February 2020 Agenda—Saginaw, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


To the WiFi:   Go to “Peace” network      Username:   Tech21       Password:    welcome

To the Agenda:   Go to    tec21connect.com   and select “Workshops” and then “Agendas”

To Each Other:    Check out the snack table and say hello to your teammates.  How has everyone been doing since we saw each other in January?

To Other TEC21 Teachers:    Check out Facebook – TEC21 Educators and see what’s new.  Respond to a post or post something yourself.

Ice Breaker – Which “Peanuts” character is most like you and why?

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1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 9th.

2.  Other professional development opportunities:

  • Annual MSTA Conference – March 6-7 in Lansing
  • MACUL – March 11-13 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids
  • MRA Conference – March 14-16 in Detroit
  • #LuthEd Twitter chats take place on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00CST throughout the school year


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.

1. Explore the educational value of teacher- and student-centered collaboration.

2. Create a learning activity using collaborative tools and resources to enrich an upcoming lesson or unit you will be teaching.

3. Identify a digital tool, a teaching strategy, or learning activity to share with another teacher when you return to your school.


1. Discover the educational value of student-created video activities.

2. Explore video creation tools and resources to use with your students.

3. Design a student-centered project or assessment involving the use of video.

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.

Video Creation


Screencastify – Free screen recorder extension for Chrome. Capture, edit and share screencasts. No software download required. Works on Mac, Windows and Chromebooks.  See some examples of how to use in the classroom.

Green Screen

Touchcast – Use a green screen to put video of you or your students into a picture or video.  Currently using iOs but should be coming out soon for Android. There is a cost.

LunaPic – Use to edit photos and then use on Facebook, your website, or green screen videos.

Veescope Live Green Screen App – This green screen app makes it easy to create amazing photos and movies. Take green screen photos at up to 12 megapixel and video at UHD 4K resolution. Edit video or photos already shot on green screen or blue screen with our video timeline editor. Create up to six layers of video or photos in the timeline. Pinch zoom out the timeline to show video clips up to an hour in length or pinch zoom in to trim individual frames. Export up to 4k video or up to eight megapixel photos from the timeline.  Here is a video tutorial.

Stop Motion Video

Stop Motion Studio – Create beautiful stop motion animated movies anywhere instantly on your device. Everything you need is right at your fingertips. No computer needed. It’s simple to use, deceptively powerful and insanely fun to play with. Create fantastic movies your friends will enjoy or share it with the world on YouTube, Facebook and other sites. Works with Android and iOS.

Digital Storytelling

Vimeo – Upload student videos to Vimeo to share with others.  See link here for video tutorials on topics such as screenwriting, video interviewing techniques, storyboarding, and pre-production tips.

Paper-Slide Videos – Students create videos by creating characters, scenes, dialogues, on paper and then videotaping the story by sliding the appropriate pieces of paper into view as needed while someone narrates.  See link for an instructional video.  Click here for a student example of a paper-slide video.

Adobe Spark – Create polished web stories with magazine-style themes. Try it today.  Mobile and web · Beautiful Typography · Professional Themes · Share everywhere · Iconic Imagery

The Flipped Classroom

To Flip or not to Flip, that is the Question….

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when integrating video creation in the classroom?

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright – Creative Commons, Fair Use, Copyright (upper grades) or Copyright (lower grades)

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 4: Learn and Explore

Follow your plan for your project. Answer any questions you may have through personal research or by asking a colleague. Investigate and explore your options. Begin with those first few steps as a guide for development. Be sure to record your roadblocks and resolutions as well as your golden moments in the process.

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

Digital Tools & Resources

EdPuzzle – Take already existing videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Vimeo, etc. or your own and edit their length.  Make the videos interactive by inserting your audio comments, or a quiz question (multiple-choice or short answer).  Create a class and see how long each student spent on the video and how they answered your questions.

Educreations – Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that’s simple, powerful, and fun to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as you explain any concept. Teachers can create short instructional videos and share them instantly with students, or ask students to show what they know and help friends learn something new.  Easily create videos on an iPad (using the Educreations app) and then share through email, web, or save in Google drive.

DoInk – two apps for iPads (one for Animation & Drawing and one for Green Screen) that makes it easy for beginners to create their own animations or to create a green screen video.  See here for a set of tutorials for the green screen video creation.

Chrome Music Lab – Song maker that is easy to use.  Create short music pieces without any training.  Save and share pieces through links.

The Quiver App combines physical coloring from “back in the day” with state of the art augmented reality technology to bring you and your children an extraordinarily magical experience. You can find our free pages by downloading the app and on our website (http://www.QuiverVision.com).

ReadWriteThink – Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction

ePALS – ePALS Classroom Exchange (ECE) allows students throughout the world to connect and exchange information with one another via email and online conferencing.  Users can collaborate on history, science, or geography projects. Students communicate via email, Internet voice communications, and the WWW. Photos, graphics, and multimedia clips can be shared without long distance phone or mail costs. While interacting with other students, users will also have hands-on experience with educational technology. Viewers can search the online database by school name, language spoken, grade level, city, state, or country to locate a specific classroom — or they can add their own entry for free. The site would be a great enhancement for foreign language classes; students could practice writing another language. Educators could extend lessons and let students become pen pals as well. This is a great resource for interactive education.

Buncee – an easy to use presentation tool that allows you to create interactive slides using animation, videos, drawings, stickers, web images, text, audio recordings, and more.  Can be created on a laptop, chromebook, or mobile device.  See my sample Buncee using this link.

Ignite Talks are a new form of presentation. Students create 20 slides and talk 15 seconds per slide for a 5 minute talk! Honing Students’ Speaking Skills.  To automate Google Slides, go to “File” and select “Publish to Web”.  You will have an option to automate the slides for 15 seconds (also to start immediately or to loop).

Word Tamer is a neat site for learning the process of developing characters, settings, and plots in creative writing. Word Tamer is set up as an interactive journey through a carnival of literary devices. As students move through the carnival they develop characters, develop a setting, and develop a plot for their stories. At each stop in the Word Tamer carnival students can print out the words they have written. Along the way there are videos to help students understand the roles of characters, settings, and plot development in crafting a good story.

Twig Science Reporter is a free service that provides science stories for elementary school students. The site is updated weekly with videos, articles, and graphics. There is a section in Reach Out Reporter called Fact Pack. In the fact pack section you will find sets of short videos and or images arranged around a central topic.

Education.com is a learning website for PreK – 5th grade.

  • Unlimited access to an expanding library of resources that cover 800+ skills
  • Step-by-step learning with fun, interactive games for Preschool-5th grade
  • Progress tracking to celebrate learning successes

Sight Words page – Being able to recognize words automatically makes learning to read a much easier process, and these sight words games help your beginner reader do just that.  Education.com has numerous games for learning including these on Sight Words.

Mystery Doug is a weekly video series for elementary teachers based entirely on questions that real students ask.

BibleMemory.com has the only complete Bible memory system that makes it easy for you to MEMORIZE, ORGANIZE, and REVIEW verses.

Safe Search for Kids is a powerful safe search tool that filters search results to enhance your kids’ safe search experience.

Web Apps for Our Younger Ones – A ton of different web resources for the younger kids (PreK – 1st).

Classroom Layout Tool – Create and print room layouts and seating charts.

Project Development

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

Will you be needing to renew your teaching license soon? Are you wanting to advance a step on your school’s salary schedule? Are you thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, 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. The online application is open now and runs through May 1, 2020. Follow these four short steps to apply:

      1. First, select the “Apply Here” link below to create an account.
      2. Next, complete the fields. Where it asks for Academic Level, select “Non-Degree Coursework”. Where it asks for Entry Term, select “Summer Semester 2020”. After completing the remaining fields, select “Create Account”.
      3. Now, check your email for confirmation that your application came through successfully.
      4. 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.
      5. That’s it! You’re done!

On June 1, transcripts will be available upon request. If you ever have questions regarding how these three graduate-level credits could be applied to a master’s degree program in the coming 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’s (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!

TEC21 Challenges

1. Apply what you learned today by designing a lesson, a student project or an assessment strategy involving the use of video.

2. Post to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook. It can be a comment, an answer to someone’s question, a resource, a picture of you and your students or a link to a completed project your students created.

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

4. 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 2:00pm

My Contact Info

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time during the year with questions, problems, or suggestions.

Email:    lmeyers@vlhs.com

Phone:  989-790-1676  ext. 12   (school)

989-324-0666       (cell)

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