March 2020 Agenda—Seward, Nebraska (CUNE faculty cohort)

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 3:30pm

Getting Connected


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Opening Prayer:

Dear Father in heaven, You have promised to be with us always with Your comfort, strength, peace and protection. We thank and praise You for Your goodness and mercy. We humbly come before You during this time of national and international distress asking You to work mightily to curb the advance of this virus that has already attacked thousands. Be with those here in our community and around the world who are doing what is humanly possible to stop its devastating advance, yet we know that no remedy, measure or treatment will be effective without Your blessing. Therefore, we ask You to bless all those efforts. And grant to us peace, courage and strength of faith, so that we are continually confident of Your love and goodness. We know that Your ways are not our ways, that Your ways are always best, and so we entrust ourselves, our loved ones and this current situation into Your hands, trusting in Your mercy. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!

Dr. Dale A. Meyer, President
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Getting Connected:, Workshops-Agendas-March CUNE University

Blackboard Collaborate:

Celebrating what we have done so far this Spring Semester!

Proposed Schedule

Getting Connected, devotion, announcement, goals 3:30-3:45

Preparing for teaching online overview 3:45-4:15

Tools & resources 4:15-4:30

Workshop (your time) 4:30-6:00


Pandemic…Isolation….Distancing….Closures….Loneliness….Fear….Online…Connections…..Relationships….Overcoming….Jesus!…For Such a Time as This!

Answer Garden word cloud:

What five words best describe how you are feeling today? Enter them one at a time. This activity will let you quickly check in with your students to see how they are handling this pandemic situation.


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 3:30-6:00PM. We will plan for online but have Thom 104 if distancing restrictions are lifted.

2. “Celebration Day” is a time to celebrate each other’s successes at our May workshop! This will be an opportunity for you to share what you have learned and how you have grown as an educator through the processes of inquiry, investigation, and implementation. 

Helpful tips:

  • Think of the day as a mini-conference and each of you will be the presenters.
  • 10-15 minutes show some things you’ve accomplished this year – what you did, how you did it and why you did it. You might include a Genius Hour project or perhaps share the variety of ways you integrated technology in your teaching strategies or student learning activities.
  • Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS to add your first & last name, description & links to your respective center’s Google Doc in preparation for “Celebration Day”. Do you have samples of student projects hosted on the web? Share those links, too! Here’s an example of a variety of different ways past TEC21 Teachers presented their learning with one another – SAMPLE.
  • Use the outline below with its questions and strategies to prepare for Celebration Day. To download and print a copy, click HERE.


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 effective ways to teach our courses in an online environment.

2. Explore options for students to demonstrate learning in new ways they can share on Blackboard.

3. Design a lesson that integrates technology to facilitate interaction and collaboration in the online space.

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.

Digital Citizenship Integration

What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when conducting virtual school regarding Self-image and Identity?

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy & Security
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Self-image & Identity – help them manage their reputation online
  • Information Literacy – help them analyze the content they find online
  • Creative Credit & Copyright provides these excellent resources:

If you’re a parent or caregiver, visit our new Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic hub. You’ll find articles, lists, and more on:

  • Learning at home and homework help
  • Helping kids understand COVID-19 news coverage
  • What to watch, read, and play
  • How to stay calm for you and your kids
  • Spanish language resources for Latinx families
If you’re an educator, check out our new Resources for Educators During the Coronavirus Pandemic hub to help you deal with everything from a virtual classroom to student anxiety. You’ll find:

  • Tools and advice for virtual learning
  • Resources for digital citizenship and well-being
  • Parent support for learning at home

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 5: Create and Step Out of the Box

This is the time to put all of your planning and research into motion. Give the project structure and practical applications for your classroom. Most of all, make sure that it is meaningful to you. This would also be the time within the next month to introduce a piece of this with your students as a field trial. Step out of the box to see what works well and what needs modification. Continue to add to the project and make adjustments. Record or share your struggles and triumphs.

Genius Hour Unit 6: The Final Stretch

Our May workshop will feature our Celebration Day and project presentations. As we approach that, consider the following questions:

  • What have I accomplished so far?
  • What pieces still need to be added to the puzzle?
  • How will I use this project moving forward?
  • What revisions have I made?
  • What have I learned?
  • How did this benefit students in my classroom?
  • What were some of my struggles?
  • How did I overcome these and move forward?
  • What was the most exciting part?
  • What would I like to do next?

Continue developing your project and adding the final touches. If you have not completed a field test, this would be a good opportunity to do that. Take some pictures or add some personal notes for the presentation.

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 –

A Community for Teaching and Learning. Share and Explore High Quality K-12 Content. Simply type in your broad subject area  (Religion, History, Chemistry, Biology, etc.) and browse the resources shared by other instructors. Some complete courses are shared. Some materials may be helpful support for your material when teaching online.

15 Strategies for Online Learning When School is Closed

Ever wonder how one could run a choral program online or other hands-on course? There may be some helpful ideas here. Great list of tools that could be used for students to demonstrate any activity normally done in a group or lab at school.

Devotions for Kids. Maybe this will be helpful for your children who may be home from school. Maybe you can create a similar Google Document and post Pastor Mathias’ daily devotion for your students. Or link to a Flipgrid where a different student can record a prayer for the start of each class.

Books, authors, stories, enrichment activities, Discovery Education…all free! Might be great for your children.

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.

Read Works offers FREE content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning from Kindergarten to 12th Grade.

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

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

1. Create your courses in Blackboard and teach online with clear methods of communication and course organization to support student learning.

2. Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.

3. Prepare for Celebration Day for May! Have fun with this! Use the outline below with its questions and strategies to prepare for the day. To download and print a copy, click HERE.

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 6:00pm

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Laurie Friedrich


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Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.