November 2019 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


To the WiFi:   Go to “Peace” network      Username:   Tech21       Password:    welcome

To the Agenda:   Go to   and select “Workshops” and then “Agendas”

To Each Other:    Check out the snack table and say hello to your teammates.  How has everyone been doing since last month?

To Other TEC21 Teachers:    Check out Facebook – TEC21 Educators and see what’s new.  Respond to a post or post something yourself.


  • Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34 – Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus


  • The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 16 from 9 am – 2 pm.
  • Lutheran Educator Conference – January 20 at VLHS
  • Annual MSTA Conference – March 6-7 in Lansing
  • MACUL – March 11-13 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year


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 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.


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

What is Formative Assessment and How Can It Be Used Effectively?

Formative – create quizzes, exit tickets, quick questions, interactive worksheets that allow students to enter as a guest with a quick code or as part of a class.  Teacher can give live feedback while students are answering.  You can insert pictures, videos, PDFs, etc.  Includes a drawing function where students can draw pictures or handwrite answers.  Students join at  Here is a video that shows some of what you can do on Formative.  For an example that I created, go to:  and enter code:   OWLHGX.

Socrative – create quizzes, exit tickets, or quick questions that students answer on their device.  A game function called “Space Race” allows for students to compete individually or in teams on quiz questions.


Kahoot – create and play fun learning games for free.  This one is great for teams or in-class play.  Fun music!   Students join the game on a handheld device using just a PIN (no login required) on website:

Quizizz – create quizzes that can be played either live or assigned as homework.  This one is better for a calmer experience or for posting on your classroom website.  Students join the game on a handheld device using just a PIN (no login required) on the website:


Seesaw – Student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication. For iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Chromebooks and Computers with Chrome or Firefox


Performance Tasks – A performance task is any learning activity or assessment that asks students to perform to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and proficiency. Performance tasks yield a tangible product and/or performance that serve as evidence of learning.  Performance tasks put students into roles that allow them to complete a real-life task.  Examples in:




Social Studies

Formative Assessment Tips

Three Tips for Great Formative Assessment – video


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.

Made with Code (by Google)

Made with Code – a site where students can learn and practice the logic behind programming while completing a number of different projects.  Great for collaboration and great for appealing to girls.

Resources for Teaching Coding

Khan Academy

Khan Academy – 3 options for hour long coding experience (drawing, webpages, data bases) – a website that has Hour of Code activities along with other self-paced coding courses for all grade levels.


Tynker – a guided learning system that teaches kids to code by building mobile games.  Has different levels for any grade.

Digital Citizenship

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

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security – K – 2,    3 – 4,    5 – 6,   7 – 9        Video
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Teaching Digital Citizenship Using Pokemon GO! – article by Catherine at

Protect Young Eyes – Christian based internet safety.

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

Daisy the Dinosaur – A fun iPad app that teaches kids how to program and animate by dragging blocks together and watching Daisy preform the action.

Puppy Adventure – An interactive game by Tynker that works great for younger kids K – 4 as a coding activity for “Hour of Code.”

Draw and Tell is an award-winning creative tool for children of all ages that encourages imagination, story telling and open-ended play. Use the tool to draw, color, decorate with stickers, create animations and record stories. AGES: 3-9.

Superbook Kids Bible app – This is a free Bible app (iPad & Android) for kids with complete Bible, videos, games, daily quests, Bible profiles, and questions to explore and learn.  Many hands-on opportunities available for Bible study and integrating the faith!  Also available as a web-based tool:

Chatterpix Kids – Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice.  Students can use to act as a person in a book or history or even as an animal!  This can be used for so many subjects!!  App available for iOS and Android devices.

While we are coming up on the Thanksgiving holiday, check out some of these great ideas to use technology tools for Thanksgiving ideas.  Also see how you could format some of the same activities to work for Christmas!

It might be hard to implement this in time for the actual Geography Awareness Week (November 10-16, 2019), but might be a good source for games to incorporate throughout the year to help utilize geography skills.

Get an up-close look at history with this tool. It gives you access to a vast online collection of primary sources, news artifacts, and lessons. You can search for content by topic, theme, state, time, and so on. You can share any item with a URL that lasts for two weeks, but can be renewed an unlimited number of times.

Code Monster gets kids excited about programming. It is a combination of a game and tutorial where kids experiment with learning to code.

Plickers is an iPhone app that can be used with a teacher iPad too. Students don’t need devices to get every student responses to multiple choice questions. Students have a piece of paper that they turn to indicate A, B, C, or D. Then teacher scans the responses and Plickers tallies responses. Great for the single device classroom.

Used as a mind-map, Popplet helps students think and learn visually. Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them.

Free Rice Freerice is a 100% non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Freerice has two goals: 1.Provide education to everyone for free. 2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free

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

Edulastic is a powerful assessment engine that allows you to build student assessments from a massive library of state aligned test questions. It is great tool for those teachers that want to up their game for assessment and really look at where the gaps are. It is also way more than multiple choice and fill in the blank. The questions are interactive and force students to manipulate graphs, annotate text and so much more.

Fakebook is just one option on  It allows students to create realistic-looking Facebook pages for anything or anyone!  This is great for making timelines of the lives of historical figures!

Project Development

Inspire! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂

Made with Padlet

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

My Contact Info

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time during the year with questions, problems, or suggestions.


Phone:  989-790-1676  ext. 12   (school)

989-324-0666       (cell)

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