April 2021 Agenda—Mayer, Minnesota

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


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Jesus Has Risen! Matthew 28:1-10

Now paint a picture of something you saw in your mind as you read these verses! Use ABCYa Paint. Note that you can click on the purple arrow for more drawing options.

Save and Download. Now you can upload this picture into this Jamboard so we can share our visions of Easter! We can fit 4 pictures per slide, and advance slides at the top.

We begin to imagine what Easter looked like!


1. CSP Center for Biblical Studies – Check out this website on a regular basis for workshops and seminars by Dr. Reed Lessing and guest scholars. Amazing resource for Church Workers and all interested people! Get information on the trip to the Holy Land after Christmas too!

2. The M1310 Project was started to help LCMS MN South District churches engage in the digital mission field: including website setup, design, and redesign. For more information, please visit the m1310project.com website. There’s a form on the website to complete if you’d like some free help with your website and with engaging in the digital mission field.

3. This summer, we will be preparing our TEC21 website for “Season 13” so we encourage you to bookmark the “Season 12” workshop agendas now so you have access to them in the future. Here’s the link – https://tec21connect.com/2020-2021-workshop-agendas/ Please note: When we perform quarterly updates on our website’s theme, webpages, and various plug-ins, we do not include all of the previous years’ agendas (archived webpages) in the process as it would be a very time intensive process. The good Lutheran question is “What does this mean?” It means that over time past agendas may start to look a little wonky, but the links and resources will still be accessible for you 🙂

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

The online application period ENDS May 15, 2021.

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. There is no additional work that is required of you and the process is simple. Follow these four easy steps to apply:

First, select the “Apply Here” link to create an account.

Next, complete the fields in the form. Where it asks for Academic Level, select “Non-Degree Coursework”. Where it asks for Entry Term, select “Summer Semester 2021”. Where it asks for Academic Program, select “TEC21”. After completing the remaining fields, select “Create Account”.

Now, check your email for confirmation that your application came through successfully.

Lastly, select the link provided in the confirmation email to make your online payment in the amount of $240 ($80/credit hour) using a debit or credit card. That’s it! You’re done!

What happens next?

In the latter half of May, letter grades will be submitted to Concordia. Once the grades have been entered into their system, you will receive an email from the TEC21 Office providing you with your letter grade and a link to request a transcript in the event you need one.

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 anna.boriack@cune.edu. 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!


Let’s take some time to reflect on the past month and share experiences. Share a success story, a challenge you experienced, or a lesson learned.

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1. Continue to be both a consumer and a contributor in your professional learning network.

2. Plan how you will continue to be a connected, resourceful life-long learner.

3. Celebrate each other’s TEC21 achievements through today’s mini-conference format.

Throughout this program, we have emphasized the value of being connected educators in Lutheran education today. We have shared specific platforms in which TEC21 facilitators and teachers connect online to further build and strengthen their professional learning networks. As we wrap up this series of workshops, what a great time to reflect on the benefits of being able to gather together for these monthly sessions to be equipped, trained, encouraged, and supported. We hope the relationships that have been built this year will continue to be a blessing to your teaching ministry for many years to come! And know that as a team of facilitators, we will always be here for 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!

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.

Collaboration! We are each other’s BEST resources 🙂

Mini-conference Style Presentations

This is the opportunity for you to share what you have learned and how you have grown as an educator through the processes of inquiry, investigation, implementation, and reflection.

Time to gather your…

  • Notes
  • Links
  • Resources
  • Thoughts
  • Composure

Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS to access everyone’s presentation links from all the workshop centers.

Digital Tools & Resources 

Pixton.com let’s you create comics to tell stories. Create simple one-frame comics or more complex. You can use your own emoji or use provided characters and settings. Note that a few are free but most are paid. I find you can make some creative stories using the free ones. Pastor Mike posted an example comic story in our Facebook group last month you might want to check out! Graphic novels are all the rage now so this would be a good way for students to tell their stories. Sample one-frame comic AND Sample three-frame comic

iCivics.org envisions a thriving American democracy supported by informed and civically engaged young people. They champion equitable, non-partisan civic education so that the practice of democracy is learned by each new generation. They work to inspire life-long civic engagement by providing high-quality and engaging civics resources to teachers and students across our nation. iCivics first-of-its-kind digital civic library includes more than 260 curricular resources, digital literacy tools, professional learning materials, and educational video games. And behind those numbers lie countless young people who now feel the weight of their civic roles and agency. All resources can be used in face-to-face or online classrooms. The engaging resources are proven to improve civic knowledge, skills and dispositions. Set up a free account to access all materials. Click on Teach in the top bar to view lessons, games, scope and sequence. Lead your students on Webquests prepared with clickable resources to help students research and answer questions. Create an Educator account, then go to Games, Webquests and play “In The Courts” to visit websites and answer questions about what it’s like to be a judge and how the judicial system works. Very appropriate as we have been watching the Derek Chauvin trial. Check out their newest series of videos on Changemakers in the Civil Rights Era to look at social justice issues still impacting our country today.

ArcGIS StoryMaps is a story authoring web-based application that enables you to share your maps in the context of narrative text and other multimedia content. … Stories can include maps, narrative text, lists, images, videos, embedded items, and other media. Publish and share your stories. Sample ArcGIS Story Map

Opportunity Atlas is an amazing online atlas that lets you look up demographic data using the latest census data available. Type in the neighborhood of your school or church, then check out neighborhood characteristics by number of children, ethnic backgrounds, household income, and more. Fascinating tool to see how neighborhoods are changing.

YouTube Virtual Reality 360 Video Channel. Explore the types of virtual fieldtrips you may want to take learners on. Search “Mars Rover 360” to see the official NASA Perseverance view of Mars. Rotate the screen left and right as well as up and down to really explore the planet and the Rover.

Refugees: Using Comics to Foster Understanding: balancing the difficulties governments encounter when accepting refugees with the conditions that force people to leave their homes. People “only leave home/ when home won’t let you stay.”

ArcGIS Story Map. Living Nations, Living Wordsthe signature project of United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, conveys through poetry that Native people and poets have vital and unequivocal roots in this country. The project features a digital ArcGIS StoryMap, which integrates an interactive national map of 47 contemporary Native poets—and connects to a new online audio collection that features the participating poets reading and discussing original poems. Sample ArcGIS Story Map

Sketchfab.com 3D models online! Explore the variety of 3D images at this site. Then curate a collection. Sample created collection of insects. 

Unifix digital cubes for building and math. Build something with these Lego type blocks, label it with the pencil, then take a screenshot to save. Or make a 3 digit number by stacking blocks. Great digital manipulative.

Writing in Hieroglyphics. Get students involved in the study of Egypt and ancient writing. Write your name in hieroglyphics! 

Seek by iNaturalist free app. Take your nature knowledge up a notch with Seek! Use the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you. Earn badges for seeing different types of birds, amphibians, plants, and fungi and participate in monthly observation challenges.

  • Get outside and point the Seek Camera at living things.
  • Identify wildlife, plants, and fungi and learn about the organisms all around you
  • Earn badges for observing different types of species and participating in challenges if you want to try gaming

Google Arts and Culture. Explore museums, artwork, games, places…all from your home. Try this street view tour of the White House! Move your cursor left, right, up, and down to see each painting, chandelier, and more! Click on a favorite piece of art and get a sharable link to curate your own collection! Students can do this too!

Blob Opera. Introducing Blob Opera. Play four opera voices and create your own opera composition. Save and Share. Here’s my sample. Have some fun today and let your students have fun too!

5 National Parks offering tours you can take from home. Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with five national parks in the U.S. so people can enjoy the beauty of the natural world while sitting safely on their couch. These parks feature different climates and environments from across the country, including famous desert vistas and snowy terrains. Visit Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Utah, and Florida. Bon Voyage!

Nature Scavenger Hunt. 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. When you return you will create a multimedia presentation about signs of spring to share with the class. You will use either Adobe Spark Video or Google Slides. Post the link to your project in this Google Doc. Have fun!  You can also modify this to be a hunt for objects inside or place QR codes to find and scan for questions to take them to the next object. Lots of options. 

Google Draw Graphic Organizer Templates. Ready to use templates to post in Google Classroom or print for students to complete.

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

The bestowing of award, praise and adulation.

We officially dub you TEC21 Teachers–connected, resourceful life-long learners!

1. “Pomp & Circumstance”

2. Presentation of “diplomas”

3. Presentation of TEC21 Digital Badges

Dear TEC21 Teachers,

As educators, we all know how hard it is to keep up with the needs of students. TEC21 recognizes the extra effort it takes to learn, stretch and grow to provide Technology Enriched Classrooms. We applaud every principal who has given the green light to allow teachers to participate in our workshops, and every teacher who has stepped outside his or her comfort zone to be vigorously challenged. Our goal with you is a contagious classroom full of motivated students.

You have earned this badge. We have provided it in two sizes each for school administrators and teachers. We hope you’ll proudly display it on your school website, personal classroom website, and your email signature.

Thank you for making a TEC21 classroom a badge of honor.

Serving Him with you,

The TEC21 Facilitators

Pictured above are the TEC21 Facilitators as we gathered virtually for our annual summer academy in June of 2020.

For School Administrators

Small School Badge

TEC21 School Badge Small

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Large School Badge

TEC21 School Badge Large

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For Teachers

Small Teacher Badge

TEC21 Teacher Badge Small

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Large Teacher Badge

TEC21 Teacher Badge Large

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Final TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Continue to be a connected educator!

2. Social: Continue to be a life-long learner!

3. Spiritual: Continue to be a resource to others!


Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Laurie Friedrich

email: Laurie.Friedrich@cune.edu

Twitter: @FriedrichLaurie

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


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