March 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   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 last month?

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


For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit (1 Peter 3:18)


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

2. Other opportunities for professional development:

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!

Workshop Goals

1. Discover …the value of project-based learning for your students.

2. Explore … virtual field trips to use with your students.

3. Design … an online learning experience for students.

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.

Virtual Field Trips


Here is a great website that gives examples of virtual field trips and great tips for making the field trip fun and effective. put out this great list of 31 Virtual Field Trips and Experiences.

The First Thanksgiving – Briana sent in this one from Scholastic that she uses around Thanksgiving time.

Twelve Famous Museums with Virtual Tours – from the British Museum in London to the Guggenheim in New York City to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterday.  Take a virtual trip through these amazing museums and view art and artifacts that have influenced our world.

Stephanie sent in this virtual field trip for the American Revolution.

Google Earth – Search for locations, view information cards, check out voyager with tours, quizzes, and games.

Matt sent in this virtual tour of Washington D.C.

Patrice found these excellent articles with “Ten of the Best Virtual Field Trips” and “25+ Amazing Educational Virtual Field Trips.”

Heather sent in a virtual tour of the solar system.

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration – for $75 a year, students can experience 10 virtual field trips.  See link for the 2018-19 offerings.


Joy sent in a number of resources:  EducationWorld (check out the technology section), eSchoolNews (great resource for lesson plans and technology ideas), ScholasticSmithsonian National Museum of Natural History360 CitiesThe WhitehousePanoramasAnne Frank House,Airpano (aerial panoramas), NASANational Parks and Monuments.


Earth Day is Thursday, April 22nd.  Check out these great field trips offered on that day by Connect2Texas.  You can register and then use an archived copy at a later date.  Here are some other field trips to consider.


Skype in the Classroom – great resource by Microsoft that makes it easy to bring the world into your classroom in five different ways:  virtual field trips, Skype lessons, Skype collaborations, Mystery Skype, and Guest Speakers.


Discovery Education – explore a large number of both live and archived field trips and guest speakers.  A subscription is not necessary to use.


Ellis Island and Immigration – interactive tour, contains great teacher resources.


Reach the World – brings the world into the classroom with a large number of “journeys” to countries far and wide.


American Museum of Natural History – explore exhibitions and try interactive experiences.


Edutopia – an article that links you to 6+ virtual field trips and resources.


Explore Virtual Adventures – tons of virtual field trips and ideas for engaging students.

Learn Around the World – new free field trips each month (both global and USA focused), optional paid field trips or virtual guest speakers also available.  Private shows can be arranged.  There is also a way to connect with classrooms around the world.


iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips – tons of iPad apps where your students can explore at their own pace.

International Space Station Live –  Explore the International Space Station, interact with the crew, see live data and use a number of educational resources.

20 Virtual Field Trips for Your Classroom – article by Ditch That Textbook that lists many tools to use for virtual field trips.  You can use the tools or your students can!

Get Outta Class with Virtual Field Trips – From Education World.  Tons of virtual field trip resources along with some that are “make your own.”

41 Virtual Field Trips for Kids to Get Them Learning About the World – by GoodHousekeeping.  This one is a great resource!  It includes lists of Museums, Farms, Landmarks, Zoos and Aquariums and then a random list of fun places to visit!

National Park Servce – Pick your park and take a virtual tour or find other information about it.

Google Earth

Google Earth Education – Google’s Geo Tools aren’t just about geography. You can use them to trace Marco Polo’s journey through Asia, to explore the architecture of Barcelona, to measure how Alaska’s glaciers have receded, or to analyze the habitat of the Cameroon grassland frog. Geospatial thinking has transformed our perceptions of the World around us, and how we address issues such as climate change on and the protection of wildlife.

Web 1.0 vs. 2.0 vs. 3.0

Article “Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 vs Web 5.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition.”  (Flat World Business)

Move Up the Technology Spectrum – Worksheet

Project-Based Learning

PBL Resources

8 Engaging Early Literacy Activities that Use Technology and Hands-On Learning

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

Project-Based Learning Using Technology: Activities

What is Project-Based Learning?  15 PBL Ideas Fit for Use in Your Classroom

50 Smart Ideas for Project-Based Learning

10 Project-Based Learning Ideas from Around the World

10 Ready-to-Borrow Project Ideas

Projects by Jen  – a wonderful website for PreK-6 (although other grades are welcome) teachers that promotes creative, collaborative problem-solving.  They use math, science, art, music, writing, reading, etc.  Use archived projects with your class or participate in a current project.  There is opportunity to collaborate with other classrooms around the world.  Sign up your class to participate.  Projects still available this spring:  poetry, crayon project, photographer/artist.

Ideas for the Little Guys (K-1)

Digital Tools & Resources 

GeoGuesser – Let’s explore the world!  Embark on a journey that takes you all over the world – from the most desolate roads in Australia to the busy, bustling streets of New York City.  Play as a single player or challenge a friend.  Game uses Google Earth.   Free version allows for limited games per day. (I login through Google – my personal account).

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.

Google Expeditions – Lead students on an immersive VR (Virtual Reality) tour of places in a way they have not experienced before!  Explore historical landmarks, go down to the atomic level, get up close to sharks, even visit outer space.  As the teacher, you serve as tour guide assisted by a wealth of information at your fingertips.  Students can also explore expeditions on their own.  Google Cardboard is an inexpensive ($9.99) way to bring this to your classroom.

21 Websites for Poetry – April is National Poetry month!  Explore these websites to get some new ideas for using poetry in the classroom.  Some of the resources are now non-functional because they used Adobe Flash but many of them are still working fine.

Classhook can be used to teach your students using their favorite TV shows and movies.  Increase student engagement and retention.  Easily find educational videos from TV shows and movies to use in your lessons 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

Superbook Bible video series has a website with lots of games, videos, and activites.  There is an online Bible, also!  Works great as well as an app on your tablet or phone. – Create interactive webquests around a particular topic or search for premade webquests for your students.

Google “My Maps” allows you to create an interactive map using Google maps or Google Earth.  Students can mark locations and attach information, pictures, videos to those markers.  Here is a shared map that you can each post a location for your dream vacation spot.

Google Tour Builder allows you and your students to create your own virtual tours using a combination of Google Slides, Google Earth,. and Google Maps.

Check out this instructional video on how to build a Google tour!

Here is an example of a tour built with Google Tour Builder.

Lit Trips are downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. Along the way, placemarks with pop-up windows contain “just in time” resources including relevant media, thought-provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references in that portion of the story. The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students.  Here is an example video.

Here are instructions for Getting Started with Google Lit Trips.

Here are instructions on Viewing Google Lit Trips with Google Earth for Web.

Figure out where Carmen Sandiego is in the world using Google Earth.  This online activity will engage your students and use geography to send them on the chase to find Carmen!

Using Video to learn history. Explore the battlegrounds of history at this digital location. Watch the map come alive following a timeline of events in this 360 video. With links to other battle interactive maps.

Guest Speakers and Virtual Field Trips with Leading Experts from Around the World

Using Technology to Broadcast Live into Classrooms from the Most Remote Regions on the Planet

Provides K-12 educators access to unique, live educational content created and delivered by a rapidly expanding community of leading museums, science centers, historical sites, zoos, aquariums, literary groups, wellness centers, arts and performing arts organizations. While there is a cost, teachers can purchase a “season pass” to any of the yearly live events for $49.95.  See Calendar of Events to explore the potential topics available.

Prezi allows you and your students to create dynamic and interactive presentations.

Discover more than a million resources in the Smithsonian, create personal collections and educational experiences, and share your work. The ability to search, annotate, curate, share, and remix resources opens the door for creative use in almost every classroom. The annotation tools are easy to use and collections are completely customizable. Grades 4-12

YouTube video that shows all the states and capitals along with a highlight of the state set to a catchy song.

YouTube video that tours all the countries in the world showing their location and some pictures to help remember.  All of this set to a catchy tune!

4D Interactive Anatomy lets you tilt, rotate, and dissect real human specimens online. Try the free trial to see how you can remove layers of the anatomy to reveal muscles, bones, and organs.

K-8, Low Prep, Hand-on activities that can also be done in remote situations

3 Act Tasks is a fun and creative way to get kids thinking about math in the real world.

From Christianity Cove:  Easter Escape Room for Kids Ages 8+ [PRINTABLE] Grab Your Copy Here.

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

My Contact Info

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


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

989-324-0666       (cell)


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