September 2020 Agenda—Clinton Township, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am




  • To WiFi:  Look for “TLC-Guest”; use the password on the board in the conference room. 
  • How to get to today’s agenda: If you can read this, you’re already there.
  •  Otherwise, go to    and look at the drop-down menu for “Workshops” for the 2020/21 Agendas.  Select “Clinton Township”, then select “September”.


  • To each other – Grab a breakfast item! Meet your fellow TEC21 participants!
  • Shortly we will do an ice breaker activity to begin to get to know one another!
  • Three Truths and a Lie


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How many hats do we wear?  Who ARE we exactly? When considering these questions, we know that our identity is truly found in Christ. How often in our jobs and lives, is it all about what we do when, in fact, it needs to be about who we are in Christ.  The world tells us the lies of needing to be more, achieve more, and wear more hats, where God tells us the truth that we are His child, wise, and restored (1 Corinthians 1:30 and 2 Corinthians 5:17)


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
        • 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 THURSDAY, Oct. 15.
      • MANS Virtual Connect- Oct. 12-15, 2020. Link for more info.
      • MSTA (Mi Science Teacher Assoc) Conference – March 5-6, 2021  Link for more info
      • MACUL (Mi Assc for Comp Users in Learning) Conference  – March 17-19, 20201 TCF Building in Detroit. Link for more info


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

Google Suite

Google Suite:  the all- encompassing name for the apps teachers select to use within their school or personal domain.  At St. Peter, the domain administrators set the permissions for which apps teachers and students can use, and when.

In my personal account, I simply add the apps I choose, since all the Google based apps are free.

At school I use:

Google Docs – Communication, worksheets, paper exams

Google Forms– surveys, tests

Google Slides lets you collaborate with others creating slides in real time. You can insert text boxes, images, videos, shapes, arrows, equations, and callouts. … You can rearrange slides, change presentation styles, and add speaker notes. Have you ever created one? Start one today and add to it each month as you go through the monthly workshops. Then you’ll be all set to present to the group on Celebration Day at the end of the school year!

Google Meets – Distance Learning Hero

Google Sheets – Field Trip check ins, homework tracking

Google Drive – File cabinet and storage

Google Calendar – Communication

Google Keep– notes in drafting form for quick copying, informal observations for student records

Google Email (Gmail) – Almost everything!

Teachers create AMAZING tutorials for all things Google. Click this link to make a copy of teacher-created tutorial links for many of the Google Applications.

Tutorials for Google Apps

Google Sites –  to be able to create simple web sites that support collaboration between different editors.

Google sites is a very simple-to-use platform to create digital portfolios,#Hypersites, Book Reports, Passion Project, Class Website, Research Projects and Project-Based Learning landing pages.

Mrs. Hardies’s Google Site

10 Things Teachers Need to know about Sites  (video link)

Just Start Tech Tools  A great place to start

Google Classroom

Your Homebase. Teacher tech guru states it like it is: “Post everything to Google Classroom even if it is not an activity that requires digital elements. You can always provide digital feedback and students can ask a digital question, no matter the task. Classroom is Google Drive management, meaning it connects to your Google Drive to help you deliver a dynamic and collaborative learning experience with students. All student documents are loaded to a folder in Google Drive for you to easily find and assess student work.” – Alice Keeler

Helpful link to get started: Alice Keeler Google Guru

Google Chrome Add Ons

Add-ons are customized extensions of G Suite productivity applications such as Gmail, Google Sheets, and Google Docs. Add-ons can add new capabilities to the G Suite applications they extend, help automate tasks, or make third-party services or information available in G Suite.

EasyBib Add on – For Docs: Makes referencing a breeze

PearDeck Add on – For Slides:    (Also works with Microsoft)

Slide Randomizer – for Slides

Google Chrome Extensions

What are they? Applications that run inside the Chrome browser and provide additional functionality, integration with third party websites or services, and customized browsing experiences.

Why use them? They can make things simple, more accessible, more visible, more compelling, more convenient–there are dozens of potential benefits to you in your classroom.

A few that I use:

Screencastify– to record my screen with embedded video

Youtube AdBlocker – to protect fifth graders from “recommended next” thumbnails

Bitmoji – fun for grading

Dualless – to split my screen when teaching remotely

Google Meet Grid View – to see everyone all at once in our Google Meets

Explore More at the Google Chrome Web Store

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Remote Learning

National Standards for Quality Online Teaching

The online teacher supports learning and facilitates presence (teacher, social, and learner) with digital pedagogy.

B1 The online teacher uses digital pedagogical tools that support communication, productivity, collaboration, analysis, presentation, research, content delivery, and interaction.

B2 The online teacher incorporates discipline-specific technologies, tools, and resources to meet individualized learner needs.

B3 The online teacher uses different types of tools to interact in online courses in order to nurture learner relationships, encourage learner interaction, and monitor and motivate learner engagement.

B4 The online teacher demonstrates basic troubleshooting skills and addresses basic technical issues as they arise.

B5 The online teacher supports safe digital learning spaces for all learners (e.g., data ownership and privacy expectations, digital identity curation).

Let’s collaborate using Wakelet. Follow the link, and add any remote learning resources you have found to be useful.

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed regarding students’ and tWhat 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!

Seesaw is an amazing digital portfolio that allows students on all devices demonstrate their learning through pictures, videos and drawings. Seesaw works on all devices and even connects with Google Drive. For grades K-12.

Flipgrid allows teachers to set up a site (“grid”) and pose a question via video for students or others to answer, also via video. Users respond to the initial question, with their responses becoming part of a threaded video conversation. You can create one free, then need to delete it before creating a new one.

Screencastify is an extension that allows students and teachers to record and share their screen. It is automatically stored in your Google Drive and can transform any visual presentation to include Audio. It’s a great resource for feedback or blended learning.

Video Tutorial

Wakelet  is a tool that allows users to take control of the content that interests and inspires them. Wakelet users can save content and organize it in folders or wakes (e.g., student portfolios). … You and your students can curate videos, images, links, and more.

Class Kick is a website where teachers can assign practice problems, help with handwriting, watch your students work and help them individually. It interfaces so easily with google classroom. Teachers can monitor the class working in real time.

Intro video

Slides Carnival

Templates to use instead of Google Presentation’s typical templates. Save it first to your Google Drive, make a copy of the presentation, and then you have an editable file.

POOF!! Changing paper handouts to digital Step by step instructions on turning your paper handouts into a digital file to use with google classroom. This will be so valuable if schools turn to remote teaching. This is also an easy way to differentiate work in the classroom for your students.

Comprehensive list of link for HOW TO DISTANCE in your classroom This is an incredible menu of tutorials for all things google. Included are breakout tutorials, screencasting information, and links to blogs with current topics discussed. Classroomscreen is an online tool that allows you to display the instructions for your lesson in a clear and visual way. Choose from over 10 widgets to support your class activities and help students get to work. Completely customizable.

Padlet  With padlet you can create an online post-it board that you can share with any student or teacher you want. Just give them the unique Padlet link. Padlet allows you to insert ideas anonymously or with your name. It’s easy to use and very handy.

Blog Post: 30 Creative Ways to Use Padlet in Your Classroom

Newsela Current events articles where you can control the reading level and assign to your students by creating an account and a class. Grades 2+Newsela is a website dedicated to news and informational text for a wide range of grade levels. Teachers can select one of several reading levels for each article and can also use pre-made quizzes on the material. Articles are continually updated to reflect current news. Provides educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction. Topics include venn diagrams, timelines, poetry, etc.  Sorted and searchable lessons from K-12th grade.

Pic Lit photo stories for quickwrites A combination of words placed on a photograph to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture. The focus of PIC-LITS is to serve as an e-learning literacy website utilizing writing and photography to inspire and spark creative writing. These are GREAT for 6 word stories~ for midkids and older.

A PicLit example- 6 word story

Toasted Cheese Writing Prompts An incredible monthly calendar of writing prompts. Great for morning journals, creative writing, early finishers. Can be adapted for elementary through high school.

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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