November 2018 Agenda—Clinton Township, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

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This is a fun activity I use to get my class attuned to the idea of reading or creating code.  If you teach science, this can be an engaging intro to discussions on the genetic code since.  I’ll add the link here if you want to use this in your own classroom!  Thanks to the guys at the Facilitators Academy for tipping me off to this!

Grab some paper and markers/pencils and let’s turn ourselves into some data!  I’ll lead it on the front screen.

Spiritually…✝ Devotion

There seems to be some buzz right now about a new Bohemian Rhapsody movie, but here’s a fun twist on it you can share at devotions!

Announcements & Review

Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13th.

  •  MACUL Conference, Detroit. March 20-22, 2019

  • MSTA, Grand Rapids.  March 1-2, 2019

  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.

Since last we met…

Thanks for sharing your uses for Padlet and iMovie over the last 2 weeks on Google+.

Padlet is a fantastic collaborative tool and if you still arent comfortable with it, we can have a look at it now or you can check it out on your own!

Link to Padlet

Link to Padlet tutorial

Google Classroom

I am experimenting with this still.  Here’s what I know about Google Classroom:

Google Classroom creates a virtual classroom environment which is linked to a students google account.  The student site works as a hub, and as students are added to teachers sites, content is merged into the student site.  Projects, assignments, announcements, etc. posted on the teachers site will appear in the students site as well, allowing multiple classrooms to be viewed by the students at once.

I spoke with a teacher who uses Google Classroom in my school, and he likes it because it doesn’t create as many notifications when students turn in work.

Google classroom can be linked to your Google Drive so student work can be stored.

If many or all of your teachers were committed to using google classroom, it might be a great tool for your school!

Link to Google Classroom tutorial

Breakfast Bytes

Each month, we’re going to provide several relevant resources for you to digest in advance of our workshops as a means to get your creative juices flowing. They’ll be included in the pre-workshop emails you receive the week prior to each session. Our intent is that they help you to grow as a life-long learner and lead to practical applications for your teaching ministry. Enjoy!

1. The Future of Coding in Schools

2. Google Classroom: The Absolute Basics

3. 7 Good Student Response Systems that work on All Devices

4. Hour of Code – First week of December


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


How to Run an Hour of Code

  • is a great resource for getting you and your students coding easily

  • 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 read further into the Hour of Code, click here.

Lots of teachers in LOTS of places are running their own hour of code in their classrooms.  If you havent yet, I encourage you to try.  If you already are, do you have advice?  Best practices?  The tools below are loaded up with sites for coding. Here’s some links!

Lets go coding!!

Navigate to this agenda on your device, then follow one of the links here to learn and code for awhile.  If you and your neighbor go to the same site, you can navigate together!

Star Wars


Puppy Adventure

Angry Birds

Get A Cool Toy!

School budgets are tight, and it is hard to justify buying much to support a one hour time block, one time a year.  I spoke with the tech teacher at the school to find out if what I wanted would overlap with something he could use more often and we arrived on these little guys.

Ozobot! – Voted Best Robot of 2015

Off to the Coding Races!!

I have three of these little guys for you to experiment with.  Take turns and practice writing codes and programming the Ozobots!  Ozobots can be programmed with markers using specific color codes as shown above, or advanced coders can use the Ozoblockly program.

Butcher paper races – Now that you are comfortable with the Ozobots, you have a new task.  Each team will be required to race their Ozobot along a 6 foot strip of butcher paper.  You may create your code on the paper with markers or program it directly to the bot with Ozoblockly.  You have a 1/2 hour time limit to create your best code and prepare to compete.  The bot that travels the 6 foot distance the fastest wins!


Formative Assessment


  • My students prefer this over the workbook that comes with the English textbook.

  • It is very easy to navigate from both the teacher and the student side.

  • It is customizeable – it collects information about your interests and forms problems based on your input!

  • The better you perform, the more challenging the questions become.  If you are struggling, it offers help, additional lessons, and basic problems.

  • The topics align ALMOST perfectly with the curriculum I teach.

NoRedInk Teacher Dashboard


Ask a variety of questions throughout your lessons: multiple choice, true-false, and short answer. Write questions out in advance or ask orally on the go. All responses record and can be displayed on the screen during the lesson to get every student response. Then download all data in a spreadsheet to see which students need additional instruction and practice. Website, teacher app, student app.


Kahoot makes quizzes into games!

Kahoot is an every student assessment tool with millions of pre-made quizzes on every topic. Check the public Kahoots first as you can make a copy and modify it as needed. You can turn off the music if it makes students nervous. Create your own quizzes as well using multiple choice and true-false formats. To create a Kahoot click here.


Google Drive

This is what I am using in my class.  It is a fast and convenient way to access a students docs, slides, sites, photos, or uploaded videos!  Set up a Google account for each student so they log in once and save to the cloud. Easy to share whole folder once with parents, then everything in the folder will be visible to them.

Seesaw – Link to tutorial

This tool looks easy to use, but I have not tried it personally.  It was recommended by other Tec21 facilitators.  Check it out and let me know if you like it!


7 Authentic Assessment Tools

Paper Slides!!  You already have a great authentic assessment tool in your bag of tricks!

Adobe Spark Page

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

Code Combat. Code combat allows students to experience python coding through game based learning.

Lightbot is a programming puzzle game: a puzzle game that uses game mechanics that are firmly rooted in programming concepts. Lightbot lets players gain a practical understanding of basic control-flow concepts like instruction sequencing, procedures and loops, just by guiding a robot with commands to light up tiles and solve levels.

This augmented reality app takes a real world paper cube and overlays it with a digital image when viewed through your smartphone or tablet.  It is super cool, especially gold!  My students enjoy using the app (and building the cubes) when we learn about elements and bonding.  If you put two elements together and it will show you the formula to bond them and change the substance on the screen.  Download and print the paper blocks here.

Poll Everywhere is the polling tool I use before two classes per week.  It is quick and easy to gather classroom data quickly and efficiently.  It works on any device and is simple.  Let me know if you are interested in more of this, I can show you what I do with this tool.

Instant coding!  Simple, but fun and easy.  FREE!

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

Class quiz creator, but this one has an area where students need to explain and justify correct answers.  It causes students to self-assess before pushing the quiz out to the class.

A great site for teachers wanting their students to learn how to code games, websites (Javascript), or apps.

A great site for students 4th-8th grade learning how to program.

LOTS of resources.  Many of them are free.  I’ve used some of them in class.  The random name picker came from this site.

Probably the most popular site on the list as 1000’s of students have created online games through their very easy to use web interface.

ROBLOX is a place where adventures are had, games are made and played and kids learn – in a FREE immersive, 3D environment.

Free creator site with lots of options.  Created images can be printed off if desired.

“Helping you do cool stuff with your digital photos since 2005.  Have fun with your photos!”

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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 🙂

Made with Padlet

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


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