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

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

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Getting Connected


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1. The next workshop date is scheduled for March 24.

2. The final NETA series is March 25-27th. Wonderful schedule of content, which is heavily focused on K-12 education but many take-aways available for higher ed resources. Registration Information Here.  Also check out the ISTE Live 2021 Summer Conference: Designing a New Learning Landscape

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.

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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

The Research

Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching: Creating Effective Educational Videos

Cognitive Load:

Intrinsic: this load is up to the learner. Complex activities can be overwhelming and should be broken down.

Germane: This involves the thought process required for an outcome. Learners develop a schema of connected ideas.

Extraneous: Think of this as distracting information imposed by the teacher. Includes but is not limited to poor teaching, ill-prepared lessons and unnecessary “fluff” such as backgrounds, noises, and stories distract from the learning process.

Multimedia Guidelines:

  1. Signaling – “In 1.5 miles, merge onto”
  2. Segmenting – chunk information like a phone number.
  3. Weeding – remove the bling
  4. Matching Modality – the conjunction of audio and video

Student Engagement

  1. Have a conversation with your learners.
  2. When you create your video, don’t be this guy:

3. Meet the content where the students are in your class.

4. Match audio with illustrations, images – think Khan Academy Video style.


Active Learning

  1. Be the Guide: Provide guiding questions for students to consider as they journey through your video.
  2. Interactivity keeps students engaged. This can be as simple as annotating chapters, key segments, etc. Just don’t over do it!
  3. Add questions to your video. EdPuzzle is our tool!
  4. Embed videos into a project or assignment. Think about step-by-step videos you could use when constructing a large piece of furniture for your house.


Brame, C.J. (2015). Effective educational videos. Retrieved 02/23/2021 from http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/effective-educational-videos/.

Create a class, add your students, and create video content. You can add questions to your videos and grade their progress.


Stop Motion Video

Use stop motion video for students to demonstrate understanding of a concept.

Flip Grid

Short video responses to a teacher prompt.

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

Digital Tools & Resources

Adobe Spark Video is a free web tool or app that allows you to combine videos, pictures, text, and provided icons with music and audio to create a video. Here is a tutorial video to explain how. Only one component per slide. Automatically includes a list of references for images selected. Students can create these quite quickly and add their voice to tell about what they learned. (app & website) Example: Depression Glass by Ted Kooser

With iMovie for iOS and macOS, you can make videos like never before. It’s easy to browse your clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and stunning 4K-resolution movies. You can even start editing on iPhone or iPad, then finish on your Mac.

Ed Puzzle Easily create interactive video lessons for your students you can integrate right into Blackboard. Shorten a long video or add interactive questions into the video to keep students on the big ideas. Track students’ progress with hassle-free analytics.

TouchCast Studio

TouchCast Studio   Producing broadcast-quality interactive videos used to require expensive equipment and a team of professionals. With TouchCast Studio, you have the power of a high-end TV studio at your fingertips. Record a video, edit clips, and add dynamic, interactive features like soundtracks, graphics, and web pages directly from your iPad. Also a website with some features.

Screencastify is a web-based tool that let’s you record on-screen activity for short tutorials, visual presentations, and communicate while you demonstrate! Free 15 minute recordings of screen only or videocamera of speaker in corner with screen. Publish to YouTube or save as a video file.

9 New Ways to Use Flipgrid in the Classroom. If you haven’t tried this video tool yet, you need to. Great for discussions in online or face to face classes in all subjects. Great way to preserve discussions for students who are absent too.

You can create small groups in Blackboard to allow students to collaborate for further learning. Create custom groups you assign, or use the random assignment feature in Blackboard. A good place to present experiment findings, responses to readings, or projects for peer feedback.

PeerMark peer review in blackboard. Students submit an assignment, then Blackboard randomly assigns the assignment to the number of peer reviewers you select, then you may grade or allow a second submission with revisions.

Writing and grading essays using AI: Are Algorithmically Generated Term Papers the Next Big Challenge to Academic Integrity?

Learn about ways students can spin articles they find online to look like their own work and avoid plagiarism detection. AI can grade essays for instructors, now can generate papers for students.

Floop is a web app that saves teachers time and helps students see the value in feedback. Students get the feedback they need, when they need it. Give feedback 4x faster than traditional methods with a digital dropbox and comment banks.

To use VidReader to generate a transcript simply head to the site then paste in the URL of the YouTube video that you want to create a transcript of. VidReader will then generate a transcript and display it on a page alongside the original video. The transcript is time-stamped so that you can click on it to jump to a section of the video. Below the video on the transcription page you’ll find a link to share the transcript. And if you sign into VidReader (accounts are free) you can download a PDF of the transcript.

Just go to classtools.net/hotspot/ then click the upload button at the bottom of the page then upload the image that you want to annotate. Once your image is uploaded simply click on it wherever you want an annotation to appear. Click the save button when you are finished adding all of your annotations. When you click save you’ll be prompted to pick a password for your project, remember that password if you want to be able to go back and edit your annotations later. Click the embed button to get an embed code, a QR code, and a URL for your annotated image.

Vizmato is an easy to use Movie maker, that let’s you add filters, themes, music, effects and text to make your videos super cool. Share these videos with your friends on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Whatsapp and other social media channels!

Free android video editor app in Google Play Store.  With the Quik app, you can create awesome videos with just a few taps. Choose your favorite photos and video clips then let Quik work its magic. In seconds, it finds great moments, adds beautiful transitions and effects, and syncs everything to the beat of the music

Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching contains a wealth of research backed educational topics that allows teachers of all levels to dig deeper into the realm of proven methodologies.

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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