November 2020 Agenda—Arlington Heights, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



I am thankful for dirty dishes in my sink, because this means I have food to eat, something on which to eat it, and running water/dishwasher to clean them.

This is a weird thing for which to be thankful. But, it does help put things into perspective, make us appreciate things, and put a positive spin on an unpleasant situation.

(anyone read The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom?)

What are some weird things that you are thankful for?  What are some things you are happy for in 2020?

Put them on this “thankful turkey“.

Here is a “clean” copy of thankful turkey to use in your classrooms. Make a copy of it so you can edit it.

Possible guest speaker(s) today!


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, 01/21/21 (would anyone be opposed to moving to the 14th?).

2. Hour of Code – Dec. 7-13

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.

3. 2021/2022 cohorts are forming now!

(Letter from Brent Dieckhoff, founder and executive director of TEC21)

Dear TEC21 Participants, 

Oh give thanks unto the Lord!

It’s always at about this time of the year that I find myself extra thankful for the TEC21 ministry. Perhaps it’s because the workshop program is well on it’s way during another school term or maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Either way, I am so thankful for the MANY ways God has blessed our work over the past 12 years. 

First, I want to thank you for joining us this year and for all that you do for Lutheran school ministries and the proclamation of the gospel. Thank you for modeling to your students your desire to continue to learn for their sake. It is my prayer that the relationships you are forming and the learning that is taking place as you gather together each month through our workshop program has been and will continue to be a blessing to both you personally and to your teaching ministry not only for this year, but for many years to come. Personally, I find that being able to connect with other teachers is vital to my teaching ministry. It is a boost to my mental and spiritual health. I love learning with and from others. The relationships I have made through TEC21 help to keep me feeling fresh and excited to teach each year. I hope this is the case for you, too! If it is, I’d like to ask you for your help. 

The facilitators and I have begun forming our next cohorts that will begin in September of 2021. Personal testimony goes a long way, so I would be most grateful if you would help us by thinking of a fellow teacher or teachers that you could encourage to register for Season 13? They could be teachers from your school or any other school for that matter. With your help we will be able to impact more teachers (and their students) for the sake of the gospel. I thank you in advance for any support of our efforts that you can give to us.

God’s peace and protection be with you all. 

In Christ, 

Brent Dieckhoff

#TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

“I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel…” Philippians 1:4-5

Principals can register with their name to save spots for one or more of your teachers. To register, have them click here or scan this QR code:


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.

How did digital storytelling go?

How is the progress on your virtual rooms?


  • To do a choice board/more creative ways to engage the students in class
  • Various assessment options
  • Good, reasonably-priced, story writing application.


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 gamification activities in today’s classroom.

Digital Assessment Strategies

Formative Assessment vs. Summative Assessment

The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning. More specifically, formative assessments:

  • help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work

  • help faculty recognize where students are struggling and address problems immediately


  • draw a concept map in class to represent their understanding of a topic

  • submit one or two sentences identifying the main point of a lecture

  • turn in a research proposal for early feedback


No Red Ink – NoRedInk builds stronger writers through interest-based curriculum, adaptive exercises, and actionable data

Peardeck – Imagine if you could engage every student in your class, every day. What if you could instantly see who’s confused and who’s ready for more? That’s the power of Pear Deck. And now, with the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on, you can add the magic of formative assessments and interactive questions to your presentations right from Google Slides.

Take Three! 55 Digital Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success – If you want to find more, here’s a whole bunch!

The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark.

Summative assessments are often high stakes, which means that they have a high point value. Examples of summative assessments include:

  • a midterm exam

  • a final project

  • a paper

  • a senior recital



Student Portfolio Apps & Websites – Compiled by Common Sense Media, this useful article provides you with a chart of options for online portfolios for students complete with grade levels, platforms, and pricing! (Includes Seesaw, Sesame, and Artsonia among others)


Using gaming as a demonstration of knowledge and/or skills gained


Code Monkey. (10+). Intro to Java – a ‘lite’ version of java called coffee script. True text-basedcoding

Lightbot. (ages 5-13) Chrome; iOS; Android

Tynker. Everything a student needs to become a Minecraft modder, digital storyteller, or game designer. A great site for students 4th-8th grade learning how to program

Swift Playgrounds.  a revolutionary app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun. It requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out. Solve puzzles to master the basics using Swift — a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by the pros to build today’s most popular apps.

Code Combat. Also Ozaria.  Advanced (12+)

CS First. Google’s free computer science curriculum that makes coding easy to teach and fun to learn.

Scratch Chrome

Scratch Jr. (ages 5-9) Chrome; iOS; Android

Appinventor (Middle School+) Chrome; Android

Sphero EDU (ages 4+) Chrome; iOS; Android

Coding Kitchen – Do you want to introduce your learners to coding and computer science but are not really sure where to start? Hop over to our test kitchen to try on some new recipes. Each recipe is geared towards a specific taste. Try one or try them all! (poster created with Thinglink – link below)

Digital Tools & Resources

More than just a standalone app, the GooseChase platform lets you create and facilitate a customized scavenger hunt in minutes. … Gather the participants together and have at least one person per team download the GooseChase app. (Free version: Up to 3 Teams per Team Game)

Amazon AR app

  • iOS: iPhone 6S and newer, running iOS 11.0 and newer

  • AR functionality on Android requires the AR Core app to be installed. AR Core is only supported on Android 7.0 and newer, and on the following devices

Some of the most popular LEGO robots are LEGO BOOST for girls and boys ages 7-12 and LEGO MINDSTORMS for ages 10+. Both are sets kids can start building regardless of their skill level and they can continue building loooong into adulthood.

Holiday resources – fun games!  Highly recommend joining this FB group: Digital Reources for Elementary Students

Easily turn a Google™ Spreadsheet into a Set of Online Flashcards and Other Cool Stuff!

Jamboard Boost student collaboration and engagement with the Jamboard app — powered by Google Cloud. Student tablet users can access a suite of rich editing tools to collaborate with students or educators. You can even access it from a web browser too.  Here’s a little video overview of how to share a Jamboard in Google Classroom.

The Easiest Way to Use Jamboard in Google Meet


Two Ways to Create Your Own Online Memory Games Richard Byrne uses Educandy and Flippity

Tinkercad.  Easiest  way to get started in designing for 3D printing.

Thinglink Thinglink is a digital poster that lets students link multimedia to a picture. Great for reports. Link pictures, videos, technology projects, Google Docs, etc. ThingLink on Nebraska’s 150th anniversary including some great chatterpix videos and green screen videos.

FREE Google Lesson Plans for Teachers and Students

13+ Google Classroom Quick Tip Videos for Teachers

Thanksgiving Activities for Students While we are coming up on the Thanksgiving holiday, it might be hard to do some of these before the break.  See how you could format some of these to work for Christmas though!

Google Santa Tracker Just for  fun….! Kids of all ages love this!

These start as LOW TECH – how can yo intergrate tech into these examples?

“These are awesome formative assessments that we like because they’re creative, low-tech, fun, and best of all, engaging for students. They’re easy for a teacher to implement on an ongoing basis anytime.”

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

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. 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.

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

  4. 2021/2022 cohorts are forming now! Personal testimony goes a long way, so we would be most grateful if you would help us by thinking of a fellow teacher or teachers that you could encourage to register for Season 13? They could be teachers from your school or any other school for that matter. With your help we will be able to impact more teachers (and their students) for the sake of the gospel. We thank you in advance for any support of our efforts that you can give to us. #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd


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