November 2019 Agenda—Fort Wayne, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



Ice Breaker


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday January 16th, 2020.

2. If you have never gone to a technology conference or connected with an educator technology group/organization I would encourage a few of the following options

3. Lastly, don’t forget to place your lunch order: Lunch will take place between 11:30-12:30PM.


Let’s take some time to reflect on the past couple of workshops! If you would like to see the Fort Wayne TEC21 monthly challenges all in one place, you can SEE THEM HERE.

October’s TEC21 Challenges (REVIEW)

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

2. Social: 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 Group on Facebook.

3. Spiritual: Be a kind and encouraging resource to at least one person on your faculty before we meet again.

Share Your Story

  • Share a success.
  • Share a challenge.
  • Share a lesson learned.
  • Share a praise.

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November Workshop Goals

  1. Discover the educational value of engaging students, parents and/or teachers through the use of Google Sites. (Short Term Goal)
  2. Explore a digital tool(s) and/or learning activity(s) that you can use in your classroom between now and January. (Short Term Goal)
  3. Create a digital resource or activity which could be incorporated into your Genius Hour Project (Long Term Goal)

Setting Goals

SHORT TERM GOALS: Find something from each workshop to try either for yourself, in your classroom, or with another teacher. These can be part of our monthly challenges (which are shared following each workshop), or they can just be you, trying something new. Short term goals may support your long term goal or have nothing to do with it at all.

LONG TERM GOAL: Your long term goals should be something you want to take away from Tec21. It could be your genius project. It could be more philosophical. For example, you might set the goal to learn about and grow in your use of instructional technology so that you can lead a session for the TLSP event at the end of the year. A long term goal should be something you can tap into each month and develop a little at time. Whether you make your long term goal OR Tec21 is just the beginning, your journey is yours!

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.

Google Sites


  1. We are going to pair up in the room and collaborate on a Google Site with one other person!
  2. The button below will take you to the “How to Google Sites” tutorial site.
  3. We will start together and then move into group work.
  4. Examples of good Google Sites can be FOUND HERE.

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

Individually Designed Activities

For the rest of the day today, I would like each of you (either individually or with another person) pick ONE activity below to explore.

  • Google Sites & Podcasting are self-paced and the activities are built in.
  • Flipgrid and EdPuzzle are Explore & Try activities. If you chose these, you will actually take on the role of the student first, then you will need to make your own teacher activity second.
  • I will be working with the screencasting group (and others) talking through the specifics of flipping lessons using a variety of apps, devices, and styluses.

NOTE: You can try more than one activity if you want, however the primary goal of today is for each person to walk away with a new resource, skill or lesson.

Screencasting Activity

The purpose of this activity is to explore different tools and resources to be help make the flipping of lessons or resources for students both quality but efficient. Please note that you may find the following resources helpful as you fine tune what works best for you:


Podcasts can be powerful tools for students to share ideas with a real audience and for teachers to assess comprehension and learning. Learn more by visiting “How to Podcast”.


Been wanting to find a way to engage students using student created video? Maybe a unique take on assessment? Look no further with this explore and try activity using FlipGrid!

Google Sites…Cont.

Class websites used to be hard to make & keep up but were valuable because of the volume of resources teachers needed to organize & share out. Welcome Google Sites!


Trying to find a way to use video more effectively with students? EdPuzzle allows you to take normal Youtube videos OR your own videos to a whole other interactive level.

Digital Citizenship

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

Digital Tools & Resources

The world’s most popular and easy to use comic and storyboard creator.

A site that allows users to select a video and customize it by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding questions to make an engaging presentation or lesson.

Flipgrid is simple. Engage and empower every voice in your classroom or community by recording and sharing short, awesome videos … together!

Soundtrap Studio was launched in beta in 2013 as the world’s first web-based, cross-platform, collaborative music and voice recording studio. It remains one of the top web based platforms, almost 7 years later!

Anyone who has ever tried to make a podcast know all the logistical barriers that can stand in your way. Anchor is designed to remove all of these barriers. Anchor’s goal is to make podcasting easy and fun, without sacrificing the quality every podcaster deserves.

A tool that can be assigned as a live class game or for homework. The memes give students funny feedback for each question. You do have the option of turning the following off or on for your group: memes, music, and leaderboard.

Breakout EDU is a games platform for learners of all ages. Players work collaboratively to solve critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. The games are physical, digital, or a combination of both. Access to the platform gives each account hundreds of options.

PBS Learning Media offers free online resources for every subject with videos, resources, and activities.

Piktochart is an online tool to create infographics, presentations, flyers, posters, and other visual reports.

Classkick is a free app that students work on and get help instantly from their teacher and peers.  Students work on assignments with their Chromebooks, laptops, or iPads, while getting help from teachers and peers instantly. Video

Create your own Escape Room, or play other escape games created with Escape Room Maker. This is great for problem solving or students creating a Genius Hour project!

Tinkercad is a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app for everyone. Tinkercad is used by designers, hobbyists, teachers, and kids, to make toys, prototypes, home decor, Minecraft models, jewelry – the list is truly endless!

NoRedInk builds stronger writers through interest-based curriculum, adaptive exercises, and mastery required to progress. (*Note: Read their fine print. They’re pretty clear about not following Coppa laws so need to be careful about student info that is shared on their site.)

The activities introduce students to computer science and the programming language Scratch. Different themes attract and engage students of varying backgrounds and interests. All materials are free and easy to use. Teacher resources are also included.

Wakelet is a curation tool that allows you to save, organize, tell stories, and share content from around the web through the collections that you build according to your own categories.

Project Development

Inspire! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂

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TEC21 Challenges

  1. Digital: 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. Spiritual: Be a resource–an inspiration–to one of your colleagues.
  3. Social: 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. Social: 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

My Contact Info

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