November 2019 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (EC-12 Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi:  Concordia NonSecure Code:  TEC21Workshop
  • How to get to today’s agenda: :…ska-ec-12-cohort/
  • To each other – Everyone should share CLIPS while we are waiting to begin. CLIPS= Christ-centered, Learner-oriented, Innovative, Positive, Success stories
  • Lunch in the Doghouse Grill. (Menu here)

    Lunch order: Submit before we begin so I can forward the order and it will be ready when we go to lunch at 11:30.

  • Group Sharing of Technology Integration: What is one technology project you tried tried in the classroom? How did it go? Do you have a student sample to show?



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

2. Christmas at Concordia December 6-8

3. Hour of Code December 9-15: Sign up at

4. Google Summit will be in Lincoln on July 16-17, 2020. Registration opens on February 14, 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.

Challenges from Workshop 2:

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 a 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

Formative Assessment article with ideas

More Formative Assessments

Quizlet is good for formative assessment and gaming. Students can set up their individual accounts and compete with each other for highest scores on the games offered in the program.

Formative Assessment Practice: Go to

The Code is VFWRUR.


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.

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.

Class Dojo is a classroom communication app used to share reports between parents and teachers. Teachers track student behavior and upload photos or videos. The gamification style system teaches developmental skills through real-time feedback.

Reasons to Use Digital Portfolios Article


It is important to assess what students know but also what they can do. Authentic assessments ask students to apply knowledge to a real-world task.

Build Your Own Breakout

Canva helps to create flyers, infographics, social media posts, and more.

Adobe Spark helps students to create videos, newsletters, and animations to demonstrate learning.


How to Run an Hour of Code
Sites & Apps for Coding

QR Code Challenge

Extra Resources for Seward, NE


Bible App for Kids

Memorization App

One in Christ Curriculum Online Resources (check with your school for subscription information or codes)

Memory Project/Religion Project Ideas


Adobe Spark requires an account and login. Logins are used to sync content across devices as well as to backup content to our cloud storage. Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to create their own Adobe ID and so they will need to sign in with an account created by and supervised by a teacher or parent.

Teaching Resources

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

Quizizz is 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.

Kahoot games are created by a variety of people and cover a variety of topics. Those using this website can search the games already created or design an original. The game is played in real-time in either individual or team mode to create a game atmosphere for a quick review and additional instruction.

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

This is a tool 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.

Denmark Example

This is a simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. Plicker cards do need to be printed. A fee may apply. Teachers scan the student cards with an app on a phone or iPad.


Khan Academy offers a wide variety of content for students K-12. Subjects include the core of math and language but also incorporate history, computers, art, and upper level math. This is a free website that provides instruction through tutorial videos and practice exercises. Students learn at their own space, and their results are available on a dashboard for the instructor.

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.)

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!

This tool easily uses Google Slides and allows you to create formative assessments built into the presentation.

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!

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 🙂

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

Blessings to you during the season of thanksgiving and as we prepare to celebrate the Advent of our Lord and the fulfillment of God’s promise to us in the birth of the Savior! Jerrita Staehr   Email:     Cell: 308-258-1163

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.