March 2020 Agenda—Fort Wayne, Indiana

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

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On Wednesday, my wife Alyssa shared an article with me. The title threw me at first, and in the midst of everything I didn’t take the time to read it until Thursday night. The article is called “Marrying a Nun to Prepare for the End of the World”. As I read it, it was quite encouraging and helped to put into perspective the current state of the world in which we are living (and no, it is not ending). Here is a take away from one part of the article:

“As we find ourselves today in the middle of our own upheavals, I think we can learn much from Martin Luther, this former priest and friar, who married a former nun, both of whom raised a family together when their worlds were at their most dangerous.

Now, the world is not ending. And until it does, we will face sporadic personal, familial, societal, and even cosmopolitan uncertainties and tribulations. In the lifetime of most of us in America, the greatest of these was the fallout from the attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as the recession seven years later. Today it’s COVID-19. Next year, or five years from now, who knows what it will be.

But when our worlds are shaken; when we’re tempted to panic and grow selfish; when it seems silly or irrational to behave like ordinary human beings doing ordinary human stuff; let’s remember Martin and Katie.”

As we look to each day, one step at a time, we can take comfort knowing that the Lord walks with us and that there is still much to celebrate! New life, new marriage, family…and all the other blessings in our lives each day.


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 9th. (Due to the current mandate of the Governor, we will be adjusting how we meet for this workshop as well)

2. If you have never gone to a technology conference or connected with an educator technology group/organization I would encourage a few of the following options

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 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!


Looking all the way back to our Previous (February) Challenges, has anyone had the opportunity to try a collaborative activity in their classroom?  What successes did you and your students experience? What obstacles (if any) did you and/or your students have to work through? How have students/parents/colleagues responded to new tools or activities you have tried?


1. Discover the educational value of student-created video activities. (Short Term Goal)

2. Explore video creation tools and resources to use with your students. (Short Term Goal)

3. Identify a digital tool, a resource, learning activity or an assessment to share with another teacher. (Short Term Goal)

4. Design a student-centered project or assessment involving the use of video. (Long Term Goal)

Setting Goals

SHORT TERM GOALS – Some sort of technology integrating lesson or activity you want to do with your students THIS MONTH.

LONG TERM GOALS – A major change in the way you teach or manage your classroom. “I want to do less of THAT and more of THIS.” It could include a blog, a website used for flipping your classroom, going paperless with Google Docs, using digital portfolios for student work, integrating project based learning using a specific tool or tools. There are many possibilities. Think of something you’ve seen or heard about that makes you “spark” and think, “Yeah! I want to do more of THAT!”

Video Creation


Recording your screen on a computer or iPad while teaching a lesson can be a great way to prepare quality content! Here are some good resources for this (some we have discussed):

Record iPad Screen using Quicktime

Screencasting Resources:

(Repeat activity from November agenda) Trying to find a way to use video more effectively with students? EdPuzzle allows you to take normal Youtube videos OR your own videos to a whole other interactive level.
Adobe Spark

Use Adobe Spark to have your students (or teachers) tell a short story. Adobe spark helps you pick the theme and guides you along the way to make a short but powerful impression on your audience!


WeVideo is a great WEB BASED tool and right now in response to Covid-19 they are offering their education accounts (normally $$) for free to effected schools. This is a great cross platform tool to get your kids making videos!

Flipgrid Activity

Been wanting to find a way to engage students using student created video? Maybe a unique take on assessment? Look no further with this explore and try activity using FlipGrid!

Video Upload Issues

In light of many schools taking learning online, Google Drive is having known issues with video processing. So, you may want to consider some of these options:

Driving Student Engagement Online

As the education world shifts its delivery of educational content through the use of technology, so does our minds have to shift to figure out ways to keep students engaged. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Student attention waxes and wanes. Therefore, be intentional about breaking up your lessons. Use pre-recorded content that can be trimmed and edited and use live face to face time for building relationships.
  2. If you can’t pre-record, then break up lessons with Q&A, fact snippets or something else that pulls the students out of that complacent place they may be in.
  3. Embed nuggets into your lessons. Secret words or facts about yourself that they want to know or need to know for a quick end of lesson formative assessment.

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.

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Digital Tools & Resources

Connect with your students using the video-conferencing platform. Zoom is offering it for free to schools who have been mandated by the state board of education to close school.

The Concordia EdTech Podcast is a collaboration of Concordia’s Tech Coaches. Each week they discuss the latest headlines in Ed Tech, interview an innovative individual or company and toss in a few free tech tips. This podcast is brought to you by Concordia International School Shanghai, one of our sister LCMS international schools. 

Connect with your students using the video-conferencing platform called Hangouts Meet. Here’s a video (14:19) by Wes Fryer giving some excellent tips on what to do and what not to do –

Corey Nelson

Corey Nelson, TEC21 Facilitator, recently shared a link to his personal website where he is equipping not only his own school faculty, but so many other teachers too because of his collaborative spirit. He writes, “This is the page on my personal site that I’m placing resources for our teachers as we prepare to go online, if needed. More will be added as I discover other items!” Thank you, Corey! 

Mark Hess

Mark Hess, Facilitator in Munster, Indiana has has developed a website full of helpful digital resources! Thank you, Mark, for sharing this with so many teachers! Here’s the link –

Free resources available. You can share the online link with your students to go through the videos and activities at home!

15 Strategies for Online Learning When School is Closed

For those of you trying to figure out how to run a choral program online, there may be some helpful ideas here.

Use this text block to provide a description of a web- or a mobile-based application specific to the subject matter, interests, and needs of your respective group of teachers. Use links or embed code to show examples of completed projects or video tutorials explaining the digital tool whenever possible.

At home brain breaks + example schedule for an eLearning day

150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. (20 days free)

Many education companies are offering free subscriptions due to school closings.

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75+ free online resources for online teaching and everything is free!

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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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


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