November 2021 Agenda—Portage, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


What have you been doing? Feel free to add to the Jamboard!


I am thankful for early morning wake up calls, because this means my kids still think I can solve all their problems!

Thankful Turkey

What are some 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.


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.

How can I help you with what was assigned in Google Classroom? Let’s take some time and go over some of it together!


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for NEXT YEAR!!! Thursday, January 20th.

2. Connections Conference!


4. 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. 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

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 (
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.


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! Or choose any of these activities with answers! 🙂

GooseChase is an online platform that helps you run real-world scavenger hunts. There are endless possibilities!

Get out your phones and let’s download GooseChase!

Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a part of Computer Science Education Week. This year it is December 6-12. 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

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 is a Michigan-specific Coding Activity. – 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

Let’s CODE!!

Follow the instructions to Animate a Name

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

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