November 2018 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


To the WiFi:   Go to “Peace” network      Username:   Tech21       Password:    welcome

Try “Peace Guest” if that first one gives you trouble.

To the Agenda:   go to   and select “Workshops” and then “Agendas”

To Other TEC21 Teachers:   check out Google+ and see what has been posted!

To Each Other:    Check out the snack table and say hello to your teammates.  How has everyone been doing since last month?

Ice Breaker:  Flipgrid – “What are some things that you are thankful for?”          Enter code:   afcb86c7


  • 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.
  • GLBR Lutheran Educator Conference – Monday, January 21.
  • MACUL (Detroit) – March 20 – 22.
  • #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?

  • Engage your students in a digital storytelling activity or project. Share your experience by posting for others to see!
  • Post a question, an answer, a resource, a picture of your students working on digital storytelling, or an example of student project to the TEC21 Educators Google+ community.
  • Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.

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

Check out this article here for instructions and tutorials to run your own Hour of Code with your class.

Some Resources for Coding
Khan Academy
Khan Academy – 3 options for hour long coding experience (drawing, webpages, data bases)
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Tynker – a guided learning system that teaches kids to code by building mobile games.  Has different levels for any grade.
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Made with Code (by Google)
Made with Code – a site where students can learn and practice the logic behind programming while completing a number of different projects.  Great for collaboration and great for appealing to girls.
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Formative Assessment

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.  For an example that I created, go to:  and enter code:   OWLHGX.

Socrative – create quizzes, exit tickets, or quick questions that students answer on their device.  A game function called “Space Race” allows for students to compete individually or in teams on quiz questions.


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:

Quizizz – create quizzes that can be played either live or assigned as homework.  This one is better for a calmer experience or for posting on your classroom website.  Students join the game on a handheld device using just a PIN (no login required) on the website:


Seesaw – Student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication. For iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Chromebooks and Computers with Chrome or Firefox.


Performance Tasks – A performance task is any learning activity or assessment that asks students to perform to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and proficiency. Performance tasks yield a tangible product and/or performance that serve as evidence of learning.  Performance tasks put students into roles that allow them to complete a real-life task.  Examples in:




Social Studies

Formative Assessment Tips

Three Tips for Great Formative Assessment – video

Digital Citizenship Integration

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

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security – K – 2,    3 – 4,    5 – 6,   7 – 9        Video
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Teaching Digital Citizenship Using Pokemon GO! – article by Catherine at

Protect Young Eyes – Christian based internet safety.

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Little or No Prep Tools & Resources

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

Pear Deck is an add-on for Google Slides which allows you to present a slideshow presentation with interactive questions and activities for students.  Students join with a code at

Google Classroom a free service for schools, non-profits, and anyone with a personal Google account. Classroom makes it easy for learners and instructors to connect—inside and outside of schools. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized. 

Daisy the Dinosaur – A fun iPad app that teaches kids how to program and animate by dragging blocks together and watching Daisy preform the action.

Bible Trivia Questions and Answers – lots of questions and answers for young and old and from the Old and New Testaments.

Countdown Timer – allows you to select and save from multiple timers.  Use them to manage individual or group work time.

Fakebook – a classroom tool that allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes.

Dan Meyer’s 3 Act Math – Problem solving for K-12 mathematics.  Problems come with a video that describes the problem and then adds additional parameters.  Last is a description of the solution or of one possible solution.  Check out his great TED talk to see some of the background information and how to use his 3 Act Math exercises.  And if you really like his stuff, you can follow him on his blog!

It might be hard to implement this in time for the actual Geography Awareness Week (November 11-17, 2018), but might be a good source for games to incorporate throughout the year to help utilize geography skills.

While we are coming up on the Thanksgiving holiday, check out some of these great ideas to use technology tools for Thanksgiving ideas.  Also see how you could format some of the same activities to work for Christmas! is a free online word cloud generator and tag cloud creator. works on your PC, Tablet or smartphone. Paste text, upload a document or open an URL to automatically generate a word- or tag cloud. Customize your cloud with shapes, themes, colors and fonts. You can also edit the word list, cloud size and gap size. can also generate clickable word clouds with links (image map). When you are satisfied with the result, save the image and share it online.

Create a Graph is a Kids’ Zone graphing tool that allows students to select a type of graph, input data, add labels, preview, and print or save the graph. Free

Next Vista for Learning is working to build a collection of hundreds of 20- to 40-second videos to supplement the language learning efforts of people around the globe. These videos are grouped by topic, with each video covering a vocabulary term connected to that topic. Each video also has a subtitled partner to first practice listening while you read the subtitles, before moving to the versions without subtitles to develop an ear for the terms and sentences. Some sets are more appropriate for younger learners, and others are more appropriate for adults. You may make videos to add or just use those provided

GrammarFlip in the spirit of the “Flipped Classroom” is a series of videos and practice activities that students can access at home or school for reinforcement.

TweenTribune – published by the Smithsonian.  Features topics about animals, fashion, entertainment, school, science, technology, national and world news written by kids and professional journalists.  Articles are available in 3 different Lexile levels and can be search by topic or grade level.

EdPuzzle – easy way to engage students with videos.  Crop and edit videos, add your comments (written or audio), insert quiz questions, etc.  Get reports back on student progress, time spent, and understanding.

Scholastic –  excellent resources for teachers.  Strategies, ideas, student activities, ebooks, etc.  Sign up today for free teaching ideas, lesson plans, online activities, tips for your classroom, and much more.

Photos for Class is a storage of photos that are safe and appropriate for school use and are licensed for public use through Creative Commons.  The downloaded photos automatically cite the author and the license information.

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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

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time during the year with questions, problems, or suggestions.


Phone:  989-790-1676  ext. 12   (school)

989-324-0666       (cell)

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