February 2021 Agenda—Mayer, Minnesota

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


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What’s So Good About Good Friday? As we begin to examine ourselves in Lent watch this video to see how words, order, color, and music can tell the story. How could your learners tell the story of Good Friday?
Pray and Be WatchfulStudent chapel video about Jesus in Gethsemane produced by TEC21 teacher Doni Douglass using iMovie Trailer. Published to YouTube on April 14, 2015.

Holy Week Devotion

As we follow Jesus from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, let’s each take one story and share it multi-modally. Sign your name by one story on this collaborative document and each select a different tech tool to use to tell your story and write it on the sheet too. Create your project, save and get a link, then embed the link in the name of the tech tool on the collaborative document by highlighting the tool then clicking on the chain link in the toolbar and inserting the link to your project. You can find the verses at: Biblegateway.com

  • Palm Sunday (Matthew 21:1-17)

  • Jesus anointed by Mary in Simon’s House at Bethany-Tuesday: (Matthew 26:6-13)

  • Preparation for the Passover-Tuesday night: (Luke 22:7-16, 24-30)

  • Jesus washes the Apostles’ feet to teach them humility-Thursday night: (John 13:1-20)

  • Jesus opens his heart to the disciples about his departure-Thursday night: (John 14-16)

  • Jesus’ intercessory prayer near Gethsemane-Thursday night: (John 17)

  • Betrayal, arrest and trial-Friday morning: (Matthew 26:47-27:30)

  • Jesus crucified on the cross-Friday: (Luke 23:33-46)

  • The Resurrection-Sunday: (Matthew 28:5-8)

Some tools you may use, but are not limited to, to portray this episode of Jesus’ passion:

(a) PearDeck for Google Slides

How to PearDeck

(b) Sutori Timeline

How to Sutori

(c) iMovie Trailer

How to iMovie

(d) Adobe Spark Video Quick tips to get started


(e) Venn Diagram (http://www.readwritethink.org/) Sample

How To  Venn Diagram

(f) Haiku (http://www.readwritethink.org/) Sample

How To Haiku

(g) Diamante Poem  How To Diamante (http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/diamante/) Sample

(h) Word It Out   word cloud sample

How to Word It Out word cloud

(i) Educreations (create a screencast telling the story, www.Educreations.com) How to Educreations

(j) Quizizz  Ask participants to open joinmyquiz.com and enter this code 25908828  Sample

How to Quizizz

(k) Free Bible Easter photos: (http://all-free-download.com/free-photos/free-Easter-bible-photos.html) try Bible Verses Images


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, March 25.

2. The Book of Jeremiah: Surviving Life’s Disasters, March 20, 2021, 9am-3pm Life’s disasters often leave us broken, only to ask, “Is there a road map for taking me from death to life so I can live again?” The answer is yes; there is hope! Based on Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing’s forthcoming book on Jeremiah, this Bible seminar is designed for anyone and everyone who has experienced brokenness through illness, job loss, divorce or death, to name a few. It’s applicable to pastors and people in the pew. You may attend this seminar in person at Concordia St. Paul or online via Zoom. The cost is $10 and includes a workbook for all participants. Lunch will be served to in-person attendees. Virtual attendees will receive the Zoom link the week leading up to the seminar. Space is limited! Register today at one.csp.edu/jeremiah.

3.Journey to the Holy Land,December 27/28, 2021 – January 5/6, 2022You are invited to join Rev. Dr. Lessing and Rev. Nabil Nour, a native of Israel, born in Nazareth, on a Journey to the Holy Land–Israel for an experience of a lifetime. We will depart from Minneapolis/St. Paul on December 27/28 (waiting confirmation) and return on January on 5/6. Click here to view the itinerary.

4. 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/ 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 (webpages) in the process. This means that over time past agendas may start to look a little wonky, but the links and resources will still be accessible for you 🙂

5. Three graduate-level credits available through Concordia University, Nebraska.

6. It is traditional to “put away” the Hallelujah for Lent, making the Hallelujah of Easter all the more joyous. Before you do so, please take a moment to view this extraordinary rendition of the “Hallelujah Chorus” done flash-mob style in an ancient cathedral in Barcelona. It’s amazing.

Hallelujah Chorus

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

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. The online application is now open and runs through May 15, 2021. 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!

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 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 last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. Share a success, a challenge you experienced or a lesson learned.


1. Discover the educational value of student-created technology activities to demonstrate learning.

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

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

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

After looking at a variety of videos students can make,  create a video of any type you would like and add the link to our collaborative document. 

Here is an Educreations screencast that teaches the process of making a screencast and the importance of keeping the length short. Educreations is both an iPad app and a website so works on all devices.

Green Screen

Green Screen in iMovie Tutorial. Step by step directions to use iMovie to make green screen videos.Use Video Overlay Settings and Blue/Green Screen options. Free for Macs & iPads. Doesn’t work on Chromebook. Check here for best video options for all devices!

Video Editing

Salmon Khan TED Talk Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education Above I used EdPuzzle to crop the video from 20 minutes to 1 min. 40 seconds EdPuzzle Sample. You can also add video notes or a quiz. How could you see using a Flipped Classroom approach in your classroom?

Flipping the Classroom

This video was created to show you how easy it is to FLIP the classroom. You may have heard of this as a Flipped Classroom, Flipped Learning, or maybe reverse instruction.

Digital Tools & Resources

EdPuzzle.com. Go to the top left Search Content and paste in a YouTube video link. Then move white line from each side to frame the blue which will be your final video. Save. Find a video, edit/shorten, add questions, and assign it to your class. Watch as they progress and hold them accountable on their learning journey. How to shorten a video using EdPuzzle. 

Why use video? More than 65% 1 of students are visual learners, and +95% 2 of your students watch YouTube regularly. Videos are a powerful resource, but it can be difficult to hold students accountable for something you can’t track. That’s why we created Edpuzzle – we were once teachers with this same problem.1) Vakos, Patricia. “Why the blank stare? Strategies for visual learners.” (2003). Prentice Hall eTeach.
2) Jarboe, Greg. “No Matter How You Define It, Generation Z Can’t Live Without YouTube.” (2017). Tubular Insights.

Transform your ideas into stunning visual stories with Adobe Spark! Create impactful social graphics, web pages, and short videos in minutes with Adobe Spark. Easily add photos, video clips, icons, or your own voice. Select from professional-quality soundtracks and cinematic motion—and voila! Here is my sample Adobe Spark Page.

How do you save and organize all of your favorite websites? How do you plan on saving all the websites and resources you’ll learn about this year during your TEC21 workshops? Will you use Google Keep, your browser’s tool bar, a spreadsheet, a document, create website (your digital toolbox) using Google Sites, or some other handy means? Have you ever heard of Diigo? It’s a social-bookmarking website that helps you do this. You can add the diigolet to your toolbar or you can add the Diigo Chrome extension to your Chrome browser. You can even join a group like Lutheran Teachers so when you bookmark a website it adds it to the group for everyone else to have access to. If you’re still trying to find a way to organize your sites that suits you best, you might consider creating a Diigo account by giving it a try!

Educreations. Here is an Educreations screencast that teaches the process of making a screencast and the importance of keeping the length short. Educreations is both a tablet app and a website so works on all devices. Noted as being the easiest screencast tool so even early childhood students can use it. You can take a picture of their work and they can record their voice telling about it, or demonstrate how they do a math problem.

Sutori timelines allows you and your students to create collaborative timeline presentations. This student-centered approach to learning and demonstrating learning fosters students’ creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills. Use templates or start from scratch. Check out the examples here to get ideas for how students could use this tool in your courses. Here is an example Sutori Timeline on the children’s novel Refugee including significant events happening in Berlin, Cuba, and Syria at the time of the writing. Notice the vertical timeline format.

TouchCast, is a video web app for iPad or Android. Watch my sample
TouchCast President’s Day screencast for fun and see how you can have students use green screen to tell what they learned in an engaging way. Realistic backgrounds allow you to film a sports clip, news clip, and more. Note that I made this screencast in front of a green screen (green wall or plastic table cloth) so this background shows up. It takes a little more time but the results are amazing. You can write a script or just practice what you want to say. You don’t want to spend too much time on these screencasts to make them doable. Using screencasting tools allows you to flip the classroom so students view the content before the lesson, then do projects or collaborative work in class. Works great for snow days!

The #1 Green Screen app for the iPad and iPhone in Education is also a 2019 Winner of the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning by the AASL (American Association of School Librarians). Classroom-tested by kids and teachers, this app emphasizes ease-of-use and simplicity while still enabling fantastic results. With Green Screen by Do Ink, you can tell a story, explain an idea, and express yourself in truly creative and unique ways. Watch this video to see how kids can use this app to make videos using green screen.

Click on the new Templates to find one that will work for your class, parents, students. Try the Education site “Class” to add links for students, parents, as well as school forms all stored in one location. Add pictures and announcements by adding pages using a variety of formats. Or use the “Student Portfolio” format as you prepare for parent-teacher conferences, to send students on to the next grade, or prepare confirmands to share their faith. They can compile their digital portfolio as they reflect upon their learning and apply it to their life. Then post the link in Google Classroom to share.

Handy management and portfolio tool that can promote student growth. Begin with a short Think-Pair-Share activity, using the timer and noise manager to keep the discussion on track and respectful. Next, assign an activity for student portfolios: Let them draw out a challenge math problem, record a video discussing the novel they’re reading, write a hypothesis for a science lab, or snap a picture of a completed assignment for teacher feedback. Once or twice during the lesson, send a quick positive message or image to a parent. This is a great way to strengthen the home-school connection, celebrate classroom successes, and document student learning over time. Don’t forget to add pictures to your class story to keep parents in the loop. You might even want to record yourself explaining assignments, so parents can help at home. Named one of the best class management apps and websites by CommonSenseMedia.

PlayPosit is an interactive video you can give students to engage them in answering questions while they watch the video. Interactive video is…three times as effective as standard video – learners explore and apply new material at their own pace in a digital setting. It offers accountable tracking of viewing, creates and assigns impactful video experiences, enriches your flipped classroom, and streamlines tedious grading. There is a cost. Compare it to EdPuzzle to see if the free tool can do what you need.

We all know the value of hands-on learning, but sometimes providing science labs and dissections can be challenging, especially for remote learners. The equipment and supplies can be expensive or hard to find. Virtual labs and dissections may be a good option for you. Virtual dissections can also be a good alternative for those who have moral concerns about dissecting animals. Check out several free resources here.

A great selection of free virtual labs for biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, cells, and more. You will find games, virtual labs, dissections, simulations, handouts, and much more. Check out PhET Interactive Simulations.

Wide Open School. Experiment with science projects. Explore nature and space. Free STEM projects.

Virtual Whiteboard that lets you draw and add sticky notes to type on for free. Paid version allows you to insert images, PDFs, and mp3’s. Display in a tab while you teach using Zoom, then use the drawing tool to comment as you teach. Collaborative feature to invite student input in real time with paid version. Also check out AWWapp. A Whiteboard App. Paid but allows you to type directly on the board. Works well with Zoom. Can create before class, then share the link so all students can add to the board in real time.

You will select one of the Ecoregions below and create an informative presentation about it that summarizes the information you have learned this six weeks. Your Task: Describe your ecoregion and the biodiversity that makes it up. What threats does this ecosystem face and are there any mitigation strategies that could be taken? Includes questions to guide research, presentation options, and rubric. Could be done individually or collaboratively.

Growing plants in space and on earth & teacher’s Bitmoji: Kansas teacher wins contest, students part of International Space Station experiment Setting up an experiment using Bitmoji Classroom. How can you use this tool in out of this world ways?!

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

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

  1. Digital: Apply what you learned today by designing a lesson, a student project or an assessment strategy involving the use of video.
  1. Social: 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.
  2. Spiritual: 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.
  3. Missional: Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2021/2022 school is in full swing. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other teachers outside of your school building who are serving together in Lutheran education 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

Laurie Friedrich

email: Laurie.Friedrich@cune.edu

Twitter: @FriedrichLaurie

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


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