January 2021 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


To the WiFi:   Go to “Peace” network      Username:   Tech21       Password:    welcome

To the Agenda:   Go to    tec21connect.com   and select “Workshops” and then “Agendas”

To Each Other:    Check out the snack table and say hello to your teammates.  How has everyone been doing since we saw each other in November?

Try a new online message board option:  Backchannel Chat.  I have posted a discussion question on:  http://backchannelchat.com/chat/mdmqy

To Other TEC21 Teachers:    Check out Facebook – TEC21 Educators and see what’s new.  Respond to a post or post something yourself.


I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.  My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.  Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.  I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.    Psalm 34:1-4.


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


  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.

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

3. Have you made any New Year’s Professional Growth Resolutions? They might come in handy for “Celebration Day” in May. 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!”


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.

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

Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL)

More Than a Check-In:  Maslow Before Bloom All Day Long

Digital Tools & Resources

Google Meet affords you the opportunity to connect with others online. Arrange for a time to meet online with other teachers, other classrooms, facilitators or other professionals

Google Classroom – a free service for schools, non-profits, and anyone with a personal Google account. Classroom makes it easy for learners and instructors to connect—inside and outside of schools. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized.

As with other Google apps, Google Drawings allows students to collaborate–this time in a paint-like program. Use it to create diagrams, illustrations, and infographics, etc. (Grade 2+)  Check out this video for instructions on doing 10 different things in Google Drawings.

1.  Create a drawing

2.  Change drawing size

3.  Add lines and shapes

4.  Add text or word art

5.  Upload images

6.  Format shapes

7.  Order items

8.  Align or rotate items

9.  Insert links

10.  Convert to files  (Good article on file types and when to use them.)

Collaboration is easy with Google Docs. (Grade 2+)  Check out this video for instructions on doing 10 different things in Google Docs.

1.  Create a doc

2.  Share a doc

3.  Use Add-Ons

4.  Type with your voice

5.  Create hyperlinks

6.  Commenting

7.  Insert items

8.  Count Words

9.  Publish a doc

10.  Embed a doc

The Goosechase App allows you to create a scavenger hunt which your students can join.  The app gives points for each of the items your students upload on their device.  Available for both iOs and Android.  Each GooseChase game has a list of missions for participants to complete. You can create your mission list using our bank of 100+ tested missions or by designing your own from scratch.  There’s a free version and a paid version.  This would be great for a scavenger hunt activity and can be related to many subjects.  Try out a game I created by putting the GooseChase app on your phone and using the game code:  R71MQ1  We will go in two teams (red and blue).

Go Noodle is a free web tool for teachers to use to bring some activity and movement into the classroom.  Students follow along videos to stretch, relax, improve coordination, or learn guided dance.  There are videos to improve self-confidence or collaboration, that include curricular content, highlight school procedures, or improve balance.  Use this one for a brain break when you need to get the kids up and moving!  Here is one for focus and coordination.    Here is a catchy one about prefixes and suffixes.   And here is one for activity and the number of days in each month.  You can share these videos with students to do at home!

Build A Snowman     Students can create their own snowman and then write a story to go along with it.  A great way to teach the power of using CTRL + C and CTRL + V on the computers!  Directions in Slideshow.  Be sure to “Make a Copy” before you start editing the slideshow!

Collaborative Spreadsheet Art    4 people worked together simultaneously on a single Google Docs spreadsheet. Each cell in the 100 row x 186 col spreadsheet was filled using 18 different colors. The entire process was captured in time-lapse. You can get the original spreadsheet used in this video and learn how it was created at: http://docs.google.com/holiday Create your own spreadsheet art and post a video response! We’d love to see what you create.

Gospel Adventures – Thailand      Gospel Adventures is the new version of the Lutheran Hour Ministries Online Mission Trip.  The trip for 2021 is to Thailand.  Free registration for any classes from a Christian school.  There includes a ready-to-go curriculum, online experiences for middle school, and opportunities to get to know what it is like to be a child in Thailand.  The adventure starts in January 2021!

Valentine Magnetic Poetry    Click here to make a copy of the template and the create some poetry using the “magnetic” tiles.

Digital Pixel Art for Valentine’s Day – TPT

From TPT Seller’s Site – February Digital Magic Reveal Pixel Art – students solve addition or subtraction problems and AUTO-GENERATE one of 5 Valentine’s Day pixel art images in Google™ Sheets! This self-checking, EDITABLE, digital activity works with ANY device with Google™ Sheets (iPads, Chromebooks, and more) and includes 4 differentiated versions.

Easily integrate Google Classroom or Google Drive™ online storage service into your February or Valentine holiday plans with this low prep, paperless, addition review game! As students solve the addition or subtraction problems in Column A, by typing their answers in Column B, a mystery pixel art image is revealed, piece by piece. Students will know they have typed the correct answer if they see pixels appearing! If nothing happens, then students know to self-correct their answer. Students do NOT need to be familiar with Google Sheets to do this activity.

Multiplication Version Here

Online Collaborative Projects

The Online Collaboration Projects offered by The Teacher’s Corner are learning activities that provide collaboration between two or more classrooms.  The participating classrooms are in various locations around the world and use the Internet to interact with one another.

The students enrolled in a project are all working on a similar topic for a specific length of time.  They use the Internet to share their activities, findings and reflections. In addition to student collaboration, teachers are also be provided with the necessary tools to collaborate with one another.

Check out tons of activities for February  or MLK Jr. Day using the “Seasonal” activities.

Connect your students with a class across the country with Pen Pals.  Find new ideas for bulletin boards.

We Are Teachers      Numerous articles and lists of resources for collaborative projects in all subject areas and for all grade levels.

FlipGrid Events   New to FlipGrid – Professional Development, Virtual Field Trips and Microsoft Live Events.  Learn more about how to fully utilize FlipGrid.  Take your students on a Virtual Field Trip (some early ones are available for MLK Jr. and Inauguration).  Chat with a scientist or author through the Microsoft Live Events feature.  Check out the FlipGrid Blog for more information.

Imagination Forest is what your writers are looking for.  It’s a website that allows students to work towards writing goals, get feedback, and help understand the importance of the writing process.  Could be a great tool to share with families if you’re teaching virtually.

Prodigy Make math a game.  Students can work at their own pace, or specific skills can be assigned, as student play games and earn rewards.

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

Project Development

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

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time during the year with questions, problems, or suggestions.

Email:    lmeyers@vlhs.com

Phone:  989-790-1676  ext. 12   (school)

989-324-0666       (cell)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.