January 2021 Agenda—Glen Burnie, Maryland

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



My grandmother loved lighthouses, and transmitted that love to me.  With a love of the coast, she and I therefore came to also love these structures, as well as the symbolism of faith they hold.   Today’s devotional time focuses on not only the lighthouse, and God as that lighthouse in our times of great storms, but also on the lighthouse keeper, imagining times that we are up against seemingly insurmountable odds, as this keeper seems to be in the photograph shown below.

Surrounded, But Not Overtaken

Activity:  Spiritual

Prayerful Coloring

Prayer is a conversation with God.  That conversation requires both “speaking” and “listening.”  The Prayerful Coloring activity gives you quiet time in which to have that mental conversation.  The coloring gives you something to minimize the other distractions of the world in order to allow the Holy Spirit to work in your thoughts and feelings.  You are to be deliberate about thinking (“speaking” to God) and about “listening” to the urgings of the Holy Spirit entering your own mind and heart.

Like the lighthouse keeper, there are times we are in desperation for rescue.  There are, even more frequently, every day – every hour – times we need God to reassure, to guide, to step in… and blessedly – thankfully – He promises us to be with us in those very present minutes and hours.

Take a few minutes now of quiet … to pray and to color.  To speak and to listen.  To capture peace.

Activity:  Spiritual

Prayer Padlet:  Add to the Prayer Padlet any thoughts you’d like to share.

Made with Padlet


The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2021.


  1. 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.

So... that's how they start sentences these days - My New Old Self

2. Looking all the way back to November’s TEC21 Workshop on Digital Assessments and Gamification, as well as our Challenges, how did things go?  What did you try?  What successes did you and your students experience?  What challenges did you face that you have learned from?

3.  While we have not yet discussed Coding in our TEC21 workshops, did anyone participate in the Hour of Code in December? What happened? What obstacles (if any) did you and your students have to resolve? How did your students respond to the coding activities? What successes did you and your students experience?

4. Have you made any New Year’s Professional Growth Resolutions? They might come in handy for “Celebration Day” in April. 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.  Here are some working definition for short-term and long-term goals.  What are your aims in both categories?

  • 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!”

Today’s Goals

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 Call with another TEC21 cohort

Have you ever Skyped with another classroom before?

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.

10:00:    Plan our TWO ROUNDS of Mystery Skype. 

GOAL of ROUND ONE:   Determine the location of the TEC21 Workshop Cohort on the other end of our Google Meet before they determine our location.

GOAL of ROUND TWO:   Determine the Popular Tourist Attraction they have chosen from around the world before they determine ours.


  1. All Questions posed must yield “YES” or “NO” answers only.
  2. “YES” answers allow the same team to ask another question.
  3. “NO” answers switches the questioning to the other team.
  4. Internet resources may be used to help with geographic research.
  5. Researchers are aiming to narrow down the possible answer, while Question/Answer people are deciding the next questions to be asked, and are fielding questions from the opposing team.


  1. Brainstorm opening questions for Round 1 to narrow down TEC21 cohort locations.
  2. Choose a Popular Tourist Attraction in the world for Round 2.  (It may be God-made or man-made… in fact, that may be a good opening question!)
  3. Split up into two groups:  (1) Question/Answer & (2) Research… Plus one HOST.  (In Round 2, the teams will flip.  The HOST may rotate from the Q/A team, or may be static throughout the Round.)  The HOST will be the person close-at-camera to ask/answer questions.
  4. Anticipate and discuss a plan of action that will work best, imagining how this will play out.  (And imagining how you would lead the experience in your own classroom to help our experience and to learn from our experience.)
  5. Brainstorm opening questions for Round 2.


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.

Made with Padlet

More Collaboration Conversation

Digital Tools & Resources

PenPal Schools   Teachers enroll in a project and Pen Pal Schools connects them with a group of collaborators to tackle global projects together.  The free program offers many teacher intervention and feedback opportunities to enforce global compassion, citizenship, and collaboration.  Video Overview

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration Find and post collaborative projects for your learners to connect with peers around the world.

Goosechase Edu  More than just a standalone app, the GooseChase platform lets you create and facilitate a customized scavenger hunt in minutes. Gather the participants together and have at least one person per team download the GooseChase Edu app.  Great for field trips, school scavenger hunts, orientations, or even creativity within the classroom.  Tutorial    Creative Commons Review and Tips

Thinklink Edu ThingLink is a free and user friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. Create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher.    Quick Video Intro & Tutorial

Matific  is a free elementary math product that consists of engaging activities and games that are linked to content from the most popular math textbooks. It is available through a browser, native iPhone and iPad apps, as well as native Android smartphone and tablet apps.  Video Introduction

1.  iEARN  guides students to “Learn with the world, not just about it.”  Students work in global groups to create, research, and share global opinions on projects surrounding UN Sustainable Development Goals to improve the quality of life on our planet.  (Click link for a quick video overview).

2. ePals  offers pairing services for schools from around the world that are eager to learn from one another. Classrooms can access over 200 countries via live video chat, creating a unique learning community where young people experience a little bit of life in a foreign country while forming dialogues and lasting friendships. ePals represents the world’s largest network of K-12 classrooms, and best of all, it’s free.

3.  Free Rice   Have students make a difference by practicing their math, chemistry, anatomy, geography, foreign language, vocabulary, grammar, humanities and even for the SAT. “For each answer they get right, 10 grains of rice is donated through the World Food Programme to help end hunger.”   Cooperative learning idea: Students can go on Free Rice and calculate how much rice they donated as a group and create a graph to show their weekly results. This can be an ongoing project throughout the year. Groups can compare and contrast their results.

4.  Write About  is a classroom writing community and publishing platform built for teachers to use for students.  Students choose topics of interest, and practice good collaboration techniques as they respond and encourage other writers with similar interests.  (click link for a video overview)

5.  BoClips  is an educational video service that I’ve recently become aware of.  It offers millions of educational videos without all of the distractions typically associated with YouTube yet contains content licensed from some of the most popular educational channels on YouTube.

6.  Classroom Screen  is a web tool teachers and students will LOVE. Classroomscreen.com is a FREE web tool created by Laurens Koppers, a teacher from the Netherlands. Laurens created this tool to utilize the digiboard in their classroom to help students focus on their work.  More info and video overview (of earlier version)

7.  Padlet  is an online virtual “bulletin” board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location. Padlet allows users to create a hidden wall with a custom URL.

8.  11 Creative Ways to Use Google Docs as an Interactive Site for Students Are you just using Google Docs as a substitute for a worksheet? Why not use the full capabilities of Google Docs by creating a HyperDoc? If you are not familiar with the term, HyperDoc, it essentially means “an interactive Google Doc that guides students through innovative and inquiry-based learning lessons using directions, graphic organizers, links, and possible collaboration. The learning can be made to be self directed, and students can work at their own pace” (Google Training Center, 2016).

9.  Teampedia  is a collaborative encyclopedia of free team building activities, free icebreakers, teamwork resources, and tools for teams.

10.  The Teacher’s Corner is built by a teacher for teachers to find Teacher Resources, Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Activities … updated monthly.  It includes collaborative ideas, individual activities, holiday enhancements, and more.

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

Project Development

As you develop collaborative activities for your classroom today during our Work Time, perhaps we could test them out on each other, for anyone who is at a break-away moment in their own work.  This was an idea from last Workshop’s Reflections, and as today’s focuses on Collaboration, what a perfect time to give it a go!  

Inspire! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂

Made with Padlet

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

My Contact Info

Tracey Gove


(443) 325-3675

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.