review verses.  You can even memorize and review verses while reading and studying your Bible, all in one app!  Memorize Bible verses fast by actively engaging 3 separate cognitive areas: kinesthetic (touch), visual, and auditory memory.  The Bible Memory App is also the only Bible memory system you can access across all mobile devices and online, at BibleMemory.com.  Your progress stays in sync between all of your devices, so you can memorize anytime, anywhere.  Even without the Internet!

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

Project Development

Inspire! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂

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TEC21 Challenges

  1. Digital: Engage your students in a collaborative learning activity to enrich a lesson or unit. You might even consider teaming with another teacher on your faculty or one from anywhere around the world.
  2. Social: Post to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, or a picture of you and your students engaging in a collaborative learning activity.
  3. Spiritual: Be a resource for one of your colleagues at your school by sharing a digital tool, a teaching strategy or learning activity.
  4. Season 13 cohorts are forming now! Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Personal testimonies go a long way, so we would be most grateful if you would help us by thinking of a fellow teacher or teachers that you could encourage to register for the 2021/2022 school year. They could be teachers from your school or any other school for that matter. With your help we will be able to impact more teachers and their students for the sake of the gospel. Share with them how valuable it’s been to you to be able to connect with other teachers serving in Lutheran schools outside of your school building and the positive impact it’s having on you and your students. We thank you in advance for any support of our efforts that you can give to us. Thank you for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd


Dismiss at 2:00pm

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