November 2020 Agenda—Glen Burnie, Maryland

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


Welcome Activity:  Thankful Turkey (Activity #1)

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.  What are some unusual (or anything!) things that you are thankful for?  Click on the turkey link below…..

Want your own copy of  the Thankful Turkey?  Click here and then click “Make a copy”


  • 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.  ~ Colossians 3:17
  • Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. ~ 1 Chronicles 16:34
  • Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Activity #2a:  Spiritual

Below, add a Bible verse on gratitude to the Wall of Gratitude.   There are so many good ones, so it is absolutely fine to do more than one … or even to duplicate verses if someone else wrote your favorite!  Enhance it with a corresponding image.

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Activity #2b:  Spiritual

Add to the Prayer Padlet any thoughts you’d like to share.

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

2. 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.


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 Tools – Group #1
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.  Tutorial


  • EdPuzzle – A site 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.  Overview   Tutorial


  • Flipgrid – FlipGrid is a program that allows you to formatively assess student knowledge through the creation of student videos. You can pose a question to your students and have them answer it in the form of a video.

Activity #3:  Explore

Take 10 minutes to explore the above tools.  Consider the use of these specifically in terms of mid-learning formative assessment, rather than end-learning summative assessment.  Consider the use of real-time feedback you could institute for your students.  Imagine how you could make that work in your own situation as you explore these tools.

  • Formative
  • Peardeck
  • Socrative
  • EdPuzzle
  • Flipgrid
Formative Assessment Tools – Group #2-  Gamification
  • Kahoot – Enter a collection of questions to be asked in real-time to an unlimited number or players, creating a social, fun, and game-like learning environment.  Create and play fun learning games for free.  Great for teams or in-class play.  Fun music!  Students join the game on any internet device using just a PIN (no login required.)  Students can play synchronously as a competition or asynchronously via a link, easily shared through Google Classroom.


  • Quizizz – create quizzes that can be played either live or assigned as homework. Students join the game on an internet device using just a PIN (no login required).  Provides an alternative experience to Kahoot.


  • Quizlet Live  Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything. Start learning today with flashcards, games and learning tools — all for free.  The Quizlet Live version provides a collaborative game-show opportunity where students work together to determine which group participant has the correct answer on his or her screen.




  • Gimkit is a game show for the classroom that requires knowledge, collaboration, and strategy to win.  You get three kits for free and have to pay for additional kits.  You can import directly from Quizlet.  Overview


  • Top Tech Tools for Formative Assessment  – by Common Sense Education.  Common Sense is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Activity #4:  Explore

Take 10 minutes to explore the above games.  Use a second device to log in as a student to see what it is to play the student end of the formative assessment tools and games we have just reviewed.  Again, imagine how you could make this work in your own situation.  In addition, consider some games that you could transform into PLAYFUL formative assessment opportunities in your classroom.  During our Project Development time this afternoon, perhaps this 10 minutes will give you some starting ideas to build off of!

  • Kahoot
  • Quizizz
  • Quizlet Live
  • Quizlet
  • Quizalize
  • Gimkit
  • Or any of the other tools reviewed by Common Sense.
Portfolio Assessment
  • 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.  Overview


  • 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!




Authentic Assessment — Tools for Performance Tasks
A performance task is any learning activity or assessment that asks students to perform or 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.  It is important to assess not only 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  –Video tutorials on constructing your own digital Breakout EDU experience.  (*More to come on this…)


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


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


  • Math — Concrete tasks for performance assessment in mathematics, divided by grade level.


  • Science  — Task directions for Science performance assessments, middle school and high school aged.


Breakout EDU

Breakout games require groups to work together to solve a series of challenges in order to open a locked container before the time limit expires. They are an engaging activity to review content as well as foster collaboration and problem-solving skills.  Put to classroom use, they provide a great way to shake up classroom reviews or introduction to new material.

Activity #5:  Breakout Experience

In teams of two, we will undergo a quest, designed to sample a classroom  Breakout experience.  This adventure weaves in cross-curricular activities, varying levels of difficulty, and an assortment of coded tasks to solve and unlock, using digital-tools, as well as more traditional code-breaking methods.

While you and a partner are working your own path, in the end, it will take the collaboration of the entire group to bring the shy animal out of hiding!  

Digital Tools & Resources

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.

Escape Room!  Create your own Escape Room, or play other escape games created with Escape Room Maker. This is great for students working on problem solving — as the escapees, or as the ones designing the escape room!  Tutorial (20 Minutes)

Classkick  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. Teachers create assignments, see all their students’ work in real-time, and give LOTS of student feedback. Best of all, students can help each other anonymously. Overview

Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated Gami video. (Android, iOS).  Overview

Class Dojo lets you instantly share photos, videos, and announcements on Class Story, or privately message with any parent!  ClassDojo 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.

  • Parents easily join your class using any device
  • Instantly translate messages into 30+ languages
  • Let families know when you’re busy with Quiet Hours

1. Poll Everywhere Poll Everywhere transforms one-sided presentations into two-way conversations with the audience. This web-based audience response system lets you embed interactive activities directly into your presentation. The audience responds on the web or via SMS texting on their phones.

2. Backchannel Chat A backchannel provides conversation behind-the-scenes, at the teacher’s guidance, for feedback and questions from your students.  Tutorial

3. Plickers   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.  Video

4. Super Teacher Tools  This website is filled with fun review games that can be loaded with material on any concepts!  With games such as “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “Speed Match,” students will be well-prepared for any content!

5. 10 Ways to Use Google Earth in Your Classroom   It’s Not Just For Social Studies!  Practical Ed Tech‘s article about Google Earth’s developments. With the new launch of a new version of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? on Google Earth seems to have sparked a renewed interest in Google Earth. Check out this list of top 10 new uses: pre-made tours, literature tours, global scavenger hunts, timelapse of coastline changes, explore the Moon or Mars, and use Google Earth as an alternative to PowerPoint!

6. Free Rice is an online internet game that donates 20 grains of rice to the World Food Programme (WFP) for every word that is correctly defined. WFP, the United Nations frontline organization fighting hunger, distributes the rice to the hungry.

7. Nearpod   Nearpod allows educators to make lessons interactive, offering formative assessment opportunities through quizzes, polls, videos, and more.  Overview

8. 10 Virtual Tools for the Math Class  If you teach Math you have to check these out…10 of the best tools on the market for engaging students with Math including DragonBox, Geometry Pad, and MathsPlayground.

9. NASA Photos – ABCs  Amazing NASA photos of natural elements in the shape of the ABC’s! Reading the ABCs from Space. How can your students use pictures to tell about their learning?

10. 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!

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


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Tracey Gove

(443) 325-3675

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.