September 2020 Agenda—Arlington Heights, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am


  • To WiFi:  

    • GUEST

      Network: StPeterGuest

      Password: 4St.PeterGuests0nly!

  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.

  • To each other – Grab a breakfast item! Meet your fellow TEC21 participants!

  • Please feel free to start our ice breaker activity to begin to get to know one another!

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For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self control.

2 Timothy 1:7


1. Water fountain? NONE!  Bottle Fillers? YES!


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

        • 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM

          • Explore the list of Digital Tools and Resources

        • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

          • LUNCH (group decision)

        • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

          • Further 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 and the world (Google Hangouts/Meet, Skype, Zoom, 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”. You can share your learning with the group in any way you choose, but we’ll have you start a Google Slide today just as an option. Then if you end up presenting in this way you can add to your slides throughout the school year and avoid the pressure of having to develop a presentation toward the end of the program! Again, remember this is a low-key, no pressure, fun day to share with each other our successes (and yes failures) as well as aspirations you might have for things you want to do the next school year!

5. Are you needing college credit to renew your teaching license? 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, 2021 and closes May 15, 2021

      • 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 (Well……can we discuss?)

      • Events:

        • Since everything is pretty virtual….

          • Join IDEA (free)

          • Signup for Edweb (free AND earn CPDUs)


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

Check your email to request to join the TEC21 Educators Group!

We’ve created this 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 Facebook group 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 as well as 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

Please make your own copy of this to save in your own Drive

Add-ons vs. Extensions

  • Add-ons: add additional functionality within a specific application (Doc, sheet, slideshow)  (ex: Pear Deck for slides)

  • Extension:  adds additional functionality to your browser/Chrome (ex: Mercury Reader)

Hey Google, How’d You do THAT?

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Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed before each online lesson?


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

Digital Tools & Resources

How do you save and organize all of your favorite websites? How do you plan on saving all the websites and resources you’ll learn about this year during your TEC21 workshops? Will you use your browser’s tool bar, a spreadsheet, a document, create website to serve as your digital toolbox using Google Sites, or some other handy means? Have you ever heard of Diigo? It’s a bookmarking website that enables you to build your library of resources. You can add the diigolet to your toolbar or you can add the Diigo Chrome extension to your Chrome browser. There is also has a social-bookmarking aspect to it where you can join a group like Lutheran Teachers so when you save a website you have the option to add it to the group for everyone else to have access to. If you’re still trying to find a way to organize your sites that suits you best, you might consider creating a Diigo account by giving it a try!

Easily save, share, and organize your favorites with Symbaloo; the best online bookmark manager for educators. Use Symbaloo as a homepage on any browser


EVERFI helps teachers, schools, and districts bring real-world skills to students. Thanks to partners, we provide our digital platform, training, and support at no cost.

Because there’s ALWAYS something to celebrate!

Seesaw. Learning Management System that allows students to post their work into a digital portfolio for teacher and parents to provide feedback. Students use built-in annotation tools to capture what they know, including recording their voice reading, telling about a drawing, or sharing their writing. Teacher can share information with all parents or just one child’s. Student icon can be whimsical animal for young children, initials or pictures for older students.

Schoology. Elementary students don’t learn the same way as college students or adults. Schoology was designed for all students—from kindergarten through 12th grade—to be fully engaged with their learning.

Free Tech 4 Teachers An amazing resource for teachers. This website is constantly updated with great articles, apps, websites, and other technology resources that teachers can use in the classroom. ~Richard Byrne

Googles Official Education Blog. The official source for information about Google’s education-related efforts

Ten Distance Learning Writing Lessons.  Some great short screencasts you can make to teach writer’s workshop remotely! This format can be used for any topic!

Google is more than just a search engine. Yes, you already know Google owns Youtube, and all about Google Glass…but how many of Google’s interesting and underutilized features do you know about? Google has a bunch of extras ranging from useful learning tools to simple fun.

You probably already know Teachertube, but what if the video you want isn’t there?  This is my favorite site  – especially for getting around filters (legitimately, not ‘illegally’)

(Alice Keeler) As of Fall 2018, Google Classroom has made some significant changes to the layout and features of Google Classroom. Click here for the official Google for Education blog post.

(This post is originally 10 years old!  But still a goodie!)  “Google Forms is a great tool for the classroom and this post from 2008 has always proven popular on my blog. I hope you continue to be inspired by the ideas here.”

The drawings made can be inserted into other Google Docs or downloaded in the most common file formats, making it easier to share.

What’s extra nice?  “Click or touch each image for a copy link.”!!! (Sweet!)

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

Time and Support for Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Explore further a tool or idea from today’s session. 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. Social: Consider following TEC21 on the social media platforms of your choice. Also, be sure to request to join the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. As a result, we will connect, share, inspire, grow, and support one another making our Lutheran schools thrive!

3. Spiritual: Again, with the words connect, share, inspire, grow, and support in mind, encourage a colleague and be a resource to them between now and October’s session.


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Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Denise Murphy

C: 630-973-6784

Desk: 224-387-3836

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.