November 2019 Agenda—Clinton Township, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am



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Spiritually…✝ Devotion

“I walk with Him everyday, I talk to Him like He is my friend” – Jason Witten

Day 10: The Power of Friendship


This is a fun activity I use to get my class attuned to the idea of reading or creating code.  If you teach science, this can be an engaging intro to discussions on the genetic code.  I’ll add the link here if you want to use this in your own classroom!  Thanks to the guys at the Facilitators Academy for tipping me off to this!

Grab some paper and markers/pencils and let’s turn ourselves into some data!  I’ll lead it on the front screen.


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 16th.

2.  MACUL Conference, March 11-13, 2020


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.

Google Classroom?


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 Assessment
No Red Ink
  • My students prefer this over the workbook that comes with the English textbook.
  • It is very easy to navigate from both the teacher and the student side.
  • It is customizeable – it collects information about your interests and forms problems based on your input!
  • The better you perform, the more challenging the questions become.  If you are struggling, it offers help, additional lessons, and basic problems.
  • The topics align ALMOST perfectly with the curriculum I teach.
NoRedInk Teacher Dashboard
Socrative lets you 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.
Quizalize lets you obtain valuable data on student mastery through the fun quizzes your students play, and then easily differentiate learning based on their level of understanding.
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.
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.
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!
Take Three! 55 Digital Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success – If you want to find more, here’s a whole bunch!
Google Sites – This is my favorite way to create ePortoflios!  Here is a great explanation:  Google Sites Portfolios
Paper Slides!!  You already have a great authentic assessment tool in your bag of tricks!
Adobe Spark Page


How to Run an Hour of Code
  • is a great resource for getting you and your students coding easily
  • The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2019 Computer Science Education Week will be December 9-15, 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 read further into the Hour of Code, click here.
Lots of teachers in LOTS of places are running their own hour of code in their classrooms.  If you havent yet, I encourage you to try.  If you already are, do you have advice?  Best practices?  The tools below are loaded up with sites for coding. Here’s some links!
Lets go coding!!
Navigate to this agenda on your device, then follow one of the links here to learn and code for awhile.  If you and your neighbor go to the same site, you can navigate together!
Star Wars
Puppy Adventure
Angry Birds

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

Lightbot is a programming puzzle game: a puzzle game that uses game mechanics that are firmly rooted in programming concepts. Lightbot lets players gain a practical understanding of basic control-flow concepts like instruction sequencing, procedures and loops, just by guiding a robot with commands to light up tiles and solve levels.
Code Combat. Code combat allows students to experience python coding through game based learning.
Poll Everywhere is the polling tool I use before two classes per week.  It is quick and easy to gather classroom data quickly and efficiently.  It works on any device and is simple.  Let me know if you are interested in more of this, I can show you what I do with this tool. lets you brand, track and optimize every touchpoint with Bitly, the world’s leading link management platform.
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.
This site is my go-to for every experiment that I can’t (or won’t) do in class.
A CommonSense Media recommendation.  Can sign-in using Google info.  Can create classes.   Has sample lesson plans that have themes.  Free to signup, paid cost for publishing  books: hardcover, paperback, e-print, audio book.  Has a fund-raiser component.
Free digital storytelling tools!
A techie resource for teachers.
Lots of resources here for any teacher at any grade level.
A great site for students 4th-8th grade learning how to program.
A fun iPad app designed for younger kids that has them controlling fuzzballs to complete each level.  Each level deals w/ a simple concept of programming and gets more advanced as they get higher. FREE
Instant coding!  Simple, but fun and easy.  FREE!
Free creator site with lots of options.  Created images can be printed off if desired.
A fun iPad app that teaches kids how to program and animate by dragging blocks together and watching Daisy perform the action. FREE!

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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