November 2018 Agenda—Perryville, Missouri

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi:
    • ILS Guest – Password: h2ow47n8
    • ILS Secure – Password: ILS*warrior
  • How to get to today’s agenda:
  • To each other – Enjoy a muffin and feel free to chat with one another! We’ll begin at 9 with Thankful Turkeys! (Here’s the template to share… Simply open it, make a copy and rename it what you like!) Also, while you wait, feel free to watch the video below the slideshow. Lots to be thankful for! 🙂


From the teacher’s perspective…
  • Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34 – Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:

  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 17.
  • Missouri Lutheran Church Workers Conference, November 18 -20. There are a few sessions about using technology in the classroom. Be sure to check out the sectional listings!
  • Midwest Educational Technology Conference (METC) – February 11-13, 2019
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year.

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


What is Coding?
Why Code?

Slide6_Computing_Jobs Steve Jobs skills-students-learn

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.

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.

Beyond the Hour of Code…

Looking for simple set-up, up-to-date progress, and easy access? Look no further…

How about an intro to HTML code? Try these sites with basic HTML tasks and free trials.



Formative Assessment

Formative assessment allows teachers to take a traditional idea of assessment and make it digital to add interest. Added benefit – less paperwork and real-time feedback for teachers!

  • Socrative – Join the Example Room. Use ILSCARSTENS as the room name!
  • Google Forms – Continue with our “all things Google” practice and create a formative assessment that easily compiles into a spreadsheet of responses.
    • Here’s another tutorial on how to create a quiz using Google Forms.
  • Plickers – A resource that allows teachers to go digital without their students having technology in their hands. Using the iOS or Android app on a teacher’s device, the teacher can scan cards that each student holds to see the correct response vs. student responses.

The appeal of game-style assessment is obvious for our kiddos! Why not put it to good use? Friendly competition among classmates has the added benefit of pushing our students even further to reach goals and learn the material. Care for a challenge?

  • Kahoot! – Try your hand at a Thanksgiving trivia quiz! Click this link, and wait for the code to take the challenge!
  • Quizizz – One from our previous workshop, but fully interfaced with Google Classroom and is a ringer when it comes to student engagement!

Looking to develop long-term assessment or an option to compile more than just a snapshot in a learning timeline? Try the online portfolio! Check out the resources below…

  • Student Portfolio Apps and 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!

Thinking outside the traditional formative box… These resources allow for students to demonstrate understanding without the repetitive format!

  • QR Codes – QR codes are a great tool for authentic assessment. See this blog for information and examples on how to use one and how to create one! Also, check out this one on elements of the Periodic Table–so fun!
  • Voki – Have your students create a character that recaps a concept or teaches an idea. Put famous speeches into historical figures’ mouths or have an oddball character recite a silly poem! This site is fun to use and easy to share.
  • Google Drawings – Drawings is a great place for students with Google accounts to create an infographic. See this example from one of my science classes.

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

Kodable is a one-stop coding resource for teachers and students alike. With award-winning curriculum available for Kindergarten through 5th grade, Kodable offers student challenges, teacher resources, and lesson ideas all in one place. Free accounts available, but paid school plans are also available. (Grade K-5)

iOS and online

LightBot is a simple resource for coding that doesn’t require signing up and committing to a pricing plan. Looking for a way to simply participate in Hour of Code, this game can be accessed on its website linked above or on Paid apps are available with other challenges. Younger students? Try LightBot Jr. here. (Grade K+)

iOS and Android – paid, online – free

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 

Tynker offers hands-on, problem-solving tasks that teach students coding. With relevant and age-appropriate puzzles, students learn the basics of coding and are able to use it to complete challenges and make their own creations. Plans are available for schools and educators. (Grade 2+)

iOS, Android, online

Plickers offers a free card-based assessment that only requires a single device and questions provided by you. Easy interface with instant results at your hands! (Grade 2+)

iOS, Android

A website devoted to early learning with game and interactive resources.
Free educational videos organized and available with a number of lesson plans and resources. Available for all grade levels and content areas.
Developed and organized by Scholastic, this website can be tailored to all grade levels. It includes lesson plans and activities as well as pictures and videos!
An online tool to help with assessment. Assign tasks and get real-time feedback with the option to send instant feedback to the student as well. A variety of question formats are available – from multiple choice to drawing a picture! Accounts are free for students and teachers.
This blog post outlines, by grade level, website and resource recommendations for implementing the Hour of Code.
This website offers the opportunity to create essentially a virtual “binder” of information. Use it for policies, weekly newsletters, student portfolios, and more… Check out this Thanksgiving example.
Breakout EDU is an immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Each kit can be used to play hundreds of games.
Flipgrid is where social and emotional learning happens! The leading video discussion platform for millions of Pre-K to PhD educators, students, and families.
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.
Available on all platforms, this digital portfolio builder is a great tool to set up an online record of student work samples.

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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

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