September 2020 Agenda—Fort Wayne, Indiana (EC-5 Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 12:00 pm


  • To WiFi: St. Michael’s Guest- Password: connecttojesus
  • How to get to today’s agenda:
    • If you can read this, you’re already there.
    • A copy can be found on Click on “Workshops” and find “Fort Wayne, EC-5 Cohort”
  • Feel free to:
    • Grab some pizza, snacks & drink! Meet your fellow TEC21 participants!
    • Fill out and put on a name tag and introduce yourself to your fellow TEC21 participants!
    • Feel free to get power cords plugged in and ready to go for the afternoon. If you need assistance with anything, don’t hesitate to ask!
    • Shortly we will do an ice breaker activity to begin to get to know one another!
  • Getting Started:
    • We will watch a quick funny video about professional development as we are getting situated.
    • Following shortly thereafter, we will do an ice breaker activity to begin to get to know one another.

Ice Breaker Activity- Three Truths and a Fabrication

On the Padlet board below, click the “+” icon and list four things.  Three of them should be things about you that are true and that you feel comfortable sharing! One of them should be a fabrication!

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  1. In the devotional video for today, the narrator poses some pretty powerful questions:
    • Am I what I do? (What do you do?)
    • Am I what I’ve achieved? (What have you achieved?)
    • Am I the things I have done right? (What do you do well or right?)
    • Am I defined by the things I have done wrong? (what have you done wrong?)
    • Who does God say that we are? (🤔)
  2. Let’s watch the video again. When the narrator starts to list “Who God says we are” in his word, I would like you write them down on a piece of paper.
  3. Look over the list you have. It is ok if you didn’t get them all down. From the ones you wrote down, circle the one that stands out to you today. We will share these out with the group.
  4. This devotion not only speaks to the more fundamental “Who am I?” but also to the way in which we define ourselves at all levels. As an educator, how do you define who you are as a user of technology within the learning environment?


1. Water fountain? Restrooms?

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

      • Workshop Day Timeline
        • 12:00-12:30 pm Connecting with Teachers
          • Connecting with Wi-Fi & each other
          • Ice Breaker with the group
          • Devotion
          • Announcements
        • 12:30- 1:30 PM
          • Topic/Lesson
        • 1: 30- 2:00 PM
          • Explore the list of Digital Tools and Resources
        • 2:00- 2:50 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 2:50 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!

Here is what I presented at Celebration Day last year- my class website!

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 22, 2020
        • Plan for 9 am- 2 pm, but we will reassess as we get closer!


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


What is it?

  • G-Suite is a collection of apps and services created or acquired by Google and distributed to organizations (educational, non-profit, business) to help with workflow, communication, and the creation of work product.
  • Managed by Google Admin(s).  Do you know who your Google Admin is (if you have one)?
  • Why is it so useful?
    • For schools and non-profits, the core educational services are free.  They can be powerful tools for collaboration and creation.  Many started either really simple or too complex, but in the last two years, Google has worked really hard to create a cohesive environment.
  • Android, ChromeOS, iOS, MacOS, iPadOS (coming soon) and Windows Compatible.
  • You can get great tips and resources by following G-Suite on YouTube.  Check out the channel here.

My Top 5 Most Used G-Suite Tools

Google Drive

Google Drive is your “one-stop shop,” where you can create, organize, and share all your educational documents, sites, forms, etc.

At one time, we had to learn file storage and management. Those skills are still important today and Google Drive is a powerful tool for this.  If you haven’t, please download Google File Stream OR if your organization hasn’t turned on that feature, please download and install Google Backup and Sync.  To know the difference between the two, check out this article

Google Slides

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  Sites

Google Sites is a structured wiki- and Web page-creation tool offered by Google. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create simple web sites that support collaboration between different editors. You may choose to use as a classroom instructor to push information out to students and/or parents, an organizational tool for school-wide remote learning, or have students use to collaborate and create a website to show learning.

Here is an example of a student-created site my 5th graders made last year: 13 Colonies

Google  Classroom

Google Classroom is probably the single greatest tool Google has released for the classroom in recent years. Google continues to refine and grow Google Classroom into a powerful tool for teachers and schools. Many different educational apps and websites can be linked to Google Classroom, making it a “one-stop” for students to find sites you use to engage learning.  New features are being released each year with teachers in mind. You can see the new feature releases here: Google Product Release Calendar

Google  Forms

Google Forms is a powerful tool for collecting data both in general and in regard to student assessment. Partner it with sheets and you have something really special. Note: Add-ons to sheets and forms can take these tools to a whole other level of useful. We can cover that more further down the page.

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Recommended Add-Ons 

  • Gmail (Click to Browse)
    • Mailtrack – This add-on for Gmail allows you to get notifications of and see when people open your emails.
    • 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.
    • Table of Contents – A tool that helps students build out a table of contents. Slightly redundant with the Google Doc (outline tool).
    • Template Gallery – Browse pre-constructed templates for Google Docs and load them into your document with ease.
  • 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).
    • Pear Deck – This is the BEST add-on ever for Google Slides. You can insert interactive questions, force your presentation onto student screens, and have the students interact with your content. It is awesome!
    • 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! 😉 )

Here is a company that has a bunch of VERY useful add-ons:

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

Epic! is a digital library with thousands of FREE children’s books when you register as a teacher. Epic! makes it easy to search book types: picture, chapter, fact, comic, early, and read to me. (PreK – 6th)

Geared toward elementary school, 5th grade, and below, ABCya! offers learning games that are categorized by content and grade level. The app has limited games available compared to the full web version. Both options offer solid supplementary learning games.

Show Me allows you to turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard and allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s an amazingly simple app that anyone can use!

Our neighbors across the pond in the UK definitely have a winner with this app! DoodleMaths is an age-appropriate, interactive app for math fact supplementation. With a variety of activities that help promote math and even fine motor skills for the young ones, this app is sure to be fun for the kiddos, not to mention educational! Be sure to download the right app for your students’ age(s). (Grades PK+)

Newsela features 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 and content area. 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.

How Stuff Works Answers to things that you and your students wonder about.  There’s really neat information on here!

History Explorer- Smithsonian Institute History lessons, activities, artifacts and primary sources for all grade levels produced by the Smithsonian Institute.teachers. Use links or embed code to show examples of completed projects or video tutorials explaining the digital tool whenever possible.

Smithsonian Tween Tribune Free K-12 news source for schools. Lexile leveled articles can be read at a variety of reading levels with the touch of a button so all students can read the same information at a level they can understand. Daily AP news articles, critical thinking questions, Spanish articles, Tech articles.

Natural Readers Natural Readers is a free website that allows students to input text and have it read to them. It can also change text to have a dyslexic font. And with all digital text, it allows you to make text larger to help with vision issues.

Ben’s Guide to Government Provide a description of a web- or a mobile-based application specific to this month’s theme or to the subject matter, interests, and needs of your respective group of teachers. Use links or embed code to show examples of completed projects or video tutorials explaining the digital tool whenever possible.

Class Tools Russel Tarr’s amazing site with tons of online tools from random student pickers and countdown timers, to pages that let students create mock Facebook profile pages for biography assignments.  Lots of good free stuff here. is a great resource to remove unwanted ads from YouTube videos. It also allows you to create a clip from a video.  The mission of is to help you watch and share YouTube or Vimeo videos without distraction and with more control to eliminate pornographic content.

Flippity. Flippity is a website that gives you a demo/instructions/template for turning a Google spreadsheet into a number of classroom tools such as memory game, flash cards, mad libs, bingo, badge tracker and more!  After you have explored the options, open a Google sheet, then get the “add-on” for Flippity.  That way you can access the templates any time you open up a Google sheet.

IXL. Practice skills in Math, LA, Science and Social Studies here for grades  Pre-K through 12. Option to have questions read to support learning. Try it out!

Random Name Generator. Simply Edit the existing spinner by entering your student names. Then Save list. It will delete the name once it’s called so all students are called on. Save the link to Share or get a QR code. All names appear each time you begin new.

Semantris 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.

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

Katie Ervin

You can contact me at: or by phone at: 260-431-9564.

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.