November 2021 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (CUNE faculty cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Getting Connected

Digitally…  Open the agenda (emailed to you)

SociallyGrab a snack and connect with a colleague

SpirituallyDevotion: A sacrifice of Thanksgiving.

“I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.” Psalm 116:17
“Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” Psalm 50:14-15
“He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me.” Psalm 50:23


Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. Share a success, a challenge you experienced, or a lesson learned with the group. Please add your reflections to the slide deck below.


1. TODAY is our LAST session for this semester. The next workshop date is on Friday, Jan 7 1:00-5:00.

2. 2022/2023 cohorts are now forming!

(Letter from Brent Dieckhoff, founder and executive director of TEC21)

Dear TEC21 Participants, 

“Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 118:29

It’s always at this time of the year that I find myself extra thankful for the TEC21 ministry. Perhaps it’s because the workshop program is well on its way during another school term or maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Either way, I am so thankful for the MANY ways God has blessed our work over the past 13 years and am now waiting in expectation for the plans he has in store for us in Season 14. 

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for joining us this year and for all that you do for Lutheran school ministries for the sake of the gospel. Thank you for modeling to your students your desire to continue to learn for their good. It is my prayer that the relationships you are forming and the learning that is taking place as you gather together each month through our workshop program has been and will continue to be a blessing to both you personally and to your teaching ministry not only for this year, but for many years to come. Personally, I find that being able to connect with other teachers is vital to my teaching ministry. It is a boost to my spiritual, intellectual, and emotional well-being. I love learning with and from others and the relationships that have formed through my TEC21 connections help to keep me feeling fresh and excited to serve in Lutheran education. It is my hope and prayer that this is the case for you, too. 

The facilitators and I are now forming our next cohorts that will begin in September of 2022. We’d like to ask you for your help by being an ambassador for our program. Personal testimonies go a very long way, so I would be most grateful if you would help us by thinking of a fellow teacher or teachers that you could encourage to register for Season 14. They could be teachers from your school or any other school. With your help we will be able to impact more teachers and their students. I thank you in advance for the support of our efforts and your partnership in ministry!

God’s peace be with you. 

In Christ, 

Brent Dieckhoff

#TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

“I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel…” Philippians 1:4-5

Principals can register with their name to save spots for one or more of your teachers. To register, have them click here.


We look forward in Workshop #4 to SHARE resources and best teaching and learning practices with one another. 

1. Explore and discover a variety of digital tools and learning activities that offer  alternative assessment options.

2. Create an assignment or assessment that utilizes an alternative assessment format that could be incorporated into an upcoming lesson or unit.

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.

Let’s Explore Alternative Assessment Formats and Tools

Make a Video

The digital storytelling apps we learned last session serve as great tools for this alternative assessment option – Flipgrid, Adobe Spark Video, Google Earth Story.

  • Format and purpose can vary and could include videos that are informational, persuasive, or told from a different perspective, etc
  • Prezi Video is another tool you may want to check out.

Make an Infographic – Choose one to explore.

Click this link to access Piktochart.




Click this link to access Canva.

WHAT: Piktochart and Canva are basically the same. Choose one to explore. These online tools are for creating infographics, presentation slides, reports, flyers, posters, and more, for both print and online audiences. Combining charts, graphs, text, and built-in graphics, teachers and students can easily assemble and present information using the drag-and-drop interface.

Both Piktochart and Canva have FREE versions and PAID Pro versions. For most tasks, teacher and student can create within the FREE version. FREE pro trials are available.


  • Review an infographic assessment completed in my Grad Work – Higher Education and the EdTPA
  • Create an account.
  • Click the infographic tool. Review templates and examples
  • Choose a template and select edit. Experiment with drag and drops.

APPLY: Brainstorm how this tool could be used as an alternative assessment in your course. Share with a colleague.

WHAT: Adobe Spark PAGE is a text and photostory telling app that allows one to easily produce an immersive one-page website.


  • Review a completed Adobe Spark Page. Adobe Spark PAGE example
  • Sign into your Adobe Spark account you made last session. Go to the Blue Plus sign and  choose Web Page.
  • No templates are available for this tool. Scroll down and choose one of the tools pictured here.

TASK: Make a Spark Page about your favorite season. Strive to add several        different features.

APPLY: Brainstorm how this tool could be used as an alternative assessment in your course. Share with a colleague.

Make a Timeline.

Click this link to access Sutori.

WHAT: Sutori is a web-based tool for creating and sharing interactive timelines and presentations. Timelines can be used to visually demonstrate learning of  all kinds: events, procedures, time periods, locations.

Free version is fairly basic, but you get 30 days of access to all features. $100/year for full use of features.


  • Go to the website and make an account. Click “create story” and browse the template options.
  • Explore the ideas created for use in Higher Education.

APPLY and CREATE: Think of something that students learn in your course that could be demonstrated in timeline format. Create a timeline and make four posts on it.

Top Digital Tools & Resources on Alternative Assessments

TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Create an alternative assessment to use this term or next term.

2. Social: Post a question, an answer, a resource, a picture of your students working on digital storytelling, or an example of a student project to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook.

3. Spiritual: Be a resource–an inspiration–to one of your colleagues.

4. 2022/2023 cohorts are now forming! Personal testimonies go a long way, so we would be most grateful if you would encourage a teacher to register for Season 14.  We thank you in advance for the support of our efforts as we strive to encourage and support the many wonderful teachers serving in Lutheran education. #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd


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

Dismiss at 2:00pm

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.


Phone: 402-643-7219 (office)

402-641-6725 (cell)

Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.