November 2020 Agenda—Fort Wayne, Indiana (6-12 Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To Wifi: 
    • Network: Emmanuel Church Wireless
    • Password: goeagles
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
  • A Quick Note: Grab your phone and download the Goosechase App! You can search for it in the Google Play or iOS App Store.
  • Grab snacks and/or a drink!
  • November’s Agenda
  • October’s Agenda Link –
  • September’s Agenda


Home for the Holidays

How does your family celebrate the holidays?

What are some of the ways that you keep Jesus at the center of it all?

What are you looking forward to most this holiday season!?


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2021.

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

  • Indiana Connected Educators (ICE)
    • Note: Annual fall conference held near Indy.
    • Note: This year, because of COVID-19 it was held virtually in July. Click on the link above to learn more about ICE and maybe set a goal to go to their annual conference within the next few years!
  • Michigan Association of Computer User Learning (MACUL)
    • Note: Upcoming Regional Conference in March! This year it is scheduled to take place March 17th-19th, 2021 in Detroit, MI. To learn more or to register click here.
  • International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE)
    • Note: Annual International Conference Held Each Summer. 
    • Note: This year, because of COVID-19, the ISTE Conference will be held online. It is slated for November 29-December 5th. To learn more or to take advantage of early bird registration (before Oct. 1st) click here.

3. Don’t forget to place your lunch order: Lunch will take place around 11:45 AM. Plan to pick up lunch at Panera between 11:45 PM and Noon.

4. 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. In October you were challenged to:

  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 a student project to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook.
  3. Spiritual: Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.

In the padlet this month share a success, a challenge you experienced or a lesson learned.

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1. Explore a variety of digital tools and learning activities to drive student collaboration and feedback.

2. Create at least three activities one of 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.

Fort Wayne TEC21 Playground & Showcase

The Playground and Showcase

The goal of today’s activities is to give you quality experiences exploring, creating and sharing with tools that could be useful in your classroom both physically and remotely. Because most of you wouldn’t be using a full fledged website, I have created the activities and housed them on their own Google Site. You will find two buttons below. The first is the playground, where you can go to play! The second is the showcase, where you can go to share your work. The playground is a viewable website. The showcase is an editable website for just those members of our cohort. Together, we can all edit the showcase to share work and model how students could do the same!

Remote Learning Tools

Go Formative

Aka “Formative” is a great resource if you are looking for short dynamic quizzes with more creative questions than a google form. It is fast and easy to use. You could have a quiz made in a blink of an eye. If you are struggling to find good online assessment options, give “Formative” a chance!


Classkick allows students to work on worksheets digitally BUT that isn’t all! You can also watch them work in real time AND provide assistance. It is a great tool for touch screens or if you want to provide feedback on a worksheet or activity or test while the student is working.


This is my new favorite site! You can load any sheet into teacher made and students can annotate, respond and so much more! Not only that, but you can set Teachermade to grade the work. Grading those short answer responses taking some time? Not at all with teachermade. It is quick, you can provide feedback and with the push of a button return the work to students. Boom! Done!


Breakout EDU

Breakout EDU can be a lot of fun and an educational experience as well! Let’s take a deep dive into what it offers and how it can help you in your classroom! Disclaimer: we are going to just scratch the surface with this. However, we are going to revisit it in January!


Duck…Duck…Goose! We are going on a goose chase! Participants can join the game by following these simple steps:

1. Download the GooseChase iOS or Android app.

2. Choose to play as a guest, or register for a personal account with a username & password of your choice.

3. Search for and select the FW TEC 21 – Goosechase game, or search by game code 1B6KBQ.

4. Follow the prompts to select or create their player profile. If the player profile has an access code, they will need to enter it here.

Digital Tools & Resources – Turn Google Spreadsheets into games, flashcards, and more with this Google Sheets Add-On. Sample demonstrating a variety of options in Flippity.

Quizizz – An alternative to Kahoot

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.

Code Monkey – Free Trial

Scratch  – Students create their own stories or games using coding skills

Scratch, Jr. is a free app alternative for the youngest students     Web app that allows teachers to give live assignments

Teachers First  Coding issue.  Links to many different coding apps and games for all ages

Gamification Hundreds of links to online games and resources for making your own

Digital Escape Rooms.    A variety of digital escape rooms.  Not all have answers, so you may want to try them ahead of time!

Hopscotch  Free lessons plans and games to teach kids coding

Nearpod  Hundreds of premade lessons that provide formative assessment for teachers

Turkey Thankfulness  Template for a turkey on google slides

No Red Ink.   Students complete practice and review questions on language, grammar, and writing topics.  Students choose topics of interest to them which are incorporated into the questions.  Free   Pre-make lists or make your own list to work on vocabulary.  The free version limits the number of student results you can see.   Learning Library of educational games for students.

Lunch Hour at 11:45am/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 activities 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


Dismiss at 2:00pm

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