March 2021 Agenda—Phoenix, Arizona

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

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Getting Connected



What brings you joy this Easter season?


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

2. ISTE Live 2021

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 the value of coding, gamification, and robots in an educational setting!

2. Explore the creative uses of coding, gamification, and robots and how to implement them with your students.

3. Identify a tool or resource to share with another teacher at your school.

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.

A Lutheran Potluck of Techie Things


How to Run an Hour of Code

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2018 Computer Science Education Week will be December 3-9, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

To get started participating in an hour of code start here and select your grade level, topic, self-led tutorial, one hour, blocks. Or try an “unplugged” activity with no devices.

Sample Coding Lessons:


What is gamification?

Benefits of Gamification from 5 Benefits of Adding Gamification to Classrooms

  • Aids cognitive development
  • Boosts enthusiasm
  • Simplifies engagement and reduces tedious tasks
  • Allows students to track their progress
  • Gives student autonomy

Ways to Gamify your Classroom:

Robots for Every Budget


Sphero is a robot (about $100-$120) that allows kids to control it with a remote control or can learn programming.


Ozobot is a little toy robot that blends the physical and digital worlds — and teaches kids programming.” VentureBeat ($100)


FLL uses LEGO Mindstorms coding with EV3 robots.  Schools can form teams  of up to 10 students to take to a yearly competition.  Teams are judged in three categories: robot game, core values (teamwork), and research project with a real-world solution.  Initial buy in can be pricey with purchasing a new robot ($500-600) and then team costs added in.

Edison Robots

Edison is a programmable robot designed to be a complete STEM teaching resource for coding and robotics education for students from 4 to 16 years of age. ($50 for one robot, but bulk pricing available for more)

Online Book Creators

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Adobe Spark – Turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos—in minutes.

Book Creator is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your iPad. With over 30 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children’s picturebooks, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more. (Beginning of ABC Book Example)

Little Bird Tales storytelling tool that can be used with for students of all ages, even those who can’t read and write!

Story Creator – With Story Creator you can easily create beautiful story books containing photos, videos, text, and audio all in one story. (iPad App)

Storybird – Write, read, share online stories

Storyboard That

Digital Tools & Resources (FORMAT OPTION #1)

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.

Kids are curious. Wonderopolis is a site that asks and answers interesting questions about almost anything. Click here!

With Symbaloo PRO, educators can share resources on their own public workspace ( and even differentiate the content they provide based on different sets of users and groups. Additionally, Symbaloo Learning Paths gives you the power to create engaging, board-game style online lesson plans. This free tool allows you to create a pathway of resources that include things like: articles, educational videos, quizzes, and more! Symbaloo helps you organize your web resources and deliver the right content, in the right place, at the right time, to the right person. 

Tools to power any podcast. Simple, quick, and easy to use.

Fifth Grade Episode 1.

Mark Hess – Link for Teaching (Little Ones)

18 Easter Sites For Students: This is a link to a blog from a tech educator that includes sites to use for Easter in the classroom.

Wordtune is a Chrome extension that provides suggestions on ways to rewrite sentences in your Google Documents, in your email (Gmail and Outlook), and in some social media accounts.

Squid – Take digital handwritten notes for class, work, or fun with Squid on your Android or Chromebook! Markup PDFs, sign documents, & more. Think about the possibilities for grading!

Ziteboard – Easy to use online whiteboard

25 Virtual Field Trips for Your Classroom – Virtual field trips you can take with your class and ten activities to pair with the field trip. – HyperDocs are digital lesson plans that are designed by teachers and given to students.  They provide access for students to all the content and learning in one organized digital space.

Digital escape rooms are fun and give students the opportunity to practice productive struggle as they work through the puzzles and solve the clues. Click here for a Digital Escape Room choice board!

5 Clue Challenge – Students watch these short videos. They get 5 clues to guess the animal, location or person. Mystery Location #109 Example

Julie’s Library – If you’re a fan of British accents, you might enjoy hearing Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, read children’s books.  While a limited library now, it might be a fun addition to your classroom if you are reading that text anyway.

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.


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