September 2020 Agenda—Collinsville, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am


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  • How to get to today’s agenda: Click on “Workshops” to go to the agendas for the year.  Search for Collinsville.
  • 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!

Ice Breaker

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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, October 15
      • IETC- Illinois Education and Technology Conference
        Virtual starting November 16
        Cost $40


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

“As networked information resources become more extensive and complexly structured, and as ICTs [Information & Communication Technologies] continue to change with some frequency, no one person can be expected to know everything there is to know about the technologies of literacy; these technologies will simply change too quickly and be too extensive to permit any single person to be literate in them all. Each of us, however, will know something useful to others.” (Leu, 2002, p.328)

“But remember: What you did in haste last March was not online learning — it was emergency distance learning, forced on you by a pandemic. As you prepare for the fall, it is your responsibility to resist defeatist narratives and approach online teaching, not from a deficit mentality, but from an openness to its potential. Because — done well — online pedagogy does offer a form of intimacy and intensity, and even a “transformative” experience.”  –Can You Teach a Transformative Humanities Course Online

All Things Google

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 Drawings lets you add maps, drawings, and annotated pictures into your Google Docs.  You can also create a drawing to insert into other Google applications.

Google Docs will allow you to create documents.  Add pictures, hyperlinks, and drawings to make your document interactive.

Google Sites is a website creator.  This can be used to create a classroom website or a place to house resources to share.

Google Forms is a tool that you can use to create surveys or to gather information.  You can also use it to create a quiz or test.  Images, video, and maps can be added also.  The best part is that, YES, it does grade it for you!

**All of these can be shared for collaboration or used in Google Classroom with ease.**

Add-ons for G Suite tools

Unsplash Images and Icons by Noun Project: Add-on for Google Slides that has free images and icons that can be used in slide presentations.

EasyBib:  Bibliography creator for Google Docs.

Word Cloud Generator: Google Doc Add-on for creating word clouds.  If you have used Wordle in the past, this is an option for using it with Google Docs.

Chrome Extensions

Screencastify and Loom: These are essentially the same kind of tool.  They will record what you are doing on your screen with the option to include you in the screen recording.  The main difference between the two is that Screencastify will save recordings right to your Google Drive.  Both are great for how-to videos, book readings, science lab demonstrations, teaching a lesson, etc.

Tab Scissors and Tab Glue:  Do you need a split screen?  Here is a solution! Splits one chrome browser into two and then you can glue it back again.

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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!

Khan Academy is a site that can be used to get videos to enhance your curriculum.  You can also give students a username and login to be able to monitor their progress.  Subject matter includes math, language arts, science, humanities.

Need a way to record your students presenting material or sharing information?  Flipgrid allows you to record your students answering questions, reciting memory work, and sharing information- all by using video!  Students can add their personality to their recordings.  Teachers can approve work before it is shared.  If you have not tried this one, now is the time!

If you want more information on using technology or need some how-to instuctions, this is the place to start. Free Technology For Teachers site creator,  Richard Byrne, has an extensive blog that has numerous technology helps.  Use the search feature to narrow down the searching to your topic of choice.

Read Write Think is a website which houses links to apps, lesson plans, interactives, and much more!  Apps are compatible with iPads and Android devices.  There are lots of diagrams available for use across muliple subject areas.

Hidden Worlds of Our National Parks Great place for a virtual field trip!  Students can self-lead themselves through the National Parks or use with a whole class.

Newsela Current events articles where you can control the reading level and assign to your students by creating an account and a class.  Good for 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.

PHET interactives Interactives for Math and Science.  Many choices for grades K-12.

Chrome Canvas Another option for drawing or making artwork in the Google Chrome browser.  You can also upload a picture to write, draw, or color on top of

Padlet If you liked what we did in the Icebreaker, you may want to try out more with Padlet.  This would be great for prayer requests, sharing ideas, presenting information.  Here is a video to get you started!

Youcubed Developed by Stanford University to inspire students to have an open and creative mathematics mindset. There are free lessons, videos, challenged, and training. Their videos are an awesome way to introduce the growth mindset to your students.

Bible Gateway Great online Bible resource.  You can give students a link right to the text or to an audio version.  Any version of the Bible at your fingertips. No longer can your students claim they left their Bible at school.

Toasted Cheese A writing prompt calendar for each day of the year!

SafeShare TV plays YouTube and Vimeo videos without the annoying or inappropriate ads. You also can crop and download videos, share on social media and make qr codes.

Go QR Code Use this website to create your QR codes for the QR reader to scan. You can link to websites, text, or pictures.

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.


To open the reflection in its own tab, select HERE.

Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Please reach out to me with any questions throughout the year.  I am here to help and guide you on your journey!

Phone: 618-980-1286

I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.