November 2019 Agenda—Collinsville, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



Digital Nativity

Bethlehemian Rhapsody

How has technology changed the way that we worship and minister to each other?


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

2. METC (Midwest Educational Technology Conference) In St. Charles February 10-12.


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.


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

10 Good Options for Creating Digital Portfolios

Seesaw  (Good portfolio option for K-8)

Google Folders/Google Classroom – Set up a Google account for each student.


How to Run an Hour of Code and Hour of Code

Resources to Help You Run an Hour of Code Event

  1. Watch How to Run an Hour of Code (Video, 3:05)
  2. Download or Print the Participation Guide (PDF)
  3. Review Best Practices From Successful Educators (Slideshow)
  4. Explore the Hour of Code Tutorials
  5. Follow #HourofCode on Twitter
  6. Computer Education Week (December of each year)

How can you engage your students in coding?
  • Explore the many resources above and below.
  • Identify ones that suit your classroom set up and then let your students do some exploring of their own.
  • December 9-15 2019 is the official week of Hour of Code.

A List of Sites/Apps for Learning how to Program or Code:

Ozoblockly (program the Ozobot)

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

Flippity turns Google spreadsheets into online flash cards and has 19 other cool options.

Teachers Pay Teachers is the go-to place for educators to find the resources, knowledge, and inspiration they need to teach at their best. It offer more than 3 million free and paid resources, created by educators who understand what works in the classroom.

The Internet Archive is a library of free books, movies, software, music, websites and more.

Quizlet allows you to search premade study sets or create your own flashcards.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire allows you to create a review game or selct one from the library in the style of the TV show.

WeAreTeachers celebrates educators with classroom ideas, “helpline” advice, inspiration and laughs every day. Why? Because teachers are AWESOME!

Free creative drawing site with lots of options. is  an entirely-free-to-use resource for the K-12 community, with no payment, registration or e-mail address requirements. catalogs over 2,300 web and video resources.

A lesson in fact and fiction on the internet.

Google Trends is a website by Google that analyzes the popularity of top search requests in Google Search across various regions and languages. The website uses graphs to compare the search volume of different searches over time.

Jeopardy style custom review game.

Generate word clouds at 13 different sites.

Create and save your own timelines of events.

Bible trivia questions, character building activities and more.

Tammy offers a large number of free resources and ideas for using technology effectively in the classroom.

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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