March 2021 Agenda—Glen Burnie, Maryland

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


Arrival Activity #1:  Prayer Padlet

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

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1. The final workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 29, 2021.

2. 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

Celebration Day

3. “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!

Today’s Goals

1. Discover the educational value of engaging students in coding activities in today’s classroom.

2. Explore coding strategies, digital portfolio platforms, and augmented reality enhancements for the classroom.

3. Design a student-centered activity and compile innovations developed throughout the TEC21 experience.

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.


What is Coding?
  • Communicating with computers.
  • Speaking the language to give computers instructions.
Why Should Children Learn to Code?

  • Problem-solving
  • Resiliency
  • Teaching Thinking
  • Expanding Creativity
  • Future Preparation
  • Mathematical Intrigue
How and When Can Children Learn to Code?
  • Children as young as 4 or 5 can learn the basics of coding.
  • Digitally or even unplugged
  • Through worksheets, hands-on activities, and through a worldwide program called…
    …Hour of Code
What is Hour of Code?
How Do I Do This Hour of Code?
  • Technically, the worldwide Hour of Code is in December for one week, one hour each day…  but it can be done ANYTIME! for ANY length of time!  
  • Maybe it is a special event once a week … or once a month … or as a special class that happens every day for a set period of time.
  • I personally think the end of the school year offers a great opportunity for some special Coding time!

Take a peek at the many, many Hour of Code tutorials

Here is another fun Coding enhancement!

Think Like a Coder is a series that TED-Ed started publishing about a year ago. They’re cartoons that present a riddle or puzzle that is solved by using the logic that one would use to create a computer program. The basic premise of the series is that the main characters Ethic and Hedge have to collect artifacts and solve puzzles.

Activity #2a:  Coding

  1. Try this one for a younger-child experience:  Code Monkey
  2. Click “Start Playing.”
  3. Use the arrows to tell the monkey how many steps to take in each direction to open the treasure chest.

Activity #2b:  Coding

  1. Let’s increase our skills now.  Dragon Blast
  2. Click “Play Now” and choose a dragon egg to hatch.
  3. Once hatched, you will be prompted with simultaneous vocal and visual directions that teach you how to make your dragon achieve his goals using Code!

Activity #2c:  Coding

  1.  Next, try Microsoft MakeCode Arcade for a more advanced experience.
  2.  Choose either DESIGN: or  CODE:  from the options given.
  3.  Follow instructions to experiment with this type of activity for a few minutes.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

Merge Cube Apps — FREE!
  • myARquarium
  • Merge Explorer:  Includes Galactic Explorer, Mr. Body, Terraforming Earth, About Plants
  • Object Viewer:  Ancients, Dinosaurs, and more!
  • Moment AR:  Help a child open up about themselves and their feelings.
  • Mystical Moon Oracle:  Find the answers on the dark side of the moon.
  • Cube Paint AR

Digital Tools & Resources

Kodable  A fun iPad app designed for younger kids that has them controlling fuzzballs to complete each level. Each level deals with a simple concept of programming and gets more advanced as they get higher. FREE

CoSpaces  This is a wide-ranging app that includes digital storytelling, coding, 3D design, and VR! Amazing!  Video  Lesson Plans

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!  (see video opening)

Thingiverse / Makerbot  Get on a 3D modeling program and/or 3D scanner and start to create, construct, and innovate!

Quick Tutorial

Google Sites makes building websites easy. Just drag content where you need it. When you create a new site, it’s automatically added to Drive, like your other files stored in Drive. Google Sites websites are responsive, which means they’re optimized for tablets and smartphones, too.  Google Sites allows you to create a website without having to know how to code it yourself. It has collaborative capabilities, making it useful for student projects – both individual and group, short-term and long-term – allowing teachers to view the process throughout.  Tutorial (8 minutes)

1.  EarSketch helps you learn core topics in computer science, music, and music technology in a fun, engaging environment. You learn to code in Python or JavaScript, two of the most popular programming languages in the world, while manipulating loops, composing beats, and applying effects to a multi-track digital audio workstation.

2. MIT App Inventor is an intuitive, visual programming environment that allows everyone – even children – to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets. Those new to MIT App Inventor can have a simple first app up and running in less than 30 minutes. And what’s more, our blocks-based tool facilitates the creation of complex, high-impact apps in significantly less time than traditional programming environments. The MIT App Inventor project seeks to democratize software development by empowering all people, especially young people, to move from technology consumption to technology creation.  Tutorial

3.  Thinglink is a digital poster that lets students link multimedia to a picture. Great for reports. Link pictures, videos, technology projects, Google Docs, etc. ThingLink on Systems of the Human Body  and Thinglink on Easter.

4.  Math Learning Center Try in your math center to teach fractions, money, geometric shapes, math vocabulary and much more! This site offers each of these free apps as web apps, Apple apps, and Chrome apps! Click on the site and start trying these tools out! Note that you need to provide problems and feedback to students to facilitate their learning.

5.  10 Virtual Tools for the Math Class If you teach Math you have to check these out…10 of the best tools on the market for engaging students with Math including DragonBox, Geometry Pad, and MathsPlayground.

6. online calculator provides basic and advanced mathematical functions useful for school or college. You can operate the calculator directly from your keyboard, as well as using the buttons with your mouse. Become a fan!

7. is the best online graphing calculator!  Extremely easy to use, this site will easily graph equations, no matter the complexity!  From basic algebra through complex quadratics, Desmos can handle it all!  There are many, many resources for teachers also!

8. lets you create games, activities, and quizzes for free…in minutes!  It looks a little old-school, but the tools are VERY useful!

9.  RANDOM.ORG offers true random numbers to anyone on the Internet. The randomness comes from atmospheric noise, which for many purposes is better than the pseudo-random number algorithms typically used in computer programs. People use RANDOM.ORG for holding drawings, lotteries and sweepstakes, to drive online games, for scientific applications and for art and music.

10. Music-Video Learning

Create a one-take video by playing a song relating to what you are teaching and having your students act it out.


Where do I find these cool songs?


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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Tracey Gove


Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.