November 2019 Agenda—Rockford, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

To Wifi: RLHS  Password: crusaders11
To each other – Grab a breakfast item and chat with your fellow teachers!
The agenda – Check your email for the link 🙂
Thankfulness Turkeys
Here is a “clean” copy of thankful turkey to use in your classrooms. Make a copy of it so you can edit it.


Thankfulness Inventory – Skit Guys


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


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
Plickers – a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices
Socrative – Allows teachers to create simple quizzes that students can take quickly on laptops, classroom tablet computers or their own smartphones.
Thinking outside the traditional formative box… These resources allow for students to demonstrate understanding without the repetitive format!
Voki – Have your students create a character that recaps a concept or teaches an idea. Put famous speeches into historical figures’ mouths or have an oddball character recite a silly poem! This site is fun to use and easy to share.
Google Drawings – Drawings is a great place for students with Google accounts to create an info graphic.


How to Run an Hour of Code
Watch How to Run an Hour of Code
Download or Print the Participation Guide (PDF)
Review Best Practices From Successful Educators
Explore the Hour of Code Tutorials
Follow #HourofCode on Twitter
Computer Education Week (December of each year)


Links for teaching coding.
Lightbot (ages 5-13) Chrome; iOS; Android
Khan Academy Hour of Code (Middle School +) Chrome
A.L.E.X. (all ages)  iOS

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

Kahoot! brings fun into learning, for any subject, for all ages. Create, play and share learning games for free!
Daisy the Dinosaur is a free, simple and easy-to-use beginner app that teaches basics of coding. Geared toward early childhood and early elementary.
Scratch Jr. is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. PK-1
codeSpark’s mission is to make computer science education accessible to kids everywhere.
No Reading Requirement
Breakout EDU is an immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Each Breakout EDU kit can be used to play hundreds of games.
CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game environment where students learn to code in a real programming language, no previous experience needed.
Made with Code is a site the empowers girls to code. (Boys might find it exciting too.)
Tynker offers hands-on, problem-solving tasks that teach students coding. With relevant and age-appropriate puzzles, students learn the basics of coding and are able to use it to complete challenges and make their own creations. Plans are available for schools and educators. (Grade 2+)
Kodable translates computer science into easy-to-teach lessons and games that kids love.
CodeCombat allows students to experience python coding through game based learning.
Hopscotch is a free iOS app that teaches kids how to program and create animations by dragging-n-dropping blocks together.
There are some cool things you can do with this site, make sure to check it out! The games don’t open until December.
Developed and organized by Scholastic, this website can be tailored to all grade levels. It includes lesson plans and activities as well as pictures and videos! (Grades K-8)
Quizalize is a student response system (similar to Kahoot, Quizizz, Class Responder, etc.) that really engages students.
Quizziz is an alternative to Kahoot, with a few different features.

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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