November 2018 Agenda—Rockford, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

To Wifi: RLHS  Password: crusaders11
To each other – Grab a breakfast item and chat with your fellow teachers!
The agenda – Check your email for the link 🙂
Thankfulness Turkeys
Here is a “clean” copy of thankful turkey to use in your classrooms. Make a copy of it so you can edit it.


Thankfulness Inventory – Skit Guys

Announcements & Review

1. Upcoming events:
  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 17th.
  • #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

How to Run an Hour of Code

Watch How to Run an Hour of Code
Download or Print the Participation Guide (PDF)
Review Best Practices From Successful Educators
Explore the Hour of Code Tutorials
Follow #HourofCode on Twitter
Computer Education Week (December of each year)


Links for teaching coding.
Lightbot (ages 5-13) Chrome; iOS; Android
Khan Academy Hour of Code (Middle School +) Chrome
A.L.E.X. (all ages)  iOS


Formative Assessment

Tools to create digital quizzes,
Plickers – a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices
Socrative – Allows teachers to create simple quizzes that students can take quickly on laptops, classroom tablet computers or their own smartphones.



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


Pics4Learning – Images for Education
Photos for Class – Images for Education
Flickr Creative Commons – Images for Education
Sound Bible – Free Sound Effects, Clips, Bites
Sound FX – Free Sound Effects and Clips
Free Sound Effects – Yes, they are…
Free SFX – Free Sound Effects


10 Best ELA Tools for Elementary Schoolers
Best of the Best ELA Websites for Elementary Grades



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

Kahoot! brings fun into learning, for any subject, for all ages. Create, play and share learning games for free!
Daisy the Dinosaur is a free, simple and easy-to-use beginner app that teaches basics of coding. Geared toward early childhood and early elementary.
Scratch Jr. is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. PK-1
codeSpark’s mission is to make computer science education accessible to kids everywhere.
No Reading Requirement
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 Breakout EDU kit can be used to play hundreds of games.
CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game environment where students learn to code in a real programming language, no previous experience needed.
Made with Code is a site the empowers girls to code. (Boys might find it exciting too.)
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+)
Kodable translates computer science into easy-to-teach lessons and games that kids love.
CodeCombat allows students to experience python coding through game based learning.
Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.
Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun. It requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out. Solve puzzles to master the basics using Swift — a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by the pros to build today’s most popular apps.
Hopscotch is a free iOS app that teaches kids how to program and create animations by dragging-n-dropping blocks together.
There are some cool things you can do with this site, make sure to check it out! The games don’t open until December.
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! (Grades K-8)

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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

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