January 2022 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (CUNE faculty cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

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Getting Connected

Digitally…  Open the agenda (emailed to you)

SociallyGrab a snack and connect with a colleague

SpirituallyDevotion:  Colossians 2:1-5

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.


Share a success, a challenge you experienced, or a lesson learned with the group. Or share a way you adjusted your courses for spring to use a new technology tool. Click the slide below to add your reflections to the slide deck.


1. Upcoming TEC21 Schedule for Spring Semester:

  • Thurs, Feb 24          3:45-6:00.
  • Wed, March 30       3:45-6:00
  • Wed, April 27          3:45-6:00  Currently scheduled as Faculty Forum
  • Tues, May 10           9:00-12:00 Celebration/Wrap Up/Plan Ahead 

2.  Looking ahead to “Celebration Day” on May 10.

  • At this session, I would like to have each of you share some of the ways you implemented technology to enhance your teaching and student learning. Think of this as a “mini-conference” where each person will have 10-15 minutes to share with the group how your TEC21 experience has impacted your classroom. This is a low-key, no pressure, fun day to share with each other our successes (and yes failures) as well as aspirations for things you might want to do the next school year! Here’s an outline to guide you in your thinking – “Celebration Day”.


We look forward in Workshop #4 to further discover ways to inspire student learning through networking and collaborating with one another.

1. Explore and discover a variety of digital tools and learning activities to use with collaborative learning activities.

2. Plan and implement a collaborative learning activity for your students to do among themselves or one that involves collaborating with another educator and their students.

3. Be a resource to another colleague by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.

Collaborative Learning Activities

Let’s talk pedagogy and collaborative uses of technology we have already discussed!

* Google Slides  *  Google Docs   *  Google Jamboard  *  Padlet  *  Google Earth  *  Flipgrid  *

Using technology to enhance/encourage collaboration represents a higher order use of technology, so that has been our goal in this workshop all along! Utilizing the pedagogy of collaboration in your university level classroom will equip students with a 21st century skill necessary in their future vocations. Let’s consider how to increase the use of collaboration in this session.

There are TWO KEY APPROACHES to adding technologically enhanced collaborations. The first is what we have already addressed…getting students in the class to learn from, engage with, and create with one another. The second is to get students to learn from and collaborate with people BEYOND the classroom.

Today, we will join in on some collaborative activities with all 178 TEC21 teachers (+ the 30 TEC21 Facilitators) in the 30 cohorts and also explore several ideas and apps to use at the higher ed level.

Collaborative Activity #1 – Connect BEYOND the classroom walls. (Mystery Skype is what most TEC21 centers are learning, but how could this look in higher ed?)

Globally Networked Learning (doesn’t have to be global…just outside influence)

  • Consider how partnering with an expert, leader in your field, or classroom of students studying similar content might enhance student learning, offer an opportunity for collaboration, and/or increase student engagement in a class you teach.
  • Elementary Education Example: Concordia International School, Shanghai China     



  • Let’s brainstorm possible connections that would enhance learning in YOUR DISCIPLINES. Click on this Padlet to add your ideas
Collaborative Activity #2 – Two sites in the TEC21 family are more “unique” than the others. Our group represents university faculty and another group is located in the Philippines. Since the two “unique” groups did not meet on that same Wednesday last week, we created our own way to collaborate.
  1. Take a minute to learn about the Philippine Lutheran Church and Education Association by exploring the following websites. Philippine Lutheran Church Facebook     Philippine Lutheran Church Website
  2. Teachers in the Philippines have been teaching online since March 2020. They have NOT returned to face-to-face instruction at all since the shut-down.
  3. The cohort of teachers we will collaborate with are mostly elementary teachers. Let’s learn from each other about what it has been like to teach through a global pandemic.
  4. Go to Flipgrid and enter this code: c54f22ca                                             
  5. Read the prompt, take a few minutes to collect your thoughts, and post your video.
  6. Check back to the Flipgrid NEXT Monday (I will send a reminder with the link). Watch thevideos from our partner teachers and also see if anyone left you a reply. Please consider listening and replying back to a couple people.
Collaborative Activity #3 – Collaborate with teachers from all 30 cohorts to create one Google Slide Presentation
Collaborative Activity #4 – In the spirit of collaboration, we’ve created a “Tech Potluck” Padlet for everyone to be able to contribute a favorite educational tech “dish”–website, app, hardcopy/audio book, podcast or YouTube Channel

Made with Padlet

Top Digital Tools & Resources on Collaborative Learning

TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Engage your students in a collaborative learning activity to enrich a lesson or unit. You might even consider teaming with another teacher on your faculty or one from anywhere around the world.

2. Social: Post to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, or a picture of you and your students engaging in a collaborative learning activity.

3. Spiritual: Be a resource for one of your colleagues at your school by sharing a digital tool, a teaching strategy or learning activity.

4. Season 14 cohorts are forming now! Please encourage a fellow colleague to join us next year! Personal testimonies go a long way, so we would be most grateful if you would help us by thinking of a fellow professor that you could encourage to register for the 2022/2023 school year. We thank you in advance for any support of our efforts that you can give to us. Thank you for supporting our mission and vision and being an ambassador for TEC21! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd


To open the reflection in its own tab, select HERE.

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My Contact Info

Please feel free to reach out if you ever need any help with technology integration or you have questions about something we did this session!  I am always happy to help.

— Email: shanna.opfer@cune.edu

— Phone: 402-643-7219 (office)

— 402-641-6725 (cell)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.