March 2020 Agenda—Columbus, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected



God actually commands us not to fear, or worry. The phrase “fear not” is used at least 80 times in the Bible because God knows the enemy uses fear to decrease our hope and limit our victories.

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”  ~ Psalm 56:3

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” ~ 1 John 4:18

“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” ~ Psalm 27:1

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” ~ Romans 8:38-39


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 2nd.

2.  Several edtech copanies are offering free updgrades to premium content.  Check out these growing collections: Padlet Resources, Wakelet Resources and  Resource Sheet


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 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


Skip ahead to 1:04 for the start of the tutorials.

Here’s a link to the full playlist of Kevin’s channel for the 10 tutorials.

Screencastify – Free screen recorder extension for Chrome. Capture, edit and share screencasts. No software download required. Works on Mac, Windows and Chromebooks.

Screencastify has their own classroom resource link which is a collection of everything you’ll need to get the most out of Screencastify.  Check out the various pieces at this link.

Screencastify Education Resources

See some examples of how to use in the classroom.

Check out this Screencastify video from my students.

Green Screen
Stop Motion Video

Let’s try the Red Ball Challenge (TEC21 Style).  

Here are video instructions if you’d like to do something similar in your classroom.

iPad Screen Recorder

Current IOS versions already have a screen recording option built in.  This let’s you turn any app/project into a video.

Remember Digital Stories?

We had some good video resources on October’s agenda.  Many digital story tools double as video creation tools as well.

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

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

iMovie lets you enjoy your videos and tell stories like never before. Browse your video library, share favorite moments, create beautiful movies, and watch them on all your devices in iMovie Theater. And with the iMovie extension, it’s fast and fun to make every video more memorable — right in the Photos app.

WeVideo is the online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share your movies at up to 4K resolution for stunning playback anywhere.

Do Ink provides Creativity Apps -Green Screen by Do Ink and Animation and Drawing by Do Ink for students to show what they know in education.

TouchCast Studio

Annotate, explain and present anything easily and quickly with TouchCast Studio. Add webpages, files, images, videos… nearly anything! Then record or live stream* and share across the web.  Example.

An innovative site/app (iOS/Google Play) for creating digital scavenger hunts. Includes plenty of templates for educators to create their own scavenger hunt, integrated into any curriculum.

A wonderful site for creating educational games easily. Teachers simply enter questions and Educandy creates the game. Students play online or using the Educandy app.

Students watch LOTS of YouTube videos. Certain types of YouTube videos are VERY popular. Here are some classroom video ideas based on them.

Tech with Heart created this free e book to help those forced into e learning situations due to the recent corona virus outbreak.

Flipgrid is a simply yet powerful video creation tool that we’ve talked about before.  Check out this video that shows how teachers and students can use some of the new features to create quick screencasts.  This could be a great e learning resource.

  1. Do parents/students always know what the purpose of an activity/worksheet is?
  2. What if parents/students need to hear text read to them out loud at home?

Nate Ridgeway, a teacher that consistently employs e learning came up with this strategy after pondering these two questions.  He uses this strategy on everything.  With the Flipgrid Shorts camera, he gives a quick explanation/reading of every assignment/worksheet, which greatly reduces the number of student/parent questions.

With the possibility of e learning loomimg, Peardeck is making is unlocking its premium features for teachers.  By using student paced slide decks, students can work through new content and complete activities and checkspoints along the way.  This particular link has some ready-made lessons to give you inspiration.

Create authentic-looking text message conversations!  Very easy to use and extremely detailed and customizable!

You can learn anything. Expert-created content and resources for every course and level. Always free.  Kahn’s courses go all the way down to the early childhood level.  Working through modules can be a great addition to the regular and e learning classroom.

Make your Own Youtube Playlist.  Curate videos and add them to a play list based on your courses content.  This examples is for an entire course, but you could just as easily create on for a lesson or unit, which makes it another valuable e learning tool.

Hip Hughes from Hip Hughes History, a popular social studies video producer explains how to flip your classroom in this video.  If you don’t want to flip your class, perhaps you can find some of his content useful.

Project Development

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

Luke Finchum

Twitter:  @LFinch11


Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.