November 2019 Agenda—Arlington Heights, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


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The  Thankful Turkey

  • I am thankful for dirty dishes in my sink, because this means I have food to eat, something on which to eat it, and running water/dishwasher to clean them.This is a weird thing for which to be thankful. But, it does help put things into perspective, make us appreciate things, and put a positive spin on an unpleasant situation.What are some unusual (or anything!) things that you are thankful for?  Click on the turkey link below…..

  • Thankful Turkey

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1. The next workshop date is scheduled for January 16, 2020 (!!!)

2. Registration for IDEAcon is now open (Feb 24-27, 2020, Schaumburg)

3. Hour of Code signup (December 9-15)

4.  ISTE Conference, June 28-July 1, in Anaheim.  Registration and housing opens Dec. 4th


Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. Share a success, a challenge you experienced, or a lesson learned.

Challenges from Workshop 2:

1. Engage your students in a digital storytelling activity or project. Share your experience by posting for others to see!

2. Post a question, an answer, a resource, a picture of your students working on digital storytelling, or an example of a student project to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook.

3. Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.

Feedback from last workshop on things you would like to learn about or need help with:



Not sure

GSuite/Google Classroom

Scope &  Sequence

Online Assessments


1. Explore a variety of digital tools and learning activities to use in order to assess student progress and understanding.
2. Create a digital assessment activity which could be incorporated into an upcoming lesson or unit.
3. Discover the educational value of engaging students in coding activities in today’s classroom.
4. Identify web- and/or mobile-based coding applications to engage your students with during the upcoming international Hour of Code (December 9-15, 2019).


Formative vs. Summative vs. Diagnostic Assessment


Seesaw – A student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. FEATURES: Easily Capture Student Learning in Any Form ∙ Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links to show what they know.

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.

Class Dojo is a classroom communication app used to share reports between parents and teachers. Teachers track student behavior and upload photos or videos. The gamification style system teaches developmental skills through real-time feedback.

Reasons to Use Digital Portfolios Article




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.

Resources for Teaching Coding

Khan Academy – 3 options for hour long coding experience (drawing, webpages, data bases)
Coding KitchenDo you want to introduce your learners to coding and computer science but are not really sure where to start? Hop over to our test kitchen to try on some new recipes. Each recipe is geared towards a specific taste. Try one or try them all! (poster created with Thinglink – link below) – a website that has Hour of Code activities along with other self-paced coding courses for all grade levels.

Coding Devices and Robots

Ozobot-a tiny robot that is controlled through colored commands and coding using an app.  Price is around $60. (How cool is this project?!??!)

Dash and Dot-robots with personality that you can control with coding using the app.  They can come with accessories such as a ball launcher and a xylophone.  Prices range from $50-$250 for the big kit.

Sphero-a ball that you can control through coding using a free app.  Range in price from $50-$150.

Osmo Coding-Interactive coding which allows students to play blocks in front of the Ipad that has the Osmo mirror and control the monster on the Ipad.  Love this hands-on device.  Osmo costs $100 to get started, but has many other accessories that can be added.  All the apps are free.

LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set (younger students) and Lego Mindstorm is a hands-on STEM solution that combines the LEGO brick, classroom-friendly software, engaging standards-based projects and a discovery based approach. Designed with collaboration in mind, each Core Set supports two students, introducing them to computational thinking and engineering principles in a fun and engaging way.

Other Sites & Apps for Coding

I also use coding in 3D printing (Tinkercad bocks, Open Scad), CoSpaces (Virutal Reality), and Robotics

Digital Citizenship

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

Genius Hour

Genius Hour Unit 3: The Pitch

You want to “sell” your idea in a creative and interesting way. Think about this as a commercial for your idea that unveils your genius plan! You will have 1-2 minutes.

Include the following:

  • Your name
  • Reasons you chose the project (story, history, definition, interest, etc.)
  • Materials/resources/technology tools needed
  • First three steps to get started
  • Obstacles you may face in the process
  • Explain how the project enhances learning.

Your presentation may be formatted in one of the following ways:

  • A Prezi, Google Slide presentation, Adobe Spark Video, iMovie or i Movie trailer, or another digital format that is at least 60 seconds, but no longer than 2 minutes
  • Minimum of 6 slides but maximum of 10 slides. Use the bullets for items to include as a guide.

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

Digital Tools & Resources

Thinglink is a digital poster that lets students link multimedia to a picture. Great for reports. Link pictures, videos, technology projects, Google Docs, etc. ThingLink on Nebraska’s 150th anniversary including some great chatterpix videos and green screen videos.

NO time to think?!?! Grab a Flippity activity!

Live Quiz Learning. Great alternative to Kahoot.  “Gimkit is made and maintained by high school students from Seattle. We craft Gimkit to not only be a product that students want to use but teachers as well. We’re working on a bunch of exciting things right now to make Gimkit even better.”

Pear Deck

This tool easily uses Google Slides and allows you to create formative assessments built into the presentation.
Just for  fun….! Kids of all ages love this!
If you use Google Classroom, these links are for you!
These start as LOW TECH – how can yo intergrate tech into these examples?
“These are awesome formative assessments that we like because they’re creative, low-tech, fun, and best of all, engaging for students. They’re easy for a teacher to implement on an ongoing basis anytime.”
Ideas by Richard Byrne (including Incredibox!)

More Assessment Tools

10 Good Options for Building Digital Portfolios (Richard Byrne)
  • Student Portfolio Apps & 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!

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 9–15, have your students join millions of students around the world by participating in an “Hour of Code” (An awesome activity to engage your students in during the craziness of December.)

3. Post to TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. 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 2020/2021 school year opens on January 2, 2020. 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 whenever you can! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd


Dismiss at 2:00pm

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