September 2019 Agenda—Grafton, Wisconsin

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am


  • To WiFi: Isaiah 10:15
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
  • Shortly we will do an ice breaker activity to begin to get to know one another!



1. Water fountain? Restrooms?

2. What does the timeline of a typical workshop day look like?

      • Workshop Day Timeline
        • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Connecting with Teachers
          • Connecting with Wi-Fi & each other
          • Ice Breaker with group (in September)
          • Devotion
          • Announcements
          • Review–What have you done this past month?
          • What new/reoccurring problems/needs are you seeing for yourself this year?
        • 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
          • Topic/Lesson
          • Digital Citizenship Integration
        • 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM
          • Genius Hour
        • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
          • LUNCH (group decision)
        • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
          • Explore the list of “Digital Tools and Resources”
          • Make it, take it, use it
          • Go deeper into understanding (peer-to-peer coaching)
          • One-on-one with teachers
          • Involve and help time (guide by the side)
          • Get networked, get social, be active with one another here and in other cohorts around the country (Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.)
          • Complete the REFLECTION at 1:50 PM

3. This series of workshops will provide you the opportunity to grow in a fun, safe and supportive environment. How and what you decide to implement into your classroom is up to you–personalized learning at its best!

      • There are program-specific aspects–what we as Facilitators collectively deem as core components across the board.
      • There are center-specific aspects–what individual Facilitators include which are practical and relevant to their teachers based on needs and interests.
      • In the TEC21 Workshop Program, how are short- and long-term goals defined?
        • SHORT-TERM – Some sort of technology integrating lesson or activity you want to do with your students THIS MONTH.
        • LONG-TERM – A major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a web site used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project based learning using a specific tool or tools. There are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”

4. On our final workshop day, we will gather together for what we have dubbed “Celebration Day”. This particular session’s format is unique among the others in that each of you will share some of the ways in which you implemented your ideas or projects to enhance your teaching and student learning. Think of this as a mini-conference where each of you will have 10-15 minutes to share with the group how your TEC21 experience has impacted your classroom. It’ll be among friends so there’s no need to get worked up about it. Here’s an outline to guide you in your planning – “Celebration Day”.

5. Are you needing college credit to renew your teaching license or to increase your salary on your church’s pay scale? If you are, then you can receive three graduate-level credits at the end of our program through Concordia University, Nebraska. There is no additional work that is above and beyond what you’re doing anyway from month to month so it’s just an added bonus to get credit for your TEC21 experience. Here are the details:

      • The cost is $80/credit hour
      • The online application process opens up on March 1, 2020 and closes April 30, 2020
      • Concordia University is a ministry partner of TEC21 so they will email you from time to time this year to provide you with more information

6. Upcoming events:

      • The next workshop date is scheduled for (day of the week), (date)
      • Facilitators, please promote any other local, regional or national events (e.g. local pd opportunities such as EdCamps, district fall conferences, LEA Convocation, etc. – all of which provide great opportunities for TEC21 teachers to connect outside of the workshops)


We look forward in Workshop #1 to begin getting to know each other and taking a high-level look at the TEC21 ministry.

1. Discover TEC21’s vision and mission – what we do, how we do it and most importantly why we do it.

2. Boost your professional learning network by connecting to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook.

3. Gain an understanding of the TEC21 road map for the school year culminating at the end of the school year with “Celebration Day”.

4. Explore and discover Google educational applications for the classroom. We’ll learn best practices from each other by sharing how we use some of these resourceful tools in our classrooms.

The TEC21 Ministry

Here are some ways TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning network:

Twitter: Follow @TEC21_LuthEd the facilitators and many other educators who have embraced this powerful communication tool. Follow and use these hashtags #TEC21lcms & #LuthEd when tweeting!

Facebook Group: Engage with TEC21 Educators going all the way back to “Season 1” to ask questions and share ideas to support one another (We’ll be taking a much closer look at his one today as this is how we provide support to you outside of our face-to-face sessions!)

Facebook: Please help us get the word out to as many teachers as possible about the TEC21 Workshop Program by “Liking” us on the TEC21 Facebook Page!


Pinterest: Follow TEC21’s collaborative board and we’ll invite you to pin along with hundreds of other teaches on the shared board! If you don’t receive an invitation, be sure to let one of the facilitators know so we can add you as a collaborator.


Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our workshop centers from year to year.

Growing Your Professional Learning Network

1. The TEC21 Facilitators Group:

      • The TEC21 Facilitators created this closed Facebook group for us to share ideas, plan, and support one another so we can effectively implement our program. This online platform is a powerful behind-the-scenes tool that enables us to collaborate and network with each other from all over the world. In fact, one of our team members even teaches in China!

2. The TEC21 Educators Group:

      • We’ve also created this closed group for TEC21 Teachers and TEC21 Facilitators. Why should you join this group? Because building your professional learning network is vital in teaching today to connect, share, inspire, grow, and support one another. This platform affords us the ability to extend our learning and support beyond our face-to-face workshop sessions. It also enables us to connect all of our TEC21 educators in each of our innovation centers with one another and with past TEC21 Teachers. It’s an excellent way for us to remain connected and to support one another for many years to come. Check your email for a link to join. Brent and Helena are online ready to approve your request to get you in!

Theory and Standards that Ground Tech Integration

All Things Google

Google Classroom
  • Google Classroom is probably the single greatest tool Google has released for the classroom in recent years.
  • It isn’t a finished product. Google is continuing the process of refining and growing Google Classroom into a powerful tool for teachers and schools. I run all my classes through Google Classroom.

Google Slides

  • Google Slides can be configured so that the page is the same size as a doc. In a Slides presentation you can create visually appealing graphics, insert spreadsheets, charts, videos…etc.
  • I think this can be very powerful if you want students to create an interactive science report (insert data from sheets, create graphics to show process, and include video of students running the procedure…etc). It could be powerful for developing good writing. You could have students outline a story and then retell the story through a video embedded in the sheet. The possibilities are endless!
Google Sites
  • There are two versions (old and new). The old version was a more robust and harder to use website builder. The new version is layered inside Google Drive and is created like any other google product (docs, sheets, slides, forms).
  • The new version is super easy to use. I have found that Google Sites can be a great place to store useful resources for students. It is more permanent that Google Classroom and visually appealing to boot.

Core G-Suite Add-Ons


Add-on types

Add-ons are defined by the application they extend (the host application). There are two primary types of add-ons: Gmail add-ons and Editor add-ons. Gmail add-ons extend Gmail only. Editor add-ons extend one of the Google Drive editor host applications: Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Forms.

    • Boomerang – This tool allows you to schedule emails so that you can work ahead and have messages sent when it is most convenient for you.
  • Google Docs (Click to Browse)
    • Doc to Form – build out a form in Google Docs. This is especially great if you want to convert an old text assessment into a modern interactive google form!
    • Highlight Tool – You can have students highlight an article. Then they can share out their different highlights by color to a new document
  • Google Sheets (Click to Browse)
    • Autocrat – You can take information in a sheet that you created or form data generated with a google form and have it auto populate a Google Doc or PDF template.
    • Flubaroo – A tool for auto grading google form data that  you want to use as an assessment. Google Forms does have a built in quiz option, but Flubaroo is easy to use and for some might offer a better set of options or layout.
    • Remove Duplicates – If you are working with large sets of data and need to remove duplicate entries, this is an excellent add-on.
    • Table Styles – Like the docs template gallery, this add-on can help you design a Google Sheet that is both visually appealing and professional.
  • Google Slides (Click to Browse)
    • Nearpod (free version) – This works in conjunction with the free app Nearpod and the online nearpod. Turn any slides presentation into an interactive lesson. Engaging students right on their devices and collecting real time data. Works best when every student has their own device (personal or school owned).
    • Flat (music creation – works with docs too) – This is just a fun music creation add-on. If you work with music or know someone that does, share this add-on with them!
    • Screencastify for Slides – This works with the extension Screencastify for Google Chrome. You can embed screencast videos you create right into your classroom presentation. Great for demos or for sharing ideas. Excellent for e-learning opportunities!
  • Google Forms (Click to Browse)
    • Choice Eliminator 2 – This is a fantastic add-on for Google forms that allows options to disappear after they have been selected. This is great if you are trying to get students to sign up for projects and only want a certain number of people studying a concept or idea. The possibilities are endless (until they are eliminated! 😉 )

Google Drawings – Tony VIncent


Check out these extensions from other Tec21 facilitators.

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Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of Digital Citizenship need to be addressed using Google+ and Google Forms?


      • Internet Safety
      • Privacy & Security
      • Relationships & Communication
      • Cyberbullying
      • Digital Footprint & Reputation
      • Self-image & Identity
      • Information Literacy
      • Creative Credit & Copyright

Genius Hour

Genius Hour Unit 1: Generate the idea

This month, we want you to begin to consider a major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a website used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project based learning using a specific tool or tools – there are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”

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

Digital Tools & Resources is an interactive bulletin board. You can create a board and post the URL so students simply click on it, click the +, add an idea. Organize for random notes, single line, columns, or back channel for questions and comments as you teach. Downloads as a spreadsheet too.

Remind is a private mobile messaging platform that enables teachers, parents, students, and administrators in K–12 schools to communicate with everyone at once.

Screencastify is the #1 free screen recorder for Chrome. No download required. Record, edit and share videos in seconds.

Welcome to Ted ED! Ready to use lessons with videos, review questions, discussion, and digging deeper resources.

Plickers – A powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. Print Plickers Cards online, hand one to each student, they turn the card to indicate choice, you scan their response with the Plickers app. Scan Student Responses. Make sure you’re logged in to the mobile app and website using the same account. Play a Question or Set from the mobile app or from the website. In the mobile app, tap the circle icon to open the scanner. Plickers will instantly scan your students’ cards and record their answers. Print out whole class results or individual reports


Kasey Bell has awesome resources on her website from google tips and tricks to classes you can take. I’ve learned alot from her on both Twitter and her website. Her classes are self-paced and run about $58 each.

Learning in Hand with Tony Vincent

Tony Vincent – Learning in Hand. I discovered him when we started using our ipods years ago and continue to follow him on Twitter. He has lots of interesting ideas, a tip every day, and great ideas for all things google and ipad related.

Cartoonify –  Make a cartoon of yourself to use on your digital profiles. I had my students make one and use it as their picture for their school G Suite account.

READ WRITE THINK! Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction. 20 plus interactives at each grade level!

The best thing I have seen or heard on the teaching of reading since I Left college! There is a clear idea of the best way to teach reading! There is a clear distinction between ways that can be counterproductive and hurt students! And methods that live out of flawed assumptions!

Sematris is a fun word game that is a vocabulary version of tetris. In this version instead of shapes you have words that fall from the top. You then need to eliminate words by typing in a word or phrase that best identifies that particular word, without using the actual word in your clue. Google’s AI then tries to guess which word you meant and removes that block, along with any same colored blocks touching it. As the game goes on the falling words become more similar.

This is a fun game to help students expand their vocabulary, while working on selecting precise words and phrases to best define a word.

Another stupid Chrome trick!To send a page from your phone to your desktop simply open the sharing menu in Chrome and then tap “my devices.” That will show you a list of all of the devices that you’re signed into Chrome on. Select a device and send the page. This will work even if you are not anywhere near the your desktop or laptop.

Time and Support for Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Implement something you’re taking away from today’s session (i.e. a student-created project, a resource, a tool, an instructional strategy, an organizational practice, etc.). It can be learner-centered, teacher-centered or a combination of both. Come ready to share your experience when we meet again in October!

2. Make your first post to the TEC21 Educators on Facebook. As a result, we will connect, share, inspire, grow, and support one another making our Lutheran schools thrive!

3. Again, with the words connect, share, inspire, grow, and support in mind, identify one person on your faculty and be a resource to them between now and October’s session. Be a spark!


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