February 2021 Agenda—Portage, Michigan

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected




1. The next workshop date is scheduled for March 25th.

2. 3. Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference is March 17-20, 2021

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/ 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 🙂

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

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. Google JamBoard.


1. Discover the educational value of student-created video activities and 3D printing.

2. Explore video creation and 3D printing tools and resources to use with your students.

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

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

People across the globe upload 48 hours of video to YouTube every minute, which translates to nearly eight years of content every day! Many of our students will shortly know how to “Get rich on YouTube.” We have middle school students talking about how many views and subscribers they have. They know the importance of creation. Giving them the opportunity to create a video for school is not only a great teaching tool it can also be used as a promotion for your school.


A screencast is a recording of what is on the presenter’s computer screen. It often has narration that goes along with it Screencasting can be used to show a specific process on a computer software. The example below is a screencast that I created to show our Church Council members how to access our Google Drive. I use Screencastify to record my screen on my computer (it is a Google Extension that I use).

On my phone  I use V Recorder to save videos that typically delete, like Snapchat.

Green Screen

Green Screen has been used for years (think TV News Weather). This type of recording can be used to replace the background with exciting new backgrounds. I brought my iPad so that we can do a couple of videos. I have the most experience with this app (Green Screen by Do Ink). I also tried out Chroma Key (Beta) for Android. Let’s make some Green Screen Videos!

Stop Motion Video

Stop Motion Animation is a technique used in animation to bring objects to life on screen. It is done by moving an object small amounts while filming a frame per increment. Who has seen any of the Lego Movies? The app Lego Movie Maker is a cool way to make a stop motion movie!

Student Tutorial

Many of my students regularly watch tutorials on YouTube to learn things like how to advance in a video game or do a dance move, and they’re eager to make this type of video to share with their friends. Tutorials are a great way for students to show a deep understanding of a skill, practice, or concept. They not only know how to do something but can teach others how to do it. (https://www.edutopia.org/article/student-created-videos-classroom)

3D Printing

Early Elementary Challenge

The challenge with 3D printing and early elementary is that it is more beneficial for students this young to create things with hands-on tactile materials, like playdough, cardboard, or paper mache. 3D printing is rapidly inching its way into various fields such as architecture, fashion, and the culinary arts. There is no doubt that it continues to gain increasing relevance in the design world, so, one way to integrate it into our curriculum would be to give my students an opportunity to experience one way to be real designers in our world today. This is where the 3D printer pen can come in handy! With it you can create a 3D object using the same concepts as a 3D printer but in a less expensive and more hands on approach.

Digital Tools & Resources

Screencastify – Capture, edit and share videos in seconds.

LEGO® Movie Maker gives kids everything they need to make awesome LEGO movies.

YouTube is a video sharing service where users can watch, like, share, comment and upload their own videos.

Green Screen by Do Ink makes it easy to create incredible green screen videos and photos. Classroom-tested by kids and teachers, this app emphasizes ease-of-use and simplicity while still enabling fantastic results.

Chromavid – The best green screen chroma key app to shoot awesome videos and photos using chroma key effects in real time just like they do it in Movies and TV shows.

Simple tools for you and your team to create, manage and share high-quality videos.

Voki is a fun tool that students can use for homework, classwork or projects. Customize their appearance and what they say, and share with others!

Create your explainer videos, promo videos, video tutorials or training videos with Moovly’s online video editor and customizable templates.

One-stop shop for creating and assigning beautiful video stories

WeVideo is an easy-to-use video creation tool used by millions of students across grade levels and subjects. Whether students are learning in person at school, from a distance or in a blended setting, WeVideo empowers them to create, collaborate and express themselves with authenticity.

Join millions of people creating and sharing videos with our easy drag and drop video maker. No experience necessary.

Wideo uses templates to help you create professional videos for marketing, internal communications, social media and more.

Choose a video, give it your magic touch and track your students’ comprehension.

Vyond’s online animation software allows your business to easily create professional animated videos for all industries in job roles like marketing, training, and eLearning. Vyond is changing the way the world communicates, one video at a time.

Ideal, easy-to-use way to help kids learn basic animation

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


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