April 2021 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (CUNE Faculty Cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 3:30

Getting Connected


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A lot has changed in the past year. April last year proved we could overcome the challenges of COVID as we started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. One year later, how has our thinking and our faith changed?


1. 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 🙂


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. Grow classroom creativity and the power of critical consumption.

2. Create a new way to implement something you’ve learned since August into a lesson.

3. Prepare for our Celebration Day 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 🙂

Digital Tools & Resources (FORMAT OPTION #1 as in previous years)

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.

Use the PhET Interactive Simulations from the University of Colorado Boulder creates for free interactive math and science simulations.

Flipgrid allows teachers to set up a site (“grid”) and pose a question via video for students or others to answer, also via video. Users respond to the initial question, with their responses becoming part of a threaded video conversation. You can create one free, then need to delete it before creating a new one.

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!

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?

Highlight text on websites with a simple right-click or keyboard shortcut. Saves highlights on your device. Simply select text, then right click to select “Highlight” option. All highlights are saved so they will not be lost when you exit the page. They show up only for you! Four highlight colors. Great if you assign or have students find websites as they research so they can highlight the parts they want you to look at. You can remove all highlights if you desire.

TINKERCAD is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It’s used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!

You can post articles in Blackboard, then have students download them, and then upload into their Google Drive. Here they can click on the + sign in the upper right hand corner to highlight and make comments. Have them create a Google Folder and share it with you. Then go in and see their reading and notes as a formative assessment!

Desmos.com is the best online graphing calculator!  Extremely easy to use, this site will easily graph equations, no matter the complexity!  From basic algebra through complex quadratics, Desmos can handle it all!  There are many, many resources for teachers also!

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

TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Prepare for Celebration Day! Have fun with this! Use the questions and strategies on the following document to prepare for the day: click HERE.

2. Social: Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2021/2022 school year opened on January 2, 2021. 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

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


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