April 2020 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (CUNE faculty cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 3:30pm

Getting Connected


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Prayer Padlet: Add one prayer request

Getting Connected: TEC21Connect.com, Workshops-Agendas-april CUNE University

Blackboard Collaborate: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/ea36dafb89fb43ff8542d211f46bcdb3

Answer Garden word cloud: What three words best describe how you are feeling today? Enter them one at a time. This activity will let you quickly check in with your students to see how they are handling this pandemic situation.

Coronavirus Laughs

Talking to each other: What have you noticed about the move from face to face to online teaching and learning?


Psalm 28

6 Praise be to the Lord,
    for he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
   My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise him.

The Lord is the strength of his people,
    a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
    be their shepherd and carry them forever.

Just as David prayed for help, so we too have been praying for help: for our students, ourselves, our families, Concordia University, and the list goes on and on. Can anyone name one way you have seen God answer your prayers?


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 12:00-3:00PM.

2. “Celebration Day” is next month and it is a time to celebrate where we have come this semester and where we hope to go in the fall. This will be an opportunity for you to share what you have learned and how you have grown as an educator through the processes of inquiry, investigation, and implementation. 

  • We will each take about 5 minutes to talk about what we have done, our successes, our challenges, our goals. You may want to show some things you’ve accomplished this year – what you did, how you did it, and why you did it. You might include a Genius Hour project or perhaps share the variety of ways you integrated technology in your teaching strategies or student learning activities.
  • Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS to add your first & last name, description & any links to your respective center’s Google Doc in preparation for “Celebration Day”. Here’s an example of a variety of different ways past TEC21 Teachers presented their learning with one another – SAMPLE.
  • Use the outline below with its questions and strategies to prepare for Celebration Day. To download and save/print a copy, click HERE.


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.

Laurie: A student success I celebrate with you

A teaching success I share with you: Topic Sign Up Sheet links to Journey Boxes Due April 16, 8AM

What did you learn from each Journey Box? What are you still wondering? Please provide this feedback to each creator on this document to further our understanding of these important items in history.

Digital Transformation Cartoon

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Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Add a favorite quote, comment, or idea from chapter 5 “Learning for Life” or the Afterward. How does this content impact what, how, and who we teach at the university level going forward from remote instruction?


1. Discover best practices for teaching and learning remotely.

2. Explore Project-Based Learning and how it can be used remotely.

3. Design a digital activity to do with your students.

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

Remote Learning

Blackboard Collaborate Tools

What are you using? What do you suggest? Polling students….Breakout small groups….students sharing the screen…recording sessions

Student Demonstrations of Learning

How are you assessing learning? Quizzes? Projects? Student screencasts? Online tools like Padlet, Kahoot, etc.? Other? Using Blackboard gradebook? How is grading going?

Google Slides Presentation Features

A few ideas that can make your presentations pop with information visually.

Explore button in lower right corner

Insert-Diagram: Grid, Hierarchy, Timeline, Process, Relationship, Cycle

Project-Based Learning

Nature Scavenger Hunt

To celebrate the 50th annual Earth Day!What we lack in material belongings, bank balances, convenience and community, we make up for with a deep and real connection to nature, a focus on family time (a lot of it) and a sense of peace.” -Kim Wolhuter, wildlife photographer, CNN quote of the day

Go outside and locate as many of these items as you can. Take a picture or video of each with your iPad or iPhone. You will have 10 minutes to take pictures.

When you return, together we will create a collaborative multimedia presentation about signs of spring in this Google Slides.  Begin immediately to upload your pictures to your computer, then create 1-3 slides in this collaborative deck. You will have 10 minutes. Then we will watch our show of spring to celebrate Earth Day. Have fun!

Teacher Talk: what are ways you do or could use a community activity with your students? How could technology be a part of the activity? Could this be done remotely and shared collaboratively? What tools would you use?

Project-Based Learning Using Technology: Activities

2. Nebraska Statehood Timeline

3. Art Tells the Story of Nebraska

4. Morrill Hall Hands-On Activities, Virtual Tours, & Planetarium Shows

5. TGR Foundation, a Tiger Woods Foundation, is offering design challenges that lets students explore and test solutions for real-world problems. All challenges use household items. Challenges include developing a car that transports hazardous wastebuilding a basketball shooter and designing an amusement park. Find the full list here

PBL Resources

The 6 Must-Have Elements of High Quality Project-Based Learning: Intellectual challenge & accomplishment, authenticity, public product, collaboration, project management, reflection

An Introduction to Design Thinking: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test. (may be non-linear)

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when conducting virtual school regarding Self-image and Identity?

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright

Genius Hour

TEC21 provides the opportunity for educators to explore technology tools and implement those into a meaningful project that enhances their current pedagogy and content. This gives educators the opportunity to make choices based on their interests and adapt those to benefit students. This concept is a natural pairing with Genius Hour. 

Genius Hour Unit 5: Create and Step Out of the Box

This is the time to put all of your planning and research into motion. Give the project structure and practical applications for your classroom. Most of all, make sure that it is meaningful to you. This would also be the time within the next month to introduce a piece of this with your students as a field trial. Step out of the box to see what works well and what needs modification. Continue to add to the project and make adjustments. Record or share your struggles and triumphs.

Genius Hour Unit 6: The Final Stretch

Next month will feature our Celebration Day and project presentations. As we approach that, consider the following questions:

  • What have I accomplished so far?
  • What pieces still need to be added to the puzzle?
  • How will I use this project moving forward?
  • What revisions have I made?
  • What have I learned?
  • How did this benefit students in my classroom?
  • What were some of my struggles?
  • How did I overcome these and move forward?
  • What was the most exciting part?
  • What would I like to do next?

Continue developing your project and adding the final touches. If you have not completed a field test, this would be a good opportunity to do that. Take some pictures or add some personal notes for the presentation.

Digital Tools & Resources

Teach Like a Pirate digital activities. Select one Hook to engage students in your lesson. Play with the digital tool, and create a sample=. Then have your students create one to demonstrate learning!

ClassTools.net has a wealth of digital tools for you to incorporate gaming into teaching. Here is a QR Code Scavenger Hunt Generator.   You simply type your questions and answers, cut and paste into this spreadsheet, it generates QR codes, you cut them out and place them in different locations, students try to find and answer as many questions as they can in a given amount of time. I also like their Random Name Picker wheel to spin when calling on students, Image Annotator to add links to a picture,

End of the year is a great time for you, or your students, to create an online Jeopardy game! Factile has an easy one to use! My students made some to review the main ideas from a novel we read. SAMPLE Factile Jeopardy Game

Badge Maker. MakeBadges 

Badges are all the rage. Let this website help you and your students make a special badge to recognize your achievements this semester! Perhaps an “I Thrived During COVID-19” badge would be appropriate. Create by selecting shape, caption, colors, and more. To save I needed take a screenshot.


Here are 25 alternative ways to demonstrate learning beyond the traditional report. I challenge you to have students use one of these rather than a paper or test to show you how much they have learned in your class!

Choose one of the following tools to make something for your class: a whiteboard-style teaching video using Flipgrid, a short documentary video in WeVideo, a Google Virtual Reality Tour, an augmented reality experience using Metaverse Studio,  a Podcast using Anchor, or an ebook using Book Creator. See how-tos in the article.

That interaction with the students is just as important as the lesson itself, according to Matt Madej, a theology teacher at Owensboro Catholic High School. Madej is trying to bring some sense of familiarity with his class, starting each session with a friendly video and a prayer before diving into the lesson. How have you been interacting with students during this remote teaching period?

Skype a Scientist lets you bring experts into your home (virtually) to answer all your questions — for free. Connect with scientists, chat with experts, get a chance to interact with an astronomer, chemist, geologist, biologist. The database has more than 5,000 experts. “We’ve had more scientists signing up because they had the time availability suddenly, because they couldn’t be in the lab doing their experiments.” Try one-on-one Q&Q or livestreams. Could you be an expert to connect with schools at this time?

Could you use this book with your children? Could you write a book like this on a topic you are an expert on and share with schools? Students and schools are looking for quality online reading material on various subjects today. You are an expert!

If you didn’t take time to view this virtual honors music recital you need to. Very well done. I like the virtual format because I can watch it over and over, and all relatives and friends can attend. Creative way to capture student performances. Do you have a student performance of learning you want to capture? Could students video themselves doing something and send the link to you to compile? Could shared products become a recruitment tool to share with prospective students, and the world?

Educational Leadership special report edition. Lots of good articles you may enjoy skimming. How do their ideas about effective remote learning match with your experiences?

Amazing list of free resources for you and your students. Check out Tiger Wood’s Project-Based Learning activities ready to go:

TGR Foundation, a Tiger Woods Foundation, is offering design challenges that lets students explore and test solutions for real-world problems. All challenges use household items. Challenges include developing a car that transports hazardous wastebuilding a basketball shooter and designing an amusement park. Find the full list here

PBS LearningMedia features thousands of videos on a variety of topics, with in-depth looks at history, biographies, culture and more.

CNN Underscored curated this list of virtual tours of historical sites and museums. The collection includes the Smithsonian museums, the Great Wall of China, performing arts centers around the world and more.

Just for fun! For you, or your family, take a virtual train ride through Norway, Japan, Switzerland to Italy, Pikes Peak in Colorado, Montenegro, England to Wales, Peru, New York city, and more! Breathtaking! A vacation you can take from home and see the world.

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.

2. Prepare for Celebration Day! Have fun with this! Use the outline below with its questions and strategies to prepare for the day. To download and print a copy, click HERE.

3. Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2020/2021 school year opened on January 2, 2020. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other teachers serving in Lutheran schools and the impact it’s having on you and your students. Thank you in advance for being an ambassador for TEC21 and supporting our vision and mission for the sake of the Gospel! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd


Dismiss at 6:00pm

My Contact Info

Laurie Friedrich

email: Laurie.Friedrich@cune.edu

Twitter: @FriedrichLaurie

Blog: http://laurieteachingblog.blogspot.com/ 

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