September 2021 Agenda—Fort Wayne, Indiana (6-12 Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • To WiFi: There is a free “Student” Wifi which everyone can join. No wireless passcode is required.
  • 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”.
  • Feel free to:
    • Grab a breakfast item and/or a beverage!
    • Fill out and put on a name tag and introduce your self to your fellow TEC21 participants!
    • Feel free to get power cords plugged in and ready to go for the day! If you need assistance with anything don’t hesitate to ask!
  • Getting Started:
    • We will watch a quick funny video about professional development as we are getting situated.
    • Following shortly there after, we will do an ice breaker activity to begin to get to know one another!

Ice Breaker Activity – Three Truths and a Fib

Note: It helps when working with Padlet (the tool we are going to use for this activity) to have a padlet account. If you don’t, take a few minutes and sign up for free HERE.

On the padlet board below, click the “+” icon in the ~September~ column.  Create a post that has your name and your four items (see my example).  Three of them should be things about you that you are true and that you feel comfortable sharing! One of them should be the fabrication! 🙂

Once you have completed your list of four, go around and comment on other people’s posts and try to guess their fabrication! You can comment directly on their padlet post. Let’s see how many we can guess correctly!

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Need: Pencil & Paper

  1. In the devotional video for today, the narrator poses some pretty powerful questions:
    • Am I what I do? (Rhetorical: What do you do?)
    • Am I what I’ve achieved? (Rhetorical: What have you achieved?)
    • Am I the things I have done right? (Rhetorical: What do you do well or right?)
    • Am I defined by the things I have done wrong? (Rhetorical: 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?

Extra: Hillsong United Song on Youtube “Who You Say I Am”


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 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 Workspace

(Formerly known as G-SUITE, which was formerly known as Google Apps for Education…which was…who knows)

  • What is it?
    • Google Workspace 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 a Google Admin(s). Do you know who your Google Admin is (if you have one)?
  • Why is it 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 several years, Google has worked really hard to create a cohesive environment.
  • Android, ChromeOS, iOS, MacOS, iPadOS and Windows Compatible.
  • You can get great tips and resources by following Google Workspace on Youtube. Check out their channel here.

Activity #1 – Make & Take

This is an individual assignment to get you started today. Your end goal will be to have created a google slides that has one slide for the month of September. Your second goal will be to add some things you learned and/or made this month to that slide before you leave today.

Google Slides

I believe slides to be one of my favorite Google tools. More powerful than Google Docs and offers most of the same features as docs plus some. Google Slides can be configured so that the page is the same size as a doc. In a Slides presentation you can create visually appealing graphics, insert spreadsheets, charts, videos…etc. I think this can be very powerful if you want students to create an interactive science report (insert data from sheets, create graphics to show process, and include video of students running the procedure…etc). It could be powerful for developing good writing. You could have students outline a story and then retell the story through a video embedded in the sheet. The possibilities are endless!

Pro Tip: You can create a new slides presentation by typing “” in the address bar of the Google Chrome browser.

Activity #2 – Partner Palooza

For this activity you are going to work with a partner. You will each do your own but you will attempt to figure out each feature and set of directions before asking for help. As always I will be available in case you need assistance.

Google Docs

Google Docs is one of the most popular word processing tools of all time. The power of Docs comes with Google’s built in search features. You can do many things, including finding definitions, image searches and web browsing without ever leaving Google Docs.

Pro Tip: You can actually create new docs by typing “” into the address bar in the Google Chrome browser.

Activity #3 – Jesus Jamboard

This might get a little crazy but we are going to attempt to have each location work together to put the words in order on the jamboard WITHOUT talking to each other. You can use any form of digital communication, but remember, we want to simulate what it would be like for our students to do something similar. You may use hand gestures, paper notes, or just dive in and hope for the best! 😀


Jamboard is a really neat interactive whiteboard space! Students can view or interactive with the board live depending on the “share” settings. Jamboards are simple, but they work on any device because they are web based. So, they work on phones, tablets, chromebooks, macs, ipads…etc. This makes it a great tool for BYOD or hybrid environments.

The template for this activity can be viewed and copied from here: Jamboard Bible Verse Activity

Google Chrome Extensions

Below you will see a list of my top 5 chrome extensions. These are tools that provide a wide variety of abilities from fun to productive. Then, check out the padlet with recommended extensions by TEC21 facilitators and other TEC21 educators! Feel free to add your own if you have one that you think might be worth sharing!

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Top Digital Tools & Resources on Google Workspace

Center- and Educator-specific Digital Tools & Activities

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.

My Contact Info

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Dismiss at 2:00pm