September 2020 Agenda—Orange, California

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am


  • 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!
  • Edit the following Google Slides to add your 3 truths and a lie. Make sure to stay on your own slide!!


Who Am I?  Your Identity in Christ:

Strong, Restored, Child of God, Chosen, New Creation, Masterpiece, Loved, Victorious or any other words that connect to the song.

Using Bible Gateway find a verse that relates to one of the above words.


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

      • Workshop Day Timeline
        • 12:00 PM-12:30 PM Connecting with Teachers
          • Connecting with 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?
        • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
          • Topic/Lesson
        • 2:00 PM-3:00 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 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!

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 15th.
      • LEA Conference Online November 22-24th.


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

Google Productivity and Collaboration Tools

Google Docs  Create and share documents individually or collaboratively. Produces a link which may be placed in Blackboard. Saves automatically and earlier versions of the document can automatically be accessed. Allows you to embed a link behind a typed word. Voice typing option too.


Google Drive Store all your folders and course materials in one place. Free cloud storage. “Waffle” of nine squares in right hand corner lets you access all Google tools from one location.
Google Folders. Create new in Google Drive. Can share folder once then everything within the folder is shared automatically. Great for students to set up one folder for each course and place all work, higlighted readings, etc. in one place that is shared with you.
Google Sheets Create and share spreadsheets. Every Student Response systems create a spreadsheet of student results that drops in here.
Google Slides Create presentations, individually or collaboratively. Produces a weblink you can post in Blackboard. Works well to have students each create one slide within your presentation to demonstrate learning. Can make presentations interactive using Add-On PearDeck.
Google Forms Create a survey, quiz, response tool with options including Multiple Choice, TF, Short Answer, Paragraph Responses, Drop Down List, Check Boxes, Linear Scale, and more. Responses automatically download in a spreadsheet.
Google Sites Build a website for information.
Google Jamboard Add sticky notes, drawings, images, text and more. Search Google and insert images or webpages. Move images, texts, notes and drawings around on the screen easily. Drag and resize text and images with your fingers. Share your “jams” with others and let them collaborate.  Ditch that Textbook-10 Jamboard Templates for Distant Learning
Google Add-Ons

Add-Ons for Docs : Mindmeister (makes a mind map from a bulleted list), LucidChart (creates diagrams), Translate (translates text into a variety of languages), Kaizena (voice comments), EasyBib Bibliography Creator (creates references).

Add-Ons for Slides: PearDeck (makes presentations interactive by inserting slides to collect every student’s responses) Then export student results to a spreadsheet by clicking on your session.

Add-On for Sheets: Flubaroo Google Spreadsheets add-on that grades Google Forms quizzes. You indicate the correct answer on your quiz in Google Forms by clicking to the left of the right answer, have students take the quiz by sharing the link with them, click on Results, then create a Google Spreadsheet. When you open the spreadsheet to to Add-Ons and have Flubaroo grade the assignment. Try it!

Chrome Extensions

Screencastify for making screencasts

ABP Add Blocker Plus blocks advertisements on webpages

Highlighter allows you to highlight on webpages

Emoji Keyboard by Joy Pixel.  Add emojis to anything on your computer.

Made with Padlet

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!

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.

Seesaw empowers students to independently document their work and discuss their thinking by being able to take a picture or video of their work, telling about it using the microphone, drawing on it or linking to a multimedia project they made. Parents can view. Helps teachers organize. Creates a powerful portfolio of students’ work.

Making learning sweeter! Easily create and share your own interactive activities online.

Wakelet is the easiest way to capture, organize and share multi-media resources with students, teachers, and learning communities.

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.

Google Quick Draw A fun website where you draw pictures that the computer has to guess.

Smithsonian History Explorer. Provides students and teachers with primary and secondary history resources and lessons that include artifacts, documents, media and books.  Easy to to use and search.

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.

ReadWriteThink 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.

Khan Academy Tutorial videos about any subject you can imagine.  You can also take quizzes and test your knowledge.  They even have a new app called Khan Academy Kids!

Unsplash Beautiful free, high quality resolution pictures. Search by your own descriptor, or by categories and collections. You can submit photos as well. When you download a photo it gives you the URL to “thank” the photographer, but you don’t need to include. I usually write “Photo Credit” and embed the link.

GoNoodle Need a brain/movement break for your students?  Sign into this website for fun, short activities to get your class moving.  You can search the website for activities that match your curriculum as well.

FreeTech4Teachers The purpose of this site is to share information about free technology resources that teachers can use in their classrooms.  Lots of ideas!!

Google Earth for Web With Google Earth you can turn our digital globe into your own storytelling canvas, create a map or story about the places that matter to you with 3D imagery, and have the added features of robust collaboration through Google Drive.

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

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