November 2021 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

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

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Activity #2b:  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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Review & Check-In

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.  We will be using an interactive Peardeck for this activity.


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, January 20, 2022.

2. 2022/2023 cohorts are now forming!

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

Dear TEC21 Participants, 

“Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 118:29

It’s always at 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 its 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 13 years and am now waiting in expectation for the plans he has in store for us in Season 14. 

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for joining us this year and for all that you do for Lutheran school ministries for the sake of the gospel. Thank you for modeling to your students your desire to continue to learn for their good. 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 spiritual, intellectual, and emotional well-being. I love learning with and from others and the relationships that have formed through my TEC21 connections help to keep me feeling fresh and excited to serve in Lutheran education. It is my hope and prayer that this is the case for you, too. 

The facilitators and I are now forming our next cohorts that will begin in September of 2022. We’d like to ask you for your help by being an ambassador for our program. Personal testimonies go a very 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 14. They could be teachers from your school or any other school. With your help we will be able to impact more teachers and their students. I thank you in advance for the support of our efforts and your partnership in ministry!

God’s peace be with you. 

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.


We look forward in Workshop #3 to SHARE resources and best teaching and learning practices with one another. 

1. Explore and discover 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.

4. Be a resource to another colleague by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.

Digital Assessment Strategies

We can and should be tapping into Best Practices from time-to-time to challenge our current practices and be inspired to branch out in new directions.  Today we will examine many possibilities … See what you can grasp onto to try in your own classroom ministry.

Activity #3:  Digital

After learning about Blooket, let’s try it!

  • (1)  “Name That Animal” — GAME:  Cafe
  • (2)  “Multiplication Facts” — GAME:  Gold Quest
  • (3)   FREE EXPLORE:  Try the DISCOVER tab in the banner to find a topic.  Then choose a game that interests you!

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 #4:  Digital

Take 5 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 5 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

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.

Gamification – Part 2

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!  


Top Digital Tools & Resources on Digital Assessments & Gamification

Center- and Educator-specific Digital Tools & Resources

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

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Develop and incorporate a digital assessment and/or gaming 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 or another social media platform. 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. 2022/2023 cohorts are now forming! Personal testimonies go a long way, so we would be most grateful if you would encourage a teacher to register for Season 14.  We thank you in advance for the support of our efforts as we strive to encourage and support the many wonderful teachers serving in Lutheran education. #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd


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Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Tracey Gove


Phone: 443-325-3675 (call or text)

I can also be found on Facebook (@TraceyKretzschmarGove)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.