March 2021 Agenda—Fort Wayne, Indiana (EC-5 Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



A review of the Easter story from the point of view of children.  What does Easter mean to you?  How do we share this story with our own students?  How can we pray for you? Video from:  Skit Guys


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, Aprili 29, 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

3. 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 ( In order to be officially submitted in the drawing, she needs to have your name and the teacher you encouraged. #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

4. “Celebration Day” is next month 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 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 … (to be determined by the facilitator)

2. Explore … (to be determined by the facilitator)

3. Design … (to be determined by the facilitator)

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.


Project-Based Learning


Maker’s Space Presentation

Thinkers & Tinkers: A Place to Get Started- This is a great website on maker space and gives some great ideas on projects to get started within your classroom

Renovated Learning: Building a Culture of Creative & Discovery in Education- This website offers maker space resources.

Makerspace for Education: Print Resources

Sources for 3D Printable Objects

Thingiverse – 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.

Pinshape – On Pinshape, you can not only find high quality designs, but you can also sell your designs or share them with others. You can sort the items by newest, most popular, or lowest price.

Yeggi – Yeggi is a search engine for 3D models that you can print out and enjoy. Whether you want to find characters from Frozen or print an iphone case, this site has tons of creative ideas.

Places to Make Your Own Designs

Tinkercad – Tinkercad is a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app for everyone. Tinkercad is used by designers, hobbyists, teachers, and kids, to make toys, prototypes, home decor, Minecraft models, jewelry – the list is truly endless!

Tinkercad Code Blocks –

Alternatives – I haven’t used these yet, but there are many others out there.  I think Tinkercad is the best for educational purposes due to it’s ease of use.

Project-Based Learning Using Technology: Activities

PBL Resources

The 6 Must-Have Elements of High Quality Project-Based Learning: Intellectual challenge & accomplishment, authenticity, public product, collaboration, project management, reflection

An Introduction to Design Thinking: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test. (may be non-linear)

Our Project: Select one of the following and working with a partner in break out rooms go through the Project-Based Learning activity and create a product that demonstrates your learning using technology to share with the class. You will have 30 minutes.

  1. Living the Faith We Profess task based on this website: Living the Faith We Profess
  2. Building a Biodiversity Timeline. task based on this website: Building a Biodiversity Timeline.
  3. Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement task
  4. Minnesota Statehood Timeline task
  5. PBS Learning Media  Select a topic of your own by subject and grade

11 Essential Tools for Better Project-Based Learning: This web article provides awesome digital tools to use in conjunction with project-based learning.

Common Sense Education offers their take and input on digital project-based learning tools for the classroom.

Alternatives to Reading Response

ISTE for Educators standards: 7a Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.

Students get tired of writing book reports or answers to questions about what they read. Today we will create an alternative to the traditional written assessment. Select one of the following tools and create a project that responds to something you or your students read recently. Put the link to your project in this Google Doc to share. You will have 30 minutes.

  1. Digital Sketch  Sketchnote   Sketchnote ideas
  2. Vlog   Screencast-O-Matic  Example on YouTube: 100 Harry Potter Things to do when you are not at Hogwart
  3. Powtoon Animated Video  Powtoon : Book Report on Pink and Say example; Powtoon website with templates
  4. Podcast   Anchor    example How to Video    Sample Podcast
  5. Video   iMovie trailers
  6. Factile Jeopardy. Factile is the #1 Jeopardy-style classroom quiz review game!
  7. Create a Playlist. Music is often found in the background of movies and can be a creative way for students to respond to reading. They can actually create a playlist in YouTube, Spotify, or other music sources. Or they can simply link to the song in a Word Document as they tell why they selected each song. Sample playlist created to respond to novel “Ninth Ward.”

Digital Tools & Resources (FORMAT OPTION #1)

ReadWriteThink allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line. Timelines can be organized by time of day, date, or event, and the tool allows users to create a label with short or long descriptive text. The ability to add an image encourages students to create a visually appealing project. Add, drag, and rearrange items as needed. Saving capability allows students to return to their work and make revisions. Final work can be shared via e-mail or saved to the device’s camera roll.

WriteReader allows students to write and publish books online while receiving feedback from teachers in the writing process. Ideas here to make life-the-flap books and integratemakerspaces into the writing process.

Jaime Donally is a passionate technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into Instructional Technology. Her desire to build relationships has brought about opportunities to collaborate with students and educators around the world. She provides staff development and training on immersive technology as an edtech consultant.

Mark Hess

Mark Hess, Facilitator in Munster, Indiana has has developed a website full of helpful digital resources! Thank you, Mark, for sharing this with so many teachers! Here’s the link –

Corey Nelson

Corey Nelson, TEC21 Facilitator, recently shared a link to his personal website where he is equipping not only his own school faculty, but so many other teachers too because of his collaborative spirit. He writes, “This is the page on my personal site that I’m placing resources for our teachers as we prepare to go online, if needed. More will be added as I discover other items!” Thank you, Corey!

Collins Big Cat app offers animated interactive books students can read or have read to them. Sounds that help interpret the story. Story creator option to have students retell the story or write another story using the characters and setting from this story. Can record child’s voice to tell the story.

Zearn is a free online program that helps students in kinder-5th grade receive direct instruction in math associated with Eureka Math and EngageNY curriculums.

Top 25 Math Websites: Explore this list of excellent math resources. I especially suggest these free apps/websites: MathisFun, Fraction Calculator Plus, Math & Science Tutor, Free Graphing Calculator, Prodigy Math, Quizlet, and Wolfram Alpha. Also, check out Math Space for a location where teachers can monitor students and projects.

The MathBRIX platform contains hours of fun, yet challenging learning activities, designed for children ages 4-8

Kiz Phonics. If you have students who need help with sounds and letters this website has some great games they can play to practice. Especially with wearing masks making it difficult to see your mouth formation in creating the sounds,  seeing the videos can be helpful.

Assignments are a powerful distance learning tool that make learning fun. Knoword has a wide range of pre-made word packs for almost any subject—over 2,000 packs to be more exact. But if you can’t find the perfect words in our library, creating your own custom pack and assigning it to your class is the way to go.  Free version or Pro version for $5/month.

FieldTripZoom Zone offers educators unlimited access to virtual field trips that we broadcast every week with a Zone Subscription.   The calendar of trips, which is released at the start of the academic year, is organized around educational subject areas in order to facilitate inclusion into lesson plans. These trips are streamed every week and you simply tune-in with your class and interact live with our subject matter expert. Subject areas cover science, technology, engineering and math, arts and humanities, STEAM, health and wellness, history, government, and literacy with a mix of holiday and international events.

Thinglink is a web tool that allows students to make visual images more interactive.  Easily create visual learning materials and virtual tours, empower students to work on projects and assignments using text, voice, photos, and video. 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!  Here is a video for teachers on how to use Blooket to increase student engagement.  Here is a video for students to see how to navigate the games as a player.

Freeology – a plethora of free resources including ready-to-go worksheets for various grade levels and content areas, templates, calendar makers, graphic organizers and more

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

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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