September 2020 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am


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  • 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!
  • While you have a minute, pull up your email account (the email I used to send you the information on today’s workshop).

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“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20


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:


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 Docs, Google Forms, 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!  Spice up your slides presentation by using fun templates from SlidesCarnival or SlidesGo.

7 Google Docs Tips and Tricks You’re Probably Not Using

Quick Tutorial for New Google Slides

The New Google Forms

Make it, take it – Let’s create a Google Form!

  • Give it a title.
  • Build your form by adding different question types.
  • You might search a YouTube video, grab the url and insert video into the the form.
  • Spruce up the form by changing the default theme using one of Google’s featured theme’s or select customize to change font and color scheme and to insert an image for the background and/or header.

Additional resources:

Add-Ons for Google Docs, Forms, Slides, Sheets, and Gmail

Add ons are mini programs that are attached to a specific Google Suite Application (such as forms or docs) that allow you to do something more with that application.

Favorite Google Drive Add Ons 2017 Tutorial

7 Sensational Google Docs Add Ons for Educators

5 Great Add Ons for Google Forms

Google Slides – Now With Add Ons

Must-Have Google Slides Add-Ons for Teachers

Chrome Extensions

Google Chrome Web Store – (  is a location to find extensions, themes, apps, games.  Most are free and easy to use.  Extensions are small programs that are attached to your Chrome browser and can customize how you use it.

5 Chrome Extensions You Should Use Right Now (2020)

Ten Chrome Extensions That Are Amazingly Useful!  2018

Top 7 Cool Chrome Extenstions You’ll Want Right Now

Ten Cool Chrome Extensions You’ll Wish You Had Before

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Digital Citizenship Integration

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


Article from ISTE – “Nine Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship”

21 Things for Students

21 Things for Teachers

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!

Bitmoji –  Create an expressive personal cartoon avatar and use it in a number of applications – email, Google products, social media, etc.  Choose from hundreds of stickers…all featuring YOU!  Copy and paste them almost anywhere.  See this video to learn “How to Set Up and Use Bitmoji.”

Here is an article/tutorial on “How to Set Up a Bitmoji Classroom.”

Global Read Aloud is a project that connects students from around the world over a common book.  In its 11th year, the Global Read Aloud has touched the lives of over a million students from PreK – college.  Click here for a short video about the project.  See the listing of the books for each level here.  Check out this page for information on what you can do with your class for Global Read Aloud.  And click here to sign up and start getting the emails to get started connecting!

Padlet is a digital wall that can be used to post comments, videos, pictures, etc.  You can share your wall with others and allow them to post as well.

Rubistar is an easy to use website where you can either create your own rubrics using templates or select one of many pre-made rubrics to borrow.  You can use rubistar without setting up an account to create a quick rubric and print.  If you want to save the rubric, go ahead and create an account

Grammarly is a free Chrome Extension that helps you become a better writer.  The app checks spelling, grammar, and makes suggestions for improvement as you are writing anything in a Google application.

Go Noodle is a free web tool for teachers to use to bring some activity and movement into the classroom.  Students follow along videos to stretch, relax, improve coordination, or learn guided dance.  There are videos to improve self-confidence or collaboration, that include curricular content, highlight school procedures, or improve balance.  Use this one for a brain break when you need to get the kids up and moving!

Google Docs are word documents that can be saved and shared.  People can work on them collaboratively.  You are able to add comments, see past revisions, and track contributions.  You can also access Google Docs through your Google account “matrix.”

Google Forms are interactive documents that can be used for surveys, sign-ups, quizzes, etc.  They can be saved and shared and embedded into emails.  The results can be viewed as a pie chart or in an itemized spreadsheet.  You can access Google Forms through your Google account “matrix.”

Google Classroom is a learning platform where teachers can organize assignments and resources, boost collaboration, and foster better communication.  Google worked with educators across the country to create a streamlined, easy-to-use tool that helps teachers manage coursework. With Classroom, educators can create classes, distribute assignments, grade and send feedback, and see everything in one place.  Here is a great video by John R. Sowash:  5 Ways to Get More Value Out of Google Classroom

Google Hangouts or Google Meet affords you the opportunity to connect with others online. Arrange for a time to meet online with other teachers, other classrooms, facilitators or other professionals.  Make Google Meet Better with These 5 Chrome Extensions by John R. Sowash.

Google Slides are used as a powerpoint presentation where slides can be saved, shared, worked on collaboratively, and presented.  Slides can be custom designed to include videos or animations.  You can also access Google Slides through your Google account “matrix.”

Google Drawings (click for tutorial) allows you and/or students to create drawings and graphics either collaboratively or individually.  Click here for some examples on how to use Google Drawings in the classroom.

NASA for Educators is a wealth of resources, photos, videos, activities and challenges that was created by NASA for teachers.  Let your students explore at a parallel website just for them – NASA for Students! There is even a “Kids Club” for younger students.

Random Name Picker – Simply click Edit, type in the names of your students, save, then share using the URL created. To create another spinner for small groups simply click New, then follow same steps.  No need to create an account for the free version.

The Smithsonian Tween Tribune has a plethora of 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

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.

Prodigy is a game-based math website that performs an initial diagnostic test to determine each student’s current level, then incorporates practice of over 1,200 different math skills within the game.  Free to teachers, this website provides great practice in mathematics for grades 1-8.  To try it out, go to the home page and select “Play the Game”.  Choose “New Student” and use code:  43C48D

Mathplayground is a free website for grades 1-6 that includes more than 425 math games, logic puzzles, and brain workouts for students to practice their math skills.  You may want to have students mute their computers as the music (while catchy) can play continuously

ReadWorks provides over 2,200 K-12 non-fiction and literary reading passages, each with a research-based question set to support student comprehension. Teachers must create an account to access resources, but once signed in all content is free and searchable by grade level, topic, lexile level and more.

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.

Abcya – Lots of games for elementary students.

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

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time during the year with questions, problems, or suggestions.


Phone:  989-790-1676  ext. 12   (school)

989-324-0666       (cell)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.