November 2021 Agenda—Mayer, Minnesota

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


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Please share one way you used technology in the last month on the Padlet. Include a link to a project you or a student created if possible.


“If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the world. If you have money in your bank, your wallet, and some spare change, you are among 8 percent of the world’s wealthy. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture or the horrible pangs of starvation, you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering. If you can read this message, you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read at all.” Red Cross

How could you have students respond to this devotion? What technology tools could allow them to share what they are thankful for?

What are YOU thankful for? Share ideas one at a time on this AnswerGarden word cloud as we see how blessed we are!


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.

To embed a Google Slides presentation like this you must go to “File” then “Publish to the Web” to get an embed code. Simply copy the embed code and  this can be embedded into sites such as Word Press and Google Sites. You can also auto advance slides after publishing to the web and select the time between slides from 3 seconds to 1 minute, and one time through or continuous loop. Great way to show visuals during parent-teacher conferences or as an idea creator in writer’s workshop.


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

2. My Soul Magnifies the Lord Concordia University, St. Paul cordially invites you to our 2021 Fine & Performing Arts Christmas concert, “My Soul Magnifies the Lord,” a celebration of the holiday season in word, art, and music. Performances will take place December 10-12 in the Buetow Music Auditorium. Tickets will be available for the below performances on Nov. 1.

Click here for tickets

Friday, December 10–7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 11– 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 12– 3:00 p.m.

3. Church Work Tuition Guarantee! 

4. Center for Biblical Studies: Following Christ to the Cross: People in John’s Gospel (Lent and Easter), January 28, 2022, 9:00 a.m.‒2:00 p.m., $30
In-person or online

5. Center for Biblical Studies: The Book of Jonah: On a Tough Mission for a Tender God (Outreach), March 19, 2022, 9:00 p.m.‒3:00 p.m., $20, In-person or online

6. Hour of Code- December 6-12. Have your students go to the website and complete a coding activity for an hour this week!

7. 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 to grow as a teacher in person or remotely.

2. Create a digital assessment activity which could be incorporated into an upcoming lesson or unit.

3. Explore coding options for the 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 Assessments & Coding Activities

Try at least one activity in each area: Coding, Formative Assessment, and Authentic Assessment. Share what you make on this Google Doc.

Coding Learning Activities

Complete an activity on the Hour of Code! Try out a few sites your students would like to use. Get ready for December 6-12! A new offering is Poem Art using block coding.

Complete an activity on OR with a partner. These “unplugged” activities teach the basics of coding without using a computer.

Create a Scratch program that includes a background and a moving character. Ideas for more found here:

Formative Assessment

Create a digital assessment to use in your class using , , or

Let’s try a Blooket assessment game for practice:

Go to and enter Game ID

With a Partner: Create an interactive digital assessment using the Pear Deck add-on for Google Slides. You can begin with a slide presentation you already have and insert question slides. Then present as Pear Deck to record student responses making your presentation a formative assessment. How to PearDeck

Authentic Assessment

Adobe Spark Page Having students create projects using technology to demonstrate learning is authentic assessment. Documenting a process using online tools empowers students to tell what they did and what they learned. Allowing them to choose the tool adds to the authenticity. Taking pictures or video of an actual process they do and reporting that as learning is authentic. Example of multimedia report on South Korea  by Sister Cecelia

Ignite Presentation! Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes. Ignite events are held in cities around the world. I have students create a Google Slides presentation for the last day of class which they present in “5 minutes of greatness!” File-Publish to Web-Auto Advance slide time-Start slideshow as soon as player loads. Go! My Example: iGen Learning Strategies Ignite Presentation

Research, Download, and Reuse Open-Access Materials to demonstrate learning. The Smithsonian Institution has released more than 2.8 million high-resolution two- and three-dimensional images from across its collections onto an open-access online platform for visitors to peruse and download free of charge. Featuring data and materials from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo, the new digital depot encourages the public to not just view its contents but also use, reuse, and transform them into just about anything they choose. The Smithsonian is committed to releasing more than 3 million items throughout 2020 alone. Beyond 2020, it will add more items on a continuing basis as they are digitized, researched, and published online. Have students explore the Smithsonian on a research topic, locate and download artifacts, then turn into a multimedia presentation and add the information they find to report. Dinosaur Example               Religious Art Example

Top Digital Tools & Resources on Digital Assessments & Coding

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 coding 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

Please feel free to reach out if you ever need any help with technology integration or you have questions about something we covered in TEC21! I am always happy to help.

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