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

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

  • Digitally
    • Get connected with WiFi and Airtame
    • Access today’s agenda: If you can read this on your device, you’re already there.
  • Socially
    • Grab a breakfast item. Catch up with your fellow TEC21 participants!
    • Get ready for an icebreaker: Start thinking about 4 single words or phrases that describe you…3 true and 1 untrue.
    • Make plans for lunch…Doghouse Grill is closed.
  • Spiritually
    • Devo to come. 🙂

Ice Breaker

  • Note: It helps when working with Padlet (the tool we are going to use for this activity) to have a padlet account. If you don’t, take a few minutes and sign up for free HERE.
  • On the padlet board below, click the “+” icon in the ~August~ column.  Create a post that has your name and your four items (see my example).  Three of them should be things about you that you are true and that you feel comfortable sharing! One of them should be the fabrication! ?
  • Once you have completed your list of four, go around and comment on other people’s posts and try to guess their fabrication! You can comment directly on their Padlet post. Let’s see how many we can guess correctly!

Made with Padlet


Visit my Tec21 Devotion Jamboard


1. Feel free to use restroom and drinking fountains at any time.

2. What does the timeline of a typical workshop day look like?

      • Today’s Workshop Timeline
        • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Connecting
          • Ice Breaker
          • Devotion
          • Announcements
        • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
          • Intro to Tec21
          • Theory and Standards for Tech Integration
          • Attitude, Pedagogy, Environment
        • 10:30 AM – 11:30 PM
          • All Things Google (and Microsoft)
        • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
          • LUNCH (group decision)
        • 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
          • Workshop Time – Begin an application you could use in class. Review the list of Digital Tools and Resources.
        • 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
          • Blackboard Support
          • Further explore the list of Digital Tools and Resources
          • Complete Reflection
      • Typical Afternoon Workshop
        • 3:40-4:15
          • Announcements
          • Devotion
          • Check-in – success and challenges last month
        • 4:15-5:00
          • Topic/Lesson
        • 5:00-5:30
          • Explore Digital Resources
        • 5:30-6:00
          • Workshop Time
          • Complete Reflection

3. This series of workshops will provide you the opportunity to grow in a fun, safe and supportive environment. How and what you decide to implement into your classroom is up to you–personalized learning at its best!

      • There are program-specific aspects–what we as Facilitators collectively deem as core components across the board.
      • There are center-specific aspects–what individual Facilitators include which are practical and relevant to their teachers based on needs and interests.
      • In the TEC21 Workshop Program, how are short- and long-term goals defined?
        • SHORT-TERM – Some sort of technology integrating lesson or activity you want to do with your students THIS MONTH.
        • LONG-TERM – A major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a web site used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project-based learning using a specific tool or tools. There are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”

4. On our final workshop day, we will gather together for what we have dubbed “Celebration Day”. This particular session’s format is unique among the others in that each of you will share some of the ways in which you implemented your ideas or projects to enhance your teaching and student learning. Think of this as a mini-conference where each of you will have 10-15 minutes to share with the group how your TEC21 experience has impacted your classroom. It’ll be among friends so there’s no need to get worked up about it. Here’s an outline to guide you in your planning – “Celebration Day”. You can share your learning with the group in any way you choose, but we’ll have you start a Google Slide today just as an option. Then if you end up presenting in this way you can add to your slides throughout the school year and avoid the pressure of having to develop a presentation toward the end of the program! Again, remember this is a low-key, no pressure, fun day to share with each other our successes (and yes failures) as well as aspirations you might have for things you want to do the next school year! Below is a suggested outline to help you plan.


We look forward in Workshop #1 to begin getting to know each other and taking a high-level look at the TEC21 ministry.

1. Discover TEC21’s vision and mission – what we do, how we do it and most importantly why we do it.

2. Boost your professional learning network by beginning to connect with one another and the TEC21 community of educators.

3. Gain an understanding of the TEC21 road map for the school year culminating at the end of the school year with “Celebration Day”.

4. Explore, discover and reimagine the plethora of Google applications and ways in which they can be used for teaching and student learning. We’ll learn best practices from each other by sharing how we use some of these resourceful tools in our own classrooms.

The TEC21 Ministry

Throughout this program, we will be discovering how impactful it is to be connecting with other educators outside of our own school buildings. In fact, we believe it is mission-critical in Lutheran education today for our faithful and dedicated teachers to be equipped, encouraged and supported by one another because teachers are each other’s BEST resources! To help us to extend the supportive relationships, we have established a web-presence on a number of different social media platforms. We invite you to connect with us on any of them so that we can extend the learning and support to you outside of our monthly sessions. We also hope that the relationships we will be building this year will continue to be a blessing to your teaching ministry for many years to come! Know that as a team of facilitators, we will always be here to support 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 (We’ll be taking a much closer look at his one today as this is how we provide support to you outside of our face-to-face sessions!)

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.

Expand Your Professional Learning Network

Check your email to request to join the TEC21 Educators Group!

We’ve created this group for TEC21 Teachers and TEC21 Facilitators. Why should you join this group? Because building your professional learning network is vital in teaching today to connect, share, inspire, grow, and support one another. This Facebook group affords us the ability to extend our learning and support beyond our face-to-face workshop sessions. It also enables us to connect all of our TEC21 educators in each of our innovation centers with one another as well as with past TEC21 Teachers. It’s an excellent way for us to remain connected and to support one another for many years to come. Check your email for a link to join. Brent and Helena are online ready to approve your request to get you in!

Theory and Standards that Ground Tech Integration

All Things Google

  • What is it?
    • G-Suite is a collection of apps and services created or acquired by Google to help with workflow, communication and the creation of work product.
  • Why is it useful?
    • For schools and non-profits, the core educational services are free. They can be powerful tools for collaboration and creation.
    • The tools can be used in a wide variety of ways…
  • Let’s assess your comfort level with the Google Tools. Please join me on this Jamboard.

Let’s Practice Together

  • Two teams of 3 – Make a Google Slide and share it with your small group. Each person should claim a slide and add an image/picture from a summer get away. Then, each person should make at least one edit on a partner’s slide.
  • Partner Task – Create a First Day of Class Google Form – brainstorm what info you’d like to collect from students and add 3 different format questions to your survey. 
    • Explore how you “share” the survey with others.
    • Review survey results
      • Find the charts and graphs summary
      • Find the Sheets summary
  • Individual Task – Go to Jamboard. Click the plus sign in the bottom right corner and explore the toolbar. Try to make a Jamboard you might use in a class. 

Center- and Educator-specific Digital Tools & Resources

Add a MashUp to a Blackboard Content Page

Consider adding a mashup to your Blackboard course. This tool allows you to add multimedia to Blackboard including YouTube videos, SlideShare Presentations, or Photos.

Respondus Lockdown Browser

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Digital: Explore further a tool or idea from today’s session. It can be student-centered, teacher-centered or both. Come ready to share your experience when we meet again on September 29!

2. Social: Consider following TEC21 on the social media platforms of your choice. Also, be sure to request to join the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. As a result, we will connect, share, inspire, grow, and support one another making our Lutheran schools thrive!

3. Spiritual: Again, with the words connect, share, inspire, grow, and support in mind, encourage a colleague and be a resource to them between now and September’s session.


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

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.