September 2021 Agenda—Portage, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To WiFi: SMLC – STMike0512
  • How to get to today’s agenda: Head on over to Hover over “Workshops” select “2021/2022 Agendas.” Scroll down and select Portage, Mich. Click on “September.”  If you can read this, you’re already there.
  • 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!


Who I Am In Christ

In Christ, I am accepted …

John 1:12 — I am God’s child.

John 15:15 — As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:1 — I have been justified.

1 Corinthians 6:17 — I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 — I have been bought with a price, and I belong to God.

1 Corinthians 12:27 — I am a member of Christ’s body.

Ephesians 1:3-8 — I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.

Colossians 1:13-14 — I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.

Colossians 2:9-10 — I am complete in Christ.

Hebrews 4:14-16 — I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.

In Christ, I am secure …

Romans 8:1-2 — I am free from condemnation.

Romans 8:28 — I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.

Romans 8:31-39 — I am free from any condemnation brought against me, and I cannot be separated from the love of God.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 — I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.

Colossians 3:1-4 — I am hidden with Christ in God.

Philippians 1:6 — I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.

Philippians 3:20 — I am a citizen of heaven.

2 Timothy 1:7 — I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.

1 John 5:18 — I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me.

In Christ, I am significant …

John 15:5 — I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine and a channel of His life.

John 15:16 — I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.

1 Corinthians 3:16 — I am God’s temple.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 — I am a minister of reconciliation for God.

Ephesians 2:6 — I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.

Ephesians 2:10 — I am God’s workmanship.

Ephesians 3:12 — I may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Philippians 4:13 — I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.


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? We will create a Jamboard today to collect all of the things we have done during the 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 connected with one another here and in other cohorts around the country and the world. There are many ways this can be done, but one easy means of doing this is through our TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. You can post to the group any time to share or ask questions. You can even create a room to meet up with others to discuss a hot topic. Consider giving it a shot by starting or joining a discussion!
          • 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! Below is a suggested outline to help you plan.

How to Obtain 3 Graduate-level Credits Through Your TEC21 Experience

Will you be needing to renew your teaching license soon? Are you thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, we encourage you to consider applying to Concordia University, Nebraska, to receive three graduate-level credits for your TEC21 experience at a cost of $80/credit hour. There is no additional work that is required of you and the process is simple. The online application link opens February 15 and runs through May 15, 2022 and will be included in the last three agendas. 

On June 1, transcripts will be available upon request. If you ever have questions regarding how these three graduate-level credits could be applied to a master’s degree program now or in the coming years (they are good for 5 years), contact Anna Boriack, Director of Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Innovation Specialist. She will be happy to help you. Her email address is Concordia University, Nebraska is a ministry partner of TEC21, so they may email you from time to time to share opportunities of how these credits could be applied toward graduate-level programs they offer.

Please note: The opportunity detailed above is optional. Additionally, all TEC21 participants will receive a certificate on the final workshop day stating 35 professional development hours have been completed through the TEC21 Workshop Program. How state board of education departments and the 35 LCMS districts recognize these 35 hours of professional development vary from state to state and district to district. (For example, see how the Kansas District of the LCMS Licensure Renewal has a distinct process in place for the teachers serving in this district.) So, be sure to contact your respective state’s board of education department or your LCMS district office if you have any questions on how to renew your certificate or license using your TEC21 experience!


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 beginning to connect with one another and the TEC21 community of educators.

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, discover and reimagine the plethora of Google applications and ways in which they can be used for teaching and student learning. We’ll learn best practices from each other by sharing how we use some of these resourceful tools in our own classrooms.

The TEC21 Ministry

Throughout this program, we will be discovering how impactful it is to be connecting with other educators outside of our own school buildings. In fact, we believe it is mission-critical in Lutheran education today for our faithful and dedicated teachers to be equipped, encouraged and supported by one another because teachers are each other’s BEST resources! To help us to extend the supportive relationships, we have established a web-presence on a number of different social media platforms. We invite you to connect with us on any of them so that we can extend the learning and support to you outside of our monthly sessions. We also hope that the relationships we will be building this year will continue to be a blessing to your teaching ministry for many years to come! Know that as a team of facilitators, we will always be here to support you! #LutheranSchoolsThrive

Twitter: Follow @TEC21_LuthEd and the many other educators who have utilize 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: Do you love Pinterest? Then you’ll love all the teaching ideas and resources that get pinned to TEC21’s collaborative board. Start pinning to the board with us by clicking HERE.


Instagram: Follow TEC_21 so you can enjoy the fun pics taken at our workshop centers from year to year.

Expand 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 Apps for Education

Google Docs

Co-edit documents. Google Drive (New>Google Docs)

The biggest benefit of Google Docs is that your database can be accessed at any time from any computer or phone.

Google Slides

Co-edit documents. Google Drive (New>Google Slides)

Google Slides can be used as a very versatile tool. You can create a presentation to help flow through lessons, a drag and drop activity,  or your own Bitmoji classroom!

One resource that I have used is @pocketfulofprimary (TPT store She has wonderful prebuilt options to help make virtual and in-person learning more engaging!

This Google Slide can be shared with your students and they can decide which of the projects to complete.

Google Forms

Co-edit documents. Google Drive (New>Google Forms)

Google Forms is a very helpful tool that all teachers can use.  Here is a video tutorial on how to create a self-grading quiz that reports to your Google Classroom.

Google Jamboard

Google Jamboard is an online interactive whiteboard. I created a Jamboard for us to use this year to keep our TEC21 ideas and experiences all in one place. Feel free to add to the board. There will be a slide per month. Add screenshots or pictures of what you have done in your classroom. This will be a way for us to share with each other.

Click the link to be taken to our Jamboard. You can then request editing access.

Google Sites

This overview will quickly help you create a Google Sites page!

Add-ons and Extensions

What is an add-on? 

Add-ons run inside Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, Forms, and Gmail.

What is available?

A LOT! Open a Google Doc and click on the Add-ons button and search for all the available Add-ons Here are some that I use:

  • Voice Notes for Google – Record voice notes within Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms.
  • Geogebra – Interactive math lessons for Google
  • Lucid Charts – Graphic organizers
  • Goobric – Rubrics that can be used in Google Drive
  • Doctopus – An octopus for docs! Teacher-built tool for scaffolding, managing, organizing, and assessing student projects in Google Drive.
  • Ready Steady Spell – A multilingual spelling tool for kids to practice their spelling lists.

What is an Extension?

Extensions are small software programs that customize the browsing experience. They enable users to tailor Chrome functionality and behavior to individual needs or preferences.

What is available?

Again there are many available. Here are some I use:

  • Extensity – This add-on helps all of the add-ons play nice! Extensity gives an easy option to enable and disable add-ons and extensions.
  • Read&Write for Google Chrome – offers Text-to-speech, Text and picture dictionaries, speech-to-text, Word prediction, Collect highlights from text in documents or the web for summarizing and research, Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs, Simplify and summarize text on web pages to remove ads and other copy that can be distracting
  • Grammarly – Spell checker and grammar checker.
  • Bitmoji – Bitmoji is your own personal emoji. Create an expressive cartoon avatar
  • Screencastify– Capture, edit, and share videos in seconds.

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Top Digital Tools & Resources on Google Workspace

Center- and Educator-specific Digital Tools & Resources

Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Explore further a tool or idea from today’s session. It can be student-centered, teacher-centered or 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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