November 2020 Agenda—Portage, Michigan

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.

Thankful Turkey

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.


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

2.Friday, December 11th, 2020 –

This year, we are celebrating the National Computer Science Education Week by inviting the participation of your schools and students in the Michigan Guinness World Records virtual attempt on Friday, December 11th, 2020 to set the record for “Most Users To Take An Online Computer Program Lesson Within 24 Hours”. This is a historic event to promote coding to our students as they can easily complete a 30-minute lesson during school to be counted as a participant. In addition, once it is confirmed that the record has been set, each participant can order a Guinness World Records Certificate For Completion. This event is optional but if your students wish to participate during class, please register at and join in on the fun. All students under the age of 17 must get a consent from their parents or guardian to participate.

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. Let’s check out our Jamboard.


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

We have already beaten Google Forms into the ground so let’s talk about the other things available!

  • Socrative – Click Student Login. Enter room name SPEERS2894. This is a free app and web-based assessment tool.
  • Formative Another Free formative tool Go to
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  • Kahoot is typically what teachers have heard of

What have you used?


Seesaw (
FreshGrade (
Participate (
Google Sites (
Dropr (
Padlet (
ClassDojo Student Stories (

If aesthetics aren’t important to you, your students could showcase examples of their best work by using shared Google Drive.



Breakout EDU

BreakoutEDU is a game that will have your students thinking critically, problem-solving, troubleshooting, working collaboratively and having so much fun they won’t even realize how much they are using their brains!

Let’s play Turkey Trot!


GooseChase EDU is a web-based platform that creates scavenger hunts for an app of the same name on mobile (iOS and Android) devices. First, teachers go to the website to create a new game with a basic description. … Each mission is a scavenger hunt clue, which comes in three types: photo/video, text, or location.

Download the App and Let’s play!!!

Hour of Code

How to Run an Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a part of Computer Science Education Week. This year it is December 9-15. It is actually a celebration in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

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.

It is important to know that Code is not the quick fix to all of our problems. The students won’t magically become millionaires writing code! Engineering software is a lucrative field, but the transformation from “coder” to “engineer” is challenging. Giving the students this hour may give them a chance to “catch the bug.” They may already have it. Not all of them will. Just like not all of our students LOVE math (unfortunately).
C<DE Resources

You all know how I feel about making teachers start from scratch (no not that annoying cat). I know that it is easier to commit to doing something that is already planned. The thought is that then the next year you can modify what you do based on student interest as well as your comfort level with code.

  • This resource has activities divided by grade
  • This resource has many hour of code activities set up for you.
  • Khan Academy I love Khan Academy! This set of lessons take about an hour to complete!
  • Hour of Code This website has many resources
  • Accenture More hour of code info

Digital Tools & Resources

Play Posit is an interactive video creator that has great question variety. This tool strikes a nice balance, offering teachers an easy intro to interactive video mixed with a large set of features that can lead to increasingly sophisticated lesson design. This is the link to the Hour of Code for Elementary Students Teacher page for Hour of Code

Socrative Your classroom app for fun, effective engagement and on-the-fly assessments.

Formative Enable your teachers to improve their classroom performance with actionable metrics

Hour of Code is a great resource for the Hour of Code. You can also sign up to host an Hour of Code

Computer Science Education Week Resource for Technology Education and Computer Science

Code Academy is code education for adults. This is a free curriculum. Their online coding tutorials with easy-to-follow instructions, immediate feedback, and a tested curriculum take anyone from non-technical to “I can code.”

Codesters Codesters combines a fun online coding platform for students, a powerful learning management system for teachers, and built-out coding lessons so you can start teaching kids to code in your school today.

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.

Flippity Easily turn a Google™ Spreadsheet into a Set of Online Flashcards

Quizizz An alternative to Kahoot, with a few different features.

15 Low Tech assessment tools Creative, LOW TECH, and engaging formative assessment tools – how can you integrate tech into these examples?

Jeopardy Labs Who doesn’t love Jeopardy-style games for review?!  Jeopardy Labs has thousands of pre-made games ready for you to use!  Set up your class in teams or individually!

Poll Everywhere Live interactive audience participation-Engage your audience or class in real time.

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

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Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.