November 2018 Agenda—La Mesa, California

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Network: CLS Staff
Password: !CLS!-1Timothy1:11-$cls$
How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
Sharing for the day – Share one way you have used technology in your classroom this past month.


Christ The King Sunday (November 25, 2018)
 Revelation Song
The festival of Christ the King (or Reign of Christ) ends our marking of Ordinary Time after the Day of Pentecost, and moves us to the threshold of Advent, the season of hope for Christ’s coming again at the end of time.
The day centers on the crucified and risen Christ, whom God exalted to rule over the whole universe. The celebration of the lordship of Christ thus looks back to Ascension, Easter, and Transfiguration, and points ahead to the appearing in glory of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Christ reigns supreme. As the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, Christ is the center of the universe, the ruler of all history, the judge of all people. In Christ all things began, and in Christ all things will be fulfilled. In the end, Christ will triumph over the forces of evil.
 To Christ alone belongs the supreme allegiance in our lives. Christ calls us to stand with those who in every age confessed, “Jesus Christ is Lord!”.
Christ rules above all earthly powers!
1. What song that describes Jesus or His role in your life is a favorite of yours?
2. Which scene in the video captures your “minds eye” of Jesus?

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?

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


How to Run an Hour of Code
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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.
Khan Academy – 3 options for hour long coding experience (drawing, webpages, data bases)

  • Try Codesters
    Try out the first lesson in “student mode” to see exactly how your student will learn to code with Codesters.
  • Watch Lesson 1 Video
    Learn how our coding lessons are structured to guide students through building projects, debugging their programs, and then building their own projects from scratch.


Kodable is a programming Curriculum for K-5 Elementary, used by 1 in 3 elementary schools in the U.S. You can set up a class for free and use occasionally, or purchase a school license.


Formative Assessment
Practice Socrative on Apps and Websites- enter classroom 29561
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.
Formative – create quizzes, exit tickets, quick questions, interactive worksheets that allow students to enter as a guest with a quick code or as part of a class.  Teacher can give live feedback while students are answering.  You can insert pictures, videos, PDFs, etc.  Includes a drawing function where students can draw pictures or handwrite answers.  Students join at  Here is a video that shows some of what you can do on Formative.  Here is an example created by Lisa Meyers, a TEC21 facilitator in Saginaw, Michigan , go to:  and enter code:   OWLHGX.
Quizzizz is a site similar to Kahoot. It is a high energy tool that can be used to review or quiz students.
Kahoot – create and play fun learning games for free.  This one is great for teams or in-class play.  Fun music!   Students join the game on a handheld device using just a PIN (no login required) on website:
Quizalize – A student response system (similar to Kahoot, Quizizz, Class Responder, etc.) that really engages students.
Who wants to be a Millionaire
Seesaw – Student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication. For iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Chromebooks and Computers with Chrome or Firefox.
Seesaw Blogs: How to Create and Post to a Seesaw Blog – YouTube
10 Good Options for Building Digital Portfolios
Quizlet – Create electronic flash cards for review.

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when conducting formative assessments with your students?

  • Internet Safety
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

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Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

BUGbrainED Phonics Awareness
Reading Level 1 practice with words: segment, blend, vowels. The program talks to students as it leads through these phonics skills. For ideas on how to use.
IOS and Android
With Tynker students learn fundamental programming concepts with a Lego-like visual language, then progress to JavaScript and Python.
Tickle connects all your devices together so that they can interact with each other! Program LEGOStar Wars BB-8Arduino, and robots all wirelessly.
 IOS app
Swift Playground is an iPad app to learn Apple’s Swift coding language.
This app allows younger students to play games that simulate basic coding concepts at a level they understand. See this article for more information and access to versions of Scratch for older students. (Kindergarten+)

iOS, Android, Amazon, Chrome Web 

RubiStar is a tool to help the teacher who wants to use rubrics, but does not have the time to develop them from scratch.

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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
Edpuzzle is an easy way to focus students when assigning videos. It is a great tool to use when flipping learning.
Web based
This blog from Simcoe County District School Board has a list of code sites (many already mentioned) and activities for all ages of students.
A fun iPad app that teaches kids how to program and animate by dragging blocks together and watching Daisy preform the action. is a free online cartoon maker and comic creator tool: Create and share your own cartoons, comics and memes online for free.
This is a design tool for creating images you could use on blogs or publications.
Playposit  (formerly known as educanon)
This website is similar to Edpuzzle. Use the tool to edit and use questions to focus students while using videos in the classroom.
Easily turn a Google Spreadsheet into a set of online flashcards and other cool stuff
This is a mind map tool that can be used as a formative assessment.
Free books on-line. Check them out.
Some digital assessment tools have pre-made quizzes, questions, and slideshows you can use immediately. Others assume you will enter your own questions. A number of them we have discussed.
This is a website designed to encourage and empower girls to code. It is not exclusive to girls, boys may enjoy it as well.
This blog post outlines, by grade level, website and resource recommendations for implementing the Hour of Code.
Find Thanksgiving ideas from the educator blogs.
Larry Ferlazzo
Shelly Terrell
This blog post outlines, by grade level, website and resource recommendations for implementing the Hour of Code.

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

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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


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