November 2018 Agenda—Arlington Heights, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


  • I am thankful for dirty dishes in my sink, because this means I have food to eat, something on which to eat it, and running water/dishwasher to clean them.This is a weird thing for which to be thankful. But, it does help put things into perspective, make us appreciate things, and put a positive spin on an unpleasant situation.What are some unusual (or anything!) things that you are thankful for?  Click on the turkey link below…..

  • Thankful Turkey

Want your own copy of  the Thankful Turkey?  Click here and then click “Make a copy”

I encourage you to add to our prayer wall at any time. Is there anyone you know we could personally pray for?

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✝ Devotion

Luke 10:40-42

But Martha was distracted by all the preparations to be made. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me!” 41“Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things.42But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.”…

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

2. Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences.

What were some successes?

Tell us about any challenges you faced….

       Is it time?

       Is it knowledge?

       Is it confidence?

Did you try anything new?

Did you get to share with someone  else?

Help, based on feedback surveys

Breakfast Bytes


1. Discover the educational value of engaging students in coding activities in today’s classroom.
2. Explore a variety of digital assessment tools and learning activities that could be used to assess student progress and achievement.
3. Identify web- and/or mobile-based coding applications to engage your students with during the upcoming international Hour of Code (December 3-7).
4. Create a digital assessment activity which could be incorporated into an upcoming lesson or unit.

“Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ W. B. Yeats


Software Developers
Computer and Information Systems Managers
Computer Hardware Engineers
  • All require bachelor’s only!
  • That’s 1.7 millions  jobs…and doesn’t include: database administrators, system analysts, IT security (HUGE!)

How to Run an Hour of Code

Introduce students to computer science with these easy-to-follow steps.

Additional Coding Resources

Let’s play!
Examples via Symbaloo: here


Formative Assessment
  • Socrative – Allows teachers to create simple quizzes that students can take quickly on laptops, classroom tablet computers or their own smartphones.
  • Plickers – A powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.
  • Google Slides – Presenter View allows you to drop questions into your presentation during presenting.
  • Today’s Meet – A backchannel for feedback and questions from your students.
  • EdPuzzle – A site that allows users to select a video and customize it by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding questions to make an engaging presentation or lesson.
Classcraft  “Motivate students by turning their  progress in school into a game they play together throughout the year.”
  • Quizizz – An alternative to Kahoot, with a few different features.


Quizalize – A student response system (similar to Kahoot, Quizizz, Class Responder, etc.) that really engages students.

Portfolio and LMS’s (Learning Management Systems)

10 Good Options for Building Digital Portfolios (Richard Byrne)
  • Student Portfolio Apps & Websites – Compiled by Common Sense Media, this useful article provides you with a chart of options for online portfolios for students complete with grade levels, platforms, and pricing!
  • Google Folders/Google Classroom – Set up a Google account for each student so they log in once and save to the cloud. Allows Collaborative projects in Docs & Slides. Easy to share whole folder once with parents, then everything in the folder will be visible to them. To see how to use Google Classroom view Mobile Learning in the Classroom.
  • Sesame – An online tool that helps compile student work. This site is available as an iOS or Android app, as well as online. Noteworthy feature: Students can work offline and the program will sync when WiFi is connected again!

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when conducting formative assessments with your students?
  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

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Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

No time to THINK?!  Grab a flippity activity!
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 Nebraska’s 150th anniversary including some great chatterpix videos and green screen videos.
Class Dojo lets you instantly share photos, videos, and announcements on Class Story, or privately message with any parent 😍!
  • Parents easily join your class using any device
  • Instantly translate messages into 30+ languages
  • Let families know when you’re busy with Quiet Hours

Codesters Teach Coding in Your Classroom. An online learning environment with everything you need to teach students to code

Live Quiz Learning. Great alternative to Kahoot.  “Gimkit is made and maintained by high school students from Seattle. We craft Gimkit to not only be a product that students want to use but teachers as well. We’re working on a bunch of exciting things right now to make Gimkit even better.”
Just for  fun….! Kids of all ages love this!
Explain everything Interactive learning. Create collaborative learning experiences where students and teachers can share thoughts and ideas in real-time.
Various activities  (**Incredibox!!!)
Coggle is a collaborative mind-mapping tool.  Free account allows you to make unlimited mind maps.  Can be used for presenting information, notetaking, planning a story, outlining, etc.
Classkick is a free app that students work on and get help instantly from their teacher and peers.  Students work on assignments with their Chromebooks, laptops, or iPads, while getting help from teachers and peers instantly. Video

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

Project Development

Inspire! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂

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TEC21 Challenges

1. Develop and incorporate a digital assessment activity to use with your students in a lesson or unit you’ll be teaching before we meet again in January.

2. During the week of December 3–7, have your students join millions of students around the world in participating in an “Hour of Code” (An awesome activity to engage your students in during the craziness of December.)

3. Post to TEC21’s online Google+ community. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, a picture of you teaching and/or your students learning, or a sample of a digital assessment you used with your students.

4. Be a resource–an inspiration–to one of your colleagues.

5.  Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2019/2020 school year opens on January 2, 2019. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other Lutheran school teachers and the impact it’s had on you and your students. Thank you in advance for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21! #TEC21lcms #LuthEd #LutheranSchoolsThrive


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Winter is coming……!

Cell: 630-973-6784 (texting is perfectly fine too!)
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